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If you grew up in the ’80’s and ’90’s, chances are you tuned in to Reading Rainbow with LeVar Burton. Unfortunately, it’s been off the air for 15 years now, so our kids have missed out on the magic that was this educational show: until now.

Reading Rainbow Live is getting ready to launch to encourage a whole new generation of kids who love to read. A modern take on the classic show that inspired children over the course of 150 episodes and 20 years, it will incorporate original music, field trips, dance parties, culture, exploration of the natural world and a book of the day on each 25-minute themed episode.

photo: Courtesy of Reading Rainbow

Utilizing the technology of the day, Reading Rainbow Live will take place on the  interactive virtual platform Looped. Kids will be able to engage by asking questions, get rewarded to answering questions correctly, play games get featured “on stage” during each episode! Once the episodes have concluded, you’ll be able to tune into the episode by streaming as often as you like.

While the new show don’t be hosted by the OG LeVar Burton, it will be led by The Rainbows: a group of young performers who will inspire young viewers.

Stay tuned: in the next few weeks more Reading Rainbow Live details are expected to drop.

––Karly Wood

 

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Great Wolf Lodge Brings ALL the Holiday Cheer

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If you are looking to add some fun festivities to your holidays this year, consider a visit to Great Wolf Lodge. Not only will your kid crew get to spend some time coasting down water slides, but you can check off your Santa visits as well. We visited the new Bay Area Great Wolf Lodge for an overnight stay and here’s what we loved.

photo: Kate Loweth

The holiday vibes hit you as soon as you walk in the door.

Opening the door into the Great Wolf Lodge lobby was like walking into a winter wonderland with a massive tree, cozy fireplace and lights all over. Holiday music was playing and you could hear a staff member reading a holiday story to kids gathered on the carpet when we arrived. Through early January you can enjoy the Snowland events like dancy parties, storytimes and crafts. Download the GWL app and you can easily find the schedule of events so you don't miss any of the holiday fun. 

Your visit to GWL isn't complete without a visit with Santa! Check the schedule for when he will arrive. Tip: Matching family PJs were all the rage in the Santa visit line so make sure you come prepared! 

photo: Great Wolf Lodge

Snowland permeates the whole property, even the water park!

Give your crew a designated home base in the water park that's super festive by booking a Snowland cabana. This comes with a bunch of holiday gifts like a commemorative ornament and two Snowland mugs. You'll get to experience "snow" multiple times throughout the day and the package comes with four holiday beverages of your choice. Make sure you reserve these in advance as they are super popular! 

photo: Great Wolf Lodge

Themed rooms bring all the magic.

Great Wolf Lodge does a great job creating magic, even when you head back to your room for a break. Their Kid Cabin and Wolf Den suites give you a themed bunk bedroom for the little ones in your pack. It's plenty of room for you all to spread out. Order the Snowland family package and you'll be greeted with hot cocoa bombs, a cozy blanket to take home and more. 

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Packages help to make the most of your stay.

If your family wants to do more than just enjoy the water park during your stay, consider one of the packages they have available. The Wolf Pass gives you access to everything they have to offer including the ropes course, bowling, arcade and candy shop. You also get a wand so that you can play Magiquest during your stay. The activities are also available individually but you save a bunch with the package. 

photo: Great Wolf Lodge

The Paw Pledge keeps your family safe while you visit.

Check your local Great Wolf Lodge for their current requirements including face coverings for those who are not fully vaccinated. 

You'll also want to be aware that some of the amenities could be closed during your stay due to COVID. During our visit, many of the dining options were not open and the restaurants were only serving diners who had reservations. Check out the situation when you arrive as they had QR codes available in front of the restaurants to make a reservation for later in the day. The lobby shop had snacks and drinks available, or you can bring your own food to your room to utilize microwaves by the ice machines. 

Snowland is available through January 5 so book your stay today! 

—Kate Loweth

Editor’s note: This visit was paid for by Great Wolf Lodge but all opinions belong to the writer. 

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If 2022 isn’t a year for some major revenge travel action, we don’t know what is. New hotels and all-inclusive resorts are popping up both stateside and internationally in 2022 and we cannot wait! There’s a new resort near Walt Disney World, some awesome glamping spots and even new family-friendly resorts as far as Australia for those who really need to get away. Many offer refundable booking options so there’s no reason not to get a trip on the books!

U.S. Destinations

photo: The Virginian Lodge

The Virginian Lodge | Jackson, WY
Situated in the charming town of Jackson, home to some of the most epic skiing in North America, The Virginian Lodge is the ideal basecamp to access the world-class outdoor recreation in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park. The 165 all-new, mid-century style guestrooms and suites feature warm wood accents and campy, retro furnishings creating spaces that are authentically western and efficient for the modern adventurer. 

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Canopy by Hilton Boston Downtown | Boston, MA
Canopy by Hilton Boston Downtown will open in the heart of Boston’s historic Haymarket—America’s oldest outdoor market—in early 2022. Guests can enjoy scenic views of Boston’s Greenway and North End from their balconies and grab burgers at the hotel’s restaurant. The hotel is also within walking distance to the historic Freedom Trail, a must-do for many visitors.

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Conrad Los Angeles | Los Angeles, CA
Conrad Los Angeles will be a new addition to downtown Los Angeles, which is seeing one of the largest development booms in nearly a century. Located in the city’s cultural hub with access to some of the most prominent arts and entertainment venues in the city, the 28-story luxury hotel will offer spacious accommodations featuring a bold and contemporary design, a world-class spa, California-inspired culinary experiences, a rooftop terrace and private pool deck with views of downtown LA.

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Embassy Suites Nashville Downtown Convention Center | Nashville, TN
Embassy Suites Nashville Downtown Convention Center will open in the heart of downtown Nashville adjacent to Music City Center and next to Bridgestone Arena, making this all-suite hotel a perfect home base for those exploring downtown Nashville. Popular tourist stops like Fifth and Broadway, Nashville’s newest dining and shopping, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Ryman Auditorium and Lower Broadway’s entertainment district are a short walk away. 

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Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton | New Haven, CT
Talk about going green. Hotel Marcel New Haven, Tapestry Collection by Hilton will open in 2022 as the country’s first Passive-House certified hotel and first net-zero energy hotel. The hotel will generate 100% of its own electricity, powering its 165 guest rooms and suites, an American restaurant and bar, solar parking canopies and more.

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Tru by Hilton/Home2 Suites by Hilton Minneapolis Downtown | Minneapolis, MN
This reimagined dual-brand property connects to the Skyway and is just three blocks from Minneapolis’ riverfront parks. For the sports aficionado, Vikings and Twins games are both within a mile. 

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Sensei Porcupine Creek | Rancho Mirage, CA
As Sensei’s second retreat and first United States mainland retreat, Sensei Porcupine Creek will convert a 230-acre private estate into an ultra-luxury wellbeing experience. The tranquil and intimate setting will feature a small number of hotel rooms in the former estate house, as well as private villas clustered throughout the luxurious property. The retreat features a state-of-the-art diagnostic center, yoga and fitness pavilions, a relaxing swimming pool and the culinary delight of Sensei by Nobu. 

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The Line Hotel | San Francisco, CA
The 236-room hotel will be home to four distinct dining experiences including a landscaped rooftop solarium which will enjoy panoramic views of the City. The 12-story Flat Iron-inspired building is a contemporary interpretation of the area’s historic architecture. The project also includes 242 residences and a dedicated space for the local non-profit theater company, Magic Theater.

