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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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Multi-generational travel gaining popularity among familes


Margaret Harvey (far right) and family in Kenya
Thirty-seven percent of leisure travelers say they’ve traveled with grandkids just this past year. Twenty-two percent report they are even leaving their children behind and just inviting the grandkids along.... more
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Bittersweet — our last child’s last college Parents Weekend


With Mel at Garden of the Gods
Milestones occur with frequency in the raising of children. For Eileen and me, this past weekend was one of the sweetest -- our last PARENTS WEEKEND for our last child in college. more
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Remembering a memorable sailing trip and lobsters on Anegada


Carribean lobster caught by free diver off Anegada BVI
“People tell us this is the way the Caribbean used to be,” says Lawrence Wheatley, who with his sister Lorraine and their mom runs the 16-room Anegada Reef Hotel and its bustling restaurant where diners feast on the 2+ pound lobsters and fresh fish nightly. more
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Spy and crime museums — a hit with the high school boys


Westport ABC boys at the sculpture of Albert Einstein on the National Mall
Certainly you could spend all of your time in Washington, DC without paying to enter a museum—there are plenty of free ones to choose from. But two on our list are private and, the boys said, were worth the cost of admission. more
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Touring the museums in Washington with the ABC boys


Remember the Children exhibit at the US Holocaust Museum in Washington DC
One of the best things about Washington, DC is that so many museums are free. We aim to hit as many as we can.This time, instead of trying to see all that the Holocaust Museum or the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History has to offer, I tried to pinpoint certain exhibits I thought would most interest the boys from the Westport ABC House more
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So much to see and do on moms’ getaway to Scottsdale


The instruments of Mexico at the Musical Instrument Museum
No guilt allowed! We keep telling ourselves that all weekend. I’m in Scottsdale, AZ for a moms’ getaway weekend with an old friend I don’t see nearly enough. She lives on the West Coast; I live across the country. more
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Three days in Washington DC with the high school boys


Westport ABC boys at the Capitol
I was chaperoning six city high school boys who attend our suburban school under the auspices of A Better Chance, a national organization that identifies kids with academic potential in middle school and sends them to communities like ours (Westport, CT) to live and attend high school. Several of the boys had visited Washington, DC on middle school trip more
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Colorado’s Keystone Resort ups the game for kid-friendly


Castle at Kidtopia in Keystone CO
Every snow-loving parent knows that trips to the slopes not only are expensive but a lot of work for moms and dads. All the schlepping of gear! That’s why I applaud any effort that makes snow sports more affordable and more fun for families. more
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Get beyond the neighborhood for Halloween tricks and treats


Ghost Boat Tour in Wisconsin Dells
If you’re thinking Halloween is weeks away, think again. These days, Halloween lasts the entire month of October! There are frightful — and not so frightful — theme park extravaganzas, boo at the zoos and much more... more
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Hurry and win a stay at a Residence Inn


Falls Park in Sioux Falls SD
  Have you ever arrived at a new destination wishing you had more local knowledge?  Where’s the best place to eat?  Is there a cool toy store nearby?  How about a park?  With partners at Travelingmom.com, Family Travel Forum, and more »
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