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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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Six new places for families to experience a special July 4th


Fireworks off the deck of the USS Midway
Maybe you will march in a local parade or watch the kids march, host a barbecue or gather the gang to see the fireworks. Here are six unique ways to celebrate July 4. more
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Atlantis resort exceeds teen’s expectations


On a snorkel tour at Atlantis
Traveling all over the world with my family throughout my 17 years, I had never been to a resort quite like Atlantis. more
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Families learn about wild animal care at Busch Gardens in Tampa FL


Giraffe feed teacher and class
We’re at Busch Gardens state of the art Animal Care Center where guests can watch the park’s vets do surgeries (like repairing a Bald Eagle’s broken wing), wellness exams and more as the park’s vet team works to keep 1200 animals healthy. more
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Kids learn to do grownup work at Tampa attractions


Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa FL
I love it when museums and zoos encourage kids to learn about their own communities—or the communities they are visiting. more
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How families can get great deals in the Caribbean in summer


Swimming with stingrays in the Cayman Islands
Many consider summer in the Caribbean family season because rates are significantly lower and there are so many value-added amenities. more
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Dreams come true for 12 year-olds at Cooperstown Dreams Park


Skills competition at Dreams Park
This is the Cooperstown Dreams Park, where every week more than 100 Little League teams comprised of 12 year olds convene for a week of baseball. more
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Rejuvenating a hotel and town near Cooperstown


The American Hotel in Sharon Springs NY
A New York City expat tells his story of rejuvenating an historic hotel and plans to do the same for the tiny village of Sharon Springs, 25 miles from Cooperstown more
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Families learn 19th Century farming in Cooperstown NY


Peg Young and Willa in the farmhouse
At the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, NY, Peg Young is making bread, fried bacon and potato balls all over an open fire. There will be rhubarb pie for desert. more
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Generations love the game — at the Baseball Hall of Fame


Checking out historic equipment at the Baseball Hall of Fame
There is a lot to read at every exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, celebrating its 75th anniversary this month. This iconic place inspires conversation with parents and grandparents more
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Kid-friendly Costa Rican resort not typical cookie-cutter


Beach Pool at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa in Costa Rica
Alison Tibaldi's recent visit to the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa in Costa Rica was the antithesis of the cookie-cutter experience that you get at some chain hotels. more
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