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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.

Families making the most of Disney World with new technology


With the introduction of MyMagic+ to Walt Disney World Resort, guests are finding the key to unlocking all the magic is the MagicBand
Even the glitteriest magic wand won’t cut it at Walt Disney World these days. But wave a MagicBand and see what happens. more
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Families learn about Pandas and environment at the San Diego Zoo


Xiao Liwu at the San Diego Zoo
Zoos — besides being fun places to visit and see amazing creatures like pandas — are also ideal places to teach kids what they can do to help the environment more
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Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be just once a year


Entrance to the Essex Resort & Spa
Really, any day can be Mother’s Day — like on your next family vacation. All you have to do is declare: “This day is for you, Mom!” more
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A place where a private tour makes sense: The Louvre in Paris


Children getting an art and history lesson from a guide in the Louvre
The Louvre can be overwhelming for an adult, much less a child. That’s why I figure if you are going to splurge on a private tour, this is a good place to do it. more
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Tinker til you drop at San Francisco’s Exploratorium


Exploratorium entrance
Step right into the Tinkering Studio at San Francisco’s Exploratorium where you can tinker until you make lights go on and buzzers sound, make music on a musical bench or create a toothpick sculpture, inspired by the giant toothpick sculpture “Rolling Through the Bay.” more
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Boston’s Freedom Trail: Where families travel back in time


Harborfest Drummers
Welcome to Boston’s Freedom Trail, the 2.5-mile-long route over cobble-stoned streets that lets you travel back in time to when Boston was still a colony and people argued about what to do about the increasingly difficult demands from the king of England. more
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Five places for your kids to get up close and personal with dinosaurs


Siebel Dinosaur Complex at the Museum of the Rockies??????????????????
You don’t have to be in New York or at The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., to get your dino fix, as wonderful as those museums’ exhibits are. Here are four others museums I’ve visited that are guaranteed to please. more
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Memories of Monet’s Garden: where a little girl (not Linnea) led the way


From the time we told Melanie we were going to France that summer, she insisted we must visit Monet’s Garden. It wasn’t that far-fetched an idea. more
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The secret to vacation happiness — ask the kids to help planning!


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The lesson: Take the kids’ opinions into account when planning a family getaway, whether it’s a big-ticket adventure, a trip to Orlando, a camping trip or a weekend exploring a city. Believe me, if the kids aren’t happy, you won’t be. more
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Take your family to an art museum and explore it in new ways


At the Denver Art Museum
At the Denver Art Museum you can borrow a backpack. These days you’ll find plenty of activities to engage kids and the adults who accompany them to art museums across the country more
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