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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.

Keeping your children safe around vacation pools and beaches


As many of us head off to warm climes and cruise ships on spring break, it’s especially important to be mindful of water safety, particularly if young kids are along for the trip. more
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As spring breaks grow in popularity, how to plan one on the fly


Cherry Blossoms in Washington DC
Spring break these days is more for families than for college kids, as parents find it easier to grab a few days off in spring rather than summer when the kids have jobs, summer school, camp, sports practice and everyone at work is vying for the same vacation days. more
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Why families love the quintessential ski town of Breckenridge, CO


At Breckenridge CO on a blue bird day
Challenge is a good thing for all ages on vacation and Breckenridge offers it up in spades, whatever the kids’ ages and ability — from the Four O’clock run, which is 3.5 miles long, the terrain parks, the kids’ trails through the trees and kids’ terrain features with names like Rip’s Ravine and Dragon Trail. more
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The museums in Los Angeles have something for every family


Endeavour on display in Los Angeles
Here are five Los Angeles museum bets that are guaranteed to please even the I-hate-museum crowd more
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Unleashing your family’s inner Olympian at the North American sites


Skeleton sledding at Utah Olympic Park
This year, do a lot more than just watch the Olympians as the Winter Games get under way in Sochi, Russia on Feb. 6. Tap into the Olympic spirit right here at home. more
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A visit to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island on a cold January day


ABC Westport Boys visit the Statue of Liberty
Despite the blustery January weather, crowds of bundled-up tourists from around the world lined up to take the Statue Cruises ferry to Liberty Island, good-naturedly taking off belts and watches for the security screenings. The second stop would be historic Ellis Island more
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The family vacationer’s dilemma: an all-inclusive vs a condo


Pirate Island at Beaches
In the Turks and Caicos, most hotels here are condo-style and kid-friendly. Most visiting families, however, opt for the gargantuan, all-inclusive Beaches resort, one of Sandals’ family resorts in the Caribbean. more
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Families learning the culinary arts on vacation


We’re fans of including cooking classes in our travels, learning to make mole with our kids in Oaxaca, Mexico and pasta with other young travelers in Lucca, Italy. We learned