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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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Families love the Denver Art Museum and its backpacks-to-borrow


Touch the art at the Denver Art Museum
It turns out that some 20 years ago, the Denver Art Museum was the first in the country to not only embrace families but to introduce backpacks-to-borrow as a way to engage kids. more
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A visit to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island on a cold January day


ABC Westport Boys visit the Statue of Liberty
Despite the blustery January weather, crowds of bundled-up tourists from around the world lined up to take the Statue Cruises ferry to Liberty Island, good-naturedly taking off belts and watches for the security screenings. The second stop would be historic Ellis Island more
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Carving snow and ice In Breckenridge CO — you can do this at home!


Sculpture by Team Mongolia
With much of the nation covered in snow this week, and temperatures well below freezing, this is a great family cabin-fever-reducing activity. But here in Breckenridge, snow carving is a huge event each winter. more
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Learning to ski and ride and doing it for FREE in Pennsylvania


Do you have kids that are in 4th or 5th Grade and are looking for a way to keep them busy this winter How about skiing or boarding for FREE in Pennsylvania? more
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Experiencing the Holiday Festivities at Busch Garden’s Christmas Town


French Village at Christmas Town
If you arrive at night, you might not recognize Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. The millions of lights that cover 1,500 Christmas trees give the theme park a fantastical holiday makeover and transform it into Christmas Town. more
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In New Hampshire for an old fashioned family holiday getaway


Omni Mt Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods
In New Hampshire for the holidays, we sleep and hike with the Appalachian Mountain Club, visit the historic Omni Mt. Washington Hotel, tour the treetops at Bretton Woods Ski Area and are pulled by a sled dog team that includes a pair of amazing canines. more
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Taking the Kids to visit Boston and the historic Boston Tea Party


Boston Tea Partu reenactment
There may be 21st-century LED holiday lights all over Boston, but we’ve time-traveled back to 1773 — Dec. 16, 1773 to be exact — the night that literally changed the course of American history. more
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Take the Kids Skating at The Rink at Bryant Park


Jude and dad on The Rink at Bryant Park in NYC
this time of year also means winter fun and what better way to ring in the season than to go ice skating in Bryant Park in the heart of Manhattan. more
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New ways to light up your holidays this season


Making a gingerbread house at GingerBread Lane
Virtually every town and city in the country has holiday festivals and displays. You just have to make time to enjoy them. Skip the mall Santa (my kids always bawled) and take them someplace where you can all gawk at spectacular light displays more
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Family gatherings at Gettysburg for 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s address


Cyclorama at Gettysburg Visitors Center
At the time, no one expected the speech to be a big deal. Lincoln had merely been asked to make a few remarks at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, here in the Pennsylvania countryside, just four months after the searing battle that turned the tide of the Civil War. more
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