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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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What if it rains when you’re in Orlando? No worries.


Making the most of it in the rain at Downtown Disney
This was supposed to be our day to hang at the pool. In fact, we chose the Hyatt Grand Cypress in Orlando because it’s got a new water play area—big new water slide and 1500 acres with put-put golf, tennis, sandy beach with paddle boats, smores pit…the list goes on and on. But Tropical Storm Andrea put a wrench in our plan. more
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A special place in Orlando for families with sick children


Totally accessible playground at Give Kids the World
At Give Kids the World Village near the Orlando theme parks, visiting kids can have ice cream every day for breakfast if they choose. They can celebrate Halloween in June and Christmas in July, complete with presents. But these families belong to a club no parent wants to join. more
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Better, healthier food choices are flouishing at Orlando’s theme parks


Emerils TChoup Chop at Universal Orlando
If you think all Orlando food is turkey legs, burgers and churros, think again. Sure you can get all that but you have plenty more choices—and healthier options—for the kids as well as the adults more
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Touring Universal Orlando like a VIP with a guide


Water taxi from Loews to the parks
Because we’re staying on property at the wonderful Loews Portifino Bay Hotel, just a short water taxi ride from both parks and CityWalk shopping and entertainment area, we could have entered the park an hour before opening to avoid the mad crush. But I had another ace up my sleeve. more
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Four days in Orlando exploring the new theme park attractions


Penguins confer at Antartica SeaWorld Orlando
The baby is so fluffy! I petted the four month-old still covered in dark brown down. I did that at the behind the scenes tour at the brand new Antarctica Empire of the Penguin exhibit at SeaWorld Orlando—home to 250 penguins from four different species. more
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Kicks on Route 66 – in a Ford hybrid that gets 100 miles per gallon


Route 66 sign
During the Great Depression, and the Dustbowl, over 250,000 people packed everything they could and set out from Arkansas and Oklahoma along Route 66, heading--they hoped—for a better life in California. Recently I got to drive part of the route in a Ford hybrid vehicle. more
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Day 3 at Beaches Ochos Rios – an excursion to popular Dunn River Falls


Character Breakfast is certainly worth the upgrade at Beaches Ochos Rios
Breakfast at leisure at the Bayside buffet at the relaxing but active Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios. We were treated to freshly made smoothies and omelets, delicious morning glory muffins and everything else you could want at a breakfast buffet, and, of course, more interactivity with our friends from Sesame Street. Then we grabbed some towels from the pool and headed to the Dunn's River Falls. more
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Sesame Street and all kinds of kids’ activities at Beaches Ochos Rios


All of the Sesame Street characters at the parade
Thank goodness for a giant king bed and 8 hours of sleep here at Beaches Resort in Ocho Rios. Friday morning was the Character Breakfast and the Venetian Dining Room was completely decked out with Sesame Street decorations, banners, posters and table settings. more
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Taking the kids to Aspen in summer when it’s affordable


Learning about wildlife with ACES
There’s no better place to combine activity and indulgence than in Aspen in summer. And it won’t bust your budget either. The Little Nell, for example, is offering free room nights and fly-fishing excursions, with rates as much as half-off peak winter rates. You can save even more on a condo rental in Aspen or Snowmass, more
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Three days at Beaches Ocho Rios in sunny Jamaica


Daddy-Daughter bonding afternoon on the beach
When we arrived at Beaches Ochos Rios, the welcome staff immediately swept Jude up to get ready for the carnival parade with the Sesame Street characters. She was given a glittery crown and had her face painted right off the van. She instantly forgot about the long day of travel and was immersed in the fun and activities. more
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