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The 10 Best Baseball Stadiums to Visit in 2017

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Scoring each on history, views, food, and other categories, we've compiled a list of the 10 best MLB stadiums to catch a game at in 2017.

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When it comes to ranking the best baseball stadiums, tradition only goes so far. Pristine grass, clear sightlines, and the crunch of peanut shells underfoot—modern fans desire all these, yes, but they also desire giant Coke bottles to slide down and restaurants built on top of their stadiums. Then there's the team. Watching your home squad struggle isn't much fun and can put a damper on even the most beautiful days at a great ballpark.

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With all this in mind, we've devised a system that rates five ballpark factors—history, views, the team, stadium snacks, and wildcard—on a scale of 1 to 10 to spit out a composite ballpark score. The result? The 10 best baseball stadiums in 2017.

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10. Safeco Field | Seattle Mariners

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History: 3—Safeco was built and branded as a modern park, complete with a unique umbrella-style roof that shields the field from inclement weather without closing the dome entirely. However, there's not much nostalgia here.

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Team: 7—The M's are being picked by some as an underdog to watch in 2017, and with an offense with Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Kyle Seager, it's easy to see why.

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Views: 6—Being a modern stadium, Safeco offers good sightlines and a decent view of Seattle. Since it's such a big ballpark, though, it can make the field seem a little distant depending on where you sit.

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Stadium Snacks: 7—Safeco is routinely regarded as having some of the most unique and best ballpark food. Fans can snack on everything from sushi to pizza to build-your-own ice-cream sandwiches.

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Wildcard: 7—You wouldn't expect to find works of art in a baseball stadium, but you're sure to run into them here. The team's Art in the Park program stocks the concourses with baseball-themed statues, murals, and other works from local artists.

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Total: 30/50

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9. SunTrust Park | Atlanta Braves

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History: 4—This park just opened its doors this season; you can't have history without a past! The park's Monument Garden, with hundreds of pieces of Braves-themed art, gives a nice nod to the franchise's history, though.

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Team: 4—Few expect the Braves to make much noise this season, but upstart infielder Dansby Swanson and baseball cult hero Bartolo Colon will still provide some highlights for fans in Atlanta.

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Views: 8—The stadium is about 9,000 seats smaller than its predecessor, Turner Field, giving each of its seats a closer view of the action.

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Stadium Snacks: 7—The park offers Terrapin Beer Co.'s Chopsecutioner Ale, a beer aged on wood from real Mizuno baseball bats. Is it a little gimmicky? Sure. But is it still cool? You bet.

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Wildcard: 8—SunTrust Park's right-field roof isn't a roof. It's packed with cabanas that give fans plenty to do during the game: play ping pong and foosball, socialize on patios, or grab some food at a Waffle House. Yes, there's a Waffle House up there, too.

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Total: 31/50

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8. Target Field | Minnesota Twins

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History: 4—Target Field is one of the newest parks in baseball, but the team's history can be seen if you look close enough. The stadium's home plate is the same one that was used in the team's former stadium, the Metrodome.

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Team: 6—The Twins sit in the middle of the pack as far as contenders go this season, but second baseman Brian Dozier is a constant home-run threat. He popped 42 of them last season.

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Views: 8—One of the most compact stadiums in the league, Target Field gives fans close-up views of the action and a picturesque backdrop of Minneapolis's skyline.

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Stadium Snacks: 8—Celebrity chef and native son Andrew Zimmern's Canteen offers unique spins on classics, such as the Sloppy Ko, a kimchi version of a sloppy joe. Fans can also find Upper Midwest staples, including cheese curds and a Mexican version of Minnesota hot dish.

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Wildcard: 7—When nasty Minnesotan weather rears its head, there's an open bonfire on the Budweiser Roof Deck in right field. During picture-perfect Minnesota summer days, though, the stadium sits right beside a bike trail, making it easy to pedal to a game.

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Total: 33/50

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7. Progressive Field | Cleveland Indians

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History: 5—It's seen its share of heartbreak (sorry, Cleveland), but Progressive Field, formerly Jacobs Field, was also home to the '90s Indians, one of the most exciting baseball teams of the last few decades.

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Team: 8—The Indians made a surprise run all the way to Game 7 of last year's World Series (again, sorry, Cleveland), and they bring back almost the entire roster in 2017. Watch for stud shortstop Francisco Lindor, slugger Edwin Encarnacion, and shutdown reliever Andrew Miller.

