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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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Kids learn to do grownup work at Tampa attractions


Glazer Children's Museum in Tampa FL
I love it when museums and zoos encourage kids to learn about their own communities—or the communities they are visiting. more
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Dreams come true for 12 year-olds at Cooperstown Dreams Park


Skills competition at Dreams Park
This is the Cooperstown Dreams Park, where every week more than 100 Little League teams comprised of 12 year olds convene for a week of baseball. more
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Rejuvenating a hotel and town near Cooperstown


The American Hotel in Sharon Springs NY
A New York City expat tells his story of rejuvenating an historic hotel and plans to do the same for the tiny village of Sharon Springs, 25 miles from Cooperstown more
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Families learn 19th Century farming in Cooperstown NY


Peg Young and Willa in the farmhouse
At the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, NY, Peg Young is making bread, fried bacon and potato balls all over an open fire. There will be rhubarb pie for desert. more
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Generations love the game — at the Baseball Hall of Fame


Checking out historic equipment at the Baseball Hall of Fame
There is a lot to read at every exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, celebrating its 75th anniversary this month. This iconic place inspires conversation with parents and grandparents more
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Kid-friendly Costa Rican resort not typical cookie-cutter


Beach Pool at JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa in Costa Rica
Alison Tibaldi's recent visit to the JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort & Spa in Costa Rica was the antithesis of the cookie-cutter experience that you get at some chain hotels. more
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Beaches Turks and Caicos, a Teen’s POV


School kids in Turks & Caicos
After a long and stressful year at college, nothing could have been more eagerly anticipated than a weekend soaking up the sun at Beaches Turks and Caicos with my mom. more
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Beaches Turks and Caicos, a Mom’s POV


Snorkeling in Turks & Caicos
Correspondent Alison Tibaldi recently visited Beaches Turks and Caicos with her teenage daughter, Madeleine. They had never experienced a Mother-Daughter vacation, and the timing was right. more
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Bringing out the inner child in Turks & Caicos


Hula hooping the night away
In the days of being connected 24-7, there is a place where adults can unplug, unwind and become a kid again. more
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Learning immigrant history on Manhattan’s Lower East Side


Tenement Museum
The Tenement Museum is the place to learn about the history not only of this neighborhood, but of the pivotal role it has played in New York City’s immigrant history—and continues to play more
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