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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
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Exploring Malta and its rich history


DAY FIVE – We’re in Malta, so where are the Knights? The city of Valetta, Malta’s capitol, was built by the Knights of St. John who came here in 1530 to protect the pilgrims. more
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Families explain why they chose to explore with the Mouse


DAY FOUR – Little kids are everywhere--splashing in Mickey’s Ears in the Mickey Mouse head-shaped pool, getting chicken fingers and Pizza poolside, lining up to meet princesses. more
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Cruising with Disney isn’t just for little kids, teens declare


(DAY TWO) -- Teen attack! It is 10:30 p.m. Saturday night and The Stack at the top of the ship is packed with 100 teens and their three energetic counselors the kids are from all over the world though the majority are Americans. more
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On a tour of the Med with Adventures by Disney


My mission: To see if the Disney Cruise Line can do as good a job for teens as they do for younger kids. Can they make cities like Florence and Rome interesting to kids who prefer malls to museums? more
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Who says Disney cruises are for little kids?


It is 10:30 p.m. on the first night of a Mediterranean cruise and The teen club, appropriately named "The Stack" on deck 10 of the Disney Magic is packed with 100 teens and their three energetic counselors. more
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Aboard the Newest Megaship Epic


SPLAT! The water balloons pop on cue. The music is loud and energetic, with Nickelodeon dancers dressed in orange and green — down to their plastic orange-and-green Crocs — spurring on the crowd, some of whom came dripping wet from the waterslides, including the Epic Plunge, the biggest waterslide at sea, just for the chance more
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On Norwegian’s new megaship Epic


The kids can’t wait. We’re aboard Norwegians new megaship Epic (153,000 tons!) that has forged a partnership with Nickelodeon that means kids—and their parents-have the chance to get slimed, get up close and personal with SpongeBob, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer, Diego and Jimmy Neutron at breakfast or “meet and greets.”. more
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Is bigger better?


The cruiselines certainly think bigger is better. I’m heading out for a quick look-see of Norwegian’s new EPIC (http://epic.ncl.com) -- 153,000 tons! -- which is being billed as the world’s largest floating entertainment venue. more
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Aboard the Biggest Cruise Ship Afloat


hink every kind of food the kids and you could want 24-7 (wine-pairing menus to burgers and fries, chicken noodle soup to gazpacho, healthy smoothies to ice cream sundaes), entertainment ("Hairspray" to synchronized divers performing in an outdoor AquaTheater and children's puppet shows) and activity (mini-golf and water playground, teen disco and giant arcade, carousel and junior spa). more
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DAY 3: Jivn’ Jellyfish to learning to be a DJ


Kids rule aboard Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean’s new megaship. There are designated areas on board for arts (partner with Crayola); science experiments (want to learn about volcanoes, bugs or global warming), and an awesome kids’ theater where Broadway veteran John Tartaglia has developed a puppet show that is performed by the youth staff, who all incidentally have college degrees in education, recreation or related fields AND three to five years working with kids. more
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