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The Big Car Years

Jennifer Meer | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Jennifer Meer

As our family prepares to grow from four to five, we've decided my little sedan will just be too cozy and that we are reluctantly somewhat forced to graduate to the land of three rows.

The Good-Karma Guide to Holiday Travel

Stash Hotel Rewards | Posted 01.27.2014 | Travel
Stash Hotel Rewards

The best test of whether your meditation class is paying off is seeing how you behave on no sleep and when you're late for a flight after the mustachioed, wrestler-turned-TSA agent tells you to follow him for a pat down.

Learning About Grapes and History in the Champagne Region Near Paris

Eileen Ogintz | Posted 01.27.2014 | Travel
Eileen Ogintz

I always knew champagne was for celebrations but until now, I didn't know why or appreciate how much effort -- how much sweat, tears and family history -- it takes to create that bottle of bubbles.

6 Dreamy Christmas Hotel Packages

MiniTime | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

Here are six luxurious resorts pouring on the Christmas cheer for families with festivities ranging from cookie decorating and elf tuck-ins to visits with Santa.

All Aboard the Polar Express!

MiniTime | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

This year, maybe it's time to skip the mall Santa in favor of a fabulous new Christmas tradition. All around the country, railways are getting decked out for the season and offering families a great way to combine a visit with Santa and a fun family outing.

All Of The Lights

MiniTime | Posted 01.25.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

Want a surefire way to brighten your holiday season this year? Some of the best zoos around the country are upping the merrymaking ante. Here's a look at some of the best of the bunch.

12 Fab Hotel Deals: Black Friday Through Cyber Tuesday

MiniTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

(photo: Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort) Attention, vacation shoppers! The post-Thanksgiving shopping days aren't just for scoring deals on holid...

What Kids Really Learn From a Family Vacation

Sally Black | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Sally Black

As a young parent, I simply viewed family vacations as a time for fun. If they learned something new along the way, it was a bonus. Now that my kids have grown into young adults, I can fully appreciate the impact our family vacations had in changing their perspectives.

San Diego's Most Amazing Hotel Pools

MiniTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

(Photo credit: La Costa Resort) Don't pack the kids' swimsuits away just yet. In balmy San Diego, the onset of fall and winter doesn't mean the ...

7 Easy Thanksgiving Weekend Escapes

MiniTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

(photo: Wild Dunes Resort) Have you vowed to make the most of the four-day Thanksgiving weekend this year? For a growing number of families, that m...

Sizzling Deals at Kid-Friendly Beach Resorts

MiniTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

(photo: The Landings St. Lucia) There's nothing like cooling temperatures to make families start yearning for the sand, surf and sun. Here are five...

The Disney Magic Gets a Makeover

MiniTime | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
MiniTime

The Disney Magic, the ship that launched Disney Cruise Line 15 years ago, has just emerged from a five-week, stem-to-stern makeover with more Art Deco dazzle and family appeal than before.

7 Eye-Popping, Kid-Themed Hotel Rooms

MiniTime | Posted 10.28.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Plenty of hotels -- especially those at theme parks -- recognize the wow factor that comes from immersing guests in a fantasy realm. Here are seven delightfully vivid hotel digs for the kids.

6 Ways to Never Pay Baggage Fees

MiniTime | Posted 10.10.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

The busy holiday travel season will soon be upon us, which means crowded airports, higher airfares and -- if you're not careful -- hefty baggage fees. Traveling light when you have kids in tow can be challenging, but not impossible if you have the right gear and mindset.

America's Wackiest Fall Festivals

MiniTime | Posted 10.07.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Crisp weather and harvest season make for plenty of idyllic fall festivals -- but autumnal celebrations need not focus on pumpkins, cider and hayrides alone. Here's where to go for some unconventional fun this fall.

A Crossing In Kenya: A Thrilling Spectacle of the Great Migration

Susan Portnoy | Posted 09.24.2013 | Travel
Susan Portnoy

There are no guarantees when it comes to a crossing. You may wait for hours and nothing happens, but when it does, it's magical. At first it was orderly. But suddenly the endeavor became frenzied, as if a wildebeest in the back had screamed, "Lion!"

How My Vacations Have Changed In 30 Years

Al DeLuise | Posted 11.21.2013 | Fifty
Al DeLuise

This past August I spent a week in a rented two-family house in Belmar, NJ with members of my family. It was a beautiful house with a large wrap-around porch in a very quiet neighborhood. As I sat in one of the fatly-stuffed cushioned chairs that ringed the porch I couldn't help but think how different my first Belmar summer house experience was nearly three decades earlier.

6 Fab Fall Festival Weekends for Families

MiniTime | Posted 11.07.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

(photo: nicolicreer/Flickr Creative Commons) Not even a week after Labor Day, and some of us are already planning weekend getaways that celebrate the...

How to Talk Yourself Out of Loving Mendocino

Kari Haugeto | Posted 10.29.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

We're moving to Mendocino. No wait -- we're not! Will somebody stop us, please? We visited the Northern California coast with our family and were immediately taken with its cool climate, dramatic cliffs, too-charming fishing villages and no-nonsense residents.

Lights, Camera, Vacation: 5 Top TV and Movie Locations for Teens

MiniTime | Posted 10.29.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

(photo: Murray Close) A ballpark, a zoo, an amusement park--any of them can attract new visitors to small town or city. But these days, having some z...

With Little Kids, You Take Trips, Not Vacations

Steve Wiens | Posted 08.25.2013 | Parents
Steve Wiens

By far the best moment every day was when the kids were finally in bed, and the adults all gathered upstairs to laugh, moan about our sore, aging bodies, and relive every precious part of that day.

Travel Apps for the Perfect Family Vacation

Home Away | Posted 10.22.2013 | Travel
Home Away

Whether you're squeezing in one last trip before it's back to school, or getting an early start on planning your winter holiday -- here are eight mobile travel apps to help take the frustration out of the process and make planning your next family vacation a total breeze.

5 Places to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

MiniTime | Posted 08.21.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Huge crowds are expected in Washington D.C. this weekend for the 50th anniversary celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic March on Washington and his "I Have a Dream" speech. Can't make it to the capital for the big party? Consider one of these five destinations.

Clearwater Dials up Its Beach Cuisine

Sherrie Nachman | Posted 10.14.2013 | Travel
Sherrie Nachman

To have the quintessential Clearwater experience, you need to eat your grouper and key lime pie while watching the sun go down. Drinking a beer is also encouraged.

Would You Take Your Kids to Las Vegas?

Kari Haugeto | Posted 10.02.2013 | Travel
Kari Haugeto

Vegas may not be considered the most family-friendly destination, but if you get creative, you can make sure the little ones end up with an unforgettable trip. And we don't mean that in a Hangover kind of way.