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Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the US and Caribbean for Families

An all-inclusive resort, or one with extra levels of service and amenities, is almost always a boon to parents traveling with their kids. All-inclusive hotels relieve some of the pressure to entertain little ones, feed them, and even make it easier to decide what to do next during a family vacation

We've rounded up some of our favorite all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, as well as here in the U.S. Of course, they don't always come cheap, so we've included a couple of more budget options, too. These soup-to-nuts getaways will please the most discerning pint-sized guests (and their paying adults).

Read on for family-friendly resorts that make vacations easy, so you can kick back, relax and just enjoy.

Interactive 'Dr. Seuss Experience' to Tour North America

Readers of all ages have probably longed to step inside the colorful and whimsical worlds that exist inside Dr. Seuss' beloved stories. Now fans can finally get their fantastical fix as "The Dr. Seuss Experience," a brand-new exhibit, tours North America. The immersive and interactive celebration of the imagination of author and illustrator Theodor Seuss Geisel is billed as a "Seuss-tacular sensory spectacle" families won't want to miss. 

Things To Do in Chicago this Weekend with Kids: Mexican Independence, Book Fest

The kids are back in school at last, and there's a lot (more) to celebrate this weekend for Chicago families, plenty of it FREE. Festivals and parades in honor of Mexican Independence Day come to Pilsen and Aurora, and the harvest moon is celebrated with traditional Chinese mooncakes and lanterns at the Mid-Autumn Festival. It's also the 150th anniversary of the landmark Chicago Water Tower this weekend, which means a fun neighborhood festival on the Mag Mile. Plus, the World Music Festival kicks off with an all-ages pan-Latin concert lineup on Saturday.

Lakeview East and Ravenswood both host neighborhood art fairs this weekend, and there are fall festivals in Orland Park and Carol Stream. Kids can touch trucks or touch turtles, roast marshmallows at a harvest bonfire, rock out to The Beatles, or meet Elsa and Anna at a special screening of Frozen. And at the 23rd annual Children's Book Fair in Hyde Park, your whole fam can pick up some new page-turners for fall.

Believe it or not, those are just the highlights—see more ideas for this weekend below, and keep an eye on our event calendar and ever-growing lists of Fall Festivals and Free Things To Do this Fall in Chicago. And don't forget that apple picking season is full swing: Pick a pretty peck at these apple orchards near Chicago.

Quebec City with Kids: 25 Things To Do in Old Quebec and Beyond

Quebec City is often touted as a European vacation alternative—a picturesque city where you can walk cobblestone streets, sit in bistros, and order in French without a transatlantic plane ticket. Yes, Quebec’s old town streets are quaint and pedestrian-friendly, but families should visit Quebec City because it’s full of wonderful and unique attractions and culture in its own right. It's also a great pre or post cruise destination. 

As the only walled city in North America and a Unesco World Heritage site, this Canadian city is full of history. Yet, the best things to do in Quebec City also include modern attractions, such as family-friendly museums, an indoor amusement park, and lots of great outdoor spaces, parks, and festivals that make it a fun place to visit.

Read on to discover the top things to do in Quebec City with kids. Then make sure to read about our top picks for Quebec City restaurants for families.

Best Fall Festivals for Chicago Families

Fall harvest season brings a host of family-friendly street fairs, and festivals to Chicago—many of them FREE. From neighborhood fests honoring Chicago's diverse communities, like Pilsen's Mexican Independence Day Parade or the Ukrainian Village Festival, to festivals that dig deep into Chicago's thriving food and art scenes, like the World Dumpling Fest or Andersonville Arts Week, there's a celebration happening every weekend from now till Thanksgiving, with fun things for kids and families to do at each. Even Oktoberfest celebrations in Chicago, which might make you think of boozy crowds, make room for families with kids' zones and activities. And because it's fall, there's lots of apple crunching, pumpkin-peeping, and harvest celebrating to do, too...oh, and a little thing called Halloween.

Bookmark this list, which we'll update all season long with the best of fall for Chicago kids. And get your calendar and your favorite fall sweater ready!

Things to Do in Chicago This Weekend: Block Parties, Art Fests, Food Fairs, Zoo Run

It's the first full weekend of September, and there's So. Much. To. Do. in Chicagoland, most of it FREE. Banish the back-to-school blues with this weekend's packed lineup of festivals, art fairs, and neighborhood block parties.

The 79th Street Renaissance Festival is a beloved back-to-school tradition in Chicago—no doublets or jousting here, but plenty of live music, food, and South Side love. And that's just one of the big block parties this weekend: You'll also find kid-friendly fun at Elmhurst's Rock the Block PartyBarrie Fest in Oak Park, the Prairie District Festival, and the awesomely old-school Winfield Good Old Days festival.

