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11 Best Backpack Diaper Bags 2020

by Amanda Norcross

Want a diaper bag that doesn’t look like a diaper bag? Consider a backpack diaper bag. Not only are backpack diaper bags stylish and (mostly)…

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7 Disney Recipes You Can Easily Make at Home

by Amanda Norcross

When it comes to Disney, everything is magical—especially the food served at the parks. Craving a creamy Dole Whip or wishing you were starting your…

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24 Best Trolls World Tour Toys & Accessories

by Amanda Norcross

Have kids who are obsessed with the new Trolls World Tour, which is now available to rent at home? Surprise them with these Trolls World…

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Self Care for the Whole Family: 10 Ways to Spark Joy During Your Quarantine

by Amanda Norcross

Many of us are experiencing a range of negative emotions in the midst of COVID-19—from the stress of trying to homeschool kids while simultaneously working…

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A Complete List of All the Virtual Rides at Disney Theme Parks

by Amanda Norcross

If you had to cancel your Disney vacation plans due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re here to say we feel your pain. We’re also here…

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How to Stream Broadway Shows at Home

by Amanda Norcross

The curtain has closed on Broadway—for now—but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite story lines and show tunes. The following streaming services allow…

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Christmas in… Spring? Hallmark Channel to Host Holiday Movie Marathon Amid COVID-19 Outbreak

by Amanda Norcross

Need a little cheering up? Get (back) in the holiday spirit with the Hallmark Channel.  Starting Friday, March 20, Hallmark will host a weekend-long marathon…

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COVID-19 Refund Policies by Vacation Rental Website

by Amanda Norcross

Need to change your vacation rental plans due to COVID-19? Similar to airlines, hotels, and third-party online travel agents (OTAs), refund policies vary by company.…

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7 Best City-to-Sea Getaways

by Amanda Norcross

Want to expose your kids to the culture and history of a city, but also enjoy some downtime at the beach? In these destinations across…

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9 Best Beach Resorts in South Carolina

by Amanda Norcross

From water park hotels in Myrtle Beach to vacation rental resorts in Hilton Head, South Carolina offers a variety of beach accommodations for families. Whether…

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The Best Family TV Shows and Movies to Watch Right Now

by Amanda Norcross

Hunkered down due to the COVID-19 pandemic and looking for some new TV shows and movies to stream? We’ve got the complete list of every…

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort Introduces All-Inclusive Rates

by Amanda Norcross

If you ever thought or told LEGOLAND Florida Resort that it would be convenient if it offered all-inclusive rates, they listened. The theme park resort,…

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Winter the Dolphin Hotel to Open in Florida

by Amanda Norcross

Did you know the real-life Winter the Dolphin and her companion, Hope, live at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, Florida? In partnership with the…

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How to Responsibly Swim with Pigs in the Bahamas

by Amanda Norcross

No one really knows how a group of pigs ended up on the remote island of Big Major Cay (otherwise known as Pig Beach) in…

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6 Best Bahamas Family Vacations

by Amanda Norcross

Parts of the Bahamas—namely Grand Bahama Island and the Abacos—were devastated by Hurricane Dorian in 2019. But did you know most of the islands are…

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14 Best Water Parks in New England 2020

by Amanda Norcross

Want to take a water park vacation in New England? Whether you’re looking to forgo the frigid winter temps, cool down in the thick of…

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Cartoon Network Hotel Opens in Pennsylvania

by Amanda Norcross

If Lancaster, Pennsylvania, wasn’t on your family vacation shortlist before, it might be now. The Cartoon Network Hotel has officially opened in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, right…

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The Best Time to Book Your Vacation, According to Travel Experts

by Amanda Norcross

It’s never too early (or too late) to book your next vacation. But there is a sweet spot when it comes to finding the best rates…

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14 Best Winter Activities for Kids

by Amanda Norcross

Skiing, snow tubing, sledding and ice skating are popular activities for many families this time of year. But if you’re wondering what else you can…

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Are There Any All-Inclusive Resorts in the U.S.?

by Amanda Norcross

It’s nearly impossible to find an all-inclusive U.S. resort that’s exactly like the ones available in the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe. But that doesn’t mean…

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The 12 Best Indoor Water Park Resorts in the U.S. for 2020

by Amanda Norcross

The best part about indoor water parks? You can visit them any time of the year! Pack up your swim suits and head to one…

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8 Award-Winning Gadgets That Will Change the Way You Travel

by Amanda Norcross

Each year, the editors at SmarterTravel put new travel products to the test, helping travelers like you choose everything from the most convenient carry-on bag…

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16 Best East Coast Beach Resorts

by Amanda Norcross

When it comes to summer vacations in the U.S., there’s nothing more classic than a beach resort—especially on the East Coast. From the historic hotels…

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Sesame Place to Open Second Theme Park

by Amanda Norcross

Sesame Place, located in Langorne, Pennsylvania (about an hour outside of Philadelphia) has long been a popular destination for families with young children, especially those…

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14 Best Holiday Gifts for Little Travelers 2019

by Amanda Norcross

Have or know kids who crave new adventures and experiences (or simply want to instill a love of travel in them from a young age)?…

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