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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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In the Bahamas, a place where families can relax and watch pigs swim!


Swimming pigs in Bahamas
I love this place! Where else can you feed swimming pigs and snorkel amid schools of brightly colored fish. We can putter around our kitchen but don’t have to shop for groceries or clean up.. There are plenty of books and movies in the library as well as a pool table. Did I mention the outdoor shower with views of the water? Nice! more
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Remembering a memorable sailing trip and lobsters on Anegada


Carribean lobster caught by free diver off Anegada BVI
“People tell us this is the way the Caribbean used to be,” says Lawrence Wheatley, who with his sister Lorraine and their mom runs the 16-room Anegada Reef Hotel and its bustling restaurant where diners feast on the 2+ pound lobsters and fresh fish nightly. more
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For The Penny-Pinching Traveling Parent


There are plenty of family-friendly and budget friendly ways to take your clan away, and still keep everybody well-fed, well-shod and not wandering the streets with packs of dogs. more
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Things to do in Hawaii


Hawaii is one of our favorite destinations and Taking the Kids has featured its charms many times over the years. Don't just go for the magnificent beaches, or the world-class surfing. The are many other great activities (sponsored infographic). more
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A Fall Escape to Mexico’s Riviera Maya


Pool at Riviera Maya Palace Deluxe
As the air becomes crisp in the North, there is one destination you can always rely on for bathing-suit weather: Mexico’s Riviera Maya. Having somehow missed the short beach season this summer, I wanted a chance to relax on the beach at a resort where after I checked in, the most difficult decision I’d have to make was what I wanted to eat next. more
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When “upscale” means catering to the youngest guests


What is most interesting to me is how such an upscale resort—long a favorite among Hollywood celebs and pro athletes where rooms in season are often over $1000 a night —has gone out of its way to welcome well-heeled families with its complimentary kids’ club for kids 4-11 more
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In Mexico, a Spa for the Whole Family


Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe
Where are the kids while the parents are at the spa? There are two options: the Barcy Kids Club, where kids get to partake in activities like pool sports and crafts, or the Barcelo Kids Spa. more
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Experiencing the Sea Turtles and Other Wildlife in Riviera Maya


Helping protect the sea turtle hatchlings on the Riviera Maya
This resort is dedicated to protecting the sea turtle eggs laid upon its 1.25 miles of glistening beach during sea turtle nesting season from May through October, and guests of all ages are encouraged to participate in the release of the juvenile turtles when they hatch. more
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Three Days on the Mexican Riviera at Barcelo Maya


Barceló Maya Palace Deluxe seen from beach
This is Mayan land, we are told, and there is a lot of mysticism around here. So much mysticism that the superstitious-minded believe the world will be ending December 21, 2012. It doesn’t feel like the world is ending at Barceló, though... more
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Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa in Maine


The Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa, located in seafaring Boothbay Harbor, Maine, is a distinctive choice among Maine resorts. Create cherished memories at our Maine hotel, the ideal setting for your Maine family vacation, business retreat or oceanside wedding. more »
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