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Meet Thomas and Friends This April

Mar 25, 2017
Thomas Land, the largest permanent Thomas & Friends attraction in North America, is set to reopen for its third season at Edaville, USA in Carver MA.

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To Antarctica, South Georgia and Falklands – a trip of a lifetime even for kids


Fur Seals, King Penguins and our ship Le Boreal
We walked amid thousands of penguins (we saw five species) not bothered by our presence and fur seals who were. The huge elephant seals ignored us, as did the humpback whales we watched from zodiacs. more
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Historic sites and museums to visit during Black History Month


The Apollo, Harlem, Manhattan
February is the ideal time to visit a historic site or explore a museum exhibit celebrating African American History Month, which is also celebrated in Britain and Canada. more
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Taking the Kids on a lengthy travel ‘sabbatical’


The Jacobsons in Halong Bay, Vietnam
For five years, David and Shari Jacobson saved as much as they could, but they weren’t saving for a dream house or college for their two sons. They were putting money aside for a dream family trip many thought would never happen. more
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Five ways to make food a fun part of your 2017 vacation


Waiters dance for guests as part of post-dinner entertainment aboard the Carnival Freedom, which operates year-round four- to seven-day cruises from Galveston
You can teach the kids a lot about the culture of a place through its food. Besides, it’s fun. Two-thirds of those polled for the 2016 Portrait of American Travelers say fine-dining is important on vacation. more
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Remembering five great family adventures in 2016


At the Maroon Bell trail summit on our splendid 17-mile hike from Crested Butte to Aspen in July
Ask anyone what they want from vacation and, besides a good time, they’ll likely answer that they’re after lasting memories for their family more
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Who Knew? A Trip to the Fire Station in the Falkland Islands


Kids from A&K cruise at Falkland Islands Fire House
The fire trucks pull up to our ship Le Boreal in the Falkland Islands, sirens blazing and lights flashing. But there was no emergency. more
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On a Cruise to Antarctica – 34 Kids and a Whole Lot of Enthusiasm


Bird and while lookouts on Le Boreal
On the first day of our A&K adventure cruise from Argentina to the Falklands, S. Georgia and Antarctica - 34 kids on board and a lot of enthusiasm for learning more
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Six LA museums guaranteed to wow families and kids


Jeff Koons’ famous giant Balloon Dog at the Broad
But this wasn’t a big holiday sale. People were waiting for the chance to get free tickets to The Broad, Los Angeles’ newest contemporary art museum. more
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Gift suggestions for your favorite travelers during the holidays


Eagle Creek’s Pack-It Original Quilted Mini Cube Set
There’s always that one thing you wished you had brought for the trip, but didn’t. Why not give your favorite travelers something that will genuinely make them happier and more comfortable on their 2017 travels? The best news: They’ll think of you, and your thoughtful gift, every time they travel. more
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Finding the Elixir of Life on Amelia Island FL


Inside The Sprouting Project at the Omni Plantation Resort
At the TMS Family Travel conference held on Amelia Island Nov. 10-12, I experienced how one man’s passion for the culinary arts can convey an aura of wellness over an entire resort more
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