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On a Roll

MiniTime | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

For visiting families with teens, bike-share programs offer a fun, affordable way to explore part of city. Don't want to deal with traffic? There are plenty of bike stations near parks and other car-free areas. Here's the lowdown on some of the biggest bike-share programs in the country.

Role-Play

MiniTime | Posted 06.18.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Taking a cue from the enormous popularity of video games, top family travel destinations are offering high-tech interactive gaming experiences that immerse visitors in a storyline. Here are four places your family can experience this growing trend and get in on the game.

What Dad Wants This Father's Day

Home Away | Posted 08.16.2013 | Travel
Home Away

Where do you start for finding the perfect gift for the number one guy in your life? Put down that tie. Forget cologne. We polled dads across the U.S. and uncovered some surprising insight into the best Father's Day gift ideas, and the good news is they really want to go somewhere fun.

Making Sure Your Vacation Doesn't Suck

Laurie Gerber | Posted 08.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Laurie Gerber

My vacation was mostly great, but I made one mistake. My hope is that I catch you before you leave for your vacations and help you design them, so you maximize relaxing and having fun with your loved ones. This is an important area of life.

What My Father Taught Me About Family Vacations

Mary K. Moore | Posted 08.13.2013 | Parents
Mary K. Moore

If traditional family summer vacations do anything, they allow you to revisit your childhood through the eyes of your children. But they also give you a greater appreciation of your own parents, who gamely endured the same experience with you 30 or so years earlier.

5 Worst Kids' Meals

MiniTime | Posted 06.11.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

A recent study indicates even the better kids' meals still have a long way to go. Here are the five worst offenders.

5 Fab and Free Food Factory Tours

MiniTime | Posted 08.11.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

(photo: sporst/Flickr Creative Commons) Ever wonder how your favorite candy or snack is made? Food factories all over the country invite visitors be...

Family Vacation: Fun and Learning

Neale Godfrey | Posted 08.04.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

f your family is fortunate enough to be taking a summer vacation, are you and your children going to tear around the house stuffing clothes in bags and rummaging through drawers for maps and sunscreen? I have two very important words for you: plan ahead.

Family Vacation? Family Trip? Or a Second Honeymoon

Ann Blumenthal Jacobs | Posted 07.24.2013 | Parents
Ann Blumenthal Jacobs

When you marry or re-marry a little "later in life" there are lots of obvious things to consider, but vacations are an integral part of family life and need to be planned and agreed upon in order to help create a happy and successful life together.

Catch a Dune

MiniTime | Posted 07.23.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Love the thrill of downhill sports? Lose your woolly socks and thermal fleece and get ready for sandboarding -- arguably the coolest new way to have fun on a beach or desert getaway.

Summer Vacation On A Shoestring

MiniTime | Posted 07.15.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Don't assume that the grass is always greener, or the water bluer, a thousand miles away from home. No matter where you live, there are national and state parks, gorgeous lakes, vibrant cities, and idyllic summer resort towns within a day's drive.

6 Places to Spend a Night at the Museum

MiniTime | Posted 07.14.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Six can't-miss museum sleepovers around the country.

Save Your Family Vacation With a Digital Detox

Linden Schaffer | Posted 07.06.2013 | Parents
Linden Schaffer

It's time to take a stand for everyone's health and talk about a digital detox while on vacation. Instead of going digital-free cold turkey, it is important to set you and your family up for success. Try these tips and I guarantee that you'll return relaxed and refreshed.

5 Steps to a Stress-Free Family Vacation

Home Away | Posted 07.05.2013 | Travel
Home Away

It's no secret vacations are important to families - or that they can be stressful. Our new HomeAway survey found that even though 46 percent of U.S. ...

Yes, You Can Home Swap--Si Se Puede!

Shelley Miller | Posted 07.03.2013 | Travel
Shelley Miller

As you begin thinking about vacation and wondering if you can make a home swap happen, let me be the first to tell you, "Si se puede!"

Divorce Diaries: The New Family Vacation

Denise Albert | Posted 06.18.2013 | Divorce
Denise Albert

The most incredible things that I have witnessed through my kids eyes have been in the past year, since I separated from their dad. And that's because now I can fully enjoy being a mom on a mission doing and enjoying every journey we take.

Take the Kids to Washington DC for Fun, Education and Value

Eileen Ogintz | Posted 06.14.2013 | Travel
Eileen Ogintz

Take a walk on the African American Heritage Trail or a hike in enormous (more than 1,754 acres) in Rock Creek Park . Even the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has daily free performances -- at 6 pm on the Millennium Stage.

6 Great National Parks You've Never Visited

MiniTime | Posted 06.11.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

These six lesser-known national treasures can be blissfully uncrowded while still delivering outstanding natural landscapes and wildlife viewing.

Why This Family Decided To Unplug

Mike Lescarbeau | Posted 06.03.2013 | Healthy Living
Mike Lescarbeau

As someone who both consumes and creates content for modern gadgetry, I've wondered: How might our family dynamics be different if we were forced, on a regular basis, into something as terrifying as a traditional conversation?

5 Spectacular April Getaways

MiniTime | Posted 06.02.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

April is shoulder season for many North American destinations, so this can also be a wonderfully affordable time for a carpe diem-inspired break. Here are five great family destinations that beckon in April.

5 Awesome Los Angeles Beaches for Families

MiniTime | Posted 06.01.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

Miles of soft sand, swaying palm trees, and the lure of the sparkling ocean make the City of Angels a magnet for surf-and-sun devotees. Yet with over 90 beaches in Los Angeles County, it can be difficult for visiting families to know where to begin.

How 6 Hotels Celebrate Easter

MiniTime | Posted 05.29.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

With Easter just around the corner, kid-friendly resortsare offering spring savings along with bunny-themed events and thousands upon thousands of hidden eggs.

At The Zoo: Cute Baby Animals!

MiniTime | Posted 05.21.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

One of the great joys of a spring vacation is the chance to meet all the new arrivals born at zoos and aquariums around the country. Here's where to find most irresistible babies running -- and swinging, and swimming -- around this spring.

Giving Back On Family Vacation

MiniTime | Posted 05.18.2013 | Travel
MiniTime

We love the idea of raising our children to give back, but many of us find it hard to build volunteerism into our busy day-to-day lives.

St. Patrick's Day Recipe For Real Irish Soda Bread

Shelley Miller | Posted 05.05.2013 | Taste
Shelley Miller

Buttermilk, I thought to myself, how will that taste in a bread recipe?