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Views: 7—The stadium has recently undergone multiple renovations that have eliminated seating and made the vibe a little more intimate. And no matter where you sit, you're treated to a nice view of Cleveland's skyline and Quicken Loans Arena, home of LeBron and the Cavs.

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Stadium Snacks: 8—The park's Right Field District is home to stands from locally beloved restaurants from the city's neighborhoods. Grab a taco from Barrio, a pierogi sandwich from Melt Bar and Grilled, or a Red Drum Rally Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Wildcard: 6—If you're at a Tribe game and you're eating a hot dog, look for Bertman's ballpark mustard. It's a locally made treasure, and it's delicious.

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Total: 34/50

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6. Petco Park | San Diego Padres

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History: 6—The 100-year-old Western Metal Supply Co.'s building was not only spared during the park's construction, but also incorporated into the stadium's design.

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Team: 3—The Padres aren't expected to compete for a title this year, but young stars Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe should give fans something to be hopeful for in the future.

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Views: 8—Petco Park gives a nice, open view of San Diego's skyline, which looks gorgeous bathed in the city's near-constant sunshine.

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Stadium Snacks: 9—Bars for brewers Ballast Point, Stone, AleSmith, and others reflect the region's concentration of outstanding craft breweries. New for 2017 is a station for Wonderland Ocean Pub, a casual local seafood spot that sits just feet from the Pacific Ocean.

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Wildcard: 10—A huge part of going to a baseball game is just being outside, and thanks to San Diego's perfect weather, it doesn't get better anywhere else.

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Total: 36/50

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5. Busch Stadium | St. Louis Cardinals

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History: 7—Though it's only been around for 11 years, Busch Stadium—the third one the Cardinals have called home—has already packed in more history than other older ballparks. The Cardinals were the first team in almost a century to open a new park and be crowned world champions in that park later that season.

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Team: 7—Though they're not projected to catch the rival Cubs in their division this year, the team is almost always competitive enough to make a postseason push.

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Views: 9—Packed into downtown, the stadium gives fans a postcard-worthy backdrop of the skyline sitting under the city's famous arch.

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Stadium Snacks: 7—You'll never see the same food twice at Busch Stadium. That's because, under stadium policy, fans are allowed to bring in outside food and beverages (water and soda) in soft-sided coolers. If you're looking for ballpark food, though, head to the Double Play Tap and Grill, where you can get a burger stuffed with mac 'n' cheese.

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Wildcard: 7—Busch-II-Infield, a plot outside the actual stadium where the old park's infield sat, hosts game-watch parties, live entertainment, and even yoga classes.

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Total: 37/50

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4. PNC Park | Pittsburgh Pirates

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History: 6—The stadium's limestone facade, numerous archways, and pilasters tiled with terracotta serve as subtle nods to Three Rivers Stadium, the team's former home.

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Team: 7—Five-time All-Star and former league MVP Andrew McCutchen is reason enough to get to a game.

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Views: 10—Pittsburgh's gleaming skyline and the bright-yellow Roberto Clemente Bridge dominate perhaps the best view in baseball, making it hard to focus on the action on the field.

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Stadium Snacks: 8—Primanti Bros. slings the city's iconic fries-slaw-meat sandwiches behind section 110. If you somehow still have room and are feeling bold, try to take down the Polish Hill dog's arsenal of pierogi, pulled pork, coleslaw, onion rings, and barbecue sauce.

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Wildcard: 7—If you're lucky enough to be at a game—or maybe kayaking—when a particularly long homer is launched toward right field, you might see the ball splash down into the Allegheny River.

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Total: 38/50

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3. Fenway Park | Boston Red Sox

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History: 10—At 105 years old, Fenway is the oldest park in Major League Baseball. From Fisk waving his 1975 homer fair to countless battles with the hated Yankees to the Sox finally winning a title on their home turf in 2013, Fenway's seen it all.

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Team: 9—The Red Sox are expected to be one of the best teams in baseball in 2017, with a loaded rotation led by Rick Porcello and Chris Sale.

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Views: 5—Fenway's charm comes with a price. Not all seats offer great views of the action, and some even force fans to crane their necks nearly 90 degrees just to face home plate.

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Stadium Snacks: 6—To go with one of the ubiquitous, old-school Fenway Frank hot dogs, Sox fans can make their own salads with produce grown on Fenway's rooftop garden.

