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2021 free entrance days for national parks

Entrance to America’s national parks — including the Grand Canyon — will be free on six days in 2021, starting with Martin Luther King,...

Raising Outdoor Kids: A bucket list of New Year adventures

It’s been really easy to dream lately, with a vaccine being administered and hope on the horizon that life will return to some sense...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Footwear for a new year of adventures

Whenever we tell the kids it’s time to leave for an adventure, there are three enduring questions that follow: Will I need a sweatshirt?...

Pandemic road trip: A short beach escape proved worth the risk

After months of sheltering in place, my soul was calling for an escape from reality — for new sights, tastes, sounds and experiences. And...

Halloween in Miniland

Legoland California in Carlsbad, California, hasn’t reopened, but the theme park is still hosting a scaled-back Halloween bash Friday-Sunday Oct. 2-31. Halloween in Miniland...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Safer summer excursions

The email came two days before we were ready to leave. We had hotel rooms rented, we had kept up with our training, and...

Is summer travel safe? Families are staying closer to home — for now

Venetia Houser, an Avondale mom of two, missed two vacations due to COVID-19 closures, including her sister’s postponed Cacun wedding and a spring trip...

Celebrate National Park Week from home

The National Park Service is celebrating National Park Week, April 18-26 with virtual tours, scavenger hunts, trivia contests and junior ranger programs.

Raising Outdoor Kids: Here’s how to reserve a national parks campsite

Getting a campsite for tent camping or RV camping inside a national park takes planning, because each park has a different reservation window.

Preparing kids (and parents) for summer sleepaway camp

Sleepaway camp conjures images of idyllic sunny days filled with sing-alongs, matching T-shirts, lake activities, close friendships, crafts, and, with some luck, a few...

Learn to camp as a family during AZ Family Campout Program weekends

Have you thought about taking the family camping but didn’t feel confident in your wilderness skills — or your kids' attention spans for roughing...

3 free treasure hunts families can enjoy together — anywhere

Raising kids in Arizona affords many opportunities to spend time outdoors, especially during these beautiful winter months. But what outdoor activities help strengthen family...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Let ’em climb — indoors and out

If given the option, kids generally wouldn’t choose a documentary when they’re handed the TV remote. But “The Dawn Wall” was different. Our five only...

Great Wolf Lodge indoor water park and resort celebrates Scottsdale grand opening

Great Wolf Lodge, a new indoor water park and resort, celebrated it's Scottsdale grand opening on Thursday, Oct. 17. The 350-room, all-suite hotel next...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Yes, a family road trip without screens is possible

It was going to be a long trip through Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, and we knew it would be challenging. We plotted a...

San Diego caters to visiting families with “kids free” deals in October

Every October, San Diego reaches out to families with free deals for kids --- including free admission (with an adult ticket) to major attractions...

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