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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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Enjoying Christmas Traditions at Colonial Williamsburg


Lord Dunmore's Ball
The holiday season is an excellent time to visit Colonial Williamsburg and see firsthand how 18th Century Virginians celebrated. more
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Experiencing the Holiday Festivities at Busch Garden’s Christmas Town


French Village at Christmas Town
If you arrive at night, you might not recognize Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia. The millions of lights that cover 1,500 Christmas trees give the theme park a fantastical holiday makeover and transform it into Christmas Town. more
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Last day at sea and a port of call in St. Thomas, USVI


Aboard the Kon Tiki
Taking the Kids correspondent Allison Tibaldi and her teen-aged son Alec enjoy their last day on the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas with a port of call in St. Thomas, USVI, and ride on the Kon Tiki Sightseeing and Beach Cruise. more
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Breakfast with the Dreamworks characters and fine italian for dinner at sea


Ready for character breakfast on Freedom of the Seas
Day three aboard Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas starts with the Dreamworks character breakfast for Taking the Kids contributor Alison Tibaldi, and ends with Italian food at Portofino. more
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Combatting calories at sea and a stop in the Bahamas


The gym aboard Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
Taking the Kids contributor Allison Tibaldi visits the gym on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas and first port call at CocoCay in the Bahamas. more
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First cruise seen through a teen’s eyes, and camera


Interior of the Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
Taking the Kids contributor Alec Tibaldi describes his first cruise on Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas and provides another excellent video. more
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Confessions of a first time cruiser


Our Ship - Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas
Taking the Kids Contributor Allison Tibaldi finds Royal Caribbean's Freedom of the Seas to be huge, but easy to navigate with interactive screens all round. more
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Universal Orlando Resort, a teen’s POV


Alec tries Butter Beer at Universal Orlando
Taking the Kids contributor Alec Tibaldi, who joined his mother on a Royal Caribbean cruise and visit to Universal Orlando, describes his first visit to the theme park and provides an excellent video. more
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Combining a Royal Caribbean Cruise and a visit to Universal Orlando


At Loews Royal Pacific
Taking the Kids contributor Allison Tibaldi reports on a two-for-one holiday with her son on a Royal Caribbean cruise along with a visit to Universal Orlando Resort. more
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Last day in Nicaragua: how inspiration is producing a badly needed new tourism industry


Melanie's organic garden at Morgan's Rock
A vacation can inspire you to take a different path—or in some cases, inspire a new industry. That’s what happened when Clemente and Claire Poncon vacationed at Lapa Rios Ecolodge on Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula. more
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