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Wildcard: 10—With the Green Monster, the Triangle in center field, and just the sheer oddity of the way the park looks, this score couldn't be anything other than a 10. It all makes it one of the best baseball stadiums there'll ever be.

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Total: 40/50

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2. Wrigley Field | Chicago Cubs

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History: 10—You can smell the nostalgia inside Wrigley's vine-covered walls. Or is that the unmistakable scent of Old Style and hot dogs? Either way, this iconic cathedral of baseball has been hosting games for more than 100 years. Doesn't get much more historic than that.

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Team: 10—The world champion Cubs (still sounds weird, doesn't it?) trot out one of the most stacked lineups in the bigs this year. It features sluggers Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, flashy shortstop Addison Russell, and star pitchers Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta.

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Views: 6—Mezzanines can have their sightlines impeded by the upper deck, and random seats are blocked by pillars. Wrigley does get a bonus point for the famous rooftop seats across the street.

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Stadium Snacks: 8—Joining the Chicago staples of Italian beef and deep-dish pizza for 2017 are some needed new options, such as pork bao buns and sugar-coated bacon bites from Pork & Mindy's restaurant, a local favorite.

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Wildcard: 9—From the neighborhood atmosphere, to the old-school marquee and scoreboard, to the celebrity-conducted 7th-inning stretch, there's nothing quite like a game at Wrigley.

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Total: 43/50

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1. AT&T Park | San Francisco Giants

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History: 7—The park opened in 2000, so you won't get the rich history of Wrigley or Fenway. All-time MLB home-run leader Barry Bonds did send the record-breaking shot into the park's center-field stands back in 2007, though.

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Team: 8—The Giants are routinely competitive or outstanding and have won three championships in the past seven years. Catcher Buster Posey and ace pitcher Madison Bumgarner are fan-favorite stars.

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Views: 10—The best MLB stadiums need a perfect view, and AT&T Park delivers. No matter where you sit, you'll get a pristine view of the diamond, panoramas of the San Francisco Bay and the Bay Bridge, or both. That's tough to top.

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Stadium Snacks: 10—Fans in San Fran are treated to seemingly endless food options that go far beyond the basics of hot dogs and peanuts. Dungeness-crab sourdough sandwiches, Caribbean-inspired burrito bowls, and Sicilian deep-dish pizza are just a few options.

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Wildcard: 10—Behind the left-field bleachers, fans can check out the world's largest baseball glove and slide down a giant Coke bottle. You don't even need to be in the park to experience game action: kayakers frequently make highlights by snagging home-run balls hit into the waters of McCovey Cove just past the right-field fence.

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Total: 45/50

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Which parks didn't make the cut but should have? Let us know in the comments:

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When summer arrives, little ones suddenly have nothing to do but hang around at home—which means parents suddenly have nothing to do but think of things to do with kids. And one hot-weather ritual that helps drain their boundless energy is a day at the amusement park.

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Unfortunately, planning for a day at the amusement park can just as efficiently drain parents' energy. To help put some amusement back into it, we turned to two employees of a certain well-known theme park: Isabel, who drives the parking-lot bus, and RJ, a theme-park performer and one-time cohost of the amusement-centric Disfunction Podcast. Based on their combined years in the trenches, they let us know what works and what doesn't.

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Go at non-peak hours.

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\"The first hour is the best time to get on that one ride you just have to go on,\" says Isabel. For parents of older kids who can stay up late, RJ recommends returning to the park a few hours before they close. \"[Most] families have given up and already retreated to their resorts.\"

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Make it easy to find your car.

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Take photos of its location, nearby signs, and the view from behind you (as if you're leaving the park).

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One of RJ's past park gigs was in the parking lot, and at every shuttle stop, he was required to repeat the section number over and over \"and over.\" Now he tells people, \"Write it on your favorite child's forehead [if you have to].\" All joking aside, charging the kids with remembering where the car is can help settle those end-of-the-day arguments over whether you parked in A12 or A13.

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Load up a backpack with supplies.

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RJ's packing list of just the essentials includes the following: a refillable water bottle for each person, sunscreen, bug spray, and a travel-size umbrella. Other additions might be extra clothing (including shoes and socks), towels, ponchos, sanitizing wipes, and plastic baggies to protect valuables. \"And motion-sickness bags,\" smirks Isabel.

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Have a food plan going in.

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Some families bring their lunch and keep it in a cooler in the car. The pros are clear: you save money, avoid fatty park food, and have a built-in break in your day to cool off in the A/C.

