Utah's Hogle Zoo is a fantastic place to spend the day with the family. We went there to celebrate my fifth grader's birthday and enjoyed the experience. My husband even claimed that he saw a few of his relatives in the exhibits.

A Visit to Utah’s Hogle Zoo

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  My oldest turned ten over the weekend. That’s amazing to me. Like any mother, I feel like she’s only been here a few years. She loves animals, dinosaurs, art, and grandma & grandpa. She declared her birthday the best day ever. What did we do to get such rave reviews? We went to Utah’s Hogle Zoo with grandma & …

We finished the summer with a great campout -- including 8 children. Here's my list of the ABCs of camping with children that will make any campout great!

The ABCs of Camping with Children

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We just finished our vacation this summer on a wonderful campout with some great friends of ours. Both families love camping, the outdoors, and hiking. We also enjoy each other’s company – a lot. So, camping with these friends of ours is always an adventure, ever pleasant, and great fun for everyone involved. These friends of ours also have a lot …

St. George, Utah, has a fantastic children's museum where we spent many enjoyable hours on our visit to southern Utah. Check out our favorite exhibits.

The St. George Children’s Museum

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We’ve been spending some time as a family near Southern Utah and Southern Nevada during this and last summer. And, as we’ve traveled we have come across some great places to go as a family. We’ve visited the Bellagio, the Linq High Roller, the Coke Store, M & M World, and Cathedral Gorge State Park. We’ve also added the St. George …

We spent a great weekend camping at Cathedral Gorge State Park -- running around canyons, exploring caves, and enjoying the beauty of the desert.

Camping at Cathedral Gorge State Park

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We recently spent a weekend camping at a fantastic state park, Cathedral Gorge State Park. While there, we found ourselves galloping around slot canyons, formed by run-off through soft bentonite clay after Lake Bonneville drained a few thousand years ago. The canyons and park are great fun – that’s why I recommend camping at Cathedral Gorge State Park. These canyons …

The Linq High Roller Observation Wheel is a great family attraction that allows for beautiful views of the Las Vegas valley. We enjoyed our trip around the wheel -- it was a good break from the craziness of the Strip.

The Insider’s Guide to the Family-Friendly Attractions of Las Vegas: The Linq High Roller Observation Wheel.

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Our next activity on our crusade to enjoy the Las Vegas Strip was the Linq High Roller Observation Wheel. The Linq is a newer attraction to Las Vegas. The Linq is a  huge observation wheel – larger than the London Eye – lets visitors see amazing panoramic views of Las Vegas Valley. It is part of the Linq Resort on …

I really love to go camping with my family and friends. Our recent trip almost didn't happen because of damage done by a windstorm -- but we fixed things.

Camping

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We like to go camping. By that, I mean we like to take our kids camping and we like camping with friends. There’s something about sitting around the fire – chatting, roasting marshmallows for s’mores, listening to the night sounds, seeing the sun and moon rise. There’s something about having no technology to intrude on family time. Nature recharges our …

In this Insider's Guide to Las Vegas, we visit the Bellagio Resort's beautiful gardens and water show -- both fantastic, free, and fun family attractions.

The Insider’s Guide to the Family-Friendly Attractions of Las Vegas: The Bellagio Resort

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Las Vegas is always hot in the summer. It doesn’t matter what time of day, it is hot. So, the next place we checked out on the Strip was a nice air-conditioned garden. Yes, a beautiful, indoor garden with fountains and topiaries. It was tranquil and cool and a good place to hide from the Vegas heat. The Bellagio Resort …

Utah is a dinosaur hunter's dream -- and some of the world's best dinosaur museums are found in Utah. We're partnering with some to offer a great giveaway.

Utah is a Dinosaur Hunter’s Dream, the Jurassic World Giveaway

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Giveaway | Jurassic World | Roar Utah is a dinosaur fossil gold mine! I mean, in Utah, dinosaurs are a big deal. Dinosaur fossils are so common that Dr. Scott, the paleontologist, from the PBSKids show “Dinosaur Train”, is based out of a field office in Eastern Utah. Dinosaurs are so prolific that Utah is a dinosaur hunter’s dream! There are …