Posts Categorized: family travel

Family Fun: Brookings, S.D.

It’s not all tame at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. T-rex Jr. (above) provides a thrill, as does big mama. T-rex, prairie playland create one-of-a-kind fun Photos and story by Lisa Meyers McClintick To the right, kids line up shoulder to shoulder to fish in a pond, squealing as they haul out and net… Read more »

Insider’s guide to Mall of America holiday shopping

With more than 500 stores, free concerts and coffee plus valet parking, Mall of America bustles all December. Enjoy MOA’s festive Christmas season  Feature & photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick If you’re want to brave the crowds for holiday shopping at Minnesota’s Mall of America, there are plenty of reasons to join in the festivities…. Read more »

Duluth, Minn: Top Things to Do for Holiday Fun

Bentleyville lights up Duluth’s Bayfront Park. Photo by Lisa MeClintick Duluth, Minnesota, with the magical backdrop of Lake Superior, has always been a favorite summer and fall getaway for Twin Cities residents and others across the state. If you need another enticement to head north, here are the top things to do for the holidays… Read more »

Minnesota’s northern lakeside resorts embrace bigger luxuries

Around since the 1930s, Clamshell Beach Lodge north of Brainerd has new luxuries–like newer cottages and a pool.   Minnesota cabins get bigger, modernize By Lisa Meyers McClintick My daughter jumps into the pool. On a Minnesota resort trip last June, my 7-year-old daughter barely glanced at the sandy beach on Whitefish Lake north of… Read more »

Family travel tips for MSP Airport

Plan ahead during the busiest travel times It’s the busiest time of year for the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) as Minnesota families head out for the holidays or spring break. It’s wise to arrive at least two hours early for your flight, even if it’s domestic and there are no threats of snow storms…. Read more »

Take the kids on a farm stay vacation

Mary Veraguth helps our girls collect fresh eggs for breakfast. Story & Photos by Lisa Meyers McClintick Join in with farm chores and fun at Wisconsin’s Room to Roam Want to hear your kids shriek with joy? Let them run loose at Room to Roam, a working farm perched along the picturesque Mississippi River bluffs… Read more »

Find alternative vacation plans with Minnesota shutdowns

Families love Clear Lake Campground at Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in Wisconsin. State park closed? Try national forests or county campgrounds Photos & feature by Lisa Meyers McClintickThere are surely moans (or shrieks) of frustration today as weekend and summer plans are foiled by the Minnesota government shutdown. It has closed all Minnesota state… Read more »

Bargain family travel: Free National Parks Day

Geysers and waterfalls often nab the attention at Yellowstone National Park, but quieter Lamar Valley has its own beauty. See more than presidents at Mt. Rushmore. Celebrate the start of summerIn honor of the longest day of the year, the National Parks Service is offering free admission on Tuesday, June 21. It not only kicks… Read more »

Thunder Bay, Canada, Family Road Trip

A disgruntled Fort William employee gets ready to start a fierce argument that will land him in jail. Fort William delivers lively look at fur trade An apprentice cowers from the fiery argument. By Lisa Meyers McClintickWritten for Star Tribune Travel The argument started like any would: insults building to a spittle-flying shouting match. A… Read more »

Jelly Belly jelly bean art opens at Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

Jelly Belly jelly bean artistry on exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Princess Elizabeth at Jelly Belly in Wisconsin. A challenge: Before you let the kids (or yourself) snarf through Easter Basket jelly beans, delay the sugar high with edible art work. Slap some sticky frosting onto a paper plate or graham cracker and… Read more »