Exploring local cuisine in a new way with the kids

Exploring local cuisine in a new way with the kids

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency The next time your family is bickering about where and what to eat on vacation, suggest a progressive dinner. And keep your walking shoes on. I know, you think progressive dinners mean forays in the neighborhood, one house for...
Traveling smart during hurricane season

Traveling smart during hurricane season

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency I feel your pain. I know what it’s like when weather derails your plans. Nearly 10 years ago, I was in Orlando when Tropical Storm Andrea messed up our theme and water park plans. But that was nothing like Category 4 Hurricane...
Halloween’s coming. Get your costumes ready — now!

Halloween’s coming. Get your costumes ready — now!

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Got your Halloween costumes ready? Sure there’s more than a month to Halloween but you can start celebrating now whether you want to stay in haunted digs, get scared out of your wits at a theme park (there are plenty of...
Family Travel Doesn’t Mean Always Taking the Kids

Family Travel Doesn’t Mean Always Taking the Kids

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency The friendly, English-speaking bus driver on the Greek island of Patmos points us toward a local beach taverna where we eat with our toes in the sand. The Wind Star as night falls over Monemvasia, Greece I checked another...
Taking the kids to a fall festival

Taking the kids to a fall festival

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Trailing sheep, mating elk, or maybe tarantulas? They are the subjects of popular fall festivals, along with apples, pumpkins, cranberries, brats and beer, pirates, starry skies and even covered bridges. Fall festivals are back...
MEOW WOLF Denver: an otherworldly experience

MEOW WOLF Denver: an otherworldly experience

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Imagine a cosmic event where everyone lost their memories and memories become valuable currency. Imagine four alien worlds joined together. Imagine a place where each of you will have a different experience as you explore...
To Orlando in fall with young kids

To Orlando in fall with young kids

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency If you think Orlando with toddlers and preschoolers is a nonstarter, think again. “The Magic outweighs the temper tantrums,” said Melanie Reynolds, here with her 20-month-old from Wisconsin. “There are so many moments when I’ve...
Plenty free (and a deal) in the Big Apple

Plenty free (and a deal) in the Big Apple

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Enough sightseeing! Even in a city like New York there is a limit to how many great sites, performances and museums you and the kids — and your budget — can take. The good news is whatever season you visit, there are more free...
Families on a different kind of water adventure

Families on a different kind of water adventure

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Everyone wanted to be in Doc’s dory boat, but there were only four spots. For the uninitiated, dories are small, 17-foot-long rigid boats that can run a river much more quickly than an inflatable raft. We met Stephen “Doc”...
Tips for traveling with babies and toddlers

Tips for traveling with babies and toddlers

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Forget spontaneous romantic dinners. Ditto for any big adventures. When you’re traveling with babies and toddlers, expect the unexpected. “Definitely there are a lot more logistics with little kids,” said Rachel...