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A Branson Christmas for the Whole Family

If your hometown has been letting you down in the Christmas jollies department, a trip to Branson, Missouri can’t help but get you in the mood to make merry.  Starting in November, the Branson Christmas shows (and there are 100 of them in 50 theaters) shift to Christmas-themed performances, and you’ll see big production numbers all dressed up in tinsel, stars, Santa hats and glittery...

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Adventures In Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

If you're looking to explore fun landmarks by hiking and biking, we recommend Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, a lesser-visited park that is surrounded by a couple of delightful natural sites. The 200,000-acre wooded paradise is in the Blue Ridge Mountains, part of the Appalachian Mountain range between Pennsylvania and Georgia. Families...

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Alexandria, Virginia’s Winter Attractions

Not as "big city" as the nation's capital, the historic town of Alexandria, Virginia celebrates Scottish traditions and more each winter in a festival that all family members will really enjoy. Founded in 1749 and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places, Alexandria is steeped in history and is nationally recognized for its abundance of 18th- and 19th-century architecture. The numerous...

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Best French Ski Resorts for Families with Young Children

Do you dream about going on a family ski holiday with your family, but are worried about if it’s the right kind of holiday for your children? Choosing the right ski resort is the key to success, and will allow you to enjoy a stress-free, safe and action-packed vacation with the whole family, even your littlest ones. Many ski resorts put a lot of effort into catering for all ages, with...

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7 Reasons Why Suzhou Is China’s Best Adventure With Kids

If you’re considering a family trip to China, put Suzhou on your must-see list. This traditional city is just far enough off the tourist track to feel like a bona fide discovery, yet its modern infrastructure makes a visit with kids easy. Suzhou is one of China’s loveliest urban locations. Situated on a series of picturesque canals, it has earned the moniker The Venice of...

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Europe In Winter: Favorite Holiday Markets

Despite the chill winds and snowflakes, the holiday fun radiating from the tents and stalls of Europe's Christmas Markets is enough to make visitors feel welcomed and toasty warm. Here's our pick of the very best places in Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Great Britain and Austria to celebrate the season with kids at great European Christmas Markets. This tradition is so big in...

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Four Great Days In Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok's mix of modern and traditional keeps boredom at bay, making it a great destination for dynamic families touring southeast Asia. People are praying to a statue of Buddha built on the street, with their hands pressed together and knees on the sidewalk. Candles are lit around the statue and the ornamental flowers are beautiful. So calm and sacred it sounds, yet right beside the statue,...

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Disney World Planning Websites

Oh, the Disney vacation! So many things to do, places to eat, new attractions, characters to meet and shows to see. Everyone has an opinion on their favorite park, ride, or restaurant. It can seem a bit overwhelming when trying to plan and decide what the best options are for the ages of your children and what everyone is interested in doing. Not to mention the exact science of figuring out when...

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A Teen’s Guide To Packing For A Family Vacation

Your family has announced that you are all going on vacation this year. You are filled with excitement and the first thing you want to do is throw some clothes into a suitcase and just go already. However, being unprepared will only stress you out and ruin your vacation experience. Before you depart, read these steps in preparation for your trip. Here are some tips from a fellow teen...

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Jacksonville’s Great Outdoors (And Beyond)

As we packed up the car and double checked our contraband (sugar-free suckers, charged up kindles, books, and markers), my daughter asked again what the place was called we were going. "Jacksonville! It's a city in Florida." I told her and made sure I had enough coffee to sufficiently caffeinate my way through the next 5-1/2-hours in the car with my kiddos.  "But I thought we...

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Paris, The Lady and The Ring

It is Paris; it is drizzling. We are at Place de la Madeleine in front of a Parthenon-style church built by a Napoleon who couldn’t decide whether to brag about his victories or act humble before God. As I try to squeeze the columns into an Instagram frame, I understand why it took 85 years to finish construction. I lower my phone to see a woman right beside me. She is small, maybe 50....

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6 Ski Destinations Worth Swapping Your House For

Lodging, lift tickets, lessons and rental equipment all make ski holidays seem expensive, so we often avoid what could be the winter trip of a lifetime due to cost. Now, home exchange is here to help the family budget, and services like GuesttoGuest make it easy. In case you're not familiar with them, GuestToGuest is the...

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