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However, at larger amusement parks this may take more time than it's worth. RJ advises people to research what's available at the park before you go; there are often healthier options than you might think. An alternative: pack snacks. That way, he says, \"you have something to nibble on while you wait in line.\"

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Decide: wagon or stroller?

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Wagons have their advantages. With more space, you can fit more kids or even let one child lie down.

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But they can also create issues of their own. Says RJ, \"If you know you're gonna bring in a double-wide or a wheelbarrow to the parks, be mindful that you are going to a place where there will be hundreds, maybe thousands, of people around you [and] you're taking up a lot of room.\" Patience and extra awareness is key.

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And Isabel cautions families to call ahead: \"Certain parks do not allow wagons as they are a trip[ping] hazard.\"

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Give your kids a say.

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When it comes to the rides, says RJ, let your kids take the reins. \"Don't feel pressured into doing something that you were told you must do if it's not what your kids want to do.\" If your eight-year-old wants to watch the show at the toddler park, that's cool. \"And if little Charlie wants to do the carousel again and again and again, then by all means do let him. The memory of Charlie crying in the car-ride home could ruin all the other memories you made that day.\" You can even let them hold the map and lead the way.

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Of course, providing some direction is helpful. \"When my kids were small,\" says Isabel, \"I kept them on their schedules.\" So try to fit a nap in when you can, even if it means taking a break and heading back to the resort or car.

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\"Art

\n

Do you remember how good it felt, as a child, to create something with your own two hands? How proud you were when mom or dad displayed it on the fridge? Given the recent surge in arts and crafts as hobbies for grown-ups—surely you know people who’ve taken up knitting, ceramics, or adult coloring books—these are feelings we all long for.

\n

And we also adore passing those experiences on to our own children, whether by enrolling them in art lessons for kids or by encouraging their creativity at home with boxes full of art supplies. It’s fun to see the rudimentary family portraits or fantastical creatures your kids think up, but between school, extracurricular activities, and living-room doodling sessions, your refrigerator can’t possibly keep up with the output.

\n

How do you praise these creations and preserve them as keepsakes without turning your home into an all-out kids’ art studio? Well, we’ve got a few ideas for how to spotlight their work without wallpapering your entire place with finger paintings.

\n

1. Choose one spot to turn into a gallery wall

\n

\"Art

\n

To avoid a total decor takeover, relegate the kindergarten art projects you’ve accumulated to a single area of wall space. The gallery wall, already a grown-up design trend, eschews traditional standards for hanging art throughout the home in favor of using your collection to create a single focal point. It’s a design element that relies heavily on curation and placement. Have your child select their favorites, or make your own choices based on a theme or color. Then, choose a place in your home for the gallery wall—we recommend visualizing it around a piece of furniture, a staircase, or a mantel—and map it out, keeping things like size, frame style, and white space in mind.

\n

Pro-tips:

\n\n\n\n

2. Help them fill a portfolio like a real artist

\n

Art students transport their work to and from class in large, durable portfolios with handles and shoulder straps. Working artists, meanwhile, advertise themselves as candidates by submitting smaller portfolios that present their best work. If your child loves their art lessons or shows distinct creative tendencies at home, discuss art-related fields with them and work together to create an artist’s portfolio.

\n

Pro-tips:

\n\n\n

\"Find

\n

3. Create a digital archive

\n

Of course, even a plastic portfolio can’t guarantee the protection of art against basement floods, mold, creepy crawlies, and destructive younger siblings. The Internet, however, is forever. Archive your child’s artwork in a digital format and teach them to be computer-literate at the same time.

\n

Pro-tips:

\n\n\n\n

4. Use those digital files to create polished pieces

\n

\"Art

\n

Your child’s artwork doesn’t have to stay in its original form. There are a number of companies that use digital images to create customizable items for home decor, sharing among loved ones, and accessories for everyday wear. Put that digital archive to work making tangible reminders of your child’s creativity.

\n

A few ideas:

\n\n\n\n\n\n

5. Collaborate on your projects

\n

\"Art

\n

Like we mentioned earlier, adults can get their own sense of satisfaction from crafting. To use your own projects as way to cut down on the amount of clutter in your home is killing two birds with one stone. And making art inspired by your child is sure to be a bonding experience.

