Category: USA

Traveling with children

World Stories: Halloween and the Origin of Trick-or-Treating

Halloween is believed to have originated with the ancient Celtic harvest festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires, leave food and wine on their doorsteps to ward off the departed, and wear costumes to avoid being recognized by these ghosts. In the 8th century, the Christian church instituted All Saints’ Day, also called All […]

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Urban Adventures: City Hiking with Kids

Hiking does not require access to forest trails or mountaintops, nature preserves or valley fields. These are all great places for a trot through nature, but cities can offer some of the many same advantages when hiking with the kids. Commune with nature. The right route through a city can offer beautiful neighborhood gardens, grassy parks […]

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Cultural immersion can be just a neighborhood away…

Although my husband and I love to explore other cultures with our kids, we don’t have the time, the energy or the finances to jet off every weekend. Luckily, we live in San Francisco where several ethnic neighborhoods offer the perfect fix for our cultural wanderlust. On a recent weekend we decided to “travel” to […]

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A Visit to the National Air and Space Museum, Dulles Annex

Everyone knows that Washington, D.C. is a great place to go with kids. With museums, monuments and lots of green space, there’s plenty to keep the whole family entertained. What few out-of-towners know, however, is that there are loads of great things to do just across the river, in Northern Virginia, as well. Last weekend […]

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A Weekend with Kids in New England

We’ve moved back to the States from two years abroad in Spain. Unsure of our next destination, we opted to spend the summer on the east coast with family. My husband envisioned a quiet summer spent with the grandparents – the kids happily entertained. We’ve been together for 16 years. He should know better! Our […]

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A Weekend with Kids in San Francisco (Part 2)

Welcome back to San Francisco! I hope you came dressed in layers and are ready to take to the hills. I suggest starting where we left off.  North Beach – San Francisco’s Italian neighborhood and home to crooked Lombard Street. If you are staying at one of the hotels I mentioned in A Weekend with […]

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A Weekend with Kids in San Francisco (Part 1)

Welcome to San Francisco. You can call it the City or San Francisco or occasionally SF but please, please, whatever you do, don’t call it San Fran or Frisco or any other nickname that comes to mind. You’ll peg yourselves as tourists immediately (if you haven’t already done so by showing up in the city […]

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