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Chinese New Year-Welcome to the year of the monkey!

Chinese New Year-Welcome to the year of the monkey!

Chinese New Year falls on the new moon between 21 January and 20 February and the Year of the Monkey began February 8, 2016! The Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival, which is perfectly timed in Portland as everything, like this Chinese Paper Bush, is coming into bloom. People born in a year of the Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004,...

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Portland Winter Light Festival -Travel with Children

Portland Winter Light Festival -Travel with Children

Overcast skies are perfect for viewing light sculptures early enough for children to enjoy them, though a quarter of an inch of rain in the hour and half we were at the Portland Winter Light Festival was a bit more than we anticipated! Along the banks of the Wilamette river, the Portland Winter Light Festival was designed to celebrate the spirit of winter and warmth...

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Review: Marvelous Cornelius- New Orleans with Children

Review: Marvelous Cornelius- New Orleans with Children

“‘Rat-a-tat-Tat! Rat-a-tat-Tat!’ He strummed the side when it was time to move. ‘Hootie Hoo!  Hootie Hoo! Hootie Hooooo!’  His favorite call of all.  Showtime!” The music, the hum of the city, street bands, jazz festivals, parades, and one man bands, all are part of the sound, energy and spirit that make up New Orleans.  After...

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Review: The Sixty-eight Rooms-Chicago with Children

Review: The Sixty-eight Rooms-Chicago with Children

From the Borrowers to Stuart Little, children’s stories of tiny people coping in a regular sized world abound.  In this case, regular sized children magically shrink and go places only someone tiny could go.  What if you discovered that others had done so before you? What if you could change history? The Thorne Rooms are a collection of 68 exquisitely crafted...

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Review: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers-New York with children

Review: The Man Who Walked Between the Towers-New York with children

While the  book provides a poignant reminder on the absence of the twin towers, this is a great book about reaching for your dreams.   If you’re planning a visit the Memorial plaza in New York city, this is a good introduction to what the towers symbolized and gives a child perspective on how tall they actually were and the impression they made on the city without...

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Fort Point-San Francisco with Kids

Fort Point-San Francisco with Kids

No visit to the Presidio is complete without a stroll along the northern shoreline with its amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the city.  From Crissy field, a former U.S. Army Airfield, the northern waterfront has something for everyone with spectacular views, great recreational opportunities and a a chance to view wildlife in the restored tidal marsh....

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