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Albert Hotel | Fredericksburg, TX
This new property in the Hill Country hot spot of Fredericksburg will celebrate the legacy of noted local architect, historic preservationist and man-about-town Albert Keidel. The project, led by Austin-based New Waterloo, includes the renovation of the Keidel Family home, built in 1860; the Brockmann-Kiehne House, built in 1870, Keidel Pharmacy, built in 1906; and White Elephant Saloon, built in 1888. Upon completion, the 110-room boutique hotel located on Fredericksburg’s historic and charming Main Street will feature four distinct food and beverage concepts, an on-site spa, shaded lawns and courtyards connecting to event space and a sunken limestone pool and lounge.

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The Hythe, Luxury Collection Resort | Vail, CO
The Hythe, Luxury Collection Resort, Vail, a brand-new luxury resort concept in the heart of the Rocky Mountains is set to debut this winter 2021. Guests of The Hythe will enjoy elevated interiors to include a vivacious and welcoming arrival and lobby experience, four brand new food and beverage concepts, exclusive mountain forward excursions and much more. The Hythe’s entirely transformed interiors will offer respite and intrigue for sun-kissed and windswept explorers. 

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Caribe Royale Resort | Orlando, FL 
After an extensive, multi-million dollar renovation, the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando will debut a completely reimagined luxury travel experience for families, couples and groups—all just 1.5 miles away from Walt Disney World. Come 2022, guests will be able to check in to brand new 1-bedroom suites or 2-bedroom villas (large enough to accommodate six people plus pets!) for an epic Orlando getaway. Offering shuttle service to Walt Disney World and Disney Springs, guests staying at Caribe Royale Resort will also be able to enjoy an array of leisure and family-friendly experiences right on-site, including lounging—or splashing—by the property’s main pool (featuring a 75-foot waterslide).

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The Pridwin Hotel and Cottages | Shelter Island, NY
Cape Resorts announces its newest hospitality project in Eastern Long Island with the acquisition of The Pridwin Hotel and Cottages on Shelter Island, NY. The project is a partnership with the Petry family, which has owned and operated the hotel since 1961. Currently undergoing an extensive renovation, the waterfront hotel and its 16 private cottages are scheduled to open the summer of 2022. Nestled on 7+ acres of Shelter Island’s Crescent Beach overlooking the Shelter Island Sound, the 49-room luxury destination resort will feature several exclusive amenities and facilities, including private beach and pool services, a full-service spa, a 100-seat restaurant, and bicycles for touring nearby shops and attractions.

photo: Allison Sutcliffe

Getaway | Boston, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Indianapolis
Getaway, the hospitality company that offers mindful escapes to tiny cabins in nature, will be opening new locations near New Orleans, Minneapolis, Kansas City and Indianapolis as well as a second location near Boston, the market where Getaway’s very first cabin is located. The expansion adds a total of 224 cabins, bringing Getaway’s Outpost count to 20 and cabin count to 829—up from 13 Outposts and 487 cabins at the end of 2020. The new Outposts are slated to open by mid-2022.

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The Slate Hotel | Denver, CO
Located at the site of the historic original Emily Griffith Opportunity School, The Slate Hotel will pay tribute to the campus’ legacy within Denver The redevelopment of the 2.4-acre landmark preserved the historic buildings and will pay homage to the former school with thoughtful design touches and experiences. The 4-story, 135,000-square-foot property will add 251 guest rooms to downtown Denver.

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Hotel Tupelo | Tupelo, MS
Tupelo’s first boutique hotel, Hotel Tupelo, will sit in the heart of Fairpark District and will feature 79 spacious, urban-inspired guest rooms and suites, a new concept restaurant and bar from a notable local chef, locally inspired artwork, amenities from Tupelo makers and more. The hotel also promises to be pet friendly and is curating a special package for their pup guests. 

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Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville | Greenville, SC
Marriott Autograph Collection property Grand Bohemian Hotel Greenville will be the first luxury boutique hotel in Greenville that sits on downtown's most prized piece of real estate overlooking the Greenville’s Falls Park, Reedy River and the iconic Liberty Bridge that crosses it. Guests will be greeted by a grand lobby complete with floor-to-ceiling windows that feature downtown Greenville views. The 187-room hotel will also have an art gallery, wine room, library, spa, and multi-story restaurant and bar that overlook the river. 

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TETRA Hotel, Autograph Collection | Sunnyvale, CA
TETRA Hotel, Autograph Collection offers understated luxury and design-conscious options in Silicon Valley's dynamic landscape. The 186 stylish guest rooms and suites feature minimal design, touches of technology and organic elements that intertwine to create an environment of refined tranquility and balance. A rejuvenating, heated outdoor pool and sundeck on the third floor and state-of-the-art gym with Peloton bikes allow guests to submerge their worries and reemerge refreshed.

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AC Hotel Sunnyvale Moffett Park | Sunnyvale, CA
AC Hotel Sunnyvale Moffett Park joins the adjacent sister property, TETRA Hotel, an Autograph Collection hotel, as the all-encompassing leisure hub within Sunnyvale and Moffett Park, connecting visitors with the surrounding community. Located in Moffett Park, an upscale neighborhood in the heart of Silicon Valley, the property is designed following LEED Silver criteria and will feature 164 guest rooms and suites across five floors and includes indoor and outdoor event space. 

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Conrad Nashville | Nashville, TN
Ideally situated in the heart of Nashville’s Music Row neighborhood, Conrad Nashville effortlessly blends urban sophistication with refined elegance to create a retreat within the bustle of the city so guests never just stay, but stay inspired. Designed for the modern traveler, the luxe property caters to guests through its design, culinary and artistic offerings which include an open-air and locally inspired kitchen, stylish poolside experience and a state-of-the-art wellness center. The shimmering glass building is comprised of 234 beautiful and overly spacious guest rooms, complete with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views of the city.

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Hyatt House/Hyatt Place Houston Texas Medical Center | Houston, TX
The 14-story, 350,000-square-foot Hyatt House/Hyatt Place Houston Texas Medical Center is slated to be branded as a dual Hyatt hotel and extended stay facility; the property will feature 159 hotel rooms under the Hyatt Place flag and 139 extended stay rooms under the Hyatt House brand. The project, at 7329 Fannin St. near the corner of Fannin and Old Spanish Trail, is being developed by Houston-based developer Satya Inc. 

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The Pad Hotel/Hostel | Silverthorne, CO
The Pad is a brand new boutique hotel/hostel in Silverthorne. Located along the Blue River, The Pad is being sustainably constructed with 18 shipping containers and is on track to becoming the first Certified B Corporation for a Colorado-based lodging company. Featuring 36 rooms ranging from private higher-end suites to dorm-style bunks, The Pad offers affordable rates with high-end amenities, such as an on-site restaurant, a rooftop bar and event space, a coworking space, riverside patios, artwork commissioned by local artists, a hot tub and more.

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Humbird Hotel | Sandpoint, ID
The Humbird Hotel will open its doors in early 2022 as the first boutique hotel in the area, providing a new ski-in/ski-out lodging experience. Expect gorgeous views of Lake Pend Oreille and a new restaurant/bar for relaxing after a day of adventures in the mountains. The décor will be a nod to the unique character and history of the North Idaho ski community.

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Pendry Park City | Utah
Set in the heart of Canyons Village at Park City Mountain, the spectacular ski-in, ski-out Pendry Park City will offer a modernist take on a traditional alpine lodge. Paying homage to the surrounding mountain landscape, the resort will boast warm, natural design elements that create a contemporary, open feel, and will feature 153 guestrooms, suites, and residences, each offering floor-to-ceiling windows and curated artwork. Guests and locals alike will enjoy access to four distinct restaurants and bars, a deluxe Spa Pendry and fitness center, a heated rooftop pool with a destination bar, Pinwheel Kids Club, and more than 7,000 square feet of indoor event space.

