September 21, 2014

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Family Fun ~ Winter Travel

Winter Travel: 10 Snowy Sites

Lake Tahoe, Nevada
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If your family is the slightest bit outdoorsy, they'll love Lake Tahoe.

Things to Do:
Biking Along the Truckee River
Borges Carriage Rides
Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

Stowe, Vermont
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Your kids can stay out past dusk, dessert is a staple in the diet, and fresh air and exercise come with the territory.

Things to Do:
Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory
Cold Hollow Cider Mill
Laughing Moon Chocolates

Denver, Colorado
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The mile-high city offers something for kids of every age group, and you, too. You'll find a bit of history, great shopping, kid-friendly museums, and plenty of ways to enjoy that near year-round sunshine outdoors.

Things to Do:
Capitol Building
Children's Museum of Denver
Denver Art Museum

Sun Valley, Idaho
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Sun Valley has the feel of understated elegance and unbridled fun at the same time.

Things to Do:
Bowling at Sun Valley Lodge
Fly Fishing With Silver Creek Outfitters
Hiking and Biking at Sun Valley White Clouds

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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With more than 500 stores, an indoor theme park, aquarium, and a miniature golf course - is admittedly impressive. But the Twin Cities also boast a renowned theater scene, plenty of parks and green space, an urban atmosphere, and more.

Things to Do:
Children's Theatre Company
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
Guthrie Theater

The Berkshires, Massachusetts
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If quaint and cozy is your thing, head to western Massachusetts where you'll be tempted by a rich offering of historical tours and museums, plus skiing at the Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort.

Things to Do:
Hiking
Horseback Riding
Bicycling
Whitewater Adventure or Smooth Sailing

Salt Lake City, Utah
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Salt Lake City is the cultural and political center of Utah. It has plenty of cultural offerings, numerous parks and some inspiring buildings, including the splendid structures of the Mormon Temple Square and the historic This is the Place Monument.

Things to Do:
Skiing
Lodging - Search
Camping
Sighseeing

Seattle, Washington
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Seattle is chock-full of kid-friendly attractions. Older kids will enjoy Seattle's music history as well as the city's waterfront, especially Pike Place Market. The younger set will find plenty of hands-on fun at the various museums, plus lots of open, grassy spaces to romp in. And the entire family will appreciate the beautiful mountains and water that surround the city.

Things to Do:
Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum
Pike Place Market
Space Needle

Whistler, British Columbia
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Your family can try every imaginable snow sport, from dog sledding to snowshoeing. When you're done playing in the outdoors, you'll find nearly endless shops and restaurants in Whistler Village, nestled at the base of the mountains. With non-stop outdoor adventures and energetic village life, this four-season resort is fun for everyone.

Things to Do:
Bear Viewing and Ecology Tours
Core Kids Adventure Zone
Cross-Country Skiing and Olympic Sports at Whistler Olympic Park

Yellowstone Park, Wyoming
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Yellowstone National Park delivers big when it comes to geysers and hot springs. You won't have to look far for adventure on your Yellowstone vacation.

Things to Do:
Visit Old Faithful and Other Geysers
Recreation
Wildlife Viewing
Sightseeing



Other Winter Travel Ideas:

10 Warm Weather Getaways

Family Cruises

Train Adventures

Source: family.go.com
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Halloween Ideas

Have a Safe Halloween Night

Before your ghosts and goblins trick or treat this year, parents should keep in mind some safety tips.
  • Carry a Flashlight ~ A glow bracelet, necklace, or flashing attire also work well for visibility.
  • Plan Route in Advance ~ Trick or treat in familiar neighborhoods or areas.
  • Only Visit Lit Houses ~ Residents who do not wish to be bothered by trick or treaters often leave off their lights.
  • Accompany Your Children ~ If they are older and trick or treat without an adult, set firm rules and have them carry a cell phone.
  • Think Practical for Costumes ~ Be sure a child's mask allows full visibility and breathing.
  • Inspect All Candy ~ Never allow children to eat candy before it is inspected and throw away anything that is opened.

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