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Family and Children


Nights of the Jack–a family-friendly Halloween event

Halloween time with toddlers usually consists of a morning trip to a pumpkin “patch.” (Which for us urban families means an empty lot loaded with overpriced pumpkins and pony rides.) But if you’re looking to break free from this tourist… (more)

Tidepooling with Toddlers – a day at the beach is an adventure to remember at California’s Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

Traveling with Toddlers

Finding travel destinations that are enticing to young children and adults can be a challenge. Sure, we all love the beach, but after a couple of days of sand and sun everyone is looking for a little… (more)

White Christmas: Even the weather was perfect

Someone at the Dallas Summer Musicals must have a special connection with the Weather God. After a string of days with record warm weather, Dallas was ready for a little snow. It had been summer days for 333 days straight.… (more)

Family Christmas Magic in Wisconsin at Osthoff Resort

  Missing the old Christmas holiday, the one which is designed to pattern a child for decades to come with visions of sugar plums, songs deeply imprinted filling a young heart with love and of course the  jolly old… (more)

NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade 2017, immigrants’ appreciation taken over by the corporates

The Thanksgiving Day Parade was started in 1924 by immigrant workers at Macy’s Department Store. They had escaped repressive conditions in Russia and elsewhere and had a workers’ sense of solidarity and appreciation. They wanted to celebrate this American holiday… (more)

Experiencing Plimouth Plantation with Preschoolers

Travelling with Toddlers

It’s never too early to start learning about American history. And one of the best places to start is (almost) at the beginning. Plimouth Plantation in Plymouth, Massachusetts invites visitors year-round to step back in time to… (more)

Movie Stars and Fine Dining at Chico Hot Springs

After leaving Bozeman for a stunningly beautiful drive through the mountains of Montana, we arrived at the very end of the road to an oasis. Recorded first in 1865 in an explorer’s diary, Chico Hot Springs became a mecca for… (more)

My favorite food festival in the whole world: Big Tex Choice Awards

I travel to learn about new cultures, see world famous sites —and most of all to experience new cuisines, I have been to a progressive dinner in Hong Kong that started on the heliport on top of the Peninsula Hotel,… (more)

Fun Home: Do you know all your family secrets?

Every family has secrets. In our family it seemed to be about money. That was a taboo topic. As was sex. When my father-in-law went into the military, he and his younger brother left all their money with the one… (more)

Good Photographers: Is it Nature or Nurture?

I have admired photographer Kent Barker’s work since I moved into the Southside on Lamar community. Until this week I did not know he has a son, Amon, who is also a fabulous photographer. Recently, I went to a joint… (more)

Travelling with Toddlers: Doing Catalina, Hollywood’s island getaway, the preschooler way

Catalina Island is one of the most famous Southern California getaways for the Hollywood crowd. The island is small, notoriously private and a perfect escape for anyone wanting to get away from the California freeways. In fact, you can’t even… (more)


 In a world premiere event, the producers of the world’s biggest magic show, THE ILLUSIONISTS, have teamed up with the award-winning puppeteers from WAR HORSE, to bring a thrilling turn-of-the-century circus spectacular. CIRCUS 1903 –The Golden Age of Circus… (more)

Ten reasons why it is better to drive than fly

I did not realize how topical this story would become when I started it. The strange treatment of passengers has been a dream for comedians but a nightmare for the airlines. Who would have thought they’d see a doctor dragged… (more)

Traveling with Toddlers: The Best Kid-Friendly Breakfast in Hollywood

A meal that is sure to make your little ones smile

Hollywood, California is a mecca for everything larger-than-life. (It is home to the Oscars, after all!) So it should come as no surprise that the biggest kid-friendly breakfast buffet… (more)

The Illusionists—Witness the Impossible

The Illusionists—Witness the Impossible is like taking a roller coaster ride. You have waves of fear alternated with feelings of relief The returning engagement of one of the most magical, thrilling and mystifying shows to hit Broadway, THE ILLUSIONISTS –… (more)

Traveling with Toddlers:Essentials every parent should pack

To say that traveling with children under school age is a challenge might be the understatement of the year. However, traveling with toddlers can also be some of the most rewarding, heartwarming travel you’ll ever experience. To see the world… (more)

