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WATCHING SEA TURTLES NEST


By Eileen OgintzTribune Media Services The beach is pitch black, except for the light from the stars dancing across the sky. The ocean waves pound. And right in front of us, a huge (more than 300 pounds and three feet more »
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TO AMSTERDAM


By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Media Services I’ve found vacation nirvana for teenagers and it’s a place parents will like just as much as teens do. Welcome to Amsterdam. It’s got everything, including teen-safe clubs, terrific outdoor markets that, despite the more »
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HITTING THE AIRPORT VIP LOUNGES


Pancake, the much loved blue bear, seemed right at home among the oh-so-serious laptop-toting business people. So did his 4-year-old owner, Colin Blodgett. Colin, Pancake and Colin's parents were awaiting their flight from London to New York in British Airway's expansive $60 million Executive Lounges in Heathrow's new Terminal 5 more
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A new-style adventure by Disney — with no mouse ears in sight


We sniff the strong perfume that even kids used, since they bathed so infrequently (servants just once a year) and learn that even though royal children had servants to do everything for them (even brush their teeth), they didn't have a lot of time to play because they were expected at court (sitting quietly for hours). Still, our gang decided they'd rather be royals instead of servants. more
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OPTING FOR DIFFERENT KINDS OF LODGING


Searching out those markets and meeting the locals who shop there is all part of the charm of renting a flat in a strange city or a villa in the countryside. We sleep with cherubs over our bed and hear the noises of a city neighborhood -- a baby crying, a couple jabbering in Italian and music playing. more
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A trip to Costa Rica designed for teens and tweens (and one little sister)


After a morning of white-water rafting (and plenty of water fights) on Costa Rica's Sarapiqui River, and a first-rate burrito lunch made by our raft guides at the river's edge, we stop in the small town of Horquetas, about 10 minutes from where we are staying to visit an elementary school. Some 270 kids attend the ill-equipped school, which is so overcrowded that children must attend split sessions. The students mug for our cameras and giggle. more
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TO AUSTIN, TEXAS


All around Lost Pines were other families determined not to miss one second of vacation fun -- floating in the lazy river, watching the kids on the water slide or in the baby pool, saddling up for horseback rides or bike rides around the extensive property (405 acres and an adjoining 1,100-acre nature park!), playing "golf" with preschoolers on the lawn and watching them on the playground nearby. more
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SURVIVING A ROAD TRIP


What the kids don't get is that driving for hours with a couple of antsy children (not to mention sullen tweens and teens) is no fun for parents either -- especially not when we're paying record prices for gas. Still, millions of us -- 20.4 million just over the July 4th weekend, AAA reports -- are hitting the road with the kids this summer. more
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TO VERMONT — IN SUMMER


The steep climb up the slick rocks -- 770 vertical feet -- doesn't phase them, nor scrambling without footholds or squeezing between two boulders. "Hard but fun," a trio of 9-year-old boys declare, as they race ahead. "Definitely worth it," their older sisters add, as they trail close behind them. more
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Taking the kids — when they have autism


Traveling with kids, especially young ones, we all know is never easy. They don't want to let go of their "lovey" to put it on the security belt at an airport. They get impatient in long lines, hate to sit still on airplanes and may cry and spill their drinks. And the passengers, restaurant patrons or hotel guests in the vicinity may not be sympathetic to the beleaguered parent's plight. more
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