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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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To San Francisco’s California Academy of Sciences, the Greenest Museum in the Country


In the year since it has re opened, the Cal Academy has emerged as the city’s top cultural tourist attraction, drawing more visitors than Alcatraz Kids get up close and personal with specimens at the Academy of Sciences more
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To Yosemite National Park


I smile remembering two other kids about the same age who were equally proud of themselves for making it to the top of Vernal Fall, also their first "big hike" in Yosemite. more
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A visit to California wine country


We drive to Healdsburg, a small picturesque town where, around the Plaza Park square, are tasting rooms, restaurants, antique shops, and more. My 23 year old daughter Reggie is excited because she scores a cast iron frying pan for $15. I’m excited because it is a perfect sunny fall day and I’m spending it with my husband and daughter. more
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A quick trip to Yosemite National Park


DAY 4 — Five year old Rivers Klopson is turning cartwheels on the rocks next to Yosemite’s famous Vernal Falls. It’s sunny and everyone sitting on the rocks is admiring the rushing falls and congratulating themselves at the end of more »
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To the historic ships in SF where Reggie works


Here’s the chance to give your kids a lesson -- without them even realizing it -- in San Francisco’s seafaring past and the people who made their lives sailing in and out of San Francisco Bay, hauling lumber, canned fruit and more. Five vessels -- the Alma, Balclutha, Eureka, Hercules and C.A. Thayer are designated National Historic Landmarks. more
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Learning About African-American History at Colonial Williamsburg


Colonial Williamsburg explores the lives and complexities of free and enslaved blacks during the Revolutionary Era, highlighting personal and unified contributions, sacrifices and decisions made by 19th-century blacks in securing their freedom more
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At the Cal Academy of Sciences


We’re at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco which in the year since it has reopened has emerged as San Francisco’s top cultural tourist attraction, drawing more visitors than even Alcatraz. more
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Visting San Francisco with my grown up daughter


The Hotel San Francisco atop Nob Hill was getting ready for its grand opening when the city suffered its devastating earthquake April 18, 1906. The hotel survived and a year later, opened, celebrating the city’s renewal. The hotel has hosted celebrities and presidents. Tony Bennett first sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco “here. more
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Meeting Some Ghosts


Seen any ghosts lately? Now's your chance. Time travel back to the 18th century where you can get up close and personal with pirates and ghosts at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. more
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Getting Up-close and Personal with Animals at Zoos and Aquariums in the Fall


It helps to have the kids read up on the animals before you go, as long as it's fun and doesn't turn into something "completely boring and educational!" more
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