\n

A few ideas:

\n\n\n\n

6. Get a commemorative tattoo (or three!)

\n

Although this option is clearly not for everybody, getting a tattoo of your child’s art is a great way to show them you’re their No. 1 fan. Pick your favorite piece and wear it proudly for the rest of your life. As a bonus, your child will love telling their friends about it, so you’ll automatically become the “cool parent”—at least to the kids. You might become the “crazy parent” to the other moms and dads, but that has its perks. Fewer carpool requests wouldn’t be such a bad thing, after all.

\n

7. Let Grandma deal with it

\n

If these suggestions sound like a lot of effort, just send the fruits of your child’s creativity off to Grandma (or whoever else might appreciate it). To make this into a learning experience, instruct your kids in the lost art of letter writing. Invest in poster tubes that’ll allow you to safely mail the art, and have your kids practice handwriting and composition before handing over some special stationery.

\n

The amount of time spent on the message will teach them that effort and carefully considered words are more heartfelt than a dashed-off email or text. With any luck, it will trigger an ongoing correspondence with an older relative that they’ll come to treasure.

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\"Art

\n

Do you remember how good it felt, as a child, to create something with your own two hands? How proud you were when mom or dad displayed it on the fridge? Given the recent surge in arts and crafts as hobbies for grown-ups—surely you know people who’ve taken up knitting, ceramics, or adult coloring books—these are feelings we all long for.

\n

And we also adore passing those experiences on to our own children, whether by enrolling them in art lessons for kids or by encouraging their creativity at home with boxes full of art supplies. It’s fun to see the rudimentary family portraits or fantastical creatures your kids think up, but between school, extracurricular activities, and living-room doodling sessions, your refrigerator can’t possibly keep up with the output.

\n

How do you praise these creations and preserve them as keepsakes without turning your home into an all-out kids’ art studio? Well, we’ve got a few ideas for how to spotlight their work without wallpapering your entire place with finger paintings.

\n

1. Choose one spot to turn into a gallery wall

\n

\"Art

\n

To avoid a total decor takeover, relegate the kindergarten art projects you’ve accumulated to a single area of wall space. The gallery wall, already a grown-up design trend, eschews traditional standards for hanging art throughout the home in favor of using your collection to create a single focal point. It’s a design element that relies heavily on curation and placement. Have your child select their favorites, or make your own choices based on a theme or color. Then, choose a place in your home for the gallery wall—we recommend visualizing it around a piece of furniture, a staircase, or a mantel—and map it out, keeping things like size, frame style, and white space in mind.

\n

Pro-tips:

\n\n\n\n

2. Help them fill a portfolio like a real artist

\n

Art students transport their work to and from class in large, durable portfolios with handles and shoulder straps. Working artists, meanwhile, advertise themselves as candidates by submitting smaller portfolios that present their best work. If your child loves their art lessons or shows distinct creative tendencies at home, discuss art-related fields with them and work together to create an artist’s portfolio.

\n

Pro-tips:

\n\n\n

\"Find

\n

3. Create a digital archive

\n

Of course, even a plastic portfolio can’t guarantee the protection of art against basement floods, mold, creepy crawlies, and destructive younger siblings. The Internet, however, is forever. Archive your child’s artwork in a digital format and teach them to be computer-literate at the same time.

\n

Pro-tips:

\n\n\n\n

4. Use those digital files to create polished pieces

\n

\"Art

\n

Your child’s artwork doesn’t have to stay in its original form. There are a number of companies that use digital images to create customizable items for home decor, sharing among loved ones, and accessories for everyday wear. Put that digital archive to work making tangible reminders of your child’s creativity.

\n

A few ideas:

\n\n\n\n\n\n

5. Collaborate on your projects

\n

\"Art

\n

Like we mentioned earlier, adults can get their own sense of satisfaction from crafting. To use your own projects as way to cut down on the amount of clutter in your home is killing two birds with one stone. And making art inspired by your child is sure to be a bonding experience.

\n

A few ideas:

\n\n\n\n

6. Get a commemorative tattoo (or three!)

\n

Although this option is clearly not for everybody, getting a tattoo of your child’s art is a great way to show them you’re their No. 1 fan. Pick your favorite piece and wear it proudly for the rest of your life. As a bonus, your child will love telling their friends about it, so you’ll automatically become the “cool parent”—at least to the kids. You might become the “crazy parent” to the other moms and dads, but that has its perks. Fewer carpool requests wouldn’t be such a bad thing, after all.

