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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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Following the kid — to Nicaragua, the new destination for eco-tourism


Melanie on horseback ride on overlook of Morgans Rock
After years of Taking the Kids, on this trip we’ve followed our 22-year-old daughter Melanie here to Nicaragua, which many say is fast becoming the next eco tourist’s must-see destination, offering volcanoes, cloud forests, rain forests, pristine beaches and a growing number of eco resorts. more
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A family vacation includes volunteering at a nearby children’s center


Entre Amigos play area
In our family, an afternoon away from the resort is fundamental. A 20-minute taxi ride from the luxurious Iberostar Playa Mita brings you to the sleepy fishing village of San Francisco, known locally as San Pancho. In this tiny seaside town, you will find Entre Amigos. more
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Day Two — a visit to Sayulita on Mexico’s Pacific Coast


The beach in Sayulita
An afternoon visit to laid-back Sayulita, a few minutes drive from the Iberostar Playa Mita on Mexico's Pacific Cost. The crescent-shaped beach is fringed with tall palms. Fishermen sharing the beach with surfers and hippies. more
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Three days at the new Iberostar Playa Mita in Mexico


Splash Park at Iberostar Playa Mita
If you think all-inclusive resorts are nothing but rowdy sun-seekers, conga lines, mediocre buffets and cheap liquor, meet the new Iberostar Playa Mita. A vacation here should do wonders to change any preconceived notions you may have about all-inclusive hotels. more
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How families celebrate the New Year Bahamian Style


Junkanoo Parade
In the Bahamas, they start ringing in the New Year on Boxing Day with the annual Junkanoo Festivals, with cowbells, goatskin drums, conch horns and incredibly colorful costumes. more
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Last day at sea and a port of call in St. Thomas, USVI


Aboard the Kon Tiki
Taking the Kids correspondent Allison Tibaldi and her teen-aged son Alec enjoy their last day on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas with a port of call in St. Thomas, USVI, and ride on the Kon Tiki Sightseeing and Beach Cruise. more
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Breakfast with the Dreamworks characters and fine italian for dinner at sea


Ready for character breakfast on Freedom of the Seas
Day three aboard Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas starts with the Dreamworks character breakfast for Taking the Kids contributor Alison Tibaldi, and ends with Italian food at Portofino. more
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Combatting calories at sea and a stop in the Bahamas


The gym aboard Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
Taking the Kids contributor Allison Tibaldi visits the gym on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas and first port call at CocoCay in the Bahamas. more
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First cruise seen through a teen’s eyes, and camera


Interior of the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
Taking the Kids contributor Alec Tibaldi describes his first cruise on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas and provides another excellent video. more
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Touring Paris, and other cities, with those who live there


Paris Greeter Edouard Morhange at a seafood shop
In Paris with a "Paris Greeter," one of 360 volunteers who offer some 3,000 free tours every year. There's likely a Greeter organization in any big city near you and all over the world. more
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