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Paddington Trail Arrives in London

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Ever since the impeccably mannered Paddington left the deepest darkest Peru for London in 1958, his adventures have captured the imaginations of kids everywhere. Who can't help but adore the red-booted, marmalade-loving little guy? In celebration of his new movie out November 28th, London itself is being turned into a very bear-y town.

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Calling All Wizards: London Hotel Unveils Harry Potter Suites

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When in London, do as Harry Potter fans do: pose at Platform 9 ¾; take a walking tour to places featured in the films; and visit the Warner Brothers Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter. Now, visitors can even stay in the sleeping quarters at Hogwarts—or at least the suites resembling them.

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Plans for Family Booths and Couple Pods on Thomson Airways

201410-hd-thomson-family-seatingjpgWhen I traveled with my parents as a child, it wasn’t uncommon for us to be in entirely separate cabins—let alone sit together in a row.

If, however, you’re eager for maximum face-time with the kids during the annual family getaway, then Thomson Airways’ new dinner-table configuration might be your ticket.

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Family Friday: Best Hotel Kids Clubs

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Every parent knows the beauty of the hotel Kids Club: free time for you and endless entertainment for your little ones. Now resorts everywhere are playing a serious game of one-upmanship when it comes to club activities, good old-fashioned sand castle building and arts and crafts just aren't enough to satisfy our lust for learning and adventure. Here, my favorites.

For inspiring young photographers, Wild Dunes Resort in Charleston offers the chance to work with award-winning photographers, including resident Tiffany Briley, to capture the city¹s historic sites and breathtaking lowcountry on film.

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The World's Coolest Wrecks

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As morbid as a plane crash or sunken ship might be, there's something alluring about abandoned wrecks. Eerie, full of history, and possibly haunted, they can be truly captivating.

Moynaq Ship Graveyard, Moynaq, Uzbekistan

Believed to be one of the world’s worst ecological disasters, this desert use to be a busy Soviet fishing port. Once the rivers feeding it were diverted for irrigation, the Aral Sea (formerly one of the four largest lakes IN THE WORLD) dried up completely. Hence, the ships sitting on the old sea floor. Even crazier, the nearest shore is almost 100 miles away!

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Photo Credit: Flickr/Martijn.Munneke

Top Family Travel Tips from the Experts

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I'm just back from a trip to Italy and like every long adventure with toddlers, it was a schizophrenic mix of life-could-never-be-better moments and how-am-I-going-to-get-through-this hell. There was Sebastian's meltdown at Heathrow because I wouldn't buy him the really big Paddington bear (thank god for the Terminal 5 play area); the relentless "I want milk" requests while driving through the milkless rolling hills of Tuscany; and the constant sticky faces and stained shirts from twice-daily gelato injections (Italian napkins just don't do the job). In anticipation of my next family excursion, I reached out to the pros for some tips on how to make the journey smoother. Here, my favorites:

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The Plaza Hotel Introduces "Plaza-opoly"

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New York's legendary Plaza Hotel has always inspired grand story-telling. There was the little girl named Eloise who lived on the "tippy-top floor" of the hotel. Then the great Jay Gatsby checked in to battle it out with Tom Buchanan. And years later, came the big bad movie Home Alone 2, which was filmed at the property in the 90s. 

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Wands At The Ready: Wizarding World Part 2 Opens

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Throngs of people young and old gathered, many in full wizard robes, in 100-degree Orlando humidity. The Wizarding World’s much-anticipated expansion, Diagon Alley, was greeted with much sweat and even more tears of happiness when it opened its doors to fans earlier this month.

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Hotel Offers Farm-to-Table Baby Food Menus

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If you bring your family to a top luxury resort, it's only natural to expect the finest culinary offerings. But while you feast on organic grass-fed filet mignon, your baby is usually stuck with the glass jar purees you brought from home. Esperanza, an Auberge Resort, in Cabo San Lucas, aims to change that. The property recently rolled out a farm-to-table menu just for little ones with ingredients sourced from local farms and the resort's gardens. Among the highlights: pear with banana and cinnamon, baby carrots and zucchini, and baked sweet corn and parsnip carrot. I wonder if they deliver?

Clara Sedlak

Clara Ogden-Sedlak is Special Projects Editor at Travel + Leisure.

Photo courtesy of Esperanza, An Auberge Resort

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