\n

7. Let Grandma deal with it

\n

If these suggestions sound like a lot of effort, just send the fruits of your child’s creativity off to Grandma (or whoever else might appreciate it). To make this into a learning experience, instruct your kids in the lost art of letter writing. Invest in poster tubes that’ll allow you to safely mail the art, and have your kids practice handwriting and composition before handing over some special stationery.

\n

The amount of time spent on the message will teach them that effort and carefully considered words are more heartfelt than a dashed-off email or text. With any luck, it will trigger an ongoing correspondence with an older relative that they’ll come to treasure.

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Got the kids registered for art lessons? Here are a few ideas for using their surplus artwork—from archiving it to decorating your house (or your skin!).

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Congratulations! If you’re reading this, it probably means you’re an adult - or a toddler with a very high IQ. The bad news? Being a grown-up doesn’t come with a manual, which basically means no one knows what they’re doing most of the time. If you’re feeling as lost as a 90-year-old using a smartphone, don’t worry; here are the best ways to convince everyone (and yourself) that you’re a big girl or boy now.

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1. Keep busy

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The first step to being a grown-up is doing all the things your parents would. The nights of sticky floors, poorly-mixed drinks and stumbling home at 4am are (hopefully) behind you. Celebrate the new mature you with an A-Reserve ticket to an Opera Australia performance or wine tasting in your own home.

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Adulthood is also a time for trying new hobbies, so consider something you’ve never thought of like a gold leafing workshop or candle making course. Basically, anything that won’t break a sweat or stir up your dodgy hammy. Set the tempo for your adulthood by renting a Porsche or Eleanor Mustang and imagine you’ve made it as a successful project manager, app developer or dog walker.      

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Your spending habits will have definitely changed since your time as a 15-year-old with a penchant for bandage dresses and ill-fitting footwear. Slip into a pair of Crocs or Scholl shoes to experience the comfort you always fought so hard against. If you’re the multi-tasking type, garden aerating spike shoes work their magic as you walk, even if you’re taking a stroll through someone else’s backyard at 4am to hop the fence into your own.

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If you still feel like an under-age fraud, sip on a selection of quality wines and wait until the feelings pass. There’s no judgement if you still haven’t developed an appreciation for fine wines; that’s why Passion Pop exists. Cheers!

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3. Treat your home like your castle

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If you’re good with your savings or fortunate enough to not live in inner Sydney, you might own your own home. Just like a more expensive version of a mood board, a house can be changed to suit your own tastes and interests. Ambiance is important, so consider purchasing an aromatherapy humidifier to clean the air.

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Parting with your beloved *NSYNC posters might be hard, so at least get them professionally framed for a classier, vintage feel. If you’re still on your cleaning training wheels, hire a professional cleaner to help you out, or celebrate your independence by attacking any stain you see with an eraser sponge and hoping for the best.

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Finding the transition into adulthood too hard? Make yourself a milkshake, bunker down in a blanket fort, and read about the ways to thrill your inner child instead. Keep checking Groupon for all-ages things to do in your city. We’re here for you, just don’t expect us to wipe your nose when it’s runny.

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Do you remember how good it felt, as a child, to create something with your own two hands? How proud you were when mom or dad displayed it on the fridge? Given the recent surge in arts and crafts as hobbies for grown-ups—surely you know people who’ve taken up knitting, ceramics, or adult coloring books—these are feelings we all long for.

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And we also adore passing those experiences on to our own children, whether by enrolling them in art lessons for kids or by encouraging their creativity at home with boxes full of art supplies. It’s fun to see the rudimentary family portraits or fantastical creatures your kids think up, but between school, extracurricular activities, and living-room doodling sessions, your refrigerator can’t possibly keep up with the output.

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How do you praise these creations and preserve them as keepsakes without turning your home into an all-out kids’ art studio? Well, we’ve got a few ideas for how to spotlight their work without wallpapering your entire place with finger paintings.

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1. Choose one spot to turn into a gallery wall

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To avoid a total decor takeover, relegate the kindergarten art projects you’ve accumulated to a single area of wall space. The gallery wall, already a grown-up design trend, eschews traditional standards for hanging art throughout the home in favor of using your collection to create a single focal point. It’s a design element that relies heavily on curation and placement. Have your child select their favorites, or make your own choices based on a theme or color. Then, choose a place in your home for the gallery wall—we recommend visualizing it around a piece of furniture, a staircase, or a mantel—and map it out, keeping things like size, frame style, and white space in mind.

