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Kids Won't Be Allowed on Virgin's Cruise Line

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 11/07/2017, 10:00 PM

When Virgin Voyages launches its first cruise in 2020, you can be sure of one thing: There won't be any kids on board.  At a keel-laying ceremony last week, company CEO Tom McAlpin announced that bookings from passengers under 18 will not be accepted so that the ship can supply a "more elevated and premium experience," reports Travel Weekly.   The move, dubbed "Adult by Design," is part of an in...

Rental Car with Upholstery for Kids to Color On During Road Trips

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2017, 12:00 AM

On long car trips, many parents end up becoming the highway equivalent of cruise directors, arranging an endless program of games and activities designed to keep their restless passengers from staging a mutiny. Hertz UK is helping out those beleaguered drivers with a brand-new offering: a rental car with special upholstery for kids to color on. Dubbed the Colouring-In Car (complete with superfluo...

Airline Adds Kid-Free Areas on Flights

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 10/14/2016, 4:00 AM

IndiGo, a budget airline based in India, has added designated "Quiet Zones" to its flights, banning children under 12 from sitting in rows 1 to 4 and 11 to 14. (As on most airlines, kids are also excluded from exit rows.) The idea is to provide a little calm for customers traveling sans rug rats—though let's be honest: any squalling infant worth his formula has the lung capacity to belt pa...

Dollywood Adds Calming Room for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/05/2016, 11:30 PM

Theme parks—which are basically shrines to sensory overload—can be overwhelming for kids with autism spectrum disorders. All those noises, lights, and crowds can be downright debilitating if you're especially sensitive to them. For those young park-goers, Dolly Parton's Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, has introduced a special "calming room" where kids with autism spectrum disorders can ch...

Study Proves It: Museums Change Lives

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/04/2016, 4:00 PM

  Hard to believe that no one had looked into this before, but now someone has: Exposing your kids to museums will enrich them forever. A few high-powered museums, including New York's Whitney and Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art, wanted to know whether their youth programs were valuable. So they got together and commissioned a study. As Smithsonian reports: "They recru...

The One-Percenting of Disney: Who Loses, Who Wins

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 10/06/2015, 3:45 PM

Every few months, American news outlets erupt with a new round of rueful Disney coverage. Every spring, admission ticket prices shoot skyward, and this week, it hiked its annual pass rates as much as 31%—an insane inflation by any standard. Disney parks are as crowded as ever, but the company seems to be entirely tone deaf to the real takeaway behind the constant drumbeat of bad press: Di...

Kids Stay and Eat Free in San Diego

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 09/23/2015, 6:00 PM

Once again, as it has done annually for a while, the city of San Diego, California, has worked with some of its biggest hotels, restaurants, and attractions to offer a slew of deals in which kids vacation for free with their families. This year, those promotions include free admission to the famous San Diego Zoo, the original SeaWorld, and on Hornblower Cruises tours of San Diego's deserve...

Safety First: What Parents Need To Know Before They Send Their Kids Off to Summer Camp

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 06/01/2015, 4:15 PM

Earlier this year, my 12-year-old daughter was studying the concept of utopia in her history class and having trouble grasping what the word meant. I told her to think of her summer camp, and a big smile spread across her face. Bingo! But though summer camp, whether it be sleep away camp or day camp, is near synonymous with carefree, fun-filled days, it’s important for parents to know tha...

Special Globe, A Superb New Website for Families with Children With Disabilities, Debuts

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/09/2015, 2:15 PM

Travel was an important, and much beloved, part of Meghan Harris’ life growing up. Her father was a professor, and he used his sabbaticals to show his family the world.  Harris hoped to do the same when she started a family. But her first child, daughter Eliza, was born with Rett’s Syndrome, a chromosomal abnormality that is fatal to boys and causes development delays and mobility impairments ...

Pennsylvania's Crayola Experience, a Family Favorite, Revamps in Time for the Summer Season

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/22/2013, 4:45 PM

On Memorial Day, the newly renvoated Crayola Experience, in Easton, Penn., on the border of New Jersey and Pennsylvania, reopens with brand new slate of hands-on family activities.  Crayons aren't really made at this 60,000-square-foot Crayola property — that's in another Pennsylvania town. But this family destination, located on the main town square of a town with Revolutionary War roots,...

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