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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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Cruises & All-Inclusive

Eighth grader answers a fair question: Is a Disney cruise just for little kids?


Will hanging out with his pal Goofy
The water slide that swung out over the sea, a deck dance party, lots of food and ice cream and this club area just for teens called Vibe. So I felt pretty good about taking my first cruise on a Disney ship for three days. more
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First time cruiser family checks out the Disney Dream


AquaDuck water slide loops around deck swimming pools and over the edge of the ship
We liked the Disney Dream for our first family cruise because of Disney’s reputation for customer service, the ship’s dedicated teen entertainment area called Vibe and a short three-day Bahamian sail more
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Memories of Monet’s Garden: where a little girl (not Linnea) led the way


From the time we told Melanie we were going to France that summer, she insisted we must visit Monet’s Garden. It wasn’t that far-fetched an idea. more
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Keeping your children safe around vacation pools and beaches


As many of us head off to warm climes and cruise ships on spring break, it’s especially important to be mindful of water safety, particularly if young kids are along for the trip. more
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Taking the Kids annual family cruise guide


For family vacations or family reunions, or just to get away, cruising is increasingly popular for all generations. Whether you choose the Caribbean, Europe, Alaska or far-flung destinations like the Galapagos Islands and even the Arctic, you’ll find all-inclusive deals and the advantage of packing and unpacking just once. more
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The family vacationer’s dilemma: an all-inclusive vs a condo


Pirate Island at Beaches
In the Turks and Caicos, most hotels here are condo-style and kid-friendly. Most visiting families, however, opt for the gargantuan, all-inclusive Beaches resort, one of Sandals’ family resorts in the Caribbean. more
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Last day in Turks and Caicos – so may options for families


Kids off to the beach at The Somerset Turks and Caicos
I like that Turks and Caicos is not only safe and that beachfront hotels are just 15 minutes from the airport but that there are so many options—from the all inclusive huge Beaches with over 750 rooms to the Somerset with less than 60. more
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Day 3 in Turks and Caicos: bonefishing and a sunset cruise


Directional signs on Grace Bay Turks and Caicos
Families come to Turks and Caicos to relax, but also to enjoy the fishing and water sports, like kite-boarding on South Beach. more
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At the Beaches Turks and Caicos — kids everywhere, and that’s year-round


Key West Luxury Village at Beaches Turks and Caicos
It's not even a holiday week but the Beaches resort on Turks and Caicos is fully booked, including 841 kids running, jumping, splashing and sliding down the water slides at the water play area. “So worth the money,” said Greg Vogel, from Baltimore. more
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Four Days in Turks and Caicos — rapidly expanding for family vacationers


Yoga class at The Somerset
Turks and Caicos is made up of 40 islands and Cays just 575 miles from Miami. Providenciales, where we’re staying, is famous for its beaches, diving, snorkeling and fishing. There are a growing number of resorts catering to families here, including the giant Beaches resort. more
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