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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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Boutique Hotel Chains are stepping up their family offerings


Kids hour Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Alexandria VA
The animal crackers and lemonade looked really good sitting there by the front desk in the lobby. A lot of boutique hotels around the world are realizing that making young guests and their parents happy is good business. more
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Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be just once a year


Entrance to the Essex Resort & Spa
Really, any day can be Mother’s Day — like on your next family vacation. All you have to do is declare: “This day is for you, Mom!” more
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At the Tonga Room in SF, fun dining for families


Band on Boat in Tonga Room
The Tonga Room and Hurricane Bar has been a San Francisco fixture since 1945, famous for its tropical drinks and band that floats up and down the water on a thatched-covered barge more
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The secret to vacation happiness — ask the kids to help planning!


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The lesson: Take the kids’ opinions into account when planning a family getaway, whether it’s a big-ticket adventure, a trip to Orlando, a camping trip or a weekend exploring a city. Believe me, if the kids aren’t happy, you won’t be. more
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Back to Bolton Valley with the ABC boys — many lessons learned


The ABC Westport Scholars at Bolton Valley
Why would three sane adult males drive five hours for a day-and-a-half of skiing and snowboarding with a group of five high school boys when there are bigger and fancier ski areas much closer to home? A guys weekend of course. more
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Keeping your children safe around vacation pools and beaches


As many of us head off to warm climes and cruise ships on spring break, it’s especially important to be mindful of water safety, particularly if young kids are along for the trip. more
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As spring breaks grow in popularity, how to plan one on the fly


Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC
Spring break these days is more for families than for college kids, as parents find it easier to grab a few days off in spring rather than summer when the kids have jobs, summer school, camp, sports practice and everyone at work is vying for the same vacation days. more
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Why families love the quintessential ski town of Breckenridge, CO


At Breckenridge CO on a blue bird day
Challenge is a good thing for all ages on vacation and Breckenridge offers it up in spades, whatever the kids’ ages and ability — from the Four O’clock run, which is 3.5 miles long, the terrain parks, the kids’ trails through the trees and kids’ terrain features with names like Rip’s Ravine and Dragon Trail. more
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Mammoth Still Formidable in California Drought


Mammoth Late January
With a trip to Mammoth planned back in October, it never occurred to me that in a few months I’d be hearing news about one of the worst droughts in California history. Sure, that’s bad news for the state’s water supply, bad news for agriculture, bad news for just about every facet of life. But most importantly — it’s bad news for ski trips. Call me an only child. more
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At Deer Valley, the consensus seems to be no snowboarders


Blue skies at top of Bald Mt at Deer Valley
The families I met here like Deer Valley—one of Park City’s three ski resorts— because of the groomed runs but more important, because there are no snowboarders allowed. Deer Valley, in fact, is one of only three resorts in the country that don’t allow snowboarders. more
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