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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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Taking the Kids — To an Exotic Place That Loves Kids!


Who says kids and romance don't go together? Even in a place as famous for honeymoons as Bora Bora, families' rule, especially as Air Tahiti Nui continues to offer kids free deals on flights. There are also great hotel deals more
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New York — a foodie paradise


It’s impossible to go hungry in New York—not with vendors selling hot dogs, pretzels, kabobs and more on every corner. It’s also impossible to get bored eating in New York, whether you want to head to China Town or Ninth Avenue for good ethnic eats, great burgers, pasta, pizza or more gourmet fare. more
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Central Park through a preschooler’s eyes


We saw the penguins and the puffins, the sea lions and polar bears Ida and Gus, the Red Pandas and the Snow Monkeys. The Snow Leopards -- new to the zoo -- seemed to be hiding. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which oversees The Central Park Zoo as well as the Bronx Zoo and others in NYC (www.wcs.org), is a leader in the care and conservation of these creatures. more
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A few days in New York with a preschooler


This is my four year-old cousin Hannah Sitzman’s first Broadway production and she loves every minute of it -- from the costumes and sets to the music to the black tee shirt which spells out “Shrek” in pink sparkly letters. I especially loved the magic of the costumes. more
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Taking the Kids — To College


Parents' Farewell Picnic at Colorado College
Like the 3 million other families taking freshman to school this year, I knew the weekend would be stressful, not to mention an emotional rollercoaster more
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Meeting Some Bears in Alaska


It appears we've picked the perfect time to visit. Vermillion, who's called Verm, explains there are more bears than there have been in years, including three sets of triplets and three sets of twins all born this spring more
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To Mexico Where You’ll Find Adventure, Culture, Beaches and Great Deals


Whether you want adventures with your kids, want to learn about endangered sea turtles or if you simply want to hit the beach, there's no better time to visit Mexico. more
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Cheering on the humpback whales


“HONK! HONK!” They are really whales—eight to 10 of them right in front of the boat alternately spewing water high in the air, honking and “fluking”—diving for food and showing us their magnificent tails. We watch them “blow” spewing water high into the air. It’s fun to watch them! more
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No TV, no internet, so what?


“If I had it I’d be on it but I’m not really missing it,” said 15 year old Jake Blacutt. Instead, they’re playing marathon games of slapjack and hearts, making origami, and with the grown-ups -- telephone charades. Seventeen year old Drew Redmond shows 13 year old Miles Singer card tricks. Eleven year old Charlotte doesn’t let the boys phase her. It is a lot easier, I think, for the kids to get to know one another without the distractions of TV, internet and video games. more
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Snap…crackle…BOOM! Kayaking among glaciers and ice bergs


We are in the middle of Glacier Bay, paddling through the ice -- big icebergs, little icebergs. One looks like an alligator. “I thought they were cool -- they were so little on top and, oh wow -- they were huge underneath,” said 14-year-old Xander Majercik. more
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