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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.

Getting Up-close and Personal with Animals at Zoos and Aquariums in the Fall


It helps to have the kids read up on the animals before you go, as long as it's fun and doesn't turn into something "completely boring and educational!" more
Backyard Vacations, Families & Groups, Travel Topics, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | comments


When Everyone Else is Back in School


So what if you're toting a stroller and diaper bag or home-school assignments, while everyone else is waiting for the school bus and arranging car pools more
Families & Groups, Last Minute Deals, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


Taking the Kids — To College


Parents' Farewell Picnic at Colorado College
Like the 3 million other families taking freshman to school this year, I knew the weekend would be stressful, not to mention an emotional rollercoaster more
Destinations, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Meeting Some Bears in Alaska


It appears we've picked the perfect time to visit. Vermillion, who's called Verm, explains there are more bears than there have been in years, including three sets of triplets and three sets of twins all born this spring more
Destinations, Lodging, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


Taking the Kids — And Myself to a Spa


My mom never took me to a spa -- I don't think she's ever been to one herself -- but I've taken my wilderness-loving daughters to spas from the Caribbean to Colorado, from Arizona to Austria more
Beach Vacations, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


To Mexico Where You’ll Find Adventure, Culture, Beaches and Great Deals


Whether you want adventures with your kids, want to learn about endangered sea turtles or if you simply want to hit the beach, there's no better time to visit Mexico. more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Lodging, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


On an ‘uncruise’ Alaskan sea adventure


Unlike the big cruise ships, we can take our time in Glacier Bay, which offers 3.3 million acres of glaciers that calve right in front of us more
Cruises & All-Inclusive, Parks & Outdoors, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


Grandparents and Kids Take on the Big Apple with Elderhostel


Elderhostel is known for their affordable, educational programs for seniors. But what many don't realize is that there are 200 different grandparent-grandchild programs with almost 400 departures more
Families & Groups, Lodging, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | comments


Sailing Around the Tahitian Islands


Tahiti is closer than many think -- just a little over seven hours from Los Angeles, about two hours farther than Hawaii -- and Air Tahiti Nui is encouraging more families to visit with kids-fly-free offers and discounted hotel rates. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Weekly Column | comments


On a Trip Down Memory Lane at Disneyland


Ignore those office emails, forget all about the economy and for an afternoon focus instead on what's really important, especially on vacation -- making memories with the kids at a place where you made your own childhood memories more
Destinations, Disney, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments





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