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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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Remembering a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Tahiti


Turo and the girls in Tahiti
That trip was three summers ago and since Mel left for college, we’ve shared adventures but she’s gone off much more often on her own—as it should be. I’m glad we made it to paradise when we did. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Lodging | 2 Comments


Coasters are great, but never force a child to ride


The Technic Coaster at LEGOLAND Florida
If the kids balk when you get to the front of the line, walk away. Tell your child there’s always next year. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Disney, Families & Groups, Weekly Column | comments


First stop on a family trip to NYC — Central Park


In my new book The Kid’s Guide to New York City, I do my best to make sightseeing in the Big Apple fun for kids as well as parents, with plenty of tips from local (play soccer in the park!) and visiting kids (try roasted nuts from a vendor! ) more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors | 1 Comment


Lots to do in the mountains and farms of Vermont in summer


Balloonfest at Stoweflake Resort in Vermont
The kids have already petted a chicken (and learned they’ll eat cantaloupe, as well as worms) met the baby calves Fiona and Danika and the draft horses Joe and Jim. Certain days of the summer, kids, ages 10 to 15, can become a farm vet for a day... more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Really? Parents should pay more to sit next to small children?


I can’t agree with the “let the market decide” when it comes to forcing parents to pay extra to sit next to their preschoolers. Even worse, we’re talking about customers who may only fly once or twice a year more
Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Getting There | 1 Comment


DREAM BIG CONTEST: Park City, Utah for Year-Round Family Fun


There's much more to do in Park City, Utah, than just ski. The city offers year-round family fun for all ages and interests. Now you can win a DREAM BIG VACATION to Park City. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging | 43 Comments


To the Caribbean and savings in summer


Come here in summer and you may be able to afford to vacation like the 1 percenters. Like everywhere in the Caribbean, you can save significant bucks on airfare, as well as lodging. more
Beach Vacations, Cruises & All-Inclusive, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | comments


Flying this summer? Get smart before you go


Millions of children will be flying this summer. As we head into the summer vacation season, let’s all try to be nicer to our fellow passengers whatever their ages. Here are some tips for traveling parents to de-stress the experience. more
Eileen's Blog, Families & Groups, Getting There | 1 Comment


In Virginia, a Tattoo is not what you might think


Cello player at Virginia Arts Festival
Traditionally a tattoo is a ceremonial military performance. The Virginia Arts Festival’s International Tattoo is a huge tribute to this tradition. more
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Half million more of us will vacation this summer


Memorial Day official kicks off summer vacation season and AAA says 34.8 million of us will be traveling—up 500,000 from last year. We’re not letting gas prices keep us home and most of us—almost nine out of 10 holiday travelers—will drive. more
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