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A Family Safari Adventure in Monterey County, California

The dream of a family African Safari takes a tremendous amount of work and planning. If you’re one of the many families like mine, who dream of an family safari in Africa like Amie’s, keep planning and saving. If you find you need a little inspiration along the way, consider an easily arranged safari adventure in the open space of Monterey County, California.

amous for its world class aquarium, there’s a wilder side to Monterey that many don’t know exists. Wild Things was created in 1983. At first the animals …

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What A List! Best Family Summer Beach Vacation Spots

A great family beach vacation ranks as one of life’s most enjoyable experiences. I asked family travel experts from around the country to send me a favorite beach vacation spot. What a list! From Cuba to Oregon to Cambodia, there’s something on this list for every age and interest. Thank you family travel bloggers for these incredible ideas!

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New Boeing 787 Dreamliner Service from San Jose to Tokyo

Do you dread thinking about long-haul flights with infants and children in tow? Well, say hello to All Nippon Airways (ANA) Dreamliner flight service to Japan. The Boeing 787 has landed in Northern California at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

I was on hand for Ciao Bambino to welcome ANA’s Dreamliner to the Silicon Valley …

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10 Tips for Visiting Disney’s Cars Land and Buena Vista Street

After five years of planning and development, Disney’s California Adventure has reinvented itself with the addition of the 12-acre Cars Land, Buena Vista Street and Carthay Circle. Disney didn’t just rearrange things, they took over an existing parking and created entirely new attractions and dining and guest experiences. Families will want to spend a day at Disney California Adventure.

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Camp Omni San Francisco Style

One of the best parts of summer for kids is the sense of freedom that comes with it. With no school bell to worry about, families get about 10 weeks to set their own schedule. For many families that means traveling and camps. Omni Hotels is out to make the two synonymous. I spent a weekend with my girls at the Omni San Francisco Hotel, and when Sunday rolled around, none of us wanted to go home.

Located in San Francisco’s Financial District, the Omni is a magnet for business travelers, but it was clear from the moment we arrived, they enjoy having kids as guests.

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The Coolest Pools for Summer!

School’s out for many families and summer is officially underway. Which also means you better get those summer vacations set. Ask just about any kid, their favorite part about staying in a hotel is often the pool. So with that in mind, here’s some ideas to jump start those summer trip plans.

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School age kids and teens won’t ever want to get out of the water at Tabacon Springs. The hot springs, pool, waterside …

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Happy Travels in 2011, Looking Forward to 2012

Sometimes I wonder how my family fits it all in. Life with a teen and tween is busier than I ever imagined which makes me appreciate our time together traveling even more.

It’s time to explore new places and relax, instead of finishing homework and racing off to swim practice. We’ve been incredibly fortunate to visit some fabulous places this year. And along with great destinations came equally impressive family-friendly hotels and resorts.

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Winter 2012 Family Vacation Dream List

Fantastic winter vacation venues are in great supply and I always find it hard to choose between a week-long ski week where everyone has the opportunity improve their skills and an escape into sunshine. In addition, urban getaways in Europe can be a blast in winter when cities are filled with locals instead of tourists.

I combed through our portfolio for our 2012 Family Vacation Dream List. The best part is there’s something here for a variety of budgets and interests, so just maybe, that dream can become a reality.

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Kids’ Clubs That Make You Want to be a Kid Again

Vacations are not always really vacations. Traveling can take a lot out of you. Throw in a kid or two and it’s like running a marathon. Pacing is the key to success, especially when you’re on the type of trip I like to call an adventure. Walking the family along the Great Wall of China or listening to your kids plot how to play tag with sheep in Northern Ireland, fall into the adventure category.

In bed late, moving and shaking early, and often exhausted enough to sleep for at least part of the plane flight home are just a few of the signs of a good adventure.

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Family Ski Vacations: Kids’ Lesson and Childcare Round Up

Even if you go to a resort where kids ski free, family ski vacations are expensive. Skiing is also a lot of work. But done right, the payoff is huge when every member of the family is active and having fun.

The better the amenities and facilities, the better the experience (see our article on how to choose the best family-friendly ski areas). A good kids’ ski program is essential.