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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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Hoteliers like Kimpton take the stress out of family travel


Sir Francis Drake lobby bar
Kids—and parents--will like that every Kimpton hotel is different. None of their amenities cost the hotel much but they certainly will make a stay memorable—and less stressful—for families. more
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Hiking in the wildflowers and devouring oysters near Point Reyes CA


Hiking through wildflowers at Point Reyes
It’s all in the technique. That’s what we learn when we destroy two borrowed oyster knives at the Tomales Bay Oyster Farm north of San Francisco in Marin County. more
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Kids treated like VIPs at San Francisco hotel


Family Tradition-Turn Down at St. Regis SF
Everyone likes being treated like VIPS—especially a four year-old staying at the St. Regis San Francisco with her parents and younger sister more
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A Family Day in the Erzgebirge Mountains


Kohler wood crafts
In two hours, we were immersed in an alpine landscape that looked straight out of “The Sound of Music”. more
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Disney unveiling bigger Fantasyland and Dwarfs’ Mine Train


Seven Dwarfs Runaway Mine Train
Walt Disney World’s newest attraction—the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train—set to open May 28—is to become the centerpiece of the New Fantasyland area at the Magic Kingdom. more
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It’s a Small World: Entertaining families for 50 years!


Its a Small World
“It’s a Small World” has been entertaining and inspiring millions over the past 50 years since it was first premiered at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City more
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Orlando hotels work to give parents of parkgoers a break


Swan and Dolphin
I love it when hotels make it easy for parents to get a break on vacation. And there’s no place they need one more than Orlando. more
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In Phoenix: family fun and safety first


Drowning Prevention Coalition event at Pointe Hilton
Yes, it’s hot in Arizona in the summer but rates start at just $109. As long as you keep everyone well-hydrated and smeared in sunscreen, you’ll have lots of fun. more
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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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Eighth grader answers a fair question: Is a Disney cruise just for little kids?


Will hanging out with his pal Goofy
The water slide that swung out over the sea, a deck dance party, lots of food and ice cream and this club area just for teens called Vibe. So I felt pretty good about taking my first cruise on a Disney ship for three days. more
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