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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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Families can spread out at hotels in Orlando


These days, not only do we want more room to spread out (think two rooms, two bathrooms, two TVS) but we want the experience to be fun. And we don’t want it to cost a bundle either. Did I mention that Disney has just unrolled free Wi-Fi at all of its resorts? more
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Carnival needs to step up and restore the trust of traveling families


Aboard the Carnival Triumph-AFP Getty photo
Carnival really needs to work hard in the days ahead to restore trust. That should start with a public explanation of how this happened and how it intends to prevent a recurrence. But instead, Carnival has so far offered only to refund passengers the cost of their cruise, is busing them home and initially offered them $500 each. That seems to fall short. more
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It’s Okay Not to Take the Kids on every trip


Candelight dinner at Sandals Emerald Bay
When you are after an adult’s getaway, you don’t want a lot of kids around to either spoil your tranquility or make you feel guilty. If you wanted to be with kids, you would have brought your own. more
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Thinking back on all the great family times at the beach


Swimming pigs in Bahamas
I wish I were at the beach.I’m guessing so do a lot of people right about now when it is freezing across the country. At least I can think about the fun times on the beach in recent months: more
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Mixing and matching different tastes on the ski mountain


Even in the most terrific locales, nothing goes as planned. Someone gets sick (we’ve had lots of ear infections). Someone ends up in the ER (me, here three years ago after a bad fall). Someone has a meltdown. And someone just doesn’t want to spend that much time with mom and dad. more
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Welcome to the club ladies – wish there were more of these in ski country


The Ladies Club at Park City Mountain Resort
There are also plenty of women’s clinics around the country designed for women to hone their skills, whether they are skiers or snowboarders. I wish every resort had a Ladies’ Club like the one offered at Park City Mountain Resort. All it takes is 2 hours and $60. more
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Historical events converge this week; families can participate


Conner Prairie Underground Railroad tour
There is no better time than the week we celebrate Martin Luther King Day and the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation to embrace teachable moments with kids about slavery—no more so than at the Lincoln Memorial and Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington DC. more
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Conference Attendees Identify Family Travel Trends for 2013


By Eileen Ogintz and Kyle McCarthy Family Travel is no longer a travel niche; findings from the two Family Travel Conferences held in 2012 prove that this enormous market segment is bigger and more influential than ever before.  To understand more »
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Repeat after me: “There is no such thing as a perfect vacation”


I wish the travel industry would stop trying to convince us that if we only stay at this hotel, chose that cruise line or use a particular credit card, the kids won’t bicker, rooms will be ready when we arrive without any delays, of course, and all will be wonderful every moment. more
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Discovering the History of Scenic Charlottesville, Virginia


The Living Room at The Clifton Inn
Charlottesville, VA and the surrounding Piedmont region offers remarkable history, breathtaking scenery, a dining scene that blends upscale with down home and boutique inns that make for a uniquely charming getaway for your family. more
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