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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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Three days in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Day One taco tour!


On the Taco Tour in Puerto Vallarta
We’re in Puerto Vallarta, which is increasingly known for its food and happens to have some 500 taco stands open into the early hours of the night—each one with a specialty that locals come to savor. Every ingredient comes from within a 20 mile radius. more
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Baseballs, burgers, crepes, water parks and family time in Arizona


Once we land, I talk the rental car lady and my Dad into getting us a cool Mustang to ride around in instead of this family looking car they had for us. My dad tells me I have rental car swag. more
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Taking the Kids? What’s your souvenir strategy?


World of Disney souvenir shop
Just as you should plan your itinerary and have a “what if” talk if the kids (or you) get lost, you need to have a souvenir strategy before the trip even starts. You don’t want to bust the vacation budget on something like a $40 sweatshirt, or a toy that will be forgotten the next day. more
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National Park Service launches new “Find Your Park” campaign


Jr. Ranger Day. Chris Valdez and youngster
The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation has just launched a nationwide campaign to encourage Americans to Find Your Park and share their memories and experiences online and via social media with the #findyourpark hashtag more
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New coasters arrive to thrill — or scare — your family senseless!


Rougarou, Cedar Point
For you coaster lovers, there are more than two dozen new attractions with unprecedented technology, spins and speed at large and small theme parks around the country this year, more
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Enjoying a week of baseball spring training in Arizona with a young cousi


Matt and Ethan at Cubs camp
Matt Yemma and his 12-year-old cousin Ethan Sitzman spend a week shagging baseballs, autographs and enjoying the waterparks and sunshine of spring training in Arizona. more
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Families get acquainted with Thomas Jefferson at historic Monticello


Griffin Discovery Room at Monticello
It is only fitting that the home of our third president and the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence is so kid friendly. Jefferson was very fond of his 12 grandchildren, many of whom lived here with him after his retirement. more
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Plenty more for families to do while visiting the Cactus League


Moonlight bicycling among boulders
March is all about baseball in Arizona — some 2.75 million visitors, 60 percent from outside Arizona, come to watch 15 major league teams get ready for the season through April 4 more
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San Francisco’s hidden gem — The Presidio


Batteries to Bluff Trail, Presidio
We’re hiking the famous Batteries to Bluffs trail in San Francisco’s Presidio, a national park unlike any other, which takes us up and down steps along the western Pacific shoreline, past historic gun batteries, rewarding us with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Wow! more
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Teen Ambassadors offer unique perspective on 9/11 Memorial Museum


Westport ABC Scholars and teen guides from Stuyvesant High School at 911 Memorial Museum
David Rothblatt and Fia Hargil are among the six members of the inaugural class of teen ambassadors trained to work with children who visit the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which opened at the new World Trade Center this past May. more
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