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Only Child Week

Lisa McElroy | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Lisa McElroy

It wasn't that we didn't know our daughter. It was that Only Child Week gave us a chance to bring her into sharp focus, without the distractions of work and school and French horn practice and babysitting commitments.

How to Pack for a Summer Family Road Trip

Laura McHolm | Posted 07.09.2014 | Parents
Laura McHolm

So, before you hit the road this summer to your family vacation destination, follow these three checklists. Keep the car clutter-free, wire-free and the kids happy!

This Is How You Conquer The Stress Of Traveling

James E. Porter | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
James E. Porter

Over the course of a 17-day European vacation we journeyed by plane, by overnight train and even by water taxi. Here are 10 important lessons that I learned about creating a relatively low-stress travel experience that apply whether you are traveling on business or heading out for a well-earned vacation.

Put Down the iPhone: Top 10 Travel Toys That Don't Need a Charger

Cheapflights | Posted 06.24.2014 | Travel

If you're searching for ways to let your child unplug on a trip, here are our 10 of the best travel toys on sale this summer -- that don't start with the letter "i."

Spend It! You Earned It. 5 Great Ways to Begin Spending Your Kids' Inheritance Today

Jerry Patterson | Posted 06.12.2014 | Money
Jerry Patterson

Bucket lists do not just have to be the subject of movies. Write one. Make it ambitious. Start checking it off. Climb that mountain. Visit the seven wonders. Take those dance lessons. Buy that weekend car you always dreamed of driving

7 Ways to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Beach This Summer

Patrick Quinn | Posted 06.03.2014 | Parents
Patrick Quinn

When you go to the beach (or anywhere) with your kids, YOU are the first and most important line of defense when it comes to their safety. Gone are the days when the beach meant that you can sit in a chair and read a book, or take a nice nap in the sun. You now have to be constantly on guard.

5 Reasons Why Disney World Is Better Than Ever

George Hobica | Posted 05.21.2014 | Travel
George Hobica

Despite any downsides, Orlando -- and, quite specifically, Walt Disney World -- is the trip of a lifetime. You can pretend otherwise, but I'm not going to.

Kid-Friendly Itineraries in Five Western U.S. Destinations That Cater to Adults

Amy Whitley | Posted 07.07.2014 | Travel
Amy Whitley

The best say both. The following Western US destinations are world-renown as wedding destinations, wine regions, or spa retreats, but have a secret: they're all surprisingly kid-friendly.

The Best City For Family Travel

Tom Gilmore | Posted 06.11.2014 | Travel
Tom Gilmore

This Midwestern Metropolis is perfect for families. Not only will it offer enough entertainment and culture to keep a smile on your kids' faces -- it does so at a cost low enough to keep a big smile on yours.

Hot Deals on Winter Beach Escapes

MiniTime | Posted 02.26.2014 | Travel

Winter arrived with a big snowy bang across much of America, which has many folks already pining for an escape to warmer climes. If your family is ready to trade the snow for some sunshine and sand, here are five tremendous deals at kid-friendly beach resorts to get you packing.

Little Girl Would Rather Go To Mobile, Alabama Than The 'Happiest Place On Earth'

Posted 12.19.2013 | Parents

Little girl thinks she is going on a trip. Mom keeps the destination a secret until they are at the airport -- because it is Disney World! But not eve...

Why It's Great to Be Washed Out In Galveston

Kari Haugeto | Posted 02.05.2014 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

We hadn't seen anything like it since a hurricane almost swept our car off the road in upstate New York a few years ago. Ah, so this is September on the Gulf Coast?

Exploring Oregon's Coast, One Dune at a Time

Kari Haugeto | Posted 11.08.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Oregon's rough-and-tumble coast is all about exploration. It's learning about life on the edge of the American experience, in a place that features desolate beaches, famous cows and sea fairies. If you're not sure what I'm talking about, maybe it's time for a visit.

The Most Beautiful Ruined Moment

Sharon Kay Edwards | Posted 10.29.2013 | Parents
Sharon Kay Edwards

You gave him the moon, Mr. Jedi Master. You fixed his day... his entire vacation! You got him back on track.

The San Diego Beach That Swallowed up My Family

Kari Haugeto | Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Each trip to San Diego started with the best of intentions. We wanted to visit the famous San Diego Zoo with our three young children. And then we arrived in Mission Beach, and it all fell through, like the coarse gray sand slips through your fingers. We were grounded.

Finders Keepers: 6 Places to Hunt for Bling

MiniTime | Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel

(photo: Cherokee Ruby & Sapphire Mine) When 12-year-old Michael Dettlaff and his family visited an Arkansas state park recently, he had no need to bu...

8 Can't-Lose Labor Day Escapes

MiniTime | Posted 10.16.2013 | Travel

(photo: The Phoenician) No plans for Labor Day weekend? It's not too late to score a great getaway. The three-day holiday weekend offers a golden opp...

6 State Fairs For Fearless Foodies

MiniTime | Posted 10.16.2013 | Travel

(photo: Comet Corn; Minnesota State Fair) Move over, Ferris wheels and arcade games. Step aside, pageants and prized hogs. These days, the most talke...

You Can Stay Here! Dream Villas for Rent

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 10.13.2013 | Travel
Conde Nast Traveler

Here's your next vacation rental: glamorous beach homes from Condé Nast Traveler's carefully vetted villa specialists. By Kathryn Maier, Condé Nast...

Duck Key in the Florida Keys: A Lively Family and Fishing Vacation

Dwight Brown | Posted 10.09.2013 | Travel
Dwight Brown

One and a half hours from the heart of Miami, there's a sign for Duck Key on Route 1, the Overseas Highway, before it hits the world-famous Seven Mile Bridge. Take the left turn. The road leads to a quiet but developed archipelago anchored by the family-friendly Hawks Cay Resort.

8 Uncommonly Cool Children's Museums

MiniTime | Posted 10.07.2013 | Travel

(photo: Paul Specht/Boston Children's Museum) While plenty of adult museums offer specific exhibits with kid appeal, there is a whole genre of museum...

Disney's Coolest Upcoming Vacation Experiences

MiniTime | Posted 10.07.2013 | Travel

(photo: Disney Cruise Line) Ready for new ways to vacation with Mickey, Donald, and the gang? Here are four of the most highly-anticipated new Disney...

Traveling with Little Ones: It Gets Better

Carla Naumburg | Posted 10.04.2013 | Parents
Carla Naumburg

In preparation for the trip, I started to make a list of everything we needed to bring. I quickly realized it wasn't going to work. I needed a spreadsheet.

4 Ways to Save Big at Orlando Theme Parks

MiniTime | Posted 08.02.2013 | Travel

Are your kids still in preschool? Will your older kids remain out of class until September? Get thee to Orlando.

10 Smart Tips for Better Beach Vacations

MiniTime | Posted 07.30.2013 | Travel

Where do lifeguards look first when a child is lost on the beach? What everyday product makes sand fall away from skin? How can you take the pain out of a jellyfish sting? Here are some great tips for a stress-free beach getaway.