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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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A whirlwind tour of Hong Kong over the holidays


I can’t believe I’m here. Hong Kong’s famous Victoria Harbor watches as I try to follow William Ng, a 75-year-old Tai Chi master, as he introduces about 20 of us to the ancient art of Tai Chi or “shadow boxing." more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


Learning African American History in Boston


A winter foray to Boston — whether you are touring colleges (there are more than 100 campuses in Massachusetts) or just looking for a winter getaway — is a good place to start, especially with the reopening this past December after a multimillion-dollar restoration of The African Meeting House. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Travel Topics, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | 4 Comments


January is the month to learn a snow sport


January is National Learn a Snow Sport Month and more than 200 resorts are pulling out all the stops for families and offering free or discounted ski, snowboard, and cross-country ski and snowshoe lessons for beginners. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Snow Vacations, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


Over the holidays, take your kids to a museum


Leave the crackers and chips at home; ditto for the carbonated drinks and smelly cheese. No, we’re not talking about what grub not to pack for your next road trip or flight. We’re talking about foods that are banned in outer space. more
Backyard Vacations, Families & Groups, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | comments


What to do when you can’t sit together on a plane


Parents increasingly complain they can’t get seats next to their children — even 3 year olds — on packed flights. Those booking through online travel sites may not realize the seats are unassigned. (It is always wise to call an airline directly or check the airline’s site.) more
Families & Groups, Getting There, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 6 Comments


This year do you want new-style holiday gifts, or a family trip?


I’m not filling any stockings this year or piling presents under the tree. No presents for Hanukah either. (We celebrate both holidays in our house.) And my gang couldn’t be happier. more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 3 Comments


To Pearl Harbor – a national historical treasure


As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack, the question is one of many in the updated and first-rate Junior Ranger Program for the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument that helps children make meaningful connections during a visit here. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


On a unique mom’s getaway in Jamaica


A Bluefields’ nanny and her charge
No I’m not dreaming of an effortless holiday gathering that could never be real — at least in my world. I’m actually wide awake in Jamaica, enjoying a pre-holiday moms’ getaway with my three oldest friends from grade school at the most unusual all-inclusive resort I’ve ever visited. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | 3 Comments


Driving Smart with Kids in the Car This Holiday Season


The best thing we can do when taking to the road this winter, especially with kids in the back, is be prepared. Make sure your cellphone is charged and the relatives know what time to expect you. more
Families & Groups, Getting There, Weekly Column | 5 Comments


Surviving the Relatives This Thanksgiving


Honestly, I don’t know how we all do it over the holidays — with a smile no less — even when the guests are oh-so-annoying, the visiting toddler grinds cracker crumbs into the carpet, the tween refuses to eat anything she’s served and the uncle falls asleep on the couch, snoring loudly. more
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