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The Wall Street Hotel | New York, NY
Housed in the historic Tontine Building that originated as the city’s first Stock Exchange in 1729, the sleek, residentially inspired retreat will boast 180 spacious rooms and suites, a fine dining restaurant featuring a Michelin star chef, and a stylish rooftop bar and lounge with outdoor terrace

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Amrit Ocean Resort & Residences | Singer Island, The Palm Beaches, FL
Comprising more than seven acres of prime oceanfront on Palm Beach County’s Singer Island, the wellness resort will extend 155 guestrooms, 34 grand luxury wellness suites, and a four-story spa featuring meditation gardens, tranquility pools, outdoor Patanjali yoga classes, and sleep specialist services

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Pendry Washington D.C. | Washington, D.C.
Located within The Wharf – the city’s latest waterfront neighborhood – the stylish design hotel will feature 131 guestrooms, three signature dining and bar concepts, Spa Pendry and fitness center, and 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting spaces

Canada

Canopy by Hilton Toronto Yorkville
Canopy by Hilton Toronto Yorkville will make its debut in the highly sought-after Yorkville neighborhood of Toronto, an area known for trendy shopping and elegant dining. The hotel, part of a mixed-use residential development, will offer 178 guest rooms, an indoor pool and a restaurant and café. 

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Club Med Québec | Québec, Canada 
The four-season, all-inclusive mountain resort Club Med Québec will be Club Med’s first in Canada, just 90 minutes from Québec City in the Le Massif de Charlevoix region. With over 300 rooms spread across 300+ acres, the resort will feature locally inspired culinary experiences, sweeping views of the scenic St. Lawrence River and surrounding mountains, unlimited ski-in/ski-out access and year-round activities including skiing, biking, and hiking, and activities traditional to the region like ice skating and dog sledding. 

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W Hotel
Say hello to Toronto’s newest and most sought-after hotel destination located in Yorkville, where work is always followed by play. Surrounded by iconic art galleries, the city’s best shopping, and world-class dining, the brand-new W Hotel is an urban oasis of culture and style with unexpected like a on-site podcast studio.

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Ace Hotel Toronto
Ace Hotel Toronto makes its home in one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world in 2022. Designed in partnership with acclaimed architects Shim-Sutcliffe, Ace Hotel Toronto is inspired by the multicultural amalgam of the city in the first Canadian outpost for the popular U.S. brand. Built on the city’s rich traditions and history of materials and innovation, Ace Hotel Toronto is a global hub open to ideas old and new.

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Andaz Toronto–Yorkville
Hyatt Hotels' ANDAZ brand will make its first Toronto appearance with the ANDAZ Toronto–Yorkville hotel. The 160-room property will boast more than 15 luxury suites, over 12,000 ft² of event and conference space, a spa, and other amenities, including food and beverage spaces. The hotel will occupy floors 4 through 16 of a new luxury mixed-use tower, offering more than 15 luxury suites, more than 12,000 square feet of event and conference space, food and beverage experiences, a spa, and more.

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Qube Hotel Toronto
If you’re looking for a new hotel in the heart of the entertainment district, Qube Hotel Toronto is the perfect new property.  Located at the historic Westinghouse Canada building site at King and Blue Jays Way, this new hotel will be just a short walk away from the new Mirvish + Gehry Development, Rogers Stadium, Scotiabank Arena, The CN Tower and Ripley’s Aquarium. It will also have its own new museum on-site, The Theatre Museum of Canada. 

Mexico/Caribbean/South America

photo: Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya

Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya
Nestled among verdant tropical vegetation and overlooking the Caribbean Sea's turquoise waters, the Conrad Tulum Riviera Maya will provide a secluded haven for travelers that are inspired by Tulum’s lush landscape and picturesque beaches. The hotel’s selection of accommodations ranges from contemporary and sophisticated master suites to governor and presidential suites. Guests can explore their palate at eleven world-class restaurants and bars that serve an array of cuisine options from Mediterranean and Asian to a special Chef’s Table dining experience. End the evening by unwinding in one of the hotel’s oceanfront pools.

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Embassy Suites by Hilton Aruba Resort
Embassy Suites by Hilton Aruba Resort will welcome guests to one of the top-rated beaches in the world—Eagle Beach. As the widest beach in Aruba and known for its pristine and soft white sands, Eagle Beach is the perfect location for taking in the stunning blue waters of the Caribbean or partaking in a variety of water sports. Guests can enjoy Embassy Suites by Hilton Aruba Resort’s spacious suites, multiple restaurants and bars, two pools (including one for kids), and close access to attractions, dining and entertainment. 

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Hilton Tulum All-Inclusive Resort
The 735-room oceanfront Hilton Tulum All-Inclusive Resort will introduce travelers to an upscale all-inclusive vacation experience. The resort will offer nine pools, 13 restaurants and bars, a luxury spa, a private beach and more. The hotel is also located less than 25 miles from underwater caves, amusement parks and the Tulum city center.

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Waldorf Astoria Cancun
Set on 100 acres of secluded coastline, this new 173-rooms and suite luxury resort will deliver a truly unforgettable experience for guests. Expect breathtaking ocean views, plunge pools, private balconies, upscale amenities and more. 

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Rock House | Providenciales, Turks and Caicos   
2022 brings the opening of Grace Bay Resorts’ anticipated new luxury resort Rock House, further elevating Turks and Caicos as a coveted destination for luxury travelers. As a response to the all-inclusive beach resorts typically found in the Caribbean, Rock House will be a cliffside Mediterranean-inspired hideaway, offering guests privacy and space—two priorities for travelers in today’s world—through spacious studio suites and single-family homes. 

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Bitter End Yacht Club | Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands 
Following a four-year closure and a complete rebuild and reimagination rooted in its sense of place and storied history, Bitter End Yacht Club, a 64-acre island outpost located on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands is set to reopen its doors. Bitter End 2.0 will see a new nautical village, anchored by buildings that function in vastly improved capacities to past landmarks—the Clubhouse Restaurant, the Quarterdeck Marina building, the Watersports Center, and the Reeftique shop. Joined by a Kid’s Activity Center, a Provisions Market, and an exciting new beach bar.

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Hotel La Compañía | Casco Antigo, Panama
Hotel La Compañía, Casco Antiguo celebrates Panama’s storied past and will serve as a place where the destination’s history comes together with the modern Casco Antiguo experience. The hotel’s unique design and architectural plan focus on three distinct wings—Spanish Colonial, French Colonial and American Beaux Art. The design-forward hotel will become a living museum, immortalized and feature 88 luxurious guestrooms, five restaurants, two bars, a rooftop sky lounge, spa, and fitness center, among much, much more. 

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Royal Uno All Inclusive Resort & Spa® | Cancun, Mexico
Royal Uno All Inclusive Resort & Spa® is a 540 all-suite resort that promises an “Authentic Cancun” experience with a blend of classic hospitality, contemporary chic, signature dining, and activities for all ages. To deliver on its promise, Royal Uno® offers guests an exclusive dining experience at its Mexican-cuisine restaurant, Palotinte®; along with waterfront access to one of the highest-rated beaches in Cancun.

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Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Maya
Margaritaville Island Reserve Riviera Maya, a five-star resort, will feature 355 guestrooms and suites that blend island design and luxury comfort. Guests will enjoy incredible gourmet dining at the resort’s five restaurants and five bars created with a promise of cuisine crafted to perfection, premium cocktails, unforgettable experiences, personalized service and wonderful live entertainment. Plus, the resort will feature a massive pool, luxury spa, fitness center and a dedicated meetings & events space.

