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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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Taking the Kids Weekly Column for planning a family vacation. Search tips for a family vacations and find family friendly vacation ideas.

Next time consider a villa on your family vacation


Villa Aquamare on Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands
A villa or condo makes vacationing with kids — no matter what their ages — so much easier. Remember that the kitchen is always open and in some cases you have a staff all to yourself. And you don’t have to share the pool with strangers. more
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Exploring Colorado in the summer


Fly fishing in Colorado
The skies are blue, the air is clear and there is no evidence of fire where tourists would go. “Some people watching TV thought the whole city burned up,” one local told me. “Some people thought the entire state burned,” said another in Crested Butte. Fortunately, Colorado’s fire-impacted areas represent less than 1 percent of the state’s 23 million acres of public land. more
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On a different kind of cruise in Alaska


Black bear munching on grass near Salt Chuck
“We plan the itinerary so that we can stop like this,” says our captain, Dano Quinn, who has been piloting vessels in Alaska for the last 16 years. “The best of Alaska is the wilderness,” he adds. “Not in the towns and we provide the opportunities for that.” more
Cruises & All-Inclusive, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | 4 Comments


Learning sustainability and eating healthy on a local farm


Gathering eggs from the Eggmobile at Inn at Valley Farms
No, it’s not teens gabbing and texting their way through your family vacation. We’re talking chickens — 250 of white-and-black striped hens to be exact — whose Eggmobile is parked just behind one of the guesthouses at the Inn at Valley Farms in Walpole, N.H., where we spent the weekend recently. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


The new improved Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park


Entrance to Radiator Springs
Radiator Springs Racers at the new and improved Disney California Adventure Park is one of the most elaborate attractions ever created for a Disney theme park and it is the centerpiece for the new Cars Land here more
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Exclusive: The First Lady’s tips on eating healthier on summer vacation


Children from Bancroft Elementary School in Washington, D.C. help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House Vegetable Garden, April 9, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton)
We asked Mrs. Obama how she encourages her family to eat healthier when they travel and what tips she might have for the rest of us... more
Backyard Vacations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | 11 Comments


Camp Denali: a special place in the Alaskan wilderness


View of Mt. McKinley from the Camp Denali on a clear morning in June 2012
We’re on our way to a very special celebration in the wilderness — Camp Denali’s 60th anniversary, which has brought back one of its founders and many who have helped make this small, 18-cabin enclave one of the most iconic National Park lodges anywhere. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | 3 Comments


Visiting Orlando’s parks like the One Percent


Wild Africa Trek at Disney’s Animal Kingdom
No waiting for buses, navigating crowded parking lots or walking more than you or your kids can take. Hall whisks you around Walt Disney World in a private car that he parks exactly where you want to be. more
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Finding new ways and places to celebrate July 4


July 4 Parade in Park City Utah
Maybe this July 4th you’ll be home marching or watching a local parade. Maybe you’ll be visiting the relatives and cheering on nieces and nephews as they march. Maybe you’ll be celebrating some place new, joining in special and unique celebrations. more
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Coasters are great, but never force a child to ride


The Technic Coaster at LEGOLAND Florida
If the kids balk when you get to the front of the line, walk away. Tell your child there’s always next year. more
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