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Things to do in Denver with Kids (and without): GameWorks

It’s summer and we’re back in Colorado for the next few months. As the summer temperatures continue to rise, finding activities to beat the heat is key. Yes, the pool, white water rafting, paddle boarding and escaping to the high country top my list but they’re not always do-able, especially on a Thursday afternoon. Enter …

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Theatre Hikes at Chautauqua Park Boulder

This post has been updated since its original posting on August, 2014. Do you like to hike? What about see live theatre performances? Did you know you can do both at the same time? Arts in the Open, formally known as Colorado Theatre-Hikes combines the two – an outdoor hike with amazing views paired with …

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Green Travel Trash Talk: 10 Simple (and fun) Beach Clean-up Ideas

It’s summer! Well, at least according to the school calendar here in Colorado. While it may not be beach weather – yet – we are gearing up for a spending a few weeks in Florida. For millions of Americans, summer is synonymous with the beach. For our family it’s more like November through February since …

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Family Friendly (aka EASY) Hiking in Breckenridge, Colorado

While Breckenridge might be known more for its winter sports, visiting in the summer is a must and hiking in Breckenridge is an absolute. There are hundreds of hiking trails in Breckenridge, from “easy” to “moderate” to “hard” to “crazy hard” to “what the heck are you thinking”. Since we are barely able to do …

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Have Food Allergies. Will Travel: Tips for Traveling with Food Allergies

It was a quick stop into Panera Bread, a turkey sandwich for me, and a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for Princess One. Three bites into her PB&J my then three-year-old began screaming. Not the tantrum type of screams but the blood curdling, something is seriously wrong kind of scream. That was the day we …

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Great Times in Grapevine: Things to do in Grapevine, TX with Kids

As part of our National Lampoons Family Road Trip we headed back to my now, not so small hometown of Grapevine, TX. When I was growing up there were not very many things to do in Grapevine besides fishing at Grapevine Lake, which I did a lot of, swimming at Dove Pool and feeding the …

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12 Tips for a Stress Free Family Vacation

Ok, having a stress free family vacation might be a stretch but reducing the stress is definitely possible. I’ve made my share of rookie mistakes when traveling with my kids but I’ve learned a lot along the way. Things that have helped make traveling easier and allow for an almost stress free family vacation. I …

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Snowmobiling Along the Spine of the Continental Divide

Thirty-five miles an hour never felt faster…or colder. Racing up hill on the back of the snowmobile to catch-up with the group brought tears to my eyes. Not because I was scared or sad we were behind, but the mountain wind was slapping my face with its massive force. I held on and leaned right, …

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Italy with Kids: Five Family Friendly Cities

Darren Ashley, contributing writer With a number of things to consider when looking to live in Italy with kids – be it for the summers or full-time – decisions aren’t made quickly and locations need to be researched meticulously. Having some useful insider information can therefore be vital when searching for a location which appeals …

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25 Travel Hacks Every Parent Should Know (& use)

How do you pack for two kids and yourself in one carry-on? And should you take a stroller and a car seat? Traveling with kids can be hard. Ok, it can be exhausting and expensive but, it’s worth it…especially when you have a few travel hacks up your sleeve. Over the last six years I’ve …

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5 Tips for Preparing for a Family Cruise

It’s hardly any surprise that cruise ship holidays have become popular among families in recent years. This type of getaway originally was favored by an older generation, but both young and old are now setting sail to any number of worldwide destinations. Cruise holidays are quite the no brainer for families due to the hassle …

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11 Things to do in Steamboat Springs…Besides Skiing

There’s more to Steamboat Springs than being a winter destination for skiing, although that is a top activity on my list… But activities thrive year round and you only need to take stock in order to see all the things there are to experience in Steamboat Springs. Following is a list of the top things …

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I want to be in an Octopuses Garden…at the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Earlier this month I was invited to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium to preview the new Tentacles: The Astounding Lives of Octopuses, Squid and Cuttlefish exhibit before it opened to the public. This exhibit is the largest open exhibit of the cephalopod family anywhere in the world AND is the first of its kind. It …

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Things to do in Beaumont TX: Gator Country

Imagine a teacher looking outside the window at the playground before recess to check the weather and instead of seeing cumulonimbus or cirrus clouds she sees an alligator. A REALLY BIG GATOR. Who’s she gonna call? Gator 911. Yes, it’s not a joke, there really is a Gator 911 and this really happened, or so …

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Best Family Friendly Music Festivals Around The World

By Marcela De Vivo, Contributing Writer The summer months play host to hundreds of music festivals, many of which make great family outings, with entertainment that’s enjoyable for kids and parents alike. While you might be tempted to assume that you would have to stay closer to home to find a family-friendly summer music festival, …

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Vacation Unplugged: How to unplug and enjoy your vacation

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”  If you’re one of the ‘50% of U.S. travelers expected to leave unused vacation days on the table this year’ I’m talking to you. When I was working in an office for someone else and had two weeks of vacation to use, I used it. …

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New York City with Kids

Elaine and Princess One in New York with Elmo New York City has always meant shows and/or work for me. That was until this summer when we took Princess One into the city before heading into New Jersey for a family reunion. I now had somewhat of an adventure on hand; how to do New …

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