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Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton | Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica 
The 106 LEED-certified residences at Botánika Osa Peninsula, Curio Collection by Hilton are positioned beside Costa Rica’s two prized jewels: Corcovado National Park and the Pacific Ocean’s Golfo Dulce. Botánika Osa Peninsula serves as a jumping-off point for immersive ocean and rainforest experiences from paddling alongside a gentle 40-foot whale shark to hiking the Finca Raices de Osa Farm to indulge in hand-caught tilapia. Guests will lay their heads to rest in striking open floor studio, 1-, 2-, or 3-bedroom rainforest residences outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows, oversized terraces and a private rooftop lounge area fit for nature viewing and stargazing. 

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Villa La Valencia | Los Cabos, Mexico 
Located on the corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo, Villa La Valencia will debut the longest lazy river in Los Cabos. The 1,148-foot lazy river will feature an art-mural bottom and complimentary pool floats. The brand new resort overlooks a wide, sandy stretch of pristine shoreline where guests will find a luxurious oasis complete with contemporary suites, multiple fine dining concepts and a stylish cocktail bar. Property-wide water features are accented by tropical landscaping and include a breathtaking infinity pool overlooking the Pacific Ocean and an adults-only pool. 

 

Europe, Middle East & Africa

photo: Sea Breeze Santorini Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton

Sommerro | Oslo, Norway
An iconic and historic neighborhood building turned luxurious art-deco hotel, Sommerro will open its doors in Norway’s healthy and happy capital in September 2022. With panoramic views of Oslo, the hotel is housed in the former headquarters of Oslo Lysverker, the city’s original electrical company, and will be a modern tribute to Norwegian cultural heritage, revolutionizing the city’s hospitality landscape with a strong focus on social interaction and eco-conscious experiences. A community in its own right, Sommerro will be home to an abundance of restaurants, bars, and event spaces including the city’s first rooftop pool and sauna, as well as a unique wellness space in the basement where the building’s original public baths will be restored. On the floors between, a retreat from the demands of the day can be found in the hotel’s 231 luxury rooms and suites and 56 branded residences, which will be spread across the original building and a newly designed extension.  

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Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia
Conrad Chia Laguna Sardinia will have 107 guest rooms, each with its own private garden or terrace and views of the Chia lagoon. Guests have three terrific dining options, La Terrazza, Sa Mesa and Bar Bollicine. The hotel’s Conrad Spa will also offer six treatment rooms, a spa bar, a yoga studio and a state-of-the-art gym.

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Conrad Rabat Arzana | Morocco
Featuring 120 spacious guest rooms, Hilton’s first luxury hotel in Morocco will offer spectacular ocean views. Guests will be able to experience breathtaking surroundings while enjoying locally inspired food and beverage at two hotel restaurants. Conrad Rabat Arzana will also offer a full spa and salon.

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Hampton by Hilton Doha Old Town | Qatar
Situated in the Old Salata district, Hampton by Hilton Doha Old Town will feature 221 modern guest rooms, an all-day dining restaurant, juice bar, 24/7 snack bar, work zone and fitness center. It will be conveniently located close to Doha attractions such as the corniche, the Museum of Islamic Art, the National Museum of Qatar and the famous Souk Waqif. It will also be in close proximity to the banking district and the Emiri Diwan Palace, and just 12 kilometers from Hamad International Airport.

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Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah | U.A.E.
Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah will boast a range of restaurants and bars as well as a spacious eforea spa. With excellent facilities and amenities, a beachfront location and friendly service, Hilton Dubai Palm Jumeirah promises to become a destination of choice for travelers.

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Lost Property St. Paul's London, Curio Collection by Hilton | England
Lost Property St. Paul’s London, Curio Collection by Hilton, will open this spring to offer stunning views of St. Paul’s Cathedral and other London landmarks. Guests can dine at the hotel’s restaurant and enjoy close access to some of London’s most visited tourist attractions. 

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Motto by Hilton Rotterdam Blaak | Netherlands
Motto by Hilton Rotterdam Blaak will provide convenient access to some of Rotterdam’s top attractions, including the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Old Harbour, Maritime Museum Rotterdam and Cube Houses. It’s also just a few minutes' walk from Rotterdam’s must-see Markthal, where visitors can shop and explore indoor food stalls and restaurants.

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Sea Breeze Santorini Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton | Greece
Sea Breeze Santorini Beach Resort, Curio Collection by Hilton will be Hilton’s first location on the glamorous Greek island of Santorini. The 37-room hotel draws inspiration from Santorini’s iconic blue and whitewashed architecture and incorporates the island’s rugged natural beauty with stone walls and organic wooden textures. Each room will boast private terraces and a hot tub or pool. Guests can choose from two restaurants and two bars for a relaxed bite to eat or cocktail, with two of the outlets being located on the resort’s private beach. With two pools, a spa, fitness facilities and loungers by the beach, guests can alternate between working up a sweat, getting pampered, soaking up the sun, and cooling off in the water.

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Banyan Tree AlUla | AlUla, Saudi Arabia
Previously known as the Ashar Resort, Banyan Tree AlUla is nestled against sky-high rock formations in a pristine valley, blending into sands that surround it with epic views from each of its one-, two- and three-bedroom Pool Villas. The resort will add 47 new units which will bring the accommodation’s total number up to 79 high-end villas, along with a luxury spa and several gourmet restaurants, including Alban, the property’s all-day restaurant serving leisurely culinary delights and Saffron—Banyan Tree’s authentic and celebrated Thai restaurant. This will all be guided by a sensitive design that allows each villa to blend discreetly into the striking natural scenery of the Ashar valley, located nearby the Kingdom’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hegra.  

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Waldorf Astoria Kuwait
The 200 luxury guest rooms at the new Waldorf Astoria Kuwait will be just feet away from world-class shopping and dining, thanks to its location in Avenues Mall—a destination with more than 1,100 shops and a movie theater. The hotel will also be home to the award-winning Japanese restaurant concept ROKA and will feature an exclusive Club Lounge as well as an awe-inspiring 13,560 sq ft Waldorf Spa. Kuwait City Center, historical and cultural sites, and the Grand Mosque of Kuwait are just a short 15-minute drive away.

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Atlantis The Royal Resort | Dubai, United Arab Emirates 
Atlantis The Royal Resort is set to be Dubai’s most impressive new hotel. The 795-room resort surges 43-stories high and will feature 17 world-class restaurants, many of which will host celebrity chefs such as José Andrés, Gastón Acurio, Ariana Bundy and Costa Spiliadis. Crafted by the world’s leading designers and architects, guests will have access to an expansive sky pool, ocean views, a wellness program and more. 

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Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira | Topuito Islands, Mozambique 
An adventurous new destination and Banyan Tree Group’s very first flag in the continent of Africa, Banyan Tree Ilha Caldeira is located 10km off the coast of Mozambique, situated on the private Island of Ilha Caldeira. The island is part of Primeiras and Segundas Archipelago, Africa’s largest marine reserve—home to 20% of Mozambique’s intact living corals. Set amidst pristine beaches and reefs, the 100% solar-powered luxury resort will feature 40 private pool villas with stunning views of the Indian Ocean, providing guests a time to connect with its unexplored natural surroundings and embrace the local flavor and culturally rich heritage. 

