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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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Aboard the Newest Megaship Epic


SPLAT! The water balloons pop on cue. The music is loud and energetic, with Nickelodeon dancers dressed in orange and green — down to their plastic orange-and-green Crocs — spurring on the crowd, some of whom came dripping wet from the waterslides, including the Epic Plunge, the biggest waterslide at sea, just for the chance more
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Taking the Kids to Provincetown — Not Just for Gay and Lesbian Couples


Had we been here in the 1800s, we would have been hunting whales rather than photographing them. Provincetown was a very busy whaling port. more
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The Secret to Getting Teens Up Early on Vacation — Take Them to Harry Potter


Thanks, Harry. Suddenly, young people, who wouldn’t spend much vacation time with their folks, much less get out of bed this early if they didn’t have to, think family vacations are fun again, especially when mom and dad or grandpa pay for the trip and pop for $100 wizarding robes (yes, despite the 90-degree Florida heat, fans traipsed around the park in the floor-length robes, wearing Hogwarts ties as belts) or $30 wands. more
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On Norwegian’s new megaship Epic


The kids can’t wait. We’re aboard Norwegians new megaship Epic (153,000 tons!) that has forged a partnership with Nickelodeon that means kids—and their parents-have the chance to get slimed, get up close and personal with SpongeBob, Patrick Star, Dora the Explorer, Diego and Jimmy Neutron at breakfast or “meet and greets.”. more
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Taking the Kids to a Theme Park This Summer


I smile thinking of that hot day at Disney World when my son and older daughter worked so hard to convince their little sister that she really was “grown up” enough (and tall enough) to ride Space Mountain. “So cool!” they told her. “Not too scary,” they promised. more
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Day Two in Provincetown — kids in discovery mode


We’ve started off on a morning walk on our second day in Provincetown and about a mile from town. We come across an inn at the top of a hill so striking we have to stop for a look. Land’s End Inn is not only spectacular with amazing ocean views but kid friendly too with a pile of kids’ games. more
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Two days in Provincetown MA and some whale watching


Had this been the 18th Century, we would have been hunting whales from Provincetown, MA, especially after the whales’ oil and bone more
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Day Two at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter


”The wand learns from the wizard and the wizard from the wand," the Wandkeeper tells us, standing behind the counter in the small room that is lined floor to ceiling with shelves packed with wands in all kinds of boxes. more
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Two days at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter


The much anticipated Wizarding World of Harry Potter has just opened and even the most avid fans who planned their trip to Orlando around the new attractions seem unprepared for the crowds. But that doesn't stop the fun. more
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To the Caribbean in Summer


Finally, a Caribbean beach that's everything a Caribbean beach should be - quaint, with hammocks strung from palm trees, crystal-clear water perfect for snorkeling, white sand, a first-rate beach bar and enough water toys to keep the kids happy (banana boat ride anybody?) more
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