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NY Hotel Offers Babymoon Package for Expecting Moms

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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The Long Goodbye – taking the kid to college

One thing I had learned. Like all of those other big parenting moments, it won’t go exactly the way we hope. Parents who expect one picture-perfect memorable moment after another will invariably be disappointed -- just like the time when the kids whined at Disney World, or it rained in Hawaii. I just hope for a minimum of histrionics. more
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A day at Mystic Seaport and Aquarium with two Fresh Air Fund boys

It’s easy to see why Juno the Beluga is a star here at Mystic Aquarium as well as a YouTube sensation— “dancing” to a Mariachi Band. He’s a growing boy, just like Jason and Enesi, the two 12-year-old boys who have left New York’s inner city, courtesy of the Fresh Air Fund to spend a week with us. We wanted to show the boys a place they’d never been and somewhere quintessentially New England, since they are spending 10 days in Connecticut, and what better place than Mystic? more
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History and adventure abound at Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills

So where can you see the guy with the 20-foot long nose? Here’s a hint: Conceived as a tourist gimmick and celebrating its 70th birthday, it’s recognized around the world as a symbol of the United States and democracy. The answer, of course, is Mount Rushmore, which literally will give the kids an in-your-face history lesson they won’t forget. more
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The Fresh Air Fund needs help, get it from the Cayman Islands

With the Fresh Air Fund reporting that 700 needy youngsters still are without a place to go this summer, I can’t help but wonder why other islands and airlines haven’t stepped up to help like this. The Cayman Islands and Cayman Airways are in their 5th year of taking inner-city youngsters to and from the island for a summer outdoors more
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Memories of a hot air balloon adventure in Albuquerque NM

I wasn’t dreaming. We were floating high above Albuquerque, N.M., in a giant, rainbow-colored hot air balloon. We gave each other one of those I-can’t-believe-we’re-here grins that made every argument we’d had on our Southwest road trip fade away. Every vacation should have at least one standout moment like this. more
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Despite the critics, Broadway is booming with family entertainment

How much would you pay for a memory? I was thinking about that looking around at the parents, grandparents and hoards of young children—especially little boys—at the Foxwoods Theater on Broadway where Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, the most expensive production ever mounted and one fraught with problems and delays, has recently opened. more
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Five budget-minded tips for celebrating the Fourth of July

Which party are you going to? Across the country on July 4th weekend, everyone will be slurping ice cream cones, waving flags and having a good time -- hopefully. If you want to do more than attend — or host — a BBQ in your backyard, you certainly have your pick. Here are five picks guaranteed to please without busting the budget more
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Visit Panama City FL and save at the gas pump this summer

Panama City, Fla feels your pain at the gas pump. All summer, the resorts in the Gulf of Mexico community are touting Giving Tanks  deals with gas cards or discounted rates to help offset the impact of rising gas prices.
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On a houseboat in Lake Powell — a great place to gather families together

Who said today’s families—even teens and college students—are too jaded for old-fashioned vacations? Not on a Lake Powell Houseboat. These days, it’s hard enough to gather the family at the same place together much less come up with something that will please everybody, whatever their ages more
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These days, many dads live far from their kids and are getting ready for their annual Summer Vacation Visit. Many count on vacations together to make up for all the time apart. Other dads plan just-me-and-the-kids getaways camping, hitting ball parks or fishing. This all adds up to a lot of dads traveling solo with their kids more
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