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Cabot Saint Lucia
Set on a 375-acre peninsula on the northern tip of Saint Lucia, Cabot Saint Lucia will include Coore & Crenshaw’s first Caribbean golf course. Residents and guests will have exclusive access to the very best in amenities, including three restaurants, world-class Cabot Spa, full-service beach club, wellness center, excursions with the Cabot Explorers team and more. 

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Passalacqua | Lake Como, Italy
Built in the 18th century by Count Andrea Lucini Passalacqua, Passalacqua is set on the shores of Lake Como and has hosted historic leaders from Napoleon Bonaparte to Winston Churchill. Sister property to the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo, the stately, ultra-luxury mansion retreat will extend 24 stylish suites designed and curated by one of Italy’s most renowned hotelier families – Paolo, Antonella, and Valentina De Santis. Committed to preserving its heritage, Passalacqua will showcase original features, including hidden passageways, centuries-old beamed suites in forgotten stables, and glasshouses with ancient fruit trees. Guests can enjoy the lakeside swimming pool and open-air gym set in the olive groves, vintage boat trips from the private dock, and partake in a variety of wellness and culinary experiences in the manicured gardens such as spa treatments, yoga sessions, farm-to-fork dining, and movies under the stars.

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TOA Hotel & Spa | Zanzibar, Tanzania
Set on a private white sand beach in Pongwe on the east coast of Zanzibar, the tranquil Indian Ocean oasis will include 86 contemporary guestrooms including eight luxurious suites, three swimming pools, a deluxe spa, a signature restaurant, three buzzy bars, and a relaxed café.

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sly Berlin | Berlin, Germany
Located in the city’s trendy Friedrichshain neighborhood, Berlin’s coolest new hotel will be housed across four modernized buildings, interconnected via inviting open courtyard spaces and a striking 2,368 square-foot greenhouse. Comprised of 150 guestrooms and suites, some boasting private balconies, sly Berlin’s interiors will showcase a fusion of nature and urban culture, featuring solid oak wood, Italian serpentine stone, stainless steel, and Brutalist concrete touches. Other highlights include a well-equipped gym and a large rooftop sauna with sweeping city skyline views.

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Ritz Carlton Melbourne
Destined to be an attraction in its own right as the tallest hotel in Australia, upon arrival at the Ritz Carlton Melbourne guests will enter the hotel lobby via the porte-cochere and take a direct elevator straight to the hotel’s sky check-in on level 79, offering panoramic views across Melbourne’s CBD and beyond. Featuring 263 luxury hotel suites with quality finishes and furniture, guests will enjoy state-of-the-art bathrooms, breathtaking views, and luxurious amenities including day spa, restaurants and bars, concierge services, function rooms, business centre, 500-seat grand ballroom and outdoor garden terrace.

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Peppers Richmond
The latest Peppers outpost, and third in Victoria, Australia, Peppers Richmond will be situated on the historic Bridge Road in Melbourne’s lively inner-city suburb of Richmond. Featured facilities in the 80-room hotel will include a restaurant, state-of-the-art gym and rooftop bar with views over Melbourne Cricket Ground and the botanic gardens. Owing to its location, the bar in particular is expected to become a go-to destination during major sporting and cultural events for both locals and hotel guests.

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Shangri-La Hotel, Melbourne
Sapphire by the Gardens will be a new luxury development, including the long-awaited Shangri-La Hotel, Melbourne. When completed, the five-star Shangri-La Hotel will include 500 guestrooms with three levels of amenities, including a sky lobby, restaurants, spa, fitness center, pool and ballroom. The second tower will include 300 luxury residential apartments as well as office space. A sky bridge will connect the two towers and retail space will occupy the lower levels of the development.

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Conrad Shanghai
Conrad Shanghai will open as Hilton’s largest Conrad hotel in the Asia Pacific region. Located in People’s Square in the heart of Shanghai, the hotel offers quick access to museums and historical sites during the day and lively nightclubs after dark.

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Hilton Hiroshima
Catering to both business and leisure guests, Hilton Hiroshima will feature 420 rooms, four restaurants, a fitness center and spa, an indoor swimming pool, a chapel, and more. Located in the central business district of Hiroshima City, the hotel is within short driving distance to Peace Memorial Park, Hiroshima Castle, and other historic highlights.

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Hilton Maldives Amingiri
Hilton Maldives Amingiri Resort & Spa represents the debut of Hilton’s flagship brand, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, in the Maldives. Located on Amingiri Island in the Male Atoll, this hotel will offer 109 beach and water villas—each with its own private pool. Large parties can book the hotel’s exclusive six-bedroom villa for celebrations and reunions. All guests can explore the culinary offerings of the hotel’s six restaurants and bars—including an adults-only champagne and gin bar, rooftop “teens-only” zone and more. There’s also a Kids’ Club.

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Hilton Singapore Orchard
After a major refurbishment, the 1,080-room Hilton Singapore Orchard will open in March 2022 in the heart of Singapore’s most famous retail district, as the largest Hilton hotel in Asia Pacific. Already open for reservations, the flagship-branded landmark hotel will showcase botanically-inspired modern rooms and suites, and five curated world-class dining experiences—including the internationally acclaimed Osteria Mozza by Nancy Silverton, award-winning Chatterbox, and two Michelin-starred Shisen Hanten. The hotel is also one of the largest event venues in the city with 16 versatile spaces and two pillar-less ballrooms, making it an ideal destination for business travelers. Guests also enjoy direct access to a four-story shopping gallery.

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The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong | Hong Kong
Located in Hong Kong’s Southside district, home to the iconic Victoria Harbor and the city’s renowned Ocean Park, the eco-conscious oceanfront resort is the next much-anticipated international launch from The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts. The luxury hotel – perfect for couples, friends, solo visitors, extended families, and business travelers – will offer 425 guest rooms and suites overlooking the South China Sea, including children-themed rooms and two signature suites with private pools. Additional features include four diverse restaurants, an outdoor infinity pool and kids’ lagoon pool, an indoor kids’ play zone, a luxury spa and fitness center, and versatile indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, including a 5,600 square-feet pillar-free grand ballroom.

—Kate Loweth

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Winter has arrived and along with the freezing temperatures comes the onslaught of cold and flu bugs. It might seem like the only way to defend your family against the germs is by putting them in a bubble, but there are some things you can do without resorting to hibernating until spring.

Here’s our guide to keep your kids healthy during the winter.

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Flu season is in full swing.

Flu season took on a whole new meaning after the pandemic, but the virus is still alive and well. It’s just as important to protect yourself against the flu as ever, so head to the CDC website to get the complete rundown of flu season this year.

Speaking of the flu, make sure your kid gets their flu shot.

When given the choice between a shot and anything else, kids will almost always choose “anything else,” but when it comes to the flu vaccine, trading in the needle for the nose spray might not be the best idea. A study confirmed which flu vaccine works best for kids. (Hint: they’ll need a band-aid afterward.)

Sometimes, it’s not “just” a cold.

January through March marks peak season for respiratory syncytial virus—known more commonly as RSV. While this virus may seem like the common cold, it isn’t. Read on to find out what is RSV and what parents need to know.

P.S., it’s also hand, foot and mouth disease season.

Is your kiddo in daycare? Do your littles spend plenty of time around other children? Hand, foot and mouth disease in kids is a common childhood illness—it’s common for kids to pick it up this time of year. Even though anyone of any age can come down with a case of HFMD, this easy-to-pass-on virus is most often seen in children ages five and under.

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Have a cold? Science says try chicken soup.

It turns out mom was right: chicken soup really is the best dish for a sick day. One dietician explains how chicken soup can help fight a cold.

These are the Vitamin C recipes you need to fight a cold.

