September 21, 2014

7 Tips for Renting a Car in Europe

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If you’ve been to Europe before, you’ll understand the risk of trying to drive in its big cities. I must admit, having grown up in Boston, I enjoy the thrill of city driving. But in Paris or London or Rome (or pretty much any big European city), you’re generally better off without a car. You’ll save time and money going […]

Get Outside: 4 Fun “Junior” Programs (Badges!)

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Okay, so I’ve written about the Junior Ranger program many, many times before, but there are other “junior” programs to be enjoyed at our state and national parks and forests, including a Junior Smokejumper program at Yellowstone National Park. I just heard about this program last week, and wow, so cool. Take a look at four fun “junior” programs your kids […]

10 Best Uses of the Disney Dining Plan

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There’s no question that the Disney Dining Plan is one of the most enjoyed perks among those staying on-property at Walt Disney World as part of a Magic Your Way Vacation Package. Each Disney Dining Plan includes at least two meals and a snack, making it easy to dine around the resort as a family. There are three primary dining […]

15 Unique Vacation Rentals Your Kids Will Love


I’ve booked vacation rentals on sites like HomeAway and FlipKey a number of times. Over the summer, we stayed in this Montreal townhouse. I’ve also reserved places to stay in Prague, Vienna and Kissimmee (FL). If you click through any of these links, you’ll see that the rentals are pretty standard. But, if you hunt around a bit, you’ll find […]

6 Ways to Enjoy Fort Sumter with Kids (Charleston)

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You’ll find no shortage of historic architecture, vibrant southern cuisine and fabulous water views in Charleston, SC, but no trip to this delightful city would be complete without reliving a major turning point in our country’s history at Fort Sumter National Monument on nearby Sullivan’s Island. Built after the War of 1812 as a line of defense for the city […]

Top 10 Corn Mazes for Families

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It’s September and that means it’s time to start thinking about apple picking, fall festivals and of course, corn mazes (one of my favorite fall activities!). Wherever you live, you’re bound to find a fabulous corn maze (aka maize maze), and here are 10 mazes families will love his year: 1. Richardson Farm (Spring Grove, IL). Head about an hour […]