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Kids Night On Broadway

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Knowing that our first family vacation would have to wait until spring break, I reminded myself that you don’t have to board a plane or cross a state border to experience the joys that travel brings. That sense of exploration can be found right in your backyard, if you have the right attitude.

The Best Resort Rec Programs for Families

There are a slew of lists about the best places to go and the best things to do while traveling. But there’s one list you may not have heard about: the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association’s annual awards for excellence.

Post-Newtown Priority: Family Time

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The past week has been a profoundly sad and somber one for all, but perhaps more so than for the parents of young children. If something positive could possibly be taken away from the Newtown tragedy, it’s that we’re probably hugging our kids a bit tighter and appreciating them just a little more.

Traditional Japanese Bliss (in NYC)

Why is it that with each passing year, it seems to get more and more difficult to think of a cool gift idea for my wife’s birthday? Maybe it’s because in 2008, we spent her special day walking around Kyoto, Japan in traditional kimonos and stayed over at an authentic 19th-century ryokan. So, there I was, having a drink at the Kitano Hotel in New York City, plum out of bright ideas, when I learned that the property had a special tatami suite that offered guests what it was calling authentic Japanese culture and hospitality.

Take Time Off to Travel: Meet, Plan, Go!

Taking a career break to travel is becoming a popular trend. Find out more about how Meet, Plan, Go! can help you make the leap from dreaming to living the dream.

Leprechaun Luxury

Confession: I’ve seen Shrek with my boys at least a half-dozen times, bought them every Harry Potter book in the series, and, if I had a daughter, would relish the chance to dress her as princess on Halloween. So I decided to take my family to Ireland to recapture some of the magical innocence of childhood while exposing my kids to a country steeped in both history and folklore.

Emerald Isle Escapism

We’ve all experienced how hard it can be to transition from vacation mode to everyday mode. That’s why I decided to tack on a few days of downtime to my family’s summer travels to help us ease back into our routines. After spending a hectic week in London navigating the Olympic games, I figured Ireland was the perfect place to decompress before our return flight dropped us back in reality.

A Different Kind of Summer Camp

If you’re one of the millions of parents who enrolled their kids in summer camp this year, the biggest decision you probably faced was whether to send them to a day camp close to home or an overnight camp farther afield. In the past, my wife and I always opted for the former even though our children are old enough to leave the nest, but this year we discovered an interesting option that combined the two: joining the kids at a sleep-away camp.

Last-Minute Spring Break Idea: Arizona, Part 1

If you haven’t yet finalized your family’s spring break plans, chances are you might not be going to that beach resort, theme park, or cruise ship you’ve been contemplating for months now. Unless you don’t mind paying the big bucks to book last-minute deals to popular family destinations like Florida, the Caribbean, or California, you…

Celebrating Winter a la Quebec

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Many of us in the Northeast, and across the country for that matter, have been wondering what happened to winter this year. Not that I’m complaining, but there’s been almost no snow and daytime highs have been well into the 40°s, and even 50°s in New York. So to get a taste of the season…

10 Questions to Ask Before Booking Your Next Family Trip

Family travel writer Rainer Jenss shares his New Year’s resolutions when it comes to planning trips with his family. For 2012,  instead of making my usual bucket list, I’m concentrating mostly on which places and activities are going to benefit my kids and enrich their lives. With that in mind, here are a few questions…

Winter Family Getaway in New York

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With winter now officially underway, the northeast is bracing for what could be another very snowy season.  For those of us with kids in the New York City area, traveling this time of year is often focused on the nearby ski resorts and slopes of New England. There are alternatives, however, for parents (like my…