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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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New York — a foodie paradise


It’s impossible to go hungry in New York—not with vendors selling hot dogs, pretzels, kabobs and more on every corner. It’s also impossible to get bored eating in New York, whether you want to head to China Town or Ninth Avenue for good ethnic eats, great burgers, pasta, pizza or more gourmet fare. more
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Central Park through a preschooler’s eyes


We saw the penguins and the puffins, the sea lions and polar bears Ida and Gus, the Red Pandas and the Snow Monkeys. The Snow Leopards -- new to the zoo -- seemed to be hiding. The Wildlife Conservation Society, which oversees The Central Park Zoo as well as the Bronx Zoo and others in NYC (www.wcs.org), is a leader in the care and conservation of these creatures. more
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A few days in New York with a preschooler


This is my four year-old cousin Hannah Sitzman’s first Broadway production and she loves every minute of it -- from the costumes and sets to the music to the black tee shirt which spells out “Shrek” in pink sparkly letters. I especially loved the magic of the costumes. more
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Grandparents and Kids Take on the Big Apple with Elderhostel


Elderhostel is known for their affordable, educational programs for seniors. But what many don't realize is that there are 200 different grandparent-grandchild programs with almost 400 departures more
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Cheering on the humpback whales


“HONK! HONK!” They are really whales—eight to 10 of them right in front of the boat alternately spewing water high in the air, honking and “fluking”—diving for food and showing us their magnificent tails. We watch them “blow” spewing water high into the air. It’s fun to watch them! more
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No better way to get the kids interested in nature


There are seven kids aged 11 to 16-six of them boys -- in our group. And in Alaska, of course, we don’t let the rain stop us whether we’re kayaking to a glacier and ice caves, looking for bear on the beach or trying to track them as we bushwhack our way through old forest. more
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Snap…crackle…BOOM! Kayaking among glaciers and ice bergs


We are in the middle of Glacier Bay, paddling through the ice -- big icebergs, little icebergs. One looks like an alligator. “I thought they were cool -- they were so little on top and, oh wow -- they were huge underneath,” said 14-year-old Xander Majercik. more
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Sailing Around the Tahitian Islands


Tahiti is closer than many think -- just a little over seven hours from Los Angeles, about two hours farther than Hawaii -- and Air Tahiti Nui is encouraging more families to visit with kids-fly-free offers and discounted hotel rates. more
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Learning how to kayak among ice bergs


“Our aim is to keep your wilderness experience from being impacted by the cruise ships,” says Kimber Owen, who found her way to her boat and Alaska from a Texas horse farm after she was widowed in her early forties. “It was too sad to stay,” she explained. more
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To Glacier Bay on a converted WWII minesweeper


We’ve joined three other families -- together we have seven kids ranging from one 11 year-old girl and six teenage boys -- for a week-long cruise through the 300 square acre (the size of Connecticut!) Glacier Bay on the 12-passenger Sea Wolf -- built in 1941 as a U.S. Navy Minesweeper more
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