Ideas for cool gifts for the dads in your life this fathers day: a scavenger hunt, a bike ride in a vineyard, a cocktail class
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Best Gifts for Dad on Fathers Day: Cool Experiences

Coming up with gift ideas for the dads in our lives is really hard, isn’t it? My husband in particular seems to know how to read my mind and sometime …

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Luminocity is a wondrous light display that comes to nyc at christmas time.
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Fun, Secret Christmas Things To Do In 15 Cities

One of the few bright spots in the past 10 months is that families have been spending more time exploring —and newly appreciating — their hometown, their nearest city, their …

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Summer barbecues can be awesome, even if you aren't away from home this year.
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Summer Grilling With A Global Flavors

Around this time every May, I get a press release from AAA predicting how many cars will hit the road for Memorial Day weekend. This year of course, a lot …

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The shire was built in new zealand. Visit it by watching the lotr movies.
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Movies & Shows That Take You Away

Some movies transport you to a different place for two hours. When you’re done watching, you look up and are surprised to find yourself in a local movie theater —or …

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Pictures and recipes from some of the 20 books in a roundup of cookbooks that can help your family discover new foods and world cultures.
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Around the World With 20 Cookbooks

One of our favorite ways to conjure memories of a favorite vacation is to make some of the foods we discovered away from home, ideally with ingredients we’ve brought back. …

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Share a dragon with a wizard at the lark toy store carousel
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14 U.S. Carousels You Have To Ride

With summer coming and everyone needing to get outdoors as soon as possible, I thought I would pay tribute that to amusement park classic, the carousel. It’s a ride that …

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Bread recipes from across the world that are easy to make with kids
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Bake These World Breads With Kids

Everybody wants to bake bread these days. As our Covid semi-quarantine rounds on a full year we all crave things that are unique and a bit of a treat. And …

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A woman reading a book by the water. Books can take you away from home when you can't get away.
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30 Books To Inspire Your Next Vacation

Books have both inspired and informed a lot of my travels. And they’ve taken me places I haven’t been and might never go. I’ve gained as much insight into people …

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St. Louis's city museum is a top childrens museum because of its whimsical play spaces made from reused materials.
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Time To Play: 11 Amazing Children’s Museums

Nearly every city has a children’s museum. They can save parents’ sanity when it’s too cold, too hot or too rainy to take your energy-filled kids outside. The Brooklyn Children’s …

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Family memberships can save you money at zoos and other cultural attractions.
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How To Find The Best Family Memberships

On any city vacation we take, admission fees to museums and other cultural institutions are one of our biggest expenses. For art, history and even children’s museums, admission typically starts …

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Biking toward the ocean near kennebunk beach, maine
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How To Travel With Bicycles & Kids

Updated September 2020 with new trail rides. I love bicycle riding. From the moment we began teaching Tiny Traveler to ride a two-wheeler I have been dreaming of family cycling …

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Staycations can provide great family time
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Quick & Easy Staycation Planning Tool

Staycations at home need as much planning as away vacations, or in fact, maybe even a little more. You’re in your comfort zone, in familiar surroundings, so you need to …

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Staycation adventures in connectictu
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How To Turn A Staycation Into an Vacation

Updated march 2020 Following two exotic trips over the winter (Guadeloupe and Senegal), plus spring break jaunt to Pittsburgh, we opted to be relatively frugal for the summer and staycation. …

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South haven is great for a kalamazoo staycation
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9 Fun Staycation Day Trips From 12 Cities

Updated March 2020 My family doesn’t put its traveling shoes in storage when our travel budget shrinks or the odd pandemic prevents us from taking our usual vacation. Instead, we …

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Travel books for kids, like this m. Sasek classic
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25 Kids’ Books For Travel Without Leaving Home

Updated November 2020 I love books. So do my husband and my daughter. We use fiction and non-fiction books to learn about places we visit.  And we rely on stories …

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Happy girls running on a staycation
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20 Fun Ideas For Your Family Staycation

There’s always one week of summer where everyone is home from camp and work but we aren’t going away. We need things to do so that we feel like we’re …

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Theme parks have rides for all ages
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10 Best Theme Park Tricks For Families

Theme parks are go-to vacation destinations for some families and places to avoid at all costs for others. But if you have kids, you’ll wind up spending at least a few weekends …

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