The Driscolls' vacation every year with extended family at a family-centric resort or on a cruise line known for morning-till-night supervised kids' activities. But the five kids -- all eight and under -- rarely take part in organized kids' programs.
"The cousins entertain each other," said Anna Driscoll, playing in a resort pool with the ...Read more
Who gets the prize? Who can pick the most apples or find the biggest pumpkin?
There are literally hundreds of Octoberfests around the country this fall -- some kid-friendly -- but there are also plenty of apple, pumpkin and harvest festivals from which to choose. You can stomp on grapes in Sonoma County, California, trail the sheep in Idaho or ...Read more
Connections are everything, especially when you are traveling.
That's whether you want to meet locals, get a better room at your hotel, a deal on your cruise or when you're dealing with canceled flights and pre-paid hotels.
"You can't VIP yourself," jokes Jack Ezon, president of NYC's Ovation Travel, one of the city's largest. But it sure is ...Read more
What constitutes vacation bragging rights for a kid? "Getting slimed is definitely what I'm telling my friends about," said Alexis Hochgertal, 12, a Nickelodeon fan from New Jersey vacationing at the new Nickelodeon Hotels & Resort Punta Cana where you can take your pick of sliming -- getting ...Read more
It's been a long time coming. Anyone who has flown with young kids in recent years knows it's not uncommon to find that your preschooler has been assigned a seat half a plane away. All too often, parents are told it is up to them to ask someone to switch seats.
In one case I wrote about, a mom with autistic twins was forced to go to her senator...Read more
"You're kidding!" The river is beyond freezing, as if wheelbarrows full of ice cubes had been dumped into the water.
Even worse, slick rocks line the riverbed where my daughter Mel declares we have to cross -- barefoot -- to avoid soaking our boots and socks. She neglects to mention it, but this is the first of a dozen river crossings on this ...Read more
The Indigo Journals: Spiritual Healing For Indigo Adults & Other Feminine SoulsYol Swan
Are you sensitive, creative and empathetic, and feel out of place in a world that doesn't make sense to you? This book will take you on a spiritual healing journey of self-discovery and personal growth to understand the different soul types inhabiting the planet and help you unlock your ...
Water slides, giant pools, white sandy beaches, kids' clubs and plenty for grown-ups to do; all that and an environmental lesson or two.
A trip to the beach is a perfect summer getaway -- and a bargain too. As long as you opt for a destination that's off-season in summer -- like the Caribbean or Arizona -- you can have your pick of deals. You ...Read more
Skip the fireworks! No, I'm not crazy. I know fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day celebrations with cities trying to outdo each other with bigger and better displays, but, especially if you have young kids, they may be frightened by the noise, the dark and the crowds. I remember more than one July 4th ...Read more
What's first the new, super-fast waterslide, IMAX movie or SkyRide attraction?
If you pick SkyRide, you get bragging rights for being among the first to ride a bike on an 800-foot track suspended 150 feet above the ocean. "You're strapped in so it wasn't scary," reported Thomas Skeen, 11. If that ...Read more
Brian Duffy isn't your typical well-traveled dad. In fact, he has long had a unique vantage point -- from outer space. Duffy is a retired astronaut who logged nearly 41 days in space and, before that, thousands of hours as a pilot.
"My wife couldn't sleep very well when I wasn't on the planet," he joked the other day at a lunch to showcase all ...Read more
Barbara Cioffi had no concerns when she boarded the crowded train to Rome with her husband and two kids. But she did have a surprise in store.
"When you listen to the coverage at home," the St. Louis mom said, "it sounds like everyone in Europe is afraid. But then you get on the trains packed with people going about their daily lives and you ...Read more