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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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World War II history comes alive for families visiting Normandy


Grave of Theodore Roosevelt Jr at Omaha Beach cemetery
June 6 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and many families, even if they can’t visit, will be thinking about grandfathers and great-grandfathers, sons, uncles and cousins who fought and died here. more
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The Kids Guides — kids helping kids discover America


The Kid's Guides are pocket-sized books for kids ages 6-12 and chock full of tips from kids in the know 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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A visit to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island on a cold January day


ABC Westport Boys visit the Statue of Liberty
Despite the blustery January weather, crowds of bundled-up tourists from around the world lined up to take the Statue Cruises ferry to Liberty Island, good-naturedly taking off belts and watches for the security screenings. The second stop would be historic Ellis Island more
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Families getting out of the comfort zone above the tree line


Ski School class at Breckenridge
It’s dumping snow on Breckenridge Mountain and we’re above tree line at the new Peak 6 bowls. Some of the terrain is hike-to expert -- some of the most extreme at the big resort -- but all of the buzz here has been about the above tree line blue terrain. more
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Learning a snow sport — more than just fun in the snow


ABC Boys from Westport CT learning to snowboard at Bolton Valley VT
Snow sports can be more than about fun in the snow. They’re about persistence and courage, trying something new (just ask the cold-hating Los Angeles boy who was with us) and empathy for those who may be struggling more than you might be. more
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In New Hampshire for an old fashioned family holiday getaway


Omni Mt Washington Hotel and Bretton Woods
In New Hampshire for the holidays, we sleep and hike with the Appalachian Mountain Club, visit the historic Omni Mt. Washington Hotel, tour the treetops at Bretton Woods Ski Area and are pulled by a sled dog team that includes a pair of amazing canines. more
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Family gatherings at Gettysburg for 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s address


Cyclorama at Gettysburg Visitors Center
At the time, no one expected the speech to be a big deal. Lincoln had merely been asked to make a few remarks at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg, here in the Pennsylvania countryside, just four months after the searing battle that turned the tide of the Civil War. more
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Exploring Niagara Falls — at the water and beyond


What I didn’t realize then — and I was glad to discover now — was how much there is for families — even those on a tight budget — to see and do here, beyond exploring the falls in what, more
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Twelve sites To See in Washington, D.C., During the Shutdown


Kids learning about George Washington at Mount Vernon
Of course it’s disappointing if you were planning to visit a national park or Washington, D.C., during the government shutdown, which has closed top attractions, including the 19 Smithsonian Museums, the National Zoo and the National Mall. It’s even more disappointing to all those who rely on the tourism industry in Washington, D.C. more
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