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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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To the Atacama Desert Region of Chile


Tierra Pool View of Licancabur Volcano
We are in northern Chile in the famous Atacama desert region in the Valle de la Luna—Moon Valley—famous for its resemblance to the moon surface and salt and rock formations that look like dinosaur heads, angels and more. more
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Go Undersea in San Francisco! 3 of the Best Oceanariums in the Bay


The ocean is a fascinating place for children who love the colorful and interactive displays, live shows featuring dolphins and multimedia presentations. Visiting oceanariums can also be an opportunity for them to touch living animals in a safe environment, while learning about them, too. more
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Time-traveling back in history at Conner Prairie IN


Conner Prairie Underground Railroad tour
Here at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, the terrific living history museum outside Indianapolis, a Smithsonian affiliate that focuses on 19th-century Indiana, the journey takes us 90 minutes, starting with our escape from an owner who plans to sell us “back South.” more
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For The Penny-Pinching Traveling Parent


There are plenty of family-friendly and budget friendly ways to take your clan away, and still keep everybody well-fed, well-shod and not wandering the streets with packs of dogs. more
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Riding a bike in the Sonoran Desert — at night!


Biking in the Sonoran Desert
Our Guide Kerry Echer is leading us on one of several unique adventures offered by the Golden Door Spa here. Earlier in the day, we’d noticed Echer teaching rock climbing on the giant boulders; there are also guided hikes and mountain biking. more
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A day at the Camelback Spa in Scottsdale AZ


A place to cool off at Camelback Resort in Scottsdale AZ
We amble inside out of the sun for lunch at Sprouts which serves healthy eats (complete with calorie counts) but indulgences too like chocolate fondue. We love the chicken curry lettuce wraps, tuna tartare and salads. We skip the chocolate fondue! more
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On a mom’s getaway in Scottsdale AZ


Exhition of weaving at the Heard Museum in Scottsdale AZ
I figured what could be better for a mom’s getaway than a resort complete with 125 acres of desert landscape (love all the cacti!) at the base of Mummy Mountain and Overlooking Camelback Mountain. more
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Visiting the Space Shuttle Enterprise at USS Intrepid Museum


Space Shuttle Prototype Enterprise at Intrepid Museum in NYC
Walking into the Enterprise dome, you’re awed by the shuttle’s size. Dwarfed by her wide, black wings and smooth underbelly, Enterprise is a testament to the 1970’s engineering that carried Americans to outer space and back for over 150 missions. more
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Re-living slavery and the Underground Railroad at Conner Prairie


Mrs. Ward explaining the slave history at Conner Prairie
Here at the only Living History museum in the Midwest, kids can explore Prairie Town of 1836 where they take on the role of gardener or criminal or deputy and interact with the townspeople, running errands, sweeping floors, doing laundry, helping in the garden, cooking . more
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A market of great food and second acts in Indianapolis


At the Indianapolis City Market
The historic Indianapolis City Market—it dates back to 1821 when the city was new—is full of good eats, even 16 taps of Indiana craft beer at the Tomlinson Tap Room. But what I didn’t expect was that it would be a place of second and third acts in life—successful second and third acts. more
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