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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.

A new style all-inclusive resort on Mexico’s Riviera Maya


My mission: To see if a vacation with active teens and young adults can be successful at an all-inclusive resort. Conclusion: "yes" more
Beach Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


How snow sports can transform a child’s life


"This is a lot more than teaching kids how to turn on the mountain. This is about using sports to do character development." more
Families & Groups, Parks & Outdoors, Snow Vacations, Volunteer & Service, Weekly Column | comments


To the Mohonk Mountain House


There it is, right in front of us, a castle, a sprawling, Victorian castle, just a couple of hours north of New York City. more
Backyard Vacations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 2 Comments


To Stowe Vermont and elsewhere in snow country


I've forsaken the slopes today, as terrific as they are at the brand-new Spruce Peak base area at Stowe Mountain Resort. I'm snowshoeing at the nearby Trapp Family Lodge more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Snow Vacations, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


To Oaxaca, Mexico


Oaxaca is in the southeastern part of Mexico and we've come here for a few days of cultural immersion after a week lazing on the beach more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 3 Comments


To the theater — in NYC and elsewhere


Despite the economy -- or maybe because of it -- there's no better time for families to check out The Great White Way more
Backyard Vacations, Destinations, Families & Groups, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments


Planning a family reunion in tough times


I've met families who have gathered in Orlando and in the Galapagos Islands... celebrating 75th birthdays and 50th anniversaries, graduations, survival from serious illness and simple family togetherness more
Families & Groups, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | 1 Comment


IT’S ABOUT THE MEMORIES!


Remember that the next time you're tempted to scold your impossible, uncooperative preschooler in the middle of Walt Disney World, peck away on your BlackBerry poolside, instead of jumping in and playing Marco Polo with the kids, or disown your teen who refuses to leave her hotel room, yet complains of being bored. more
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BUYING BOOKS FOR THE HOLIDAYS


Emily, who lives in a Portland, Oregon suburb, is miserable without a good book. Emily and her mom, Patti Zebrowski, were part of the group traveling with us in Costa Rica last summer and Emily was never without a book, even in the pool. I know how she feels. I can't think of anything worse than being stuck on a plane or in a hotel room without something to read. more
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Finding an affordable last minute holiday getaway


Finally, some good news for traveling families. If you thought the ever-worsening economy meant you should forgo a holiday or post-holiday getaway with the kids, think again. The reality is that this may be the year to travel. more
Destinations, Families & Groups, Last Minute Deals, Lodging, Travel Topics, Weekly Column | comments





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