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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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A quick trip to Yosemite National Park


DAY 4 — Five year old Rivers Klopson is turning cartwheels on the rocks next to Yosemite’s famous Vernal Falls. It’s sunny and everyone sitting on the rocks is admiring the rushing falls and congratulating themselves at the end of more »
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To the historic ships in SF where Reggie works


Here’s the chance to give your kids a lesson -- without them even realizing it -- in San Francisco’s seafaring past and the people who made their lives sailing in and out of San Francisco Bay, hauling lumber, canned fruit and more. Five vessels -- the Alma, Balclutha, Eureka, Hercules and C.A. Thayer are designated National Historic Landmarks. more
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Learning About African-American History at Colonial Williamsburg


Colonial Williamsburg explores the lives and complexities of free and enslaved blacks during the Revolutionary Era, highlighting personal and unified contributions, sacrifices and decisions made by 19th-century blacks in securing their freedom more
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At the Cal Academy of Sciences


We’re at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco which in the year since it has reopened has emerged as San Francisco’s top cultural tourist attraction, drawing more visitors than even Alcatraz. more
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Visting San Francisco with my grown up daughter


The Hotel San Francisco atop Nob Hill was getting ready for its grand opening when the city suffered its devastating earthquake April 18, 1906. The hotel survived and a year later, opened, celebrating the city’s renewal. The hotel has hosted celebrities and presidents. Tony Bennett first sang “I Left My Heart in San Francisco “here. more
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Meeting Some Ghosts


Seen any ghosts lately? Now's your chance. Time travel back to the 18th century where you can get up close and personal with pirates and ghosts at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia. more
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Skiing in Austria


I've never seen such wide open slopes -- no trees, no houses, just field after field of newly fallen snow. And I've never seen my 18-year-old daughter Mel, an avid and expert skier, as happy to ski with mom. more
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Taking the Kids — To an Exotic Place That Loves Kids!


Who says kids and romance don't go together? Even in a place as famous for honeymoons as Bora Bora, families' rule, especially as Air Tahiti Nui continues to offer kids free deals on flights. There are also great hotel deals more
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Getting Up-close and Personal with Animals at Zoos and Aquariums in the Fall


It helps to have the kids read up on the animals before you go, as long as it's fun and doesn't turn into something "completely boring and educational!" more
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When Everyone Else is Back in School


So what if you're toting a stroller and diaper bag or home-school assignments, while everyone else is waiting for the school bus and arranging car pools more
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