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Apr 27, 2014
The W Hotels of New York have teamed up with pregnancy expert Julia Beck to offer expecting moms the ultimate Babymoon package. Available through October 31

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Travel Writers conference showcases the best of the Midwest in autumn


Triceratops on display in Rockford IL
Being in Rockford for a travel writers conference—Travel Media Showcase-- and talking to a lot of people from Midwest cities and States—Peoria and St. Paul, the Quad Cities in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa, Fort Wayne and Kansas City—made me realize once again how much the Midwest has to offer families. more
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10 tips to survive taking your first child to college


Washington U faculty and students help freshmen settle in
You’ll be spending the Long Goodbye shuttling back and forth to stores crowded with other freshmen parents for “essentials” you didn’t bring from home. In our case, that included a tool kit needed to loft the beds in my daughter Mel’s dorm room so the girls had more floor space. more
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Pick your Brain at the MIT Museum


Looking for a mind-boggling experience on a rainy day? The MIT Museum is just the place to visit. Tucked away at 265 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, this nifty museum offers a closer look at the technological wonders of science and engineering. more
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A fun-filled day at the Harvard museum in Cambridge, MA


Kronosaurus at Harvard Museum
While most in the crowd continue toward Brattle Street, Alex and I turn right on Peabody and head toward the gates of Harvard Yard. We’re on our way to the Harvard Museum of Natural History located on Harvard’s picturesque campus at 26 Oxford Street. Founded in 1998, the museum is the most frequently visited attraction at the university. more
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To Boston’s children’s museum celebrating 100 years of the power of play


Boston Childrens Museum 3-story vertical cliimbing maze
When the kids lead the way, we’re guaranteed smiles rather than whines. And there’s no better place to let kids lead the way and to see the power of play in action than at the Boston Children’s Museum, which is celebrating its centennial this month on the South Boston Waterfront. more
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Kids and families interacting with sharks and more at the New England Aquarium


Touch tank is very popular at New England Aquarium in Boston
Do you know the difference between a seal and a sea lion? The nine and 10 year-olds attending the New England Aquarium’s summer Harbor Discoveries Camps enlightened me. “Sea lions can walk but seals can’t,” said nine year-old Sydney, adding that seals just have a hole where their ears are while sea lions have an external flap. more
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Combining 17th and 21st Centuries in lodging in historic Boston


Sculpture art at the Revere Hotel in Boston
Boston is the kind of city where you can stay in historic hotels—the famous Fairmont Copley Place and Omni Parker House both are over 100 years old—or sleek new hotels like The Revere. more
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Kids and families participate and learn at the site of the Boston Tea Party


Aboard the Tea Party ship in Boston Harbor
It may be 90 degrees but we’re making believe it’s December—and we’ve time traveled back to 1773 –December 16, 1773 to be precise. We’re part of the night that literally changed the course of American history—The Boston Tea Party, of course. Welcome to the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum more
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Celebrating “The Power of Play” for 100 years at the Boston Children’s Museum


Kids at play in the Childrens Museum of Boston
The kids at the huge waterfront museum were too busy having fun—from the toddlers in the PlaySpace wheeling mini grocery carts to the grade schoolers making their way up the soaring three story climbing structure. That's the point as the museum celebrates it's centennial. more
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A summer day well spent at Denver’s Elitch Gardens


The Ferris Wheel at Elitch Gardens
A day at a theme park like Elitch Gardens is about more than having fun, we discover. It’s about facing disappointment when we lose at an arcade game and it rains when we want sun. It’s about riding that first thrill ride and recognizing when it may be too much thrill for a little girl (or a grown up). more
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