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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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A stopover in Denver at Elitch Gardens.


The Ferris Wheel at Elitch Gardens
I love that Elitch Gardens has such a history dating back to 1890. It opened with a zoo, summer stock and a ballroom. The carousel, which took craftsmen three years to carve by hand, has been here since 1928 and still operates today; The Ferris Wheel was erected in 1936 and still operates. more
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Learning sustainability and eating healthy on a local farm


Gathering eggs from the Eggmobile at Inn at Valley Farms
No, it’s not teens gabbing and texting their way through your family vacation. We’re talking chickens — 250 of white-and-black striped hens to be exact — whose Eggmobile is parked just behind one of the guesthouses at the Inn at Valley Farms in Walpole, N.H., where we spent the weekend recently. more
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A weekend getaway to Cape Cod


Ocean Terrace Restaurant on Cape Cod
Long a favorite of families and travelers in New England, Cape Cod offers a diverse range of vacation options and activities. Many families opt to rent a house for a few days, a week, or more. more
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Touring the historic LA sites with Adventures by Disney


Farmers Market is ideal stop for lunch in Los Angeles
Adventures by Disney -- which already offers a multi-day southern California tour—now touts this one-day tour ($199 per person) that includes Hollywood. Beverly Hills and concludes with a stop at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank that aren’t open to the public. more
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Exclusive: The First Lady’s tips on eating healthier on summer vacation


Children from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, D.C. help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House Vegetable Garden, April 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)
We asked Mrs. Obama how she encourages her family to eat healthier when they travel and what tips she might have for the rest of us... more
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Baltimore Ahoy! The Charm City Delights, On and Off the Water


The Star Spangled Sailabration in Baltimore in mid-June
The sweet smell of steamed Maryland crab seeps from red-brick laid store fronts around every corner, and reminders of the great naval battles of the War of 1812 linger not just in history books, but throughout this intensely American city. more
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Finding new ways and places to celebrate July 4


July 4 Parade in Park City Utah
Maybe this July 4th you’ll be home marching or watching a local parade. Maybe you’ll be visiting the relatives and cheering on nieces and nephews as they march. Maybe you’ll be celebrating some place new, joining in special and unique celebrations. more
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Coasters are great, but never force a child to ride


The Technic Coaster at LEGOLAND Florida
If the kids balk when you get to the front of the line, walk away. Tell your child there’s always next year. more
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First stop on a family trip to NYC — Central Park


In my new book The Kid’s Guide to New York City, I do my best to make sightseeing in the Big Apple fun for kids as well as parents, with plenty of tips from local (play soccer in the park!) and visiting kids (try roasted nuts from a vendor! ) more
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In Virginia, a Tattoo is not what you might think


Cello player at Virginia Arts Festival
Traditionally a tattoo is a ceremonial military performance. The Virginia Arts Festival’s International Tattoo is a huge tribute to this tradition. more
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