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Checking In is the place to find everything you’ll need to plan your next family getaway. All brought to you by real families and our family of Team Member travel experts. Make the most of your vacation time by Checking In with us. To see what’s coming up, visit our About page.

Two boys stand in front of a mural that reads,  'Branson Vibes'.

Destination Ideas

What is Branson Like Right Now?

  • Posted September 30, 2021

Wondering what Branson is like right now? Get a feel for the city, things to do and where to stay from Amanda, who recently took a Missouri family vacation there.

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A young boy (right) and a young girl (left) sit in inner tubes while floating down a lazy river.

Resort Visits

Our First Family Vacation at Orange Lake Resort [La Primera Vacación de Nuestra Familia en Orange Lake Resort]

  • Posted September 14, 2021

Follow the Tardio family on their first Orange Lake Resort vacation! ¡Siga a la familia Tardio en sus primeras vacaciones en Orange Lake Resort! (Story in both English & Spanish.)

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Things to Do

LEGOLAND Florida: 2 Kids Rank & Review Their Theme Park Day!

  • Posted October 14, 2021

Explore what LEGOLAND Florida is like as 2 kids rank and review their favorite attractions at this awesome theme park.

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A young girl (left) embraces a young boy (right) in front of a sign that reads, 'Chicago.'

Destination Ideas

Our Fun Family Getaway Near Chicago

  • Posted October 12, 2021

Read all about one family’s getaway near Chicago and their favorite activities in and outside the city, including the SkyDeck, horseback riding and more.

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A man, two young toddlers, and two young girls sit on a festive stack of hay bails.

Resort Visits

Our Fun Fall Vacation at Falladays

  • Posted October 6, 2021

See how this family spent their fall vacation enjoying fun activities like Ghostly Mini Golf, trick-or-treating, cheesy eats, boat days and more.

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An oversized Jack O' Lantern sits on bales of hay at night.

Destination Ideas

7 Halloween Vacations for SpoOoky Family Fun

  • Posted October 4, 2021

Check out 7 Halloween vacations that are frightfully fun for families! Discover what makes each place spooky, its top attractions and where to stay.

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Two boys stand in front of a mural that reads,  'Branson Vibes'.

Destination Ideas

What is Branson Like Right Now?

  • Posted September 30, 2021

Wondering what Branson is like right now? Get a feel for the city, things to do and where to stay from Amanda, who recently took a Missouri family vacation there.

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Two men wearing black t-shirts and shorts stand in front of a mural at night.

Things to Do

Halloween Horror Nights: Your Guide to Frightful Fun at Universal Orlando This Year

  • Posted September 28, 2021

Get this year’s guide to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando and find out how to have a scary-good time with Tom’s haunted house reviews and tips.

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A young boy and man sit in the middle of a wildflower field.

Things to Do

7 Fun Things to Do in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

  • Posted September 22, 2021

Check out these 7 fun things to do in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin! From farm mazes to lake cruises, Rob’s sharing his family’s favorite activities in this Midwest town.

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Virtual Vacations

3 Easy, Cheesy Recipes to Make This Fall [Free, Printable PDFs]

  • Posted September 21, 2021

Make these 3 super easy, extra cheesy recipes this fall — all “krafted” by Chef Duane from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese. [Free, downloadable PDFs for each recipe included.]

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Sue the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ever discovered stands in an exhibit hall.

Things to Do

7 Chicago Museums You NEED to Visit

  • Posted September 20, 2021

Put these 7 Chicago museums at the top of your must-see list while you’re in the Windy City. You’ll dive into sea life, astronomy, art, history and more.

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Things to Do

5 Best Things to Do at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg

  • Posted September 16, 2021

Dive into the 5 best things to do at Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg, Tennessee! Niccole is sharing her family’s top favorite must-see underwater wonders.

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A young boy (right) and a young girl (left) sit in inner tubes while floating down a lazy river.

Resort Visits

Our First Family Vacation at Orange Lake Resort [La Primera Vacación de Nuestra Familia en Orange Lake Resort]

  • Posted September 14, 2021

Follow the Tardio family on their first Orange Lake Resort vacation! ¡Siga a la familia Tardio en sus primeras vacaciones en Orange Lake Resort! (Story in both English & Spanish.)

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Resort Visits

Falladays Fun Days: Meet the Kraft Chef Behind Our Cheesy, Fall Recipes

  • Posted September 13, 2021

Get an inside look at Falladays at our Texas resorts and Chef Duane’s cheesy, fall recipes brought to you by Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.

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