When it comes to vitamin C, orange juice is old news. We’ve hunted far and wide and rounded up a bevy of recipes that will upgrade your family’s daily dose of this all-important vitamin. From healthy Dole Whip to irresistible Brussels sprouts, these foods are high in vitamin C and worthy of any winter menu.

Pack in some extra vitamins.

Sometimes no matter how much OJ we chug, it’s still not enough. Make sure your kiddos immune systems are prepped and ready by chewing on a few vitamins. We recently tried Emergen-C Kidz Gummies and give them a solid thumbs up. They’re packed with Vitamin C, B vitamins and Vitamin D and taste like a treat!

Let the kids nosh on some chocolate if they have a bad cough.

Getting kids to take their medicine isn’t always easy, unless it happens to be a spoonful of chocolate. Your kids will think you’re Mary Poppins when you bust out the chocolate as a cough remedy and, according to experts, it can do more good for their throat than codeine.

Still desperate to cure a cold? Put potatoes in your socks. (Yes, really!)

When kiddo is sick you’ll do anything to make them feel better. One mom swears by this potato trick during cold and flu season. But does it actually work?

 

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Pump the breaks on the probiotics.

A stomach bug is never fun for kids or parents. In fact you’ll probably do just about anything to avoid the misery -and mess- that comes with one. Unfortunately you might have to count one item out of your parental bag of tricks as new research shows that probiotics don’t help stomach bugs.

Prep these mom-tested home remedies for cold and flu season.

Cold season is upon us, which means it’s time to stock up on home remedies to help soothe your kids if they catch a cold but may not require a trip to the doctor. These simple ways to treat a cold at home will bring your little ones some comfort for symptoms ranging from a cough or a sore throat to nausea, a stuffy nose and more.

Keep your kids warm and safe for winter weather play.

As temperatures drop, it’s still important for children to get outside and play. It’s a bit more complex as parents and caregivers need to ensure the children are properly protected from the cold. To adequately prepare, it’s vital to know the actual temperature and the wind chill factor, to know how many layers and what type of clothing will protect children in cold weather.

Follow these pediatrician-approved tips to keep winter germs at bay.

If you’re a parent and you want to protect your family from the cold and flu, going to a doctor’s office is the last place you want to go. Even though it might sound counter-intuitive, you run the risk of exposing your kids and those with compromised immune systems to more germs and making mild cold symptoms go from from bad to worse. Don’t fret—there is a solution to the threat of the waiting room.

—Shahrzad Warkentin & Karly Wood

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51 Jolly Holiday Jokes for Kids

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The weather outside may be frightful but there’s nothing like some rolling laughter to warm you right up (except, maybe cocoa). If you’re looking for the funniest Christmas and holiday-themed jokes for kids, just scroll down. We can promise giggles, groans and eye rolls. 

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1. What happens if you eat Christmas decorations?

You get tinselitus

2. What do you call Santa when he stops moving?

Santa Pause

3. Why was the little boy so cold on Christmas morning?

Because it was Decembrrrrr!

4. What comes at the end of Christmas Day?

The letter “Y!”

5. What do snowmen eat for breakfast?

Snowflakes. (or Frosted Flakes!)

6. Why do mummies like Christmas so much?

Because of all the wrapping!

7. What happened to the thief who stole a Christmas calendar?

He got 12 months.

8. What does an elf study in school?

The elfabet.

 

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9. What's another name for Santa's Little Helpers?

Subordinate clauses. 

10. What is a cow’s favorite holiday?

Moo-years Day.

11. What does Santa suffer from whenever he gets stuck in a chimney?

Santa Claustrophobia

12. How do sheep wish each other happy holidays?

Merry Christmas to ewe.

13. What is an elf’s favorite sport?

North-pole vaulting.

14. What does Mrs. Claus say to Santa when there are clouds in the sky?

It looks like rain, deer.

15. What do snowmen take when the sun gets too hot?

A chill pill.

16. What should you give your parents at Christmas?

A list of what you want.

17. What did the gingerbread man put under his blankets?

A cookie sheet.

18. Who delivers Christmas presents to elephants?

Elephanta Claus.

19. How does Rudolph know when Christmas is coming?

He refers to his calen-deer.

20. Where does a snowman keep his money?

In a snow bank.

21. What do you call a greedy elf?

Elfish!

22. Why wouldn’t the Christmas tree stand up?

It had no legs.

23. Why didn’t Rudolph get a good report card?

Because he went down in history.

24. What kind of ball doesn’t bounce?

A snowball.

25. What did one snowman say another snowman?

You’re cool.

26. What is every parent’s favorite Christmas carol?

Silent Night.

27. How do chickens dance at a holiday party?

Chick to chick.

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28. What do you get when Santa plays detective?

Santa clues! 

29. What's the difference between the Christmas alphabet and the regular alphabet?

The Christmas alphabet has Noel. 

30. What falls but never gets hurt?

Snow.

31. What kind of music do elves like?

"Wrap" music. 

32. How much did Santa's sleigh cost?

Nothing! It was on the house. 

33. What do you get if you mix a vampire with a snowman?

Frostbite!

34. What do you call a snowman with a six-pack?

The abdominal snowman.  

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35. What snack should you make for the Snowman Holiday Party?

Ice Krispy Treats

—Emmerson H., 13 

36. What does an elf work on after school?

His gnomework. 

37. What do you call a snowman in July?

A puddle.

38. Why did the little boy bring his Christmas tree to the hair salon?

It needs a little trim. 

39. Why didn't the tree get a present?

He was knotty. 

40. What does Santa use to keep his house sparkling clean?

Comet.

41. What do grouchy sheep say during the holidays?

Baaaaaa humbug! 

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42. What do you get when you cross an iPhone with a Christmas tree?

A pine-apple!

43. What did one snowman say to the other?

Do you smell carrots? 

44. How do reindeer know when it's Christmas?

They look at a calen-deer. 

45. What kind of car to elves drive in the off-season?

A minivan.

46. Knock knock
Who's there?
Donut.
Donut, who?
Donut open the presents until Christmas! 

47. Which reindeer always gets sent to the principal's office? 

Rude-olf. 

48. What does a grumpy sheep say when the other sheep wish him "Merry Christmas"? 

Baaaaaa-humbug!

49. Where do reindeer go for coffee? 

Star-bucks. 

50. What's Santa's favorite candy? 

Jolly Ranchers

51. What's a Christmas tree's favorite candy?

Orna-mints. 

 

—Kate Loweth & Amber Guetebier

 

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14 Brilliant Kids Books About Adoption

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There are many wonderful ways we become families, from fostering to adoption to blended families to birth families. If your family is about to grow thanks to adoption, your children are adopted, or your kids are just curious about adoption, these 14 books will offer insight, education, and a celebration of the adoption process.

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Coco & Olive: The Color of Love

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Two canine characters, Olive and her adopted daughter Coco, explore the beauty of the world and the process of adoption through color and poetic verse. Because love is the color of the door of the building where they first met, it is the color of the blanket Coco was first wrapped up in, it is the color of the lavender bubble bath Olive bathed Coco in. Not only is this book a celebration of adoption, but it is a celebration of diverse families of all kinds, colors, and sizes. Author Michelle Madrid-Branch wrote the critically acclaimed book, Adoption Means Love: Triumph of the Heart as well as the kid’s book The Tummy Mummy, which is also on this list. Illustrated by Erin Darling. All ages.


The Not In Here Story

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Based on her own experience adopting a child, author Tracey Zeeck tells the story of Mr. and Mrs. Seek, who want a baby but cannot seem to make one—no matter how hard they try or how far they travel. One day they realize that there is another way: adoption! Charmingly illustrated with colorful, monster-like characters by David Bizzaro. Ages 4-8.


