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6 Holiday family travel tips from Colleen Kelly of PBS' "Family Travel with Colleen Kelly"

6 Holiday family travel tips from Colleen Kelly of PBS' "Family Travel with Colleen Kelly"
Colleen Kelly is both a mom of two and a travel guru who has visited more than 20 countries. Those two roles come together in her new PBS show, “Family Travel with Colleen Kelly,” the very first family travel show to ever go national. As a family travel expert, she circles the globe to helps her viewers get the most... Read more »

48 hours in Colorado Springs: 8 fun family activities

<a href="http://www.cograilway.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Pike's Peak Cog Railway</strong></a> It's a bit expensive at $35 for adults and $19 for kids, and the fact that they sell oxygen containers in the gift shop and advice you purchase them for your ride is a little disconcerting, but this rail ride is worth it. Katherine Bates wrote American the Beautiful after making it to the top of Pike's Peak and this railway shows you exactly why. My tween was excited to spot a <a href="http://wildlife.state.co.us/WildlifeSpecies/Profiles/Mammals/Pages/Marmot.aspx" target="_blank">yellow-bellied marmot,</a> to be able to see to New Mexico and Kansas and to get a donut at the summit. I like to say that she's diverse.

Get information on rates and times <a href="http://www.cograilway.com/ratestimes.htm" target="_blank">here</a>. Advanced <a href="http://cograilway.com/reservationsweb.htm" target="_blank">reservations</a> are highly recommended, particularly in the summer. Note that you need to arrive half an hour before your departure time, which may just save you from having to tear out of the Air Force Academy like we did when I randomly double checked our Railway reservation. Your haste may also mean you forget the Air Force sweatshirt you bought for the ride knowing that the top is always very chilly. Please be smarter than I was
The wild fires raging in Colorado are close to Colorado Springs, which my family discovered two weeks ago s a wonderful family vacation destination. We hope that The brave firefighters will be able to quickly extinguish the flames that have scorched close to 16,000 acres, destroyed 360 homes and claimed at least two lives. Our... Read more »

Travel tips: Hidden gems near Chicago tourist spots provide free family fun

<strong>Tried & True: Skydeck Chicago, 103rd floor of the Willis Tower</strong>

The Skydeck is open every day and you can enjoy spectacular views of the Chicago skyline, and also see four states. Step out on the glass "ledge" which extends out 4 feet from the building, and is 1,353 feet in the air.
Chicago welcomed more than 43 million tourists in 2011 and while there are some spots on the tourist track that are absolutely worth the trip, they can be pricey. After living in Chicago for a decade, I’ve discovered some family-friendly hidden gems that are within walking distance of major attractions. Best of all: they are... Read more »
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Tween travels: Fun places to visit with kids in St. Louis

Tween travels: Fun places to visit with kids in St. Louis
With the Gateway Arch, the City Museum, riverboat cruises on the Missisippi , and Clydesdales, St. Louis offers something for family members of all ages. Just 5 hours from Chicago, it’s an easy road trip from Chicago. We had a great time visiting for a weekend with our tween last spring break. Here are our... Read more »

Tips for traveling with tweens

Tips for traveling with tweens
Just as parenting tweens requires different techniques than parenting little ones, so does traveling with tweens. Although it may feel like their hormones or changing attitudes require their own set of luggage, tweens are also more mobile, self-sufficient and interested in the world than little people. Traveling with tweens can create wonderful family memories and... Read more »