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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...

7 lessons your kids will learn from family travel

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of...

Costa Rica: A destination for family adventures

Have you heard the Spanish expression pura vida? Literally translated, it means “simple life” or “pure life.” But in Costa Rica, it’s used more...

Taking a road trip? Try listening to an audiobook as a family

When my family travels in airplanes, it’s every person for him or herself. My 8-year-old son can sit through any intercontinental flight with an...

My summer “sacrifice” — sending triplets to sleepaway camp

We drive along a winding road, finally approaching scenes that feel familiar. Until now, we have seen them only on colorful brochures and website...

Summer travel: What’s new at Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens May 31 at Disneyland. Not just a ride, Galaxy’s Edge is an entire new “land” at the Anaheim, California,...

Stay-at-home family adventure: Host a French exchange student this summer

Anthem mom Celina Hayes fell in love with France as a high-school exchange student. Today, she’s the director of Bonjour Phoenix — a three-week...

Raising Outdoor Kids: Exploring the beauty of our national parks

When we finally arrived at Grand Canyon National Park, I remember just being happy to get out of the car. We had been driving...

Legoland California celebrates 20th birthday with new attractions

It's been 20 years since Legoland California opened its gates in Carlsbad — a laid-back beach town nestled between San Diego and Los Angeles....

Tucson family fun: Things to do in the Old Pueblo

Need a quick weekend escape? Just two hours southeast of Phoenix, the Old Pueblo offers lots of family attractions and makes for an affordable...

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...