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Little Explorers: Traveling with Infants and Tots Before my husband and I had our now 21 month old son, we had five years to experience traveling together as a couple. Every chance we could, we were off on an adventure whether by land, sea, or air. Looking back I can still see us trying to navigate narrow roads along Irish cliffs, relaxing on a beach made of shells in the French Riviera, and racing to almost missed flights because we were relaxing during a layover. When we announced to my husband’s parents that we were expecting a child, my father-in-law responded, “But I thought you two wanted to travel the world?” He wasn’t the only one who hinted that our traveling days would be only a memory once our baby was born. However, I was determined that London (our now toddler) wouldn’t “slow us down.” But I was wrong just not in the way I anticipated. Read the Full Story
Six Ways to Stretch Your Vacation Dollar If you are planning a family vacation this year, you may want to start saving now. According to an American Express Spending and Saving Tracker survey conducted in 2013, the average family spends a little more than $1000 per person on their vacation. For a family of four, that comes to just over $4000. As any family will tell you, there are many places to spend that money – braces, a down payment for a new car, savings for college, or a room makeover. Read the Full Story
Hop Around Your Neighborhood with a "Staycation" Elbert Hubbard famously said that “no man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” We are often exhausted, worn out, and in need of another vacation after returning from a fun-filled week away. Perhaps this year, your family should choose a staycation in lieu of traveling afar, to gain much needed rest and relaxation, all while exploring the myriad opportunities for fun in Northeast Mississippi. Try out the five-day itinerary below for your family’s next staycation. Read the Full Story
Family Vacation with Fido: Some Helpful Tips Vacations are meant for everyone in the family, including the pet. But WANTING your pet to participate and being ABLE to include your pet are two completely different things. A “pet friendly” vacation involves a lot of preparation, and preparation takes time. You’ll not only have to stay in a pet-friendly environment, but you’ll need to know all the rules beforehand so no surprises crop up once you get there. Read the Full Story
When Dog Meets Baby: Two Moms Share Their Stories Sometimes, getting first-hand comments from parents about their pets can help guide us when making decisions on bringing new pets into our own families. Parents & Kids had the opportunity to gather the perspective of two moms: local Hattiesburg mom Lindsey Scollard, mother to Jack (age one) and another on the way. Lindsey has three adopted strays (Charlie, Maple, and Buddy). The other is Wende David, mother to Jakob (age three) and two boxers (Bella and Reuben). Both moms brought their newborns home to pre-existing family dogs. Did the dogs go directly to the doghouse, or get to hang around and meet the family’s newest addition? Read the Full Story
Kite Flying If you are looking for a new family-friendly activity to do this spring, kite flying is a wonderful option. “It provides an opportunity to demonstrate art and science in an interactive and entertaining way,” said John Lutter, regional director with the American Kitefliers Association. In addition to being a good time, kite flying is educational. “Wind currents, color combinations and the physics of flight can all be taught by flying a kite,” said Lutter. Best of all, anyone can do it. “Kite flying is probably one of the most universally accessible activities regardless of your body size, capability or whether you are interested in fast sporting things or static artistic aspects,” said John Barresi, president of the American Kitefliers Association. Read the Full Story

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Latest Family Events

Fri Apr 18 @ 9:00AM - 06:30PM
KIDFEST! Ridgeland
Sat Apr 19 @ 9:00AM - 06:30PM
KIDFEST! Ridgeland
Sat Apr 19 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Bunny Bruch
Sat Apr 19 @10:00AM - 12:00PM
Flowood’s 15th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
Sat Apr 19 @10:00AM - 01:00PM
Party for the Planet
Thu Apr 24 @ 5:30PM - 07:30PM
Museum After Hours
Thu Apr 24 @ 7:00PM - 09:00PM
Downtown Jazz
Fri Apr 25 @ 5:30PM - 08:00PM
Lights, Camera, Imagination Talent Search
Fri Apr 25 @ 6:00PM - 12:00AM
RiverFest Music and Arts Festival
Fri Apr 25 @ 7:00PM - 09:00AM
Family Slumber Safari