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Hola, it’s Hispanic Heritage Month for travelers

Traditional dances in Chile (courtesy Paolo! at flickr's Creative Commons)

Since September 15 – October 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month, here are a few options for Latin-flavored travel with kids:

**  In Washington, DC, the Smithsonian Museum is sponsoring a series of Hispanic heritage events, including a Family Fiesta this weekend at the National Zoo, a Latino art and culture gallery tour (various dates) and a program of Bolivian music and dance September 27.

**  In Austin TX, the brand-new Mexican American Cultural Center will open downtown this weekend (here’s a cool interactive tour from the Austin American-Statesman.)

**  In Los Angeles CA, how about the Latino Book and Family Festival October 13-14 or the Latino International Film Festival October 7-14, for older kids?

**  In Charlotte NC, the Festival Latino Americano will be held at the lovely Mint Museum on October 7th.

**  In Phoenix AZ, there are a bunch of events planned; the About.com’s Guide to Phoenix has a full list

**  I’m a huge fan of Mexican mariachi music; here’s a list of mariachi concerts in September/October.  Tip:  if the amazing Mariachi Vargas ever come to your town, run, don’t walk, to get tickets (they’re playing the opulent San Antonio Municipal Auditorium December 1.)

Finally, here’s a great recommended reading list of Hispanic-themed books for kids at all grade levels plus adults.  Check your local library for any of them.

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