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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
The Newberry Book Fair on July 23-26, Chicago’s biggest annual used book binge, has something for every reader.

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Two days discovering Michigan


Peony Gardens at Nichols Arboretum
Ann Arbor is full of wonderful and unique food. The day opened at Zola, originally started as a small Turkish gem, which still sticks to its roots. Usually, I love sticking to my roots, treating myself to blintz and crepes for breakfast, but the waiter convinced me to try an artichoke omelet with plenty of veggies and hearty flavor. more
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Learning all about the Star Spangled Banner in Baltimore and Washington


Aerial View of Fort McHenry
lLarning about the flag starts in Baltimore with a visit to Fort McHenry (walk among the canons and peer into barracks that look as they might have during the Battle of Baltimore). Then on to the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. to see the actual flag in all its glory. more
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Take your kids and check out all the new rides at a theme park this summer


The River Rush ride at Dollywood
You’ll have your pick of thrills — wet and dry — this summer when nearly 200 new rides and attractions open at more than 80 theme parks, water parks, family fun centers, zoos, aquariums and museums in the United States and Canada, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions. more
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Baltimore is a great place for families to learn history


Cannons that returned fire on British Ships at Fort McHenry in War of 1812
Today people consider the War of 1812 “the forgotten war” but visiting the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine is a good place to earn about it. Wherever you go in Baltimore, the kids are bound to learn something—maybe without even realizing they’re getting a history lessons. more
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Families learn more than just Civil War history in Richmond VA


Covered boat from River District Canal Cruises in Richmond VA
On Richmond’s Emancipation and Civil War Day held the first weekend of April, I joined hundreds of visitors to take advantage of the open doors of the historical sites and honor the important event in American history. more
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Chicago is a kids and family kind of town


The Ledge at Skydeck Chicago in the Willis Tower
The hardest thing about visiting Chicago is deciding where to take the kids first — Chicago’s famous Lakefront where you can ride bikes and in-line skate, or Lincoln Park where you can visit one of the few free zoos in the country. (Kids especially love the polar bears.) more
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How a museum exhibit is changing lives in Los Angeles


Endeavour flies over her new home at the California Science Center on Sept 21 2012
New museum exhibits often foster excitement and increase tourism and, since it opened last fall, “The Space Shuttle Endeavour Exhibition” has done both in spades. (Did I mention there is no entrance fee to the wonderful hands-on museum, though you can pay $2 for a timed entrance to Endeavour?) more
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Omni introduces teen concierges for visiting families


Larissa Horn Omni Berhshire's Teen Concierge
Larissa Horn, e sophomore at NYU, wants to go into the hospitality business. She’s a student at the University’s famous hospitality school. But she’s not just studying the industry. She’s been tapped to be the special teen concierge at the Omni Berkshire Place in midtown Manhattan. And unlike other internships, she’s getting paid to do it. more
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LA’s newest and most awesome family attraction: Shuttle Endeavour


The Space Shuttle Endeavour on its last journey on the streets of LA
Already, the California Science Center drew more visitors than any other museum in southern California—including 370,000 school kids. But since the Shuttle has opened, the museum officials are projecting visitation will be up nearly a million to 2.5 million, says Science Center VP William Harris. more
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Letting the kids lead the way in Washington, D.C.


Paper airplane contest at National Air And Space Museum
On a rainy day, grab an umbrella and go to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. “Nobody’s there,” reports 11-year-old Sean, who is from suburban Virginia and was one of the local and visiting kids we interviewed for my new “Kid’s Guide to Washington, D.C.” While you are there, pick up a mini Washington Monument, “The best souvenir from Washington, D.C.!” offers William, 12, who lives in suburban Maryland. more
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