I’ve Loved You Since Forever

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This poetic book celebrates the bond between a mother and her child, inspired by the Today Show co-anchor Hoda Kotb’s adoption of her baby girl, Haley Joy (Kotb later adopted another little girl, Hope Catherine). It reminds us that love is love and that the love between a parent and child is forever. Sweet illustrations by Suzie Mason. Ages 4-8.


A Kids Book About Adoption

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All of the books in the A Kids Book About series are known for taking a frank and kid-forward approach to covering topics that can be tough for parents to navigate, including divorce, anxiety, racism, empathy, and more. This book is a conversation starter for anyone who wants to talk about adoption, told from two points of view: author Leul Gurske is 14, born in Ethiopia and adopted at age two; and co-author Nabil Zerizef adopted his son at birth. All ages.


The Tummy Mummy

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Author Michelle Madrid-Branch not only understands adoption as a mother but she herself was adopted. The term tummy mummy was one her own adopted mother used to explain Michele’s birthmother. In homage and gratitude, and in response to the negativity and harsh judgment many birth mothers can receive, this book talks about a birthmother who loves her child very much but cannot keep her. Illustrated by Marin Thurber. Ages: 4-5.


Our Adoption Story

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This is a parent and child record book and journal with prompts for adoptive parents to tell their own story and record all the milestones of the adoption process, from fostering through the first year as a forever family. With a gender-neutral theme and questions and prompts for both domestic and international adoptions, it can be adapted for any kind of adoption, including foster to adoption families. Designed for adopted children from infant through elementary age, so it does not need to be a baby book. By Mellanie Kay Journals. All ages.

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I Wished for You: An Adoption Story for Kids

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This sweet book features Mama Bear and her baby bear, Barley, who wants to know about how his mama wished for him. It tells the story of Barley’s adoption, including explaining how Barley's birthmother loved him enough to know that she could not be the mama she wanted to be, and so she made sure that Barley would have the best mama. And that is how they came to be a beautiful, happy, snuggly family. Written and illustrated by Marianne Richmond Ages: 2-5.

 


Yes! I’m Adopted

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Sharlie Zinger’s cheerful, rhyming book is told from a triumphant child’s point of view, and tells the story of his adoption from start to finish, and demonstrates the true love at the heart of any adoption. Inspired by the author’s own adoption process with her two sons. Bright, colorful illustrations by Tiffany Cunliffe. All ages.

 


The Story of My Open Adoption: A Storybook for Children Adopted at Birth

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Leah Campbell introduces the concept of open adoption in this rhyming, illustrated book that tells the story of Sammy the Squirrel. Sammy has been adopted by Mom and Dad Rabbit, and the Rabbits are taking Sammy to meet his first family. The book includes a space for kids to draw their own family and a list of resources for parents and kids alike on the topic of adoption. It’s a story about not one, but two families who love Sammy very much. Ages: 3-5

 


Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born

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Authored by actress Jamie Lee Curtis and enchantingly illustrated by Laura Cornell, the duo behind the New York Times bestsellers Today I Feel Silly and I’m Gonna Like Me, this book celebrates the joy an adopted child brings to a family. Ages: 4-8.


I Can Make This Promise

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Inspired by her own family history, author Christine Day tells the story of Edie, a curious young girl who wants to know more about her Native American heritage. All she knows is that her mom was adopted by a white couple. But then curious Edie discovers a box hidden in the attic, with letters and photos of a mysterious woman who looks just like Edie. Wanting to know more about this woman, and hoping to learn more about her own heritage, Edie uncovers a menagerie of family secrets. A beautiful and powerful book about identity, adoption, history, and the truth. Ages: 8-12


Half a World Away

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Jaden is sure his parents must think they made a mistake when they adopted him. At age 11 his behavioral issues—stealing, hoarding, lighting fires—must be the reason they are all traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt a new baby. To replace him, Jaden is sure, even though he knows they love him. When they arrive they discover the baby they had intended to adopt has already been placed, and while his parents are focusing on one of the other babies, Jaden starts bonding with a little three-year-old toddler named Dimash. And this connection helps Jaden understand the power of love to transform our lives. Ages: 10 and up.

 


For Black Girls Like Me

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Makeda is 11, adopted, and black. She loves her white parents and sister and knows that they love her, but it doesn’t change the fact that Makeda often feels like an outsider, except when she’s with Lena. Lena is Makeda's best friend and she is also adopted, and black. When Makeda’s family moves from Maryland to New Mexico everything changes. The story of Makeda finding her place in the world is beautifully written by author Marima J. Lockington, who draws upon her own experiences with her adoptive white family. Ages: 9-11


Far from the Tree

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In this book for older teenage readers, Grace, who was adopted at birth and raised an only child discovers that she isn’t an only child after all. When Grace puts her own baby up for adoption, she begins to look for her birth family and discovers she’s actually a middle child, with two bio siblings. Maya, her younger bio sister was adopted into a big family. Joaquin, her older bio-brother, stayed in the foster care system until he was 17. There are not very many books on the topic of adoption and foster care geared toward older readers, and this one is a must-read. Author Robin Benway is not only a New York Times bestseller, she also won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for this book. Ages: 13-17

 

—Amber Guetebier

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No matter how much you don’t want it to be, divorce is tough on kids. But having an open dialogue with children about the divorce process and how that can affect them helps to normalize their fears and frustrations. Whether it’s taking kids step-by-step through what happens or introducing characters that are relatable, these 12 books tackle divorce in ways that are compassionate and realistic.

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What Happens When Parents Get Divorced?

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Mom and author Sara Olsher wrote the book she wished she could have given her own daughter while they navigated her own divorce. Written with clear words and bright illustrations, this book shows kids that even though divorce is scary, it is something lots of families get through.

 


Weekends with Max and His Dad

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It’s kinda weird for Max to go to an apartment where his dad now lives, and Max isn’t shy about letting his dad know. Told from the point of view of a kid whose parents have divorced, Max it’s an honest exploration of the emotions and challenges of day-to-day life after a divorce. Max makes some new friends and starts to think the apartment might not be so bad after all. Written by Linda Urban. Ages: 7-9

 


Roadtrip with Max and His Mom

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Max and his mom are about to go on a road trip, but Max isn’t excited for it like he usually is. Because usually, his dad comes too. This adventurous book, a follow-up to Linda Urban’s Weekends with Max and His Dad, tackles the emotions a kid can feel after a divorce—like how something like a family vacation can seem less than thrilling when you are missing someone. Ages: 7-9


A Kids Book About Divorce

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A Kids Book About series tackles tough topics and puts them into books designed to help normalize discussions around things like anxiety, depression, and divorce. Divorce is tough on the parents, yes, but it can be extra tricky to navigate with the kids. Written by a parent, Ashley Simpo, who has been there, this book is meant to spark an honest discussion about the topic. Ages 3 and up.