Family-friendly art fairs this weekend include the Downers Grove Fine Arts Festival with a kids' booth hosted by the YMCA, the West End Arts Festival in LaGrange with jazz, local food, and art activities, the huge Renegade Craft Fair in Wicker Park, and Frida Fest on Sunday at the College of DuPage, celebrating the famous painter's life and works.

Cultural celebrations also take to Chicago's streets this weekend with the Ukrainian Village Festival on Saturday, the Fiesta Latina in Berwyn, and the Eid Al-Adha Fest all weekend at the DuPage County Fairgrounds. And Oktoberfest season kicks off this weekend with oompah-and-bratwurst-fueled fun in Tinley Park and Oak Park.

If you still have room after all that schnitzel, the Forest Park Ribfest promises to be a belly-buster, and Oak Park's Great Food Truck Rally is a tasty change of pace from cooking at home. Active kids will love running off the extra treats at the Brookfield Zoo Run Run or the BBQ Bolt in Downers Grove, or digging in to help plant trees on Grandparents' Day Sunday in Glen Ellyn.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg—there's also trucks, a circus, birdhouses, and Moana, among other assorted activities. See below for even more weekend picks, and keep an eye on our bursting-at-the-seams event calendar

Stowe, Vermont with Kids: 30 Fun Things to Do in Stowe, Vermont

Stowe, Vermont is a haven for kids and families looking for outdoor adventures whether the mountains are blanketed with groomed snow for skiing, summer wildflowers for camping and hiking, or fall foliage. 

The mountainside village—arguably the prettiest in the Green Mountain State—is home to Mount Mansfield, Vermont's highest peak, where much of the activity is centered. From hiking, biking, and zip-lining in the summer and fall to skiing, snowshoeing, and skating in winter and early spring, Stowe, Vermont is a year-round destination. You'll also find Stowe hotels eager to cater to families, such as the Stowe Mountain Resort, the Lodge at Spruce Peak (formerly Stowe Mountain Lodge), and the Trapp Family Lodge (of Sound of Music fame).

Read on for some of our favorite things to do with kids when we're lucky enough to find ourselves in "the Aspen of the East." 

Things to Do Labor Day Weekend With Chicago Kids: Taste of Polonia, Circus, Fall Fests

Labor Day weekend is a last, sweet taste of summer for Chicago families. Fitting enough, then, that the weekend is packed with delicious food festivals and fairs, including the annual Taste of Polonia, with pierogis, performances, and a play area for kids, Elmhurst's 'Cue for a Cause barbecue competition, and the Great American Lobster Fest at Navy Pier, with music, activities, and tasty crustaceans.

This may be a good weekend to blow the kids' bedtime for a last late-night hurrah, like the final summer fireworks show on the lake, or the jaw-dropping lineup of concerts at the Jazz Festival. But despite what the name might suggest, Midnight Circus in the Parks performs in the afternoon at McKinley Park this weekend (and is coming soon to a park near you, with Foster Park next on the schedule).

And that's just the start of the family-friendly fun on the Labor Day weekend calendar. There's the Alley Art Festival in Aurora, the African Festival of the Arts in Washington Park, and end-of-summer, start-of-fall celebrations in Naperville, Frankfort, Geneva, and Schaumburg, plus, living history comes to Oak Brook with a Civil War encampment taking over Graue Mill.

Give your swimsuits one last workout at the beach, pool, or spray park, tick a few more items off your summer bucket list, and then get ready for fall: Apple picking season is already underway at orchards around Chicago, and our event calendar is filling up with fall fun. Have a great holiday weekend!

65 School Lunch Ideas: Back-to-School Lunches Kids Will Actually Eat

Chances are you've had a healthy, well-packed school lunch delivered back into your hands virtually untouched at the end of the school day. There should be a special name for the heartbreak one endures at the words, "I told you I hate peanut-butter and jelly," when not only is this the first you're hearing of it, but you spent extra on organic jelly and freshly ground peanut butter. And if not PBJ, then what? Well, we've got 65 answers to the question of what to pack in a successful school lunch.

Free Things to Do With Chicago Kids This Fall

Fall is one of the best seasons to live in (or visit) Chicago—there's a fun neighborhood festival practically every weekend, and most of the seasonal festivities are totally FREE. Between outdoor fairs, harvest festivals, concerts and performances, cultural celebrations, and of course, Halloween and Thanksgiving, Fall in Chicago is jam-packed with no-cost family fun.

We'll update this list all season long with the best FREE things to do with kids in Chicago, so bookmark this page and watch this space. Looking for more free ideas? The city's playgrounds and parks are always free, and there are free days at most museums and even some restaurants. Our list of 100 Things to Do With Chicago Kids Before They Grow Up is full of free or low-cost ideas for local and visiting families, and of course you can always find more free activities in our Chicago Event Calendar.

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