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Connecticut Museum Opens New Bug Exhibit

Apr 24, 2014
Learn about the creepy, crawly study of bugs with Backyard Monsters: The World of Insects. On display now through May 17, this interactive exhibit at Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot Museum

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Keeping your children safe around vacation pools and beaches


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As many of us head off to warm climes and cruise ships on spring break, it’s especially important to be mindful of water safety, particularly if young kids are along for the trip. more
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As spring breaks grow in popularity, how to plan one on the fly


Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC
Spring break these days is more for families than for college kids, as parents find it easier to grab a few days off in spring rather than summer when the kids have jobs, summer school, camp, sports practice and everyone at work is vying for the same vacation days. more
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The family vacationer’s dilemma: an all-inclusive vs a condo


Pirate Island at Beaches
In the Turks and Caicos, most hotels here are condo-style and kid-friendly. Most visiting families, however, opt for the gargantuan, all-inclusive Beaches resort, one of Sandals’ family resorts in the Caribbean. more
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Last day in Turks and Caicos – so may options for families


Kids off to the beach at The Somerset Turks and Caicos
I like that Turks and Caicos is not only safe and that beachfront hotels are just 15 minutes from the airport but that there are so many options—from the all inclusive huge Beaches with over 750 rooms to the Somerset with less than 60. more
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Day 3 in Turks and Caicos: bonefishing and a sunset cruise


Directional signs on Grace Bay Turks and Caicos
Families come to Turks and Caicos to relax, but also to enjoy the fishing and water sports, like kite-boarding on South Beach. more
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At the Beaches Turks and Caicos — kids everywhere, and that’s year-round


Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos
It's not even a holiday week but the Beaches resort on Turks and Caicos is fully booked, including 841 kids running, jumping, splashing and sliding down the water slides at the water play area. “So worth the money,” said Greg Vogel, from Baltimore. more
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Four Days in Turks and Caicos — rapidly expanding for family vacationers


Yoga class at The Somerset
Turks and Caicos is made up of 40 islands and Cays just 575 miles from Miami. Providenciales, where we’re staying, is famous for its beaches, diving, snorkeling and fishing. There are a growing number of resorts catering to families here, including the giant Beaches resort. more
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Following the kid — to Nicaragua, the new destination for eco-tourism


Melanie on horseback ride on overlook of Morgans Rock
After years of Taking the Kids, on this trip we’ve followed our 22-year-old daughter Melanie here to Nicaragua, which many say is fast becoming the next eco tourist’s must-see destination, offering volcanoes, cloud forests, rain forests, pristine beaches and a growing number of eco resorts. more
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A family vacation includes volunteering at a nearby children’s center


Entre Amigos play area
In our family, an afternoon away from the resort is fundamental. A 20-minute taxi ride from the luxurious Iberostar Playa Mita brings you to the sleepy fishing village of San Francisco, known locally as San Pancho. In this tiny seaside town, you will find Entre Amigos. more
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Day Two — a visit to Sayulita on Mexico’s Pacific Coast


The beach in Sayulita
An afternoon visit to laid-back Sayulita, a few minutes drive from the Iberostar Playa Mita on Mexico's Pacific Cost. The crescent-shaped beach is fringed with tall palms. Fishermen sharing the beach with surfers and hippies. more
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