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The Best Aquariums in the U.S.

We rounded up the very best places to watch the fishes swim.

Aquariums

6 Free Travel Apps to Help Plan Your Next Family Road Trip

Summertime is here, which means one thing (at least to a former teacher): summer vacation! While we tend to plan all the things we want to do or see …

Travel

The World is a Book: How to Help Your Kids Prepare for a Family Trip (Guest Post)

<i>Some of you might remember a post I wrote several months ago about motherhood. In it, I encouraged all of us to identify the parts of motherhood that</i> …

Kids

Five Reasons Why Montreal is the Ultimate Family Destination

© Voiles en voiles<b>1. Museums Aren’t Boring</b>For most kids, a day at the museum doesn’t have the same cachet as, say, the promise of a water park. Let …

Travel

3 Stunning trails in Hawaii for families with young children

<i>Looking for that perfect hike in Hawaii for young children? Whether you’re new to hiking with your baby or toddler, or you’re looking for a new trail</i> …

Hiking

The 10 Best Family Hikes in America

From Ocean Path in Acadia to the Trail of Ten Falls in Oregon, our outdoor expert offers her top picks for hiking with kids.<p>Taking kids on a hike can …

Hiking

25 Essentials Every Mom Needs on a Long Road Trip With Kids

There's nothing quite like a Summer road trip. Planning your route and picking the sights and stops can be thrilling, and road trips can be a great bonding experience for families, creating memories your kids will have for the rest of their lives. But they also involve packing up the car with all …

Kids

How to conquer 4 common road trip challenges to have less chaos and more fun

When Matt Villano sets out on the 560-mile road trip from his home in Healdsburg, Calif., to San Diego in July, his game plan will be carefully crafted. When you’re traveling with three kids under age 10, you have no choice.<p>Villano, a freelance writer who blogs about family travel at Wandering Pod, …

Kids

Screen-Free Travel: Road Trip Games for Kids

Here’s the scene. The whole family is looking forward to vacation. You are going somewhere exciting and new! There will be sun! Sand! Surf! …

15 Road Trip Snack Ideas for Kids

These road trip snack ideas for kids are great for keeping hunger at bay while providing lots of healthy options! Most of these leave very little …

Kids

27 YA Books You'll Want To Devour By The Pool This Summer

Find your new fave.

Books

Summer 2018 book preview: 7 thrillers you need to read this summer

A summer of scandal

Books

20 new books to read in June

June's 20 Must-Reads

Books

How to Have the Best Summer Ever with Kids in D.C.

Summer break will be here before we know it! The last day of school for most kids in the D.C. area is within the next couple of weeks. Are you …

Kids

The Best Children’s and YA Books of June 2018

More Awesome Books Coming This Month

Books

The Best Grown-Up Reads of June 2018

June brings graduations, Father’s Day, and, if the weather cooperates, the beginning of outdoor barbecue season. It also brings a list of reads as …

Books

The Top 26 Hottest Books of Summer 2018

More by Ashley<p>Summer vacation is right around the corner, and what’s better than spending a hot day off with a hot new book? These are the top 25 …

Books

18 Dystopian Novels That Will Definitely, 100% Blow Your Mind

The future is dark, disturbing, and thrilling to read.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

Books

9 Places for Learning in the Great Outdoors

Your kids won't even know they've got their thinking caps on during these fun adventures!

13 Totally-Free Museums

Explore space, learn how sake is made and see what it looks like under the Cable Cars at these museums that are FREE every day.

Airplane Snacks for Toddlers to Make Your Trip Fly By

What are the best airplane snacks for toddlers? We tell you what to pack to keep those skies friendly and your child happy.

One Fish, Two Fish: Your Insider’s Guide to the Seattle Aquarium

What’s not to love about aquariums? They not only give us a first-hand glimpse at some of the most colorful and eccentric animals on our planet, but …

Neighborhood Guide: Upper West Side

Culture, food, playgrounds, and of course, dinosaurs. The truth is, it's hard to do it all in a day — but you can try!

My Plan for Celebrating an Elementary School Valentine's Day

(Image credit: Meghan Splawn)<p>Valentine's Day is my favorite small holiday as a parent. We don't make a big deal about celebrating it as grown-ups …

How to Make Your Own Candy Box for Lunar New Year

When I was growing up, my grandmother had a strict no-snacking-before-dinner rule, but there was one exception: Chinese New Year. Once a year, she'd …

These Life-Changing Cookies Only Have 4 Ingredients

4-Ingredient Chocolate Banana Coconut Cookies<p>Makes 10 cookies<p><i>For the cookies</i>: <br>1 large ripe banana <br>3/4 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut<p><i>For the</i> …

Lower Sugar Vanilla Cupcakes with Dye-Free Frosting

Jump to Recipe<p>These Lower Sugar Vanilla Cupcakes are light, fluffy, and moist. They also happen to have less sugar (and butter) than most …

Dessert

Produce-Packed Healthy Fudge Brownies Recipe

Jump to Recipe<p>This healthy brownies recipe is delicious option when you want to share a healthier chocolate treat with your family. They are …

Dessert

Make These Jammy Shortbread Thumbprints Today

Jammy Shortbread Thumbprints<p>Makes 15 to 18 cookies<p>1 cup all-purpose flour <br>1/4 cup granulated sugar <br>1/4 teaspoon salt <br>8 tablespoons (1 stick) cold …

The Crispy Salmon Dinner You Can Make in Under 20 Minutes

Sheet Pan Crispy Salmon and Potatoes<p>Serves 4<p>1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (from 1 medium lemon) <br>2 tablespoons olive oil, divided <br>2 cloves …