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Kid-friendly vacation experiences for quality family time.
BY HEATHER STEINBERGER
NICKELODEON VACATION EXPERIENCE
Azul Hotels by Karisma
Riviera Maya, Mexico
Starting this summer, young fans of Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be able to meet their heroes on vacation in the Riviera Maya. An exclusive partnership with Viacom International Media Networks brings the experience to life.
OCEAN BLUE & SAND
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
This resort caught our eye with its bowling alley and climbing wall right on the beach. It also features special clubs for kids and teens, plus watersports such as snorkeling, windsurfing and kayaking. Older guests shouldn’t miss the intro-to-scuba pool demonstration and full dive center.
MOON PALACE GOLF & SPA RESORT
Younger children can hang out at The Playroom Kids Club, complete with mini fashion show runway, while teens spend time at Wired Teens Lounge. And adventure-seekers will get their wish with the FlowRider wave simulator and the Ultimate Dolphin Swim Experience.
HARD ROCK HOTELS
Cancún and Riviera Maya, Mexico, and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Hard Rock Hotels know how to make even the youngest guests feel like rock stars at The Little Big Club. Kids can meet and play with Barney, Angelina Ballerina, Bob the Builder and Thomas The Tank Engine—and even put on a live show with their new A-list friends. Guests over age 12 can live the rock star dream at the Music Lab, with expert instruction, stage training and a live performance.
Introducing Disney Springs, Orlando’s newest hot spot.
Downtown Disney in Orlando is getting a mega makeover and a new name. Disney Springs will double the number of unique shops, entertainment venues and restaurants to more than 150 choices in four architecturally unique outdoor districts. The beauty of Florida’s lakeside towns in the early 1900s inspired the vision for the three-year transformation. The development will open in phases; the first phase is expected to open in spring of 2015.