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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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Boutique Hotel Chains are stepping up their family offerings


Kids hour Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Alexandria VA
The animal crackers and lemonade looked really good sitting there by the front desk in the lobby. A lot of boutique hotels around the world are realizing that making young guests and their parents happy is good business. more
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Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be just once a year


Entrance to the Essex Resort & Spa
Really, any day can be Mother’s Day — like on your next family vacation. All you have to do is declare: “This day is for you, Mom!” more
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In Orlando, taking your kids to a restaurant is easy


Emerils TChoup Chop at Universal Orlando
Taking young kids to a restaurant on vacation can seem like it is more trouble than it’s worth. The good news is that in Orlando, you can relax. more
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Eighth grader answers a fair question: Is a Disney cruise just for little kids?


Will hanging out with his pal Goofy
The water slide that swung out over the sea, a deck dance party, lots of food and ice cream and this club area just for teens called Vibe. So I felt pretty good about taking my first cruise on a Disney ship for three days. more
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First time cruiser family checks out the Disney Dream


AquaDuck water slide loops around deck swimming pools and over the edge of the ship
We liked the Disney Dream for our first family cruise because of Disney’s reputation for customer service, the ship’s dedicated teen entertainment area called Vibe and a short three-day Bahamian sail more
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A place where a private tour makes sense: The Louvre in Paris


Children getting an art and history lesson from a guide in the Louvre
The Louvre can be overwhelming for an adult, much less a child. That’s why I figure if you are going to splurge on a private tour, this is a good place to do it. more
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Tinker til you drop at San Francisco’s Exploratorium


Exploratorium entrance
Step right into the Tinkering Studio at San Francisco’s Exploratorium where you can tinker until you make lights go on and buzzers sound, make music on a musical bench or create a toothpick sculpture, inspired by the giant toothpick sculpture “Rolling Through the Bay.” more
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Boston’s Freedom Trail: Where families travel back in time


Harborfest Drummers
Welcome to Boston’s Freedom Trail, the 2.5-mile-long route over cobble-stoned streets that lets you travel back in time to when Boston was still a colony and people argued about what to do about the increasingly difficult demands from the king of England. more
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San Francisco’s North Beach: a fun area for family touring


North Beach area of San Francisco
North Beach, of course, is not a beach but a famous San Francisco neighborhood first settled by Italian fisherman and laborers in the early years of the 20th century. more
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Children’s Creativity Museum: A San Francisco family treat


At the Children's Creativity Museum in San Francisco
The Children’s Creativity Museum in downtown San Francisco right at Yerba Buena Gardens, is unlike any children’s museum I’ve ever seen. For one thing, it appeals to all ages. more
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