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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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Becoming a junior conservationist at one of America’s premier museums


Teddy Roosevelt dressed up to tour Yellowstone with young visitor at AMNH in NYC
The Hall of North American Mammals, with its famous mammal dioramas, includes several that recreate scenes from national parks and monuments that Theodore Roosevelt helped preserve and protect. more
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A safe harbor after the storm in the Poconos


New Jersey kids splashing at Great Wolf Lodge in Poconos last week
Ten-year-old Charlie Baker writes: When Hurricane Sandy hit, we didn’t have any power in my New Jersey town. A lot of the families left and went to grandma’s house, but my grandma lives in Manhattan and we couldn’t get there because there was a lot of traffic and a giant crane was hanging nearby. So we had to figure out where else to go. My mom ended up surprising us with a trip to the Great Wolf Lodge. more
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Touring on a bike offers new insights and fun


ABC Boys get ready for bike ride on the National Mall
it’s worth checking out a bike tour wherever you are visiting with the kids. You can bike along the new beach promenade in Clearwater, Fla., or sample Portland’s famous local eats on a Bites by Bike tour that claims it is the best in the country for cyclists, offering an extensive network of trails. more
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Snowshoeing – the quieter side of a winter vacation, day or weekend


Skiing in the Northeast US (photo by Tubbs Snowshoes)
You don’t need a gourmet meal to enjoy snowshoeing. It’s fun to take a sandwich and hot cider with you in your backpack; it’s fun just to get out and enjoy the back-country landscape away from the hustle and bustle of a snow sports resort. I try to take a day off from skiing each trip just for the experience. more
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Planning a party for your kids?


Planning a party for your birthday boy or girl soon.  Here are some good tips on maximizing the fun and minimizing the costs by using the latest in technology.  Via: Party Pail
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Spy and crime museums — a hit with the high school boys


Westport ABC boys at the sculpture of Albert Einstein on the National Mall
Certainly you could spend all of your time in Washington, DC without paying to enter a museum—there are plenty of free ones to choose from. But two on our list are private and, the boys said, were worth the cost of admission. more
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Touring the museums in Washington with the ABC boys


Remember the Children exhibit at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC
One of the best things about Washington, DC is that so many museums are free. We aim to hit as many as we can.This time, instead of trying to see all that the Holocaust Museum or the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History has to offer, I tried to pinpoint certain exhibits I thought would most interest the boys from the Westport ABC House more
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Three days in Washington DC with the high school boys


Westport ABC boys at the Capitol
I was chaperoning six city high school boys who attend our suburban school under the auspices of A Better Chance, a national organization that identifies kids with academic potential in middle school and sends them to communities like ours (Westport, CT) to live and attend high school. Several of the boys had visited Washington, DC on middle school trip more
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Get beyond the neighborhood for Halloween tricks and treats


Ghost Boat Tour in Wisconsin Dells
If you’re thinking Halloween is weeks away, think again. These days, Halloween lasts the entire month of October! There are frightful — and not so frightful — theme park extravaganzas, boo at the zoos and much more... more
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Hurry and win a stay at a Residence Inn


Falls Park in Sioux Falls SD
  Have you ever arrived at a new destination wishing you had more local knowledge?  Where’s the best place to eat?  Is there a cool toy store nearby?  How about a park?  With partners at Travelingmom.com, Family Travel Forum, and more »
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