Meeting Elmo and Sesame Street Friends at Beaches Turks and Caicos Resort

Making a Splash at Pirate's Island Waterpark

Even better, there are other Sesame Street-themed activities going on every day, so the kids never get bored. There's a weekly parade, a nightly stage show, and character interactions throughout the day. Two of our favorite activities included the character tuck-in at bedtime and the character breakfast (both require additional charges). After putting our kids in their pj's, we told them a special guest was coming to bedtime. A knock at the door revealed Elmo, wearing his own pj's. He did some "nighttime stretches" with the kids and then read them a story from an oversize book. After posing for a few pictures, Elmo tucked them into bed and said good night. (This was the highlight of the trip for my older son.) At the character breakfast, all the Sesame Street characters walked around greeting little diners. They stopped for photos, danced, and played with kids at each table. At the end, there was a big Conga line dance party.

Of course, there's more to the resort for the whole family than just Sesame Street. There are several swimming pools with small wading areas and there's an expanse of beachfront space. There's also plenty to love at the Pirate's Island Waterpark. The 45,000-square-foot water haven is one of the largest aquatic playgrounds in the Caribbean, with seven water slides. A 650-foot lazy river glides swimmers through a enchanting mermaid trail, past a mystical grotto, and under a gushing waterfall. For older kids, there's a SurfStream simulator (a wave machine that lets kids try out surfing in a safe environment) and a pirate ship to explore with cannons, slides, and water sprays.

When everyone is hungry and it's time to eat, the 16 resort restaurants make it easy to find something for even the pickiest palate. Our family pick was Kimonos, the hibachi-style restaurant with a talented chef who entertained the kids with knife tricks, food flips, and humor.

What really made this a special vacation was that we enjoyed so much as a family. As parents, we had enough downtime for relaxing at the spa and the beach, and dining at the adults-only Le Petit Chateau. Meanwhile, the kids were constantly being entertained with fun Sesame Street activities, at and away from camp. Spending time apart made our together time extra meaningful and memorable -- a win-win for everyone.

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This piece was accurate at publication time, but all prices, offerings, and availabilities are subject to change. Please contact each hotel and attraction for up-to-date rates and information before taking your trip.

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