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2. Help them fill a portfolio like a real artist

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Art students transport their work to and from class in large, durable portfolios with handles and shoulder straps. Working artists, meanwhile, advertise themselves as candidates by submitting smaller portfolios that present their best work. If your child loves their art lessons or shows distinct creative tendencies at home, discuss art-related fields with them and work together to create an artist’s portfolio.

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3. Create a digital archive

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Of course, even a plastic portfolio can’t guarantee the protection of art against basement floods, mold, creepy crawlies, and destructive younger siblings. The Internet, however, is forever. Archive your child’s artwork in a digital format and teach them to be computer-literate at the same time.

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4. Use those digital files to create polished pieces

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Your child’s artwork doesn’t have to stay in its original form. There are a number of companies that use digital images to create customizable items for home decor, sharing among loved ones, and accessories for everyday wear. Put that digital archive to work making tangible reminders of your child’s creativity.

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5. Collaborate on your projects

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Like we mentioned earlier, adults can get their own sense of satisfaction from crafting. To use your own projects as way to cut down on the amount of clutter in your home is killing two birds with one stone. And making art inspired by your child is sure to be a bonding experience.

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6. Get a commemorative tattoo (or three!)

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Although this option is clearly not for everybody, getting a tattoo of your child’s art is a great way to show them you’re their No. 1 fan. Pick your favorite piece and wear it proudly for the rest of your life. As a bonus, your child will love telling their friends about it, so you’ll automatically become the “cool parent”—at least to the kids. You might become the “crazy parent” to the other moms and dads, but that has its perks. Fewer carpool requests wouldn’t be such a bad thing, after all.

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7. Let Grandma deal with it

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If these suggestions sound like a lot of effort, just send the fruits of your child’s creativity off to Grandma (or whoever else might appreciate it). To make this into a learning experience, instruct your kids in the lost art of letter writing. Invest in poster tubes that’ll allow you to safely mail the art, and have your kids practice handwriting and composition before handing over some special stationery.

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The amount of time spent on the message will teach them that effort and carefully considered words are more heartfelt than a dashed-off email or text. With any luck, it will trigger an ongoing correspondence with an older relative that they’ll come to treasure.

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At America's best botanical gardens and conservatories, you can travel from jungle to desert to lagoon in just a few steps. To build such rich, biologically diverse collections, these organizations scour the world for their specimens—which include some of the strangest in the plant world. Below, we've compiled a list of some of the best botanical gardens in the US, and one unusual, rare, or especially unique plant to see at each of them.

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Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Illinois

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What to See: Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys)

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What Makes It Special: In the wild, jade vines grow upside down, an adaptation that attracts its primary pollinator: bats!

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Best Chance to See It Bloom: The Chicago Botanic Garden's single specimen, which arches above a walkway in the facility's center greenhouse, typically blooms in mid April.

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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden | Coral Gables, Florida

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What to See: Vanilla Orchid (Vanilla planifolia

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What Makes It Special: The botanical diva takes around eight years to mature, then blooms once every spring for only 24 hours. It must then be hand-pollinated within the first 12 hours so it can grow the following year.

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Best Chance to See It Bloom: During the garden's International Orchid Festival in early March. Otherwise, some of the onsite species of vanilla orchid may start to bloom between April and July.

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San Francisco Botanical Garden| San Francisco, California

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What to See: Giant Agave (Agave salmiana)

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What Makes It Special: A massive succulent, the giant agave can grow up to 6 feet tall and only blooms once every 35 years. You may already know this Southwestern native from its liquid form: tequila!

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Best Chance to See It Bloom: San Francisco Botanical Garden has been fortunate enough to average one flowering giant agave per year, which you can see throughout the summer months.

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United States Botanic Garden | Washington, DC

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What to See: Corpse Flower (Amorphophallus titanum)

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What Makes It Special: The corpse flower gets its name from the stench it gives off when it blooms, which has been compared to rotting fish, Limburger cheese, garlic, and feet. Fun! If that doesn't sound particularly appealing, take heart: it can take up to 10 years for a corpse flower to bloom, so you can probably time your visit to avoid this unique, magical, and totally disgusting experience.

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Best Chance to See It Bloom: United States Botanic Garden's last corpse flower bloomed in 2016, and the garden tends to display the plants every few years (they have total of 15 specimens). Check USBG's website for a blooming announcement.

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