Handmade Children’s Gifts from the Heart

Looking for something different for the wee ones on your holiday shopping list?  For colorful, sometimes quirky children’s hats, blankets, rattles and soft toys guaranteed to be fair trade, visit Pebble Products, an online company. We recently ordered this… (more)

A Holiday Tradition:  A Christmas Carol

Each holiday has its symbols and traditions. Halloween is filled with pumpkins and candy. Thanksgiving is a family time to gather round the table and share turkey. In Dallas, A Christmas Carol is a holiday classic. The Dallas Theatre Center… (more)

90th year of New York City Thanksgiving Day parade started by immigrants

When did Chengdu, China, start sending floats to the New York City Thanksgiving Day parade! This year’s was a stunning production, with people dressed in the costumes of the traditional Chinese opera and even a couple of pandas. In just… (more)

The best places to sit at Beauty and the Beast

Just like enjoying a meal more with a charming dining companion, who you sit next to at a performance can make a big difference. My advice is to take a child with you and enjoy their excitement over the classical… (more)

A Camping Trip at Sunset Crater National Monument

With the heat upon us in Phoenix, we were ready to go up north for at least a weekend. Our favorite spot to camp in Arizona is Sunset Crater National Monument. Fitting this year, with the National Parks’ 100 year… (more)

Far View in Mesa Verde National Park

Visit Mesa Verde National Park for a far view into history, as well into the landscape of the Four Corners area.  You will be amazed by the number ruins and cliff dwellings in the park, both on the… (more)

Behind the Scenes at Peter Pan 360

I recently attended a press conference announcing the Dallas premiere of a touring production of J. M. Barrie’s classic story of Peter Pan and the Lost Boys, held in a circus tent on the edge of Dallas Arts District. Peter… (more)

Aurora: Tips on how to get to a Dallas party expecting 30,000 guests on October 16

You could say that when it rains, it pours. But this is not a story about the weather–even though we could use some rain. It is about two enormously popular events happening on the same night. Texans already know all… (more)

Family Travel on a Budget

We are a traveling family. Before we had kids, my husband and I used to go on road trips every weekend. Later on, after our kids were born, we still were traveling every opportunity we had. We took our first… (more)

Touring the Smithsonian with the Preschool Set

Many parents reserve museum trips for older children but preschool is a perfect time to instill a love of culture in your child. (My son, now almost three years old, has been a regular visitor at the Los Angeles County… (more)

Thanksgiving gifts that would make anyone thankful/

The no fuss, no muss thanksgiving dinner. This is a Thanksgiving dinner that arrives in a box. It does not even need to be refrigerated or warmed. You can eat it right out of the box. You do not need… (more)

Fall Festivity at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

Fall is a time for happenings at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. Francis puts it best, saying the winery is a wine wonderland, a park of pleasure where people of all ages can celebrate the love of life. A Masquerade Ball… (more)

“The Anxious Traveler” – Guidebook to Successful Travel

Part autobiography and self-help; part workbook, Rita Anya Nara’s The Anxious Traveler: How to Overcome Your Fear to Travel the World, covers all the bases whether you have anxiety issues or not. Everyone — even the most experienced travelers —… (more)

Changing Lives Forever: Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

I’ll never forget that Saturday morning seven years ago when our lives changed forever.  I was sleeping in – a rare treat – when the phone rang. My husband answered, and shortly afterwards he wandered into the bedroom with a curious look on his face.  “A lady who got our name from some friends wants to know if we’d like to host a German exchange student this year.” (more)

Can The Original Pancake House get any better? It just did

From the moment you enter The Original Pancake House Addison, you know you are in for something  special. It starts when a greeter opens the pancake flipper door handles. Every single decorative item in the restaurant says pancakes, pancakes,… (more)

Bucket List Adventure: An American Girl Getaway

Frilly, fancy and oh so pretty-in-pink – it’s a girls’ world within the doors of American Girl® St. Louis. For girls from toddler to tween to early teen, a visit to this paean to all that is feminine is a… (more)

5 Day Trips Families Should Take In Louisiana This Summer

Summer is a time for exploration and discovery.  The state of Louisiana has lots to offer, so I thought I’d share five of my favorite destinations and experiences.

