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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.

Orlando – the most visited city in America


Four Seasons Resort Orlando
The good news is that if you are planning to visit Orlando in May — before the summer crowds arrive — the lines might not be as long and you’ll save some bucks on your hotel. more
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Taking the Kids? What’s your souvenir strategy?


World of Disney souvenir shop
Just as you should plan your itinerary and have a “what if” talk if the kids (or you) get lost, you need to have a souvenir strategy before the trip even starts. You don’t want to bust the vacation budget on something like a $40 sweatshirt, or a toy that will be forgotten the next day. more
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Discovering history and fun in the countryside outside London


View of part of Sudeley Castle
After seeing London’s great sites, it’s a joy to explore Britain’s famous Cotswolds towns, which are just about a two-hour train trip from London’s Paddington Station — ideal for a day or a weekend when you’ve had enough of the city, as fun as it is. more
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National Park Service launches new “Find Your Park” campaign


Jr. Ranger Day. Chris Valdez and youngster
The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation has just launched a nationwide campaign to encourage Americans to Find Your Park and share their memories and experiences online and via social media with the #findyourpark hashtag more
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New coasters arrive to thrill — or scare — your family senseless!


Rougarou, Cedar Point
For you coaster lovers, there are more than two dozen new attractions with unprecedented technology, spins and speed at large and small theme parks around the country this year, more
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Modern camping with kids – and WiFi


Deluxe cabin at KOA Kampground in Williamsburg VA
Younger campers say having a smartphone on a camping trip is nearly as important as toilet paper, according to the 2015 North American Camping Report. I’m guessing your kids would agree more
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Families get acquainted with Thomas Jefferson at historic Monticello


Griffin Discovery Room at Monticello
It is only fitting that the home of our third president and the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence is so kid friendly. Jefferson was very fond of his 12 grandchildren, many of whom lived here with him after his retirement. more
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Plenty more for families to do while visiting the Cactus League


Moonlight bicycling among boulders
March is all about baseball in Arizona — some 2.75 million visitors, 60 percent from outside Arizona, come to watch 15 major league teams get ready for the season through April 4 more
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Our family trip back to Crested Butte, where memories were made


Mel snowboarding in Crested Butte circa 1997
The 6 year old was determined to set herself apart from her older brother and sister on vacation. My youngest daughter declared she was a “big girl” and could decide for herself what fun she would have in the snow that week in Crested Butte CO more
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It’s almost March – time to take the kids on spring break!


Goodyear Ballpark, Goodyear, Arizona
Whatever you choose, spring break is a good time to get away with the kids. Plan smart and you might even snare a bargain. The good news is you’ve still got plenty of time to get a trip organized. more
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