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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.

Making sure Mom gets out to play in the snow


Lindsey Vonn’s Ski Girls Rock program at Vail Resorts
Come on, moms! Got your snow pants and mittens? Let’s go have some fun in the snow — on the ski slopes. No watching the kids, no trying to keep up with your husband! more
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San Francisco’s hidden gem — The Presidio


Batteries to Bluff Trail, Presidio
We’re hiking the famous Batteries to Bluffs trail in San Francisco’s Presidio, a national park unlike any other, which takes us up and down steps along the western Pacific shoreline, past historic gun batteries, rewarding us with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Wow! more
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Teen Ambassadors offer unique perspective on 9/11 Memorial Museum


Westport ABC Scholars and teen guides from Stuyvesant High School at 911 Memorial Museum
David Rothblatt and Fia Hargil are among the six members of the inaugural class of teen ambassadors trained to work with children who visit the National September 11 Memorial Museum, which opened at the new World Trade Center this past May. more
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Winter is a great time for a family visit to a zoo or aquarium


Children’s Zoo at Saint Louis Zoo
The human kiddos laugh and giggle at the antics of the animals all day at the St. Louis Zoo. It’s one of three major free zoos left in the country along with the National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. more
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Fun off the slopes: learning to build a snow sculpture in the mountains


Ziplining at Big Sky Resort Montana
Mountain resorts across the country offer an ever-growing array of off-the-slopes activities where the kids — and you — can get inspired to build your own sculpture either at home or near where you are vacationing in mountain country more
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Teaching the kids about civil rights at our national monuments


Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
If you want to expand on what the kids are learning in school, then head to a national park. That’s right. There are many national historic sites that figured into the fight against slavery and the civil rights movement and are ideal for out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities, especially when so many are offering special activities this month. more
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In Northern Italy, a little-known gem of history and culture: Mantua


Pasta machine at work in Grazie Italy
You won’t find that many tourists here, but you will find the quintessential Italian experience — restaurants spilling out onto cobblestoned piazzas, locals starting their morning with a cafe, the weekly market that takes over the entire Piazza Sordello more
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Kid tips for hitting the slopes for Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month


Elk Camp Meadows, Snowmass
If you are a newbie, there is no better time than January, the nationally designated Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month to hit the Colorado slopes. more
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To Jumby Bay, Antigua: A unique all-inclusive resort in the


Tubing at Jumby Bay
Many families have a special vacation spot — a snow sports resort, a lake where the kids caught their first fish, a beach where they build giant sand castles. Jumby Bay is one of them. more
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Soaking up the family holiday spirit at a theme park


Across the country, theme parks are adding new and bigger holiday attractions every year, enticing more and more families to come through the gates, glad to forsake holiday shopping and cooking for a few hours, even though it can be a costly afternoon or evening. more
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