#5 : Visit the Mardi Gras Museum in Lake Charles

Mardi… (more)

Cruise Trends & Trips: New cruise ship water parks make a splash

Slides, flumes, coasters, bucket dumps: cruise ship water parks have all the bells, whistles, jets and bubblers – panoramic ocean views, too. Floating in all their water-soaked glory on the world’s waterways, these shipboard water parks are debuting some first-time… (more)

Kentucky’s historic outdoor theatre trail

As dusk gathers and spotlights illuminate costumed actors, singers and dancers, a stage dressed with scenery and set with props emerges. Music swells; the crowd falls silent. Another summer of outdoor theatre gets underway. “Outdoor theatre adds an entire menu… (more)

Cruise 360 Back in Vancouver: Canada’s Gateway to Alaska

  Canada’s spectacular west coast city, Vancouver will play host for the second time to the Cruise Lines International Association’s (CLIA) cruise3sixty conference and trade show. Over 2,200 cruise professionals from around the globe are expected to attend the event… (more)

Bucket List Adventure: World of Chima and Angry Birds land in Sunshine State

How many bricks does it take to build the largest LEGOLAND park in the world? The answer will boggle the brain and stress out your calculator. Fifty six million LEGO bricks go into the rides and attractions, even trims and… (more)

Cirque comes to Frisco June 22

An Arena Spectacular with World Class performers and a live symphony orchestra.. Two shows only, Saturday June 22.   CIRQUE MUSICA is coming to The Dr. Pepper Arena Frisco, Saturday June 22, with shows at 3 and 7:30… (more)

Follow in the footsteps of Animal Planet’s Turtleman

Ernie Brown, Jr., aka the Turtleman, has faced down many a vicious animal, including giant snapping turtles, snakes, skunks, raccoons and wild hogs, in most cases trapping the critters with his bare hands. But a trail in Lebanon, Ky., named… (more)

Bucket List Adventure: New water coaster, shows and hologram come to Dollywood

Tennessee’s first and only water coaster splashes down with lots of fanfare – not to mention hairpin turns and daring drops. An entire season of new entertainment takes visitors around the world, from India, China and Merry Olde England and… (more)

The Amazing Race Challenges Switzerland!

Race on over to Europe where The Amazing Race competition completes one leg of its international challenge.  Using half the energy but having maybe twice the fun, join the participants as an observer, then take on your… (more)

Heading for Cedar Point? Check out Sandusky Ohio’s Other Family Attractions

Sandusky, Ohio, has long been associated with the world-famous Cedar Point with its “best collection of roller coasters on the planet,” specific children’s’ areas, live shows and beach-front resorts. Cedar Point is, of course, a seasonal amusement park: spring, summer… (more)

Railroad Hero’s 150th Birthday Observed in Year Long Celebration

In Jackson, Tennessee — a city of 65,000 situated halfway between Nashville and Memphis — the memory of a railroad hero is kept alive at the Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum. This year, Jonathan Luther “Casey” Jones would have… (more)

Sublime Family Bonding in the Dominican Republic

The 2012 Family Travel Conferences report that family travel is increased and more influential than ever. They predict families will take more frequent, shorter vacations in 2013. With vacations and multigenerational reunions on travelers’ minds this year, Sublime Samaná Hotel… (more)

To Market in Vienna this Easter

Children of all ages will delight in the tradition and entertainment in March at Vienna’s Easter Markets. Decorations, artistically decorated eggs, culinary treats, theater and music await. The Easter Market at Schönbrunn Palace is considered one of the most romantic… (more)

Spring On and Off the Slopes in Colorado

With heavy doses of snowfall coating the state’s mountains, and more snowy months ahead, embrace the best of Colorado this spring.  Days filled with powder, sunshine, music, enticing food, festivals, races, rail jams and fireworks shows are sure to… (more)

Eureka! Spring Break in the Ozarks

Point your mouse to Eureka Springs for a March diversion with your lover, friends or extended family. This quaint Victorian village of 2,000 tucked away in the Arkansas Ozarks is a fresh respite from the ordinary and certain cure for… (more)

The 24th Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

New Zealand, a country synonymous with award-winning wines and renowned lamb, has also developed a discerning palate for wild grown, authentic “bush food”.  Experience this cuisine at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival, an iconic gourmet extravaganza showcasing novel “bush tucker”… (more)

Howlers and Sloths and Poison Dart Frogs, Oh My!