Fox: Family Change from Slumberkins

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This plush animal and book set from Slumberkins is designed to support children through any kind of family change, divorce included. Help your littlest ones navigate big feelings as your family navigates change—Fox will help remind them it is not their fault, they are safe, loved, and their feelings are normal. Ages: 3-8


Dinosaurs Divorce

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First published over 25 years ago, this innovative book has helped generations of families learn to talk about and navigate divorce. It’s a comprehensive guide in a language parents and kids can both understand, and tackles topics like having two homes, living with one parent, holidays and special occasions, stepfamilies, and more. Ages: 4-7


Two Homes

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Claire Masurel’s little book is simple but incredibly impactful as it takes on a topic that can be very confusing to children during a divorce—living arrangements. The artwork by Kady McDonald Denton helps illustrate both the differences when Alex is at Mommy’s house and Daddy’s house, but also the similarities—in both homes Alex is loved and safe. Ages: 2-5


Divorce Is Not the End of the World: Zoe's and Evan's Coping Guide for Kids

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Written by brother and sister Zoe and Evan Stern, with a little help from their mom, Evelyn Stern, this is a first-hand account and coping guide for kids, by kids. Zoe and Evan know just how it feels when parents divorce—theirs split up when they were 15 and 13. They’ve created a positive guide for kids to explore and acknowledge the feelings that come up: guilt, anger, fear, new rules in new homes, blended families, and more. Ages: 8-12

 


Bigger Than a Bread Box

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Twelve-year-old Rebecca’s life has changed pretty quickly, almost overnight. Her parents have separated and they’ve moved suddenly to live in Atlanta with Rebecca’s grandma. In Gran’s attic, Rebecca discovers a magic bread box, and it seems to help...at first. Rebecca can get anything she wishes for, as long as it fits inside the box. But soon she discovers the consequences to her wishes, and they aren’t all good. An interesting way to view divorce and the feelings kids have along with it. Ages: 8-12


Big & Little Questions (According to Wren Jo Byrd)

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Nine-year-old Wren Jo Byrd’s parents separated over the summer, and now she’s starting a new school year. Wren does not want anyone to know, not even her best friend, Amber. But as the year progresses and a new girl enters the scene who wants to be friends with Wren, Wren struggles to keep her secrets—her dad lives somewhere else now, and things are not the same at her home with her mom. It’s a book about divorce, yes, but also about friendship, and trusting others with things we think should be kept secret. Ages: 7-9


The First Rule of Punk

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What’s the first rule of punk? Be yourself. On the first day of a new school, twelve-year-old Malú (María Luisa, if you want to annoy her) doesn’t exactly have a smooth day: she violates the school’s dress code with her punk rock look and upsets Posada Middle School’s queen bee. But her dad, who now lives far away because her parents have divorced, reminds her, things get better if she just remembers what being punk really is. This awesome book by Celia C. Perez gives kids encouragement to be themselves and be strong even when there are big changes at home. Ages: 10-12


The Divorce Express

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Many divorce books show kids living primarily with mom and spending time with dad on weekends, but that is not always the arrangement—and it’s not the arrangement in Paula Danziger’s book. Phoebe’s parents are divorced and now she’s living with her dad in the country, and taking the bus into the city on weekends to be with mom. Phoebe isn’t happy about it, but she’s getting used to it until her mom announces she’s getting remarried and everything changes again. Ages: 10 and up

—Amber Guetebier
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If you’ve been snagging ham or pepperoni for easy meals during the holiday season, you’ll want to take a look at this recall. Alexander & Hornung, the business unit of Perdue Premium Meat Company, Inc. is recalling approximately 234,391 pounds of the fully cooked meat products. They’ve been contaminated with listeria, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety Inspection Service.

The recall affects many different brands of ham, including lunch meat from Wellshire, spiral sliced ham from Garrett Valley Farms and Niman Ranch uncured ham. It also affects Five Star pepperoni and pepperoni sticks. You can see the full list of products and the associated dates here.

There have been no reports of associated illness but Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that mostly affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women and newborns. Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, stiff neck and convulsions and the infection spreads from the gastrointestinal tract.

Check your refrigerator or freezer if you think you might have purchased one of these products and throw it away if you find it. If you have more questions about this recall and the affected products you can visit www.alexanderhornung.com or call the Alexander & Hornung Consumer Hotline at 1-866-866-3703.

—Sarah Shebek

Featured image courtesy of Charles Deluvio, Unsplash

 

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When it comes to trying out international cuisine, parents can rest easy in diving into Italian food. Flavorful sauce that hides veggies, noodles and cheesy appetizers help kids whet their appetite for this Mediterranean fare. We’ve rounded up everything from homemade focaccia and Arancini to the softest almond cookies ever. Keep reading to see easy recipes that will have your kids diving into Italian food for life.

Focaccia Bread

Fluffy and flavorful, most kids can't shy away from a nice piece of Focaccia. Made with lots of olive oil and rosemary, this version from Baking a Moment pairs perfect with all your upcoming Italian dishes!

Bruschetta

Whether you need a quick appetizer or just a fresh snack, getting kids to eat Bruschetta can be easier than you think! Chelsea's Messy Apron combines traditional ingredients like grilled bread, tomatoes and basil into a simple recipe that may just get your kids to gobble up fruit without realizing it.

Caprese

It only take four ingredients to make a Caprese salad (and you probably have most of them from whipping up that bruschetta!). This easy app comes together quickly, looks pretty and all that cheese could be the key to getting your kids to try it out.

Arancini

No, those aren't meatballs: they're fried balls of risotto! This supremely delicious recipe from Happily Eva After brings this savory and filling appetizer or snack to your table with just 30 minutes of cook time.

Risotto

Risotto is a staple in Italian cuisine. While it takes time and attention, the result is creamy and cheesy deliciousness. Head over to Walks of Italy to get all the tips for making an authentic version at home.

Braciole

Say hello to this tender meat dish that kids will gobble up. Charlotte Fashion Plate shares an amazingly savory dish using flank steak, cheese and hearty tomatoes for this show stopping recipe.

Classic Italian Meatballs

Did somebody say meatballs? Easy to make and even easier to gobble up, this recipe from Family Style Food will have you tossing these together on a regular basis.

Pasta Fagioli Soup

Filling yet light at the same time, this bean soup is the stuff Italian dreams are made of. We love this recipe from Garlic & Zest which comes with a hearty side of hacks that will up your cooking game.

Italian Wedding Soup

Good luck getting your kids not to mow through these adorable mini meatballs! Carlsbad Cravings' classic soup is the perfect addition to a chilly night. Don't forget the side of crusty bread!

Margherita Pizza

Of course we didn't forget the pizza! Even cheese-only lovers will love this flavorful yet simple recipe from Cookie + Kate.

Taralli Dolce Di Pasqua

You need these Easter cookies in your life (and not just during the spring!). The Monday Box's recipe for these sprinkly-treats is easy to follow, fun to eat and makes the perfect afternoon activity with the kids.

Italian Twist Cookies

Parents who need a little sweet with their morning coffee will love An Italian In My Kitchen's recipe for these twist cookies. While they take a little patience waiting for the dough to rise, you'll be able to give yourself a pat on the back for making these cookies by hand.

Pasticcini di Mandorle

You only need four ingredients to whip up these flourless soft almond cookies from The Monday Box. Grab your almond flour, confectioners’ sugar, lemon zest and eggs and bring everything together by hand for these delicious cookies that go great with coffee.

––Karly Wood

 

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‘Tis the season for creative gingerbread! If you’re looking to your hone your frosting skills, why not try a few new kits that don’t involve just a house?

Walmart is stocked a plenty with fun gingerbread house kits that not only include humble abodes, but the Peanuts gang, Minions, Corgis and even Ninjabread. Keep scrolling to see plenty of options that all come in under $20, but bring an afternoon of sweet, ginger-y fun.

Ninjabread Cookie Kit

$7

 

Peanuts DIY Holiday and Christmas Gingerbread House Kit

$13

Minions Gingerbread House Kit

$13

Wilton Ready to Build Gingerbread Corgi Doghouse Kit

$5

Gingerbread House Competition Kit

$16

Gingerbread Village Kit

$9

––Karly Wood

All photos: Courtesy of Walmart

 

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