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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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Kauai morphs from garden isle to adventure haven

Kauai is Adventure-Central and my daughters, young cousin and oldest friend—a girls’ trip!-are sure seeing that this morning. “It is the place to come for outdoor activities,” declares Maui Native Eric Dee. more
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Fall is a great time to visit the Smithsonian Museums

Where else can you hold a hissing cockroach, hang on to a "shooting star" (actually a 4.5 billion year old meteorite), use real bones to solve a mystery CSI-style or, as I did, see what you'd look like as an early human more
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Touring the Big Apple with Big Apple Greeters (it’s free!)

Everyone visiting NewYork for the first time needs a friend like Coreen Bourke. The lifetime New Yorker and retired phone company administrator was our designated Big Apple Greeter (www.bigapplegreeter.org), volunteering her time to show visitors like us the New York neighborhoods she knows so well. It’s a free service underwritten by generous donors. 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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Camping purists—like my wilderness-loving daughters—would turn up their noses at this, but with two young kids, we’re glad for the space, the AC, the beds, the fridge, running water and shower, and when it rains, not being in a soggy tent. more
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The Obamas and mother daughter trips

For once, Michelle Obama isn’t creating a trend. She’s doing what’s trendy. I’m talking about her mother-daughter trip to Spain this week with Sasha while Malia is at sleep away camp. more
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How Harry Potter has changed teens’ wake up times

Thanks, Harry. Suddenly, teens, college students and even twenty somethings who aren't big fans of family vacations much less getting out of bed early are standing in line before 9 a.m. with their parents, positively giddy with excitement more
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If you thought you could get away without buying your baby a plane seat, think again

For years, everyone from the FAA to the American Academy of Pediatrics has been saying that young children are safest when restrained in a safety seat on board an airplane more
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Sometimes the best vacation experiences are free

Since New York started this program in 1992, the Big Apple Greeters have squired around 95,000 visitors from around the world and have a cadre of more than 300 Greeters who range from 20-somethings to those in their eighties who share a passion for New York that they want to pass on to you. more
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Keeping your cool

Especially when it’s hot—as it has been unbearably so on the East Coast—and especially on vacation, it can be tough to keep your cool. The kids are going to bicker and complain just like at home, even though you are spending $$$$ for hotels, meals and souvenirs, not to mention entertainment. more
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