If you seek extraordinary wildlife encounters in Costa Rica and welcome a volunteer opportunity in a wildlife rescue center, it’s here. During a half-day visit at the Asis Wild Animal Rescue Center guests roll up their sleeves and participate in… (more)

Aspiring CSIs Invited to an Afternoon of Modern-Day Crime

Aspiring CSIs Invited to an Afternoon of Modern-Day Crime Solving at The Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas. CSI Family Day set for Sunday, March 10, 2013 Have you ever wanted to examine a crime scene, gather and study evidence… (more)

Family Friendly Flying

From bouncy babies to temper tantrum toddlers, traveling with family can be tricky. To help families plan their next getaway, Warren Chang, Vice President and general manager of, has compiled the following list: airberlin  To ensure that airberlin’s… (more)

Cruise Trends and Trips: Small ship adventure a sailing good time

It’s not for everyone. It’s not for the 3,000-plus that pack the ocean-going behemoths but rather for the 90 or so who eschew the glitz and glam of those floating cities for the more intimate vibe of a vessel that… (more)

Three Big Things for the holidays: big savings, big family, and big snow

Choosing the perfect holiday was a challenge when our children were young. They had  an age span of eleven years, so reaching consensus was not an easy task. Since they had grown up close to ski lifts and had… (more)

Bucket List Adventure: Shrek those halls!

Breaking bread with an ogre or sluicing down a 20-foot chute of solid ice may not be on your holiday bucket list – but you can bet it’s on your kids’ and grandkids’ wish list, along with the chance to… (more)

Spoil yourself (and your family) at the Midwest’s only AAA Five-Diamond hotel

If a Hammam Ritual isn’t on your bucket list, you need to amend that, as quickly albeit gently as possible. Hammam, meaning “spreader of warmth,” is a mindful intention that will reveal itself as soon as you slip into a… (more)

Disney’s Art of Animation Resort Opens at Walt Disney World

Two classic Disney-Pixar films —Finding Nemo and Cars — are the backdrop of Walt Disney World Resort’s latest resort complex. Disney’s Art of Animation Resort surrounds guests in the big blue world of Nemo and friends, and the high-octane… (more)

Moline, Illinois: Home of John Deere

Around the world farmers plow, seed, till and harvest using John Deere farm equipment. From tractors to cultivators, the roots of this multi-billion dollar industry began when a farmer from Vermont moved to Illinois and found the soil a challenge… (more)

Rich Civil War History and a Thriving Downtown Beckons Tourists to Frederick

With its blend of chic downtown stores, Federal period architecture, a vibrant art scene and plenty of restaurants to choose from, it’s easy to overlook Frederick’s connection to the Civil War. But if you look closely, you’ll find it’s everywhere… (more)

BritRail offers 1st Class Service at Coach Prices

I have traveled to England and Wales many times and, without fail, I always use a BritRail Flexi Pass. From Gatwick Airport to Suffolk, Hartlepool to Birmingham or London to Bath, all you have to do is show your pass… (more)

Chamberlain, South Dakota, Provides Welcome Respite along I-90

If you’ve driven along Interstate-90 in South Dakota, you know there are few attractions between Mitchell and Wall — a 220 mile stretch of farmland and rolling hills. But one community you don’t want to pass by is Chamberlain, a… (more)

The Black Hills of South Dakota — A Family-Friendly and Budget-Friendly Destination

The tunnel is a large yawning gap in the side of the mountain. Guide David Gausman leads his band of explorers — ages two to 91 — into the unknown, equipped only with trust in Gausman, hard hats and the… (more)

South Dakota Badlands – Welcome to the Wilderness

I’m not a geologist or a paleontologist and I don’t hike or camp. But when I drove into Badlands National Park I was hooked on the rugged other-planet-looking world of western South Dakota. People are simply drawn to the Badlands… (more)

Two Days in Tulsa

Tulsa’s the Old West, Route 66 and the oil industry. It’s also a destination where you can entertain your cultural side, become an educated gardener or amuse your inner child. This city of just under 400,000 offers great attractions for… (more)

Welcome to the Garden

Before me lay a treasure of flowers, foliage, imagination and ingenuity as I entered the Huntsville Botanical Garden in Huntsville, Alabama. Offered a 112 acres of nature’s finest coupled with man’s artistic talents, my biggest question was where to begin.… (more)