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Meet the Eilers Family: owners of The Strawberry Inn

The Eilers are your typical family—Amber and her husband Carson have been married for 10 years and together are raising their two daughters, ages...

Arizona Family Campout Program registration starts this month

Here’s a fun way to experience a night under the stars with a little expert help: The Arizona State Parks Family Campout Program is...

Help prevent wildfires with safe campfire alternatives

Summer in Arizona means a few things. It means the perpetual presence of air conditioning and heat so extreme one can get burned on...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Plan a Hawaiian Islands family adventure

Just before the pandemic began, we were fortunate enough to introduce our kids to Hawaii on a surprise vacation to the island of Kauai....

Every Kid Outdoors gives 4th graders get free access to America’s national parks

Every Kid Outdoors — formerly called Every Kid in a Park — is a program run by the United States National Park Service giving...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Where to “go fish!” in Arizona

In Arizona, fishing doesn’t really know a season. Fish don’t hibernate, our lakes (at least in the Valley) don’t freeze, and we’re lucky enough...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Be a tourist in your own state

Don’t sit out a second spring break. Arizona offers jeep excursions, trail rides, kayaking, zip-lining and more! Being grounded stinks. And we’ve all been grounded...

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.

Party Articles

Out-of-the Box Birthday Party Ideas

Wanting to do something a little extra special for your child’s next birthday party? Maybe it’s a milestone birthday—like turning double digits or entering...

Party Etiquette

Whether you’re hosting a party or attending one, you may be wondering—do people really RSVP anymore? What about goodie bags, are those still a...

How to Throw a Birthday Party that Won’t Break the Bank

I remember the days when birthday parties consisted of colorful balloons, streamers, a simple cake, and the classics like musical chairs and tag with...

How to do a drive-by birthday party

As we get deeper into quarantine, people have gotten creative with birthday celebrations. One result: the drive-by birthday party.

Home pool party? Hire a lifeguard!

Drowning happens silently and quickly. That’s why children are at risk even when — and sometimes especially when — adults are nearby. Even a "designated...