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Recharge, Reenergize and Reconnect
Any mom — or grandma — who has traveled with kids, especially young ones, knows that all too often a vacation is not a vacation at all for moms. “It’s just like home without the washing machine,” one young mom told me glumly as she watched her kids splash in a hotel pool. more
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Southern Cal’s beach towns — great places to take your kids


Yoga on the beach in Santa Monica CA
Kids who visit Los Angeles, especially tweens and teens, want to hit the beach and the beach towns are guaranteed to please — no town more so than Santa Monica with its world-famous pier, which has been drawing visitors since it was built in 1908 — the first pleasure pier on the West Coast. more
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Chicago is a kids and family kind of town


The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago in the Willis Tower
The hardest thing about visiting Chicago is deciding where to take the kids first — Chicago’s famous Lakefront where you can ride bikes and in-line skate, or Lincoln Park where you can visit one of the few free zoos in the country. (Kids especially love the polar bears.) more
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How a museum exhibit is changing lives in Los Angeles


Endeavour flies over her new home at the California Science Center on Sept 21 2012
New museum exhibits often foster excitement and increase tourism and, since it opened last fall, “The Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibition” has done both in spades. (Did I mention there is no entrance fee to the wonderful hands-on museum, though you can pay $2 for a timed entrance to Endeavour?) more
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Staying in a 21-century-designed hotel room for kids


The new LEGOLAND Hotel in Carlsbad CA
Hotels are so much more than a place to sleep these days, especially for families. Check into the Thayer Hotel at West Point, N.Y., and kids might even learn a little history in a room dedicated to famous graduates like astronaut Buzz Aldrin, complete with memorabilia. (The newest is the Army Baseball Room.) more
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Letting the kids lead the way in Washington, D.C.


Paper airplane contest at National Air And Space Museum
On a rainy day, grab an umbrella and go to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. “Nobody’s there,” reports 11-year-old Sean, who is from suburban Virginia and was one of the local and visiting kids we interviewed for my new “Kid’s Guide to Washington, D.C.” While you are there, pick up a mini Washington Monument, “The best souvenir from Washington, D.C.!” offers William, 12, who lives in suburban Maryland. more
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Take your bunny ears and find a great family spot for Easter brunch


Desserts at the Sunday brunch Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay
It’s Easter Sunday and at the sumptuous brunch at the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay in California, little girls are dressed in brightly colored dresses, boys in dress shirts that don’t want to stay in their pants and kids and grown-ups proudly sport bunny ears, some with blinking lights. more
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A family reunion on the snow in Colorado


Hiking App Trail in Rain in NH 1997
There were round-robin emails in the weeks before the trip in which we discussed the menus and shopping lists. My husband, raised in Texas, brought his “famous” chili, frozen from home, and my British sister-in-law the ingredients for Shepherd’s Pie. more
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What makes Alaska’s Denali National Park special for families


View of Mt. McKinley from the Camp Denali on a clear morning in June 2012
What is special about Denali National Park, besides the wildlife and the fact that it contains the tallest mountain in North America, suggests Kris Capps author of “A Wildlife Guide: Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska,” is that it continues to flourish on its own largely without human intervention. more
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All over ski country, kids are eating healthier on vacation


Christian Apetz, executive chef at 8100 Mountainside Bar and Grill at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, teaches ‘tween guests healthy recipes and cooking techniques with complimentary culinary classes each week
Forget mac and cheese, unless it is homemade with local cheese. Forget chili, unless it’s vegetarian or made with local grass-fed beef. The kids — and you — have your choice of free-range chicken, homemade soups, pizza baked in a wood-fired oven and quinoa salad, not to mention artisanal beers and spirits. more
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