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    Your New Favorite Holiday Tradition – Winterfest

    Smoky Mountain Winterfest Sevierville, TN November 9, 2016 – February 28, 2017 The 27th Annual Smoky Mountain Winterfest will light up the streets of Sevierville, Pigeon Forge, and Gatlinburg in Tennessee with millions of sparkling lights beginning November 9th. Seeing the spectacular Christmas displays across the city are the perfect way for the whole family […]

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    Spring Break Staycation Adventures

       Grants Mill Station Adventure Park Address: 5405 Beacon Dr, Irondale, AL 35210 Phone:(205) 745-1487 Friday and Sunday: 2–6PM Saturday: 10AM–7PM Zip Line: $ 10 Bungy-Dome-Trampoline: $ 9 Spiderweb with Slide: $ 5 Climbing Rock Wall: $ 6 Mini-Golf: $8 18 Hole Mini Golf: $ 8 Rope Course: $16 – $28       McWane […]

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    Spring Break Safari at Chattanooga

    The Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau has created a special Spring Break Safari promotion to show off their area attractions. From March 12-April 10, 2016, your child can be… Speleologists at Ruby Falls and explore a cave’s mysterious chambers Zoologists at the Chattanooga Zoo and encounter chimpanzees and jaguars Pirates on the Southern Belle Riverboat and navigate […]

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    Dauphin Island Sea Lab Estuarium

    Featuring 31 aquariums totaling 30,000 gallons and more than 100 species, the Estuarium at Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is teaming with fun and information. The exhibit captures the four key habitats of coastal Alabama. Mobile-Tensaw River Delta (the state’s largest wetland) reveals the American alligator, turtles, and a primitive air-breathing fish called a gar. […]

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    Tennessee Aquarium

    If your children love sea creatures, it’s time to plan a road trip to Chattanooga to come face to face with a variety of freshwater and saltwater species.

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    Kentucky’s Dinosaur World

    Take a trip back in time and head toward Cave City, Kentucky to discover how the earth appeared when dinosaurs roamed. Stroll through 20 acres of nature and encounter 150 life-sized dinosaurs—including some of the scariest predators.

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    Gear and Gadgets for Traveling with Baby

    Traveling with children can be hard work. We’ve found a few items that can help make traveling with a kid in tow easier and sometimes safer.   Ride-On Suitcase A blend of fun and function, this wheeled luggage serves as a toy, a resting spot, and a suitcase for clothes, games, and more. Kids can […]

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    Birmingham Airport Authority send students to U.S. Space & Rocket Center

    The Birmingham Airport Authority held its annual poster and essay contest in March. The winners of this contest were awarded a one-week overnight camp scholarship at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville over the summer. The weeklong educational program promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), while training students and adults with hands-on […]

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    Spectrum Resorts introduces “The Clean Bed Guarantee”

    By Molly Norwood Spectrum Resorts is known for it’s family-friendly properties along the Gulf Coast. Their resorts include Turquoise Place and Caribe in Orange Beach, along with The Beach Club in Gulf Shores. The mission of Spectrum is to provide a luxurious stay for guests where they will “Experience a Better Kind of Vacation”. It’s […]

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  • Water Color Inn

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    WaterColor Inn & Resort

    One family vacation to WaterColor Inn and Resort, located along Highway 30A on Florida’s Gulf Coast, can quickly become an annual tradition. The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine ranked WaterColor number two on the 2013 “World’s Best Hotels for Families” in the U.S. list. With a wide range of accommodation types to choose from – […]

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    Portofino Island Resort

    Billed as “Pensacola’s premier family-friendly resort,” the 28-acre Portofino Island Resort is situated along eight miles of white-sand beaches within the Gulf Islands National Seashore. Nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Santa Rosa Sound, the resort lies on Santa Rosa Island, the world’s largest barrier island. There is plenty to keep children of all […]

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  • Atlantis Bahamas

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    Atlantis

    From 1994 to 1998, resort developer Sol Kerzner brought to life the legend of the lost city of Atlantis on an island in the Bahamas. More than $800 million was spent on the project, which included the world’s largest open-air marine environment of 11 million gallons, home to 50,000 sea creatures representing 200 species; lagoons […]

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    Educational Day Trips for Spring Break

    Just because school is out doesn’t mean learning has to stop. Here are a few of our picks for fun educational day trips in Alabama for the upcoming school break. Anniston Museum of Natural History Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Free-$6 800 Museum Drive Anniston, AL 36206 www.annistonmuseum.org 256-237-6766 At the […]

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  • Seaside, Fla.

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    The One, the Only — SEASIDE

     A family vacation destination like no other By Jane Longshore TRADITIONAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENTS (TNDS) HAVE SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE ACROSS THE COUNTRY SINCE THE CONCEPT WAS FIRST INTRODUCED IN THE 1980S.  The form, also called New Urbanism, emphasizes a pedestrian scale, public green spaces, and a variety of dwelling types and mixed retail/residential structures. It has […]

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  • Birmingham Airport Family Restroom Locations

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    Family-Friendly Enhancements at the Birmingham Airport

    The announcement of the completion of the first phase of modernization at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport was accompanied by good news for nursing mothers and parents of small children. A number of new features have been designed specifically to enhance the comfort and convenience of traveling parents and their children. Four family bathrooms at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport make it […]

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  • Beach Club Gulf Shores

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    The Beach Club

    One of the best advantages of living in Alabama is easy accessibility to world-class beaches along the Gulf Coast. Gulf Shores, which until fairly recently was a sleepy coastal town, has become a favorite vacation destination for families across the South, and, indeed, across the country. The development of top-notch accommodations has contributed in large […]

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    SafetyTat Allows You to Keep Track

    More than 78 million families visit water parks every year. Hitting a water park with kids can be enough to make a mom panic. SafetyTat is a temporary tattoo that helps to keep children connected to their parents. The tattoo reads “If Lost, Please Call” and lists a mobile phone number. They are super easy […]

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    Baby Travel Gear

    [singlepic id=8 w=320 h=240 float=] Baby B’Air  The FAA-approved Baby B’Air Flight Vest is a safety solution for lap held children while traveling in an airplane. The Baby B’Air secures infants safely to their parent. The Baby B’Air is worn by the infant like a vest. Constructed of 100% cotton and comfortable to wear for […]

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    Anniston Museum of Natural History

    Explore the wilds of Africa, the wonders of the North American wilderness, and the mysteries of 2,000-year-old mummies, all without leaving the borders of Alabama. Open-air exhibits at the Anniston Museum of Natural History let visitors get up close to majestic, and often deadly, animals. The museum features one of the country’s oldest exhibits of […]

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    Visit Chattanooga

    Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga, Tennessee, just a couple of hours’ drive away from most cities in Alabama, is a perfect family get-away offering a plethora of fun and affordable activities for parents and children. To investigate, we sent our roving nine-year-old reporter Holland to Chattanooga during spring break. ACCOMMODATIONS The […]

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    Infant Water Safety

    Most parents want their children to learn to swim, not only so they can enjoy the fun and excitement of splashing around in a pool or in the ocean, but also because it’s an important safety skill, especially for young children who are often naturally curious about water. The safety aspect takes on added importance […]

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