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In the Magazine: December 2017

In the Magazine: December 2017

Take a peek inside our December 2017 issue!

Check out our December 2017 issue, which includes a family vacation guide and a behind-the-scenes look at the Big Apple Circus, plus holiday fun near you. Find out where to cut your own Christmas tree; get recipes for three international dishes to enjoy for Hanukkah; and read an interview with Emma Johnson, author of The Kickass Single Mom.


Feature Articles

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Big Apple Circus

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After filing for bankruptcy, the Big Apple Circus returns under new ownership to Lincoln Center, with Nik Wallenda and Grandma the Clown as headliners.

How to Choose the Perfect Family Cruise for Your Crew

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Find the right cruise for your family with these tips and a roundup of cruise lines departing from the New York area.

Family-Friendly Cruise Lines Departing the New York Area

Washington, D.C., for Younger Kids

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With many historical venues and lots of walking required, a trip to Washington, D.C., seemed risky. Turns out, it’s a great place to take young kids.

I Took a 14-Year-Old YouTube Addict to Niagara Falls

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A mother-daughter weekend in Niagara Falls felt like a preposterous idea. So I tried it, and here are the seven surprises I got.

3 International-Inspired Recipes for Hanukkah

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Celebrate the Festival of Lights with these three international dishes


Fun and Activities

Family Activities Calendar

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Find tons of fun things to do in your area in December by searching our comprehensive calendar of kid and family events.


8 DIY Kits to Give the Crafter in Your Life

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A roundup of DIY kits to give to crafty kids for the holidays


10 Apps That Boost Family Bonding

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Keep your brood close with these 10 apps that promote family bonding.


5 Reasons We Love Pleasantville

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Nature, film, and charm just a train ride from Manhattan.


Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree in the New York Area

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Find local Christmas tree farms in the New York area and head out to cut your own Christmas tree this holiday season.


Kid-Friendly Museums in the New York Area

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A comprehensive selection of kid-friendly museums in the New York City area. Our museum guide features science exhibits, nature, transportation and technology innovation, and art exhibits; you'll find something for every member of your family.




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We've browsed the Internet, read the books, and checked our Twitter and Instagram feeds for the best quotes, tweets, and images from parents about raising kids.


Interview With Emma Johnson, Author of 'The Kickass Single Mom'

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Emma Johnson is the founder of the blog, geared toward successful women who are raising kids solo, and recently wrote the book The Kickass Single Mom.


Reflections of a (Not So) ‘Very Cool Dad’

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After years of working at parenting magazines and websites, our former editorial director says goodbye to the beat.

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