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Chicago’s Biggest Book Fair Is Back July 23-26

Jul 9, 2015
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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.

Lots to do in the mountains and farms of Vermont in summer


Balloonfest at Stoweflake Resort in Vermont
The kids have already petted a chicken (and learned they’ll eat cantaloupe, as well as worms) met the baby calves Fiona and Danika and the draft horses Joe and Jim. Certain days of the summer, kids, ages 10 to 15, can become a farm vet for a day... more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


To the Caribbean and savings in summer


Come here in summer and you may be able to afford to vacation like the 1 percenters. Like everywhere in the Caribbean, you can save significant bucks on airfare, as well as lodging. more
Beach Vacations, Cruises & All-Inclusive, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | comments


Five ‘uncruise’ vacations you may not have thought of


Not to say big cruise ships aren’t a lot of fun—they are!—and often a good deal. But if you are looking for NEW ways to reconnect with your kids and with nature around water this summer, here's how. more
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Healthy food is part of the kids’ adventure at some hotels


Finally, it appears, the hotel industry is paying attention to what traveling families have long been saying: Make kids’ menus healthier; give kids more choices! more
Families & Groups, Lodging, Weekly Column | 3 Comments


Interacting with the Turtles at SeaWorld Orlando


TurtleTrek the 3D movie at Seaworld Orlando
TurtleTrek is home to adult and juvenile sea turtles, including hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, loggerhead and green sea turtles — all of whom, like Grandma, have been deemed nonreleasable by the Florida government. more
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Discovering the beauty of the California Coastal region


Eileen and Reggie pause in the redwood grove
During our five-mile hike, we see plump yellow banana slugs, the tiny Calypso orchid and blooming trillium, a member of the lily family. But the best part is the conversations with my daughter, Reg, who lives across the country from us in San Francisco. I’d forgotten how conducive hiking is to catching up! more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Lots of places to rediscover your inner Titantic


Dr. Robert Ballard the world-famous oceanographer
The real point here is to encourage youngsters and their parents to “journey to new depths of discovery.” That includes a 4-D theater where SpongeBob SquarePants takes you and your kids on an undersea adventure, complete with mist and bubbles more
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Time to plan your visit to our National Parks


Ethan and Hannah viewing Yellowstone bear from a safe distance
My youngest daughter, Mel, says those national parks trips when she was little (and complained her legs were “broken” from all the hiking) spurred her interest in environmental science — her college major more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | 3 Comments


Spiderman vs. Harry Potter at Universal Orlando


The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man attraction
Move over, Harry Potter. Spider-Man has arrived. “I’m just not that into Harry Potter,” explains 16-year-old Jordan Madow who preferred the newly reanimated Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


Learning animation on Disney’s newest cruise ship Fantasy


Wow! Even the jaded 17 year olds I’m with are impressed. At the end of the show, each of our names — as we signed them on our placemat — is listed on the credits as “guest animator.” more
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