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Ahhh, chocolate... Make mine extra-dark and 85% cacao, please. Though one son will only eat milk chocolate, exclusively-- personal preferences vary, but many kids and adults alike would agree that chocolate is a superlative treat and would heartily applaud a destination that had a chocolate week (or even a month.)

In that spirit, here are some chocolate events that your family might enjoy on a getaway.

1. Chocolate-Covered February, Hershey PA

Photo courtesy of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.
Photo courtesy of Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company.
Top billing goes to “Chocolatetown U.S.A.” : Hershey PA, that is, home of the chocolate empire started by Milton Hershey at the turn of the last century. Hershey is a popular family destination due to the Hersheypark theme park which has coasters, rides, waterpark, and more. Hershey PA has several other attractions, such as Chocolate World; families can stay at the family-friendly Hotel Hershey (with kids club and chocolate-themed spa) or at Hershey Lodge which has family events and an indoor pool.

Chocolate-Covered February has a Chocolate Parade, Teddy Bear Day, Afternoon Chocolate Tea, Chocolate-Covered Children's Afternoon Tea, and much more.

2. Chocolate Week in London

Photo © Laura Porter, Guide for London Travel.
Photo © Laura Porter, Guide for London Travel.
London is a super city to visit with kids. Visit the Tower of London, and immerse the family in the real-life history of knights and queens and kings, or trek to Harry Potter film locations to pay homage to the Wizarding World... Visit the Natural History Museum and the nearby Science Museum, both kid-friendly and free- as are all the major museums in London. -- read about these attractions, boat tours on the Thames, and other Top Things to Do in London with Kids.

And three cheers to London for hosting a Chocolate Week in October; dates may coincide with the Columbus Day Weekend in the U.S., and Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada, improving the chances of a family getaway.

3. Chocolate Week in New York City

Photo ©  Teresa Plowright.
Photo © Teresa Plowright.
This chocolate celebration comes just before Valentine’s Day in February, with many participating restaurants and bakeries. New York is another terrific city to visit with kids, especially teens. Take a movie tour and a harbor tour, compare Top of the Rock to the Empire State Building, don't miss the dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum... Check out these and more Top Things to Do in New York City with Kids. New York also has some amazing toy stores that are entertaiment experiences in themselves. And to all this fun, add the chocolate ingredient -- Read more about Chocolate Week in NYC.

4. More Chocolate-y Destinations

Chocolate, at 40th Anniversary of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, NYC. Cindy Ord/Getty Images.
Photo credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images.
Brussels has a Chocolate Week in late November, that might coincide with Thanksgiving long weekend in the U.S. ; Chicago has a Chocolate Week that includes a Chocolate Show; Dunedin, in New Zealand, has a Chocolate Carnival.

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