By Lynn O’Rourke Hayes

The Dallas Morning News

Family vacations provide time to pursue a passion or explore a new hobby. Here are three ideas to consider:

Focus on photography. The Destination in Focus photography series, a partnership between Leica Akademie and Exclusive Resorts, was developed for amateur photographers interested in learning about or improving their travel photography. Families can get comfortable in luxurious villa accommodations while learning the art of visual storytelling and shooting techniques from a Leica pro. Destinations include Costa Rica, Mexico and Arizona. On the Web: exclusive

Go to sushi school. Study the art of sushi at the Miami Beach Loews Hotel in the heart of South Beach. During a cooking class, you and the kids will learn about different types of sushi and how to enjoy the culinary experience. Rolling, ordering and basic etiquette are also on the menu. Not too handy with chopsticks? You’ll have it down before the session ends. The junior set will also want to check out the dive-in movies and the resort’s game stash. On the Web:

Become a birder. Can you identify a motmot or a red-throated ant tanager? With the help of trained naturalists, spotting scopes and binoculars, learn to recognize some of the 574 colorful species of birds that reside in the natural beauty of Belize. The diverse habitat makes it easy for families to observe a wide variety of birds. There’s also 275 kinds of orchids and more than 4,000 kinds of plants and trees. On the Web: birdingin;