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Taking the Kids: Finding hidden gems in snow country

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Can you keep a secret? "We only tell our nearest and dearest friends," laughs Denverite Amanda Arguello, mom of two, ages 6 and 4.

She's talking about Ski Cooper, a small -- and inexpensive -- snow resort just outside Leadville, Colorado, and a half-hour from Vail and other major Colorado resorts. But a family of four can ski here for less than...Read more

Taking the Kids: Finding the value at an all-inclusive resort in Mexico

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The three Goenka kids are splashing in the pool with their dad, while their mom sits poolside in the sun, a big smile on her face. "A real vacation," sighs Kelly Goenka, noting that it is the first resort vacation for the Toronto family since before the birth of their 4 year old.

The family had chosen Azul Beach Resort the Fives, a homeandleisure/travel/takingthekids/s-1927793">Read more

Taking the Kids: Visiting Antarctica

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Who needs a sled! In Antarctica, they're superfluous -- for both humans and penguins. The Chinstrap penguins we watch (so named because of their black markings that resemble a chin strap) effortlessly slide down a big ice floe into the water amid the floating chunks of ice, leaving tracks just like skiers on a powder day.

The 34 kids that are ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Black History Month

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Athletes, scientists, musicians, the president of the United States. Kids growing up today, as President Obama underscored in the last days of his presidency, get that African Americans have and will continue to make enormous contributions to our country and to the world. But we all could use a lesson in the many sacrifices it has taken to get ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Taking a travel 'sabbatical'

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For five years, David and Shari Jacobson saved as much as they could, but they weren't saving for a dream house or college for their two sons. They were putting money aside for a dream family trip many thought would never happen.

The Jacobsons, from San Diego, saved to take their sons Sean, then 10, and Ryan, 7, on a seven-month, around-the-...Read more

Taking the Kids: A cruise for spring or summer break

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Imagine a vacation where someone not only cleans your room twice a day, but picks up after the kids. Imagine they can order whatever they like to eat -- and as much as they like -- at no extra charge. Imagine guaranteed-to-please activities, whether the kids are 4 or 14.

Welcome to the world of cruising.

The best part: You can easily stay ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Why families need travel insurance

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It would have been a perfect vacation day, if not for the emergency room.

After a bad fall on a Colorado ski slope, the ski patrollers who brought me down the mountain thought I was seriously injured, thus the ambulance trip to the ER, the extra oxygen in high altitude and a CAT scan. Fortunately, I wasn't as badly injured as they thought, but ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Five ways to make food a fun part of your 2017 vacation

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Red or green ? That's what everyone asks you in New Mexico restaurants. Translation: Do you want New Mexico's famous red or green chiles?

The story goes that a waitress at Tia Sophia's, the popular breakfast and lunch place on Santa Fe's Plaza, got tired of the question, so she'd just ask people if they wanted both -- Christmas!

Now that term ...Read more

Taking the Kids: On five memorable 2016 trips

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It's all about the memories. Ask anyone what they want from vacation and, besides a good time, they'll likely answer that they're after lasting memories for their family. In fact, for many of us, the most lasting vacation memories are from childhood vacations. Parents tell me that chance to create memories before the kids get too old is the key ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Having some fun in the snow

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Got Skittles? Peanut M&Ms are good, too. The Aspen, Colorado, middle-schoolers I interviewed for my "Kid's Guide to Denver and Colorado Ski Country" opine that it's always smart to have "power candy," in your pocket when you hit the slopes. Lip balm and sunscreen, too.

So, what if you've never skied or snowboarded. There's plenty else to do in ...Read more

Taking The Kids: Six LA museums guaranteed to wow

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There's a long line waiting for the doors to open. But this wasn't a big holiday sale. People were waiting for the chance to get free tickets to The Broad, Los Angeles' newest contemporary art museum. In its first year, the museum has had more than 820,000 visitors, nearly triple its pre-opening projections and, museum officials report, it's the...Read more

Taking the Kids: Gifts for your favorite travelers

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There's always that one thing. That one thing you wished you had brought -- or bought -- for the trip, but didn't. So you don't have a packable rain jacket or an extra layer, or a travel mug that really keeps coffee hot or water cold for kids who refuse to drink "warm" water. You don't have socks that stay comfortable when they get wet or flip-...Read more

12/1 Taking the Kids revised

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The 12/1 Taking the Kids column has been revised. The sentence referring to complimentary coffee and cookies at the Westin St. Francis has been deleted. The hotel no longer offers this amenity.

Taking the Kids: A quick pre-holiday getaway

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Here we go again. The baking, the shopping, the wrapping, the parties you wish you could skip, the over-stimulated kids, and you don't even have a holiday getaway to the sun or the slopes to look forward to.

How about a pre-holiday getaway instead? Make it an overnight when you head to see that favorite holiday light display or museum exhibit. ...Read more

Taking the Kids: A quick pre-holiday getaway

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Here we go again. The baking, the shopping, the wrapping, the parties you wish you could skip, the over-stimulated kids, and you don't even have a holiday getaway to the sun or the slopes to look forward to.

How about a pre-holiday getaway instead? Make it an overnight when you head to see that favorite holiday light display or museum exhibit. ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Ushering in the holidays with cool light displays

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For a lot of us, heading to holiday light displays has become as big a Thanksgiving weekend tradition as football and pumpkin pie. Besides, there's no better way to get everyone out of the house -- and avoid all the chores inevitable with a house full of guests.

"It gets me ready for the holidays," said one woman I met at ...Read more

Taking the Kids: De-stressing holiday gatherings

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About now, we're all kicking ourselves. Why did we agree to host Thanksgiving dinner? The meal is the least of it, of course. There are so many dishes, towels and sheets to wash; so many other meals to plan for guests.

Why did millions of us -- 48.7 million of us to be exact, according to AAA's just-released forecast for ...Read more

Taking the Kids: Germany's famous Christmas markets

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Check out the Prune People! You'll find them at Frankfurt's Christmas Market -- Germany's oldest, locals claim, which dates back to 1393, though those in Nuremberg dispute that. The tradition of having a big Christmas tree didn't make its appearance until the beginning of the 19th century, back when locals typically bought their holiday toys at ...Read more

Taking the Kids: The 'Frozen' effect in unexpected places

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Let's hear it for girl power! Not only have spunky Princess Anna and ethereal Queen Elsa stolen the hearts of little girls everywhere, but they've significantly contributed to the increasing number of tourists visiting Norway, especially Americans, since 2013, when the Disney megahit "Frozen" premiered. ...Read more

 
 

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