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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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Taking the Kids to Deer Valley, where guests say ‘no snowboarders!’


Kids skiing at Deer Valley
Instead of frustrating hours at the airport, we spent a blue sky day on Deer Valley’s famously groomed slopes, stopping for an excellent lunch. (Deer Valley is as famous for its eats as it is for its grooming and customer service.) more
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Using interpretation and technology to revive the 18th Century in Williamsburg VA


A tinsmith explains his craft in Colonial Williamsburg
The idea in the Historic Triangle — home not only to this recreated 18th-century city but also to the living-history museums Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center, is to use interactive activities, 21st-century technology and costumed interpreters more
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21st Century meets 18th in Colonial Williamsburg – huzzah!


Turncoat Benedict Arnold arrives to hector the residents of 18th Century Williamsburg
21st Century meets 18th Century—that’s the idea of Colonial Williamsburg. The audience was enthralled by the street theater Revolutionary City where costumed interpreters play out different aspects of the politics surrounding the American Revolution. more
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History and fun for families in Virginia’s Historic Triangle


Kids scraping deer hide at Jamestown Settlement
Williamsburg has plenty to offer families—from Busch Gardens, famous for its coasters and Water Country USA, to plenty of American history. This is the heart of the Historic Triangle, of course, home to Colonial Williamsburg more
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In London for the holidays: Paddington Bear returns to wow kids or all ages


Karen Jankel and Paddington at Paddington Station
Fifty life-sized Paddington Bear statues designed by artists, designers, athletes and celebrities will be placed all around London at museums, parks, shops and landmarks just as the movie “Paddington,” produced by David Heyman, who made the Harry Potter films, gets ready to open more
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Disney Simplifies Generational Family Travel


Hoop De Doo Review
Taking the Kids Correspondent Susan Finch navigates the many parts of Disney World with her daughter, utilizing time saving Disney technology more
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Disney Gets High Tech with a Personal Touch


Walt Disney World Resort guests use MagicBands
Taking the Kids Correspondent Susan Finch discovers the new high-tech services provided at Disney World take some of the stress out of travel and line management more
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Walking in the Cotswolds – so much for families to see and do


Broadway Tower seen from the Cotswolds Way
There are literally thousands of footpaths that crisscross the Cotswolds in Great Britain. We found so much for families to see on do on just a few of them. more
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In the Cotswolds, like walking onto the set of Downton Abbey


Sculpture at Ellenborough Park
I feel like I’ve walked onto the Downton Abbey set. Actually, we’re at Ellenborough Park in the Cotswolds in Great Britain that dates back to the early 16th Century. more
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Half Moon Bay, CA, gets ready for families with lots of pumpkins


Farmer John and one of his chickens
Farmer John Muller, a third-generation California farmer, is also the mayor of Half Moon Bay, which bills itself as the World’s Pumpkin Capital. The coastal climate here, with warm days and cool nights, is perfect for growing pumpkins. more
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