The Best Things to Do in Sri Lanka With a Toddler

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By Anuja De Silva

Sri Lanka, that tiny island nation that emerged from civil war in 2009, might seem like an exotic destination for family travel, but more and more parents are discovering it as a worthwhile and easy place to visit with kids.

What makes it truly special—and easy for families is that it offers a wealth of diverse cultural and natural attractions—world-class beaches, rain forests, tea estates and ancient cities—in a country about …

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All You Need to Know About Disney’s Free FastPass+

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By Natalie Reinhart

Heading to Disney World this spring? Here are tips on avoiding lines that I thought both first-timers and Disney veterans will find handy.  Most important: Big changes are in store for Disney’s free and incredibly handy FastPass service.

The Big News

Disney is getting ride of the old FASTPASS, where any visitor to the resort’s theme parks could arrange to show up at a popular ride at an appointed time, usually later …

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Our Top 8 Family Travel Finds for 2014

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By the FG Editors

The Times Travel Show in New York City is one of the biggest consumer travel shows around. Thousands flock to it for vacation ideas, booking discounts, giveaways and freebies. We enjoy talking to folks from a range of worldwide destinations, discovering places we don’t know and learning new things about old favorites. Our feet are usually weary by the end of the day (but for our readers, we don’t mind).

Here …

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How To Do A Catsklill Ski Weekend With Kids

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By Eileen Gunn

You can make skiing a day trip from the New York City metro area – if you want to get up at the crack of dawn and spend about as much time driving round-trip as you do skiing.  But just once, why not try a weekend in the Catskills instead? With hotels in a range of budgets and activities to suit a variety of interests, you can enjoy a relaxing mini-break instead …

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On MOMtravelchat: Couple Time & Olympic Destinations

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The FamilieGo! Editors

Our #MOMtravelchat twitter party took on a romantic hue ahead of Valentine’s Day with a focus on parent-only getaways and tips for carving out couple time on family vacations.

We gave away two prizes to help parents get some couple time, 2 $50 gift certificates from urbansitter and a 2-night stay at the cozy theRhinecliff in Dutchess County, NY. We also gave away an airplane tablet seatback mount from griffintech.

Finding

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4 Kid-Free Disney World Date Nights

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By Natalie Reinert

For many parents, Walt Disney World is all about the kids. I hear it all the time from my clients.  “This is really just for my son,” a mother will tell me, or, “Just make sure the kids have the best time possible.”

But what about the adults? The fact is, adult-only time during a Walt Disney World vacation is more fun—and easier to come by—than you might expect. Make reservations for …

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MOMtravelchat: Top Family Travel Destinations, Brands for 2014

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By the FG Editors

At this month’s #MOMtravelchat we had a lively discussion of parents travel plans, hopes and wishes for 2014. And we shared destinations and travel brands that we like best.

We also gave away some great prizes including a Joovy Foocot travel bed, a tablet airplane grip from Griffin Technology (we have a second one to give away in February) and a fun Maaps illustrated Atlas from They Draw & Travel.…

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8 Family Cruise Ideas for Kids of Every Age

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By Eileen P. Gunn

Thinking about a cruise with the kids in 2014?  I met today with more than a half dozen cruise companies to discuss what’s new or perhaps not well known about their services and amenities for families.

Here is a round up of what I learned, organized by age group. Hope it gives you some good ideas to plan around for your spring and summer travels on the high seas.

For Tweens/Teenagers:

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Lake Placid With Kids: Top Winter Activities

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By Eileen Gunn

Lake Placid is one of our favorite winter wonderlands. With the Sochi Winter Games on the horizon we headed there for Christmas. As long as you bring your thermals and the weather remains cold and snowy there is a lot of unique fun packed into this tiny Adirondack town.

Here are activities we recommend.

 See The Olympic Sights

Lake Placid’s tourism centers on the Olympic Games it hosted in 1932 and 1980. …

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16 Family Getaways for the Holiday Break

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The FG Editors

We haven’t done too many travel round-ups because we prefer to cover places where our writers can’t offer first-hand advice. But our readers have asked, so here are 16 packages still available during the holiday break. They include city, snow and warm weather getaways across the U.S. and represent the best values of the 50 or so packages submitted to us.

If you try one out, let us know how you liked …

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Belize Family Vacation: Ambergris Caye With Kids

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By Erin Bender

What’s 25 miles long, one mile wide and chock full of fun things to do?

The answer is Ambergris Caye, an island off the coast of Belize with fine white sand, crystal blue water and the world’s second largest barrier reef. Here are my five favorite things to do if you visit with kids.

Drive a golf cart everywhere.

The island is walkable but the primary mode of transport is golf carts. …

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Sponsored Post: Best Canary Island Beaches for Families

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By Angelina Richardson

The Canary islands are home to some of the world’s most dramatic and impressive scenery. These island landscapes, formed by extensive volcanic activity, possess stunning mountains, unique black-sand beaches and lava tunnels that stretch for miles.

For anyone looking to book a family-friendly holiday with sun, sand and adventure, Lanzarote and the rest of the Canaries make for the perfect destination. Each island offers a distincti experience for holidaymakers, so families …

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On Twitter: Washington, DC and Smithsonian With Kids

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Wow, what a great Twitter party we had last night! Washington, DC was the topic du jour. Local parents and travel experts chimed in with advice on taking kids to visit the U.S. capitol and museums in general.

We gave away a Piggyback Rider child carrier (left), created by a DC-area Dad who had lots of suggestions for fun things to do with kids in the city, such at the annual kite festival during Cherry …

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Cruise Review: The NCL Breakaway With Kids

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By Eileen Gunn

Our family recently spent a week on Norwegian Cruise Line’s spiffy new Breakaway ship to Bermuda. It’s gotten a lot of buzz, so we wanted to give you the scoop on what the ship has for families.

The Kids Programs

On the Breakaway NCL improved several of the things we found frustrating when we cruised on the Dawn two years ago. For starters, there is lots of space dedicated to kids, a …

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Sponsored Post: Cape Verde for Family Adventure

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By Laura Simmons

 Finding the perfect holiday destination for your family can sometimes be a challenge. What pleases kids might mean adults sacrifice and vice versa. The best family holidays are those that have something that suits all tastes and which bring a family closer together. If you are looking for this mix, Cape Verde is an incredible destination for adventurous families.

A far cry from the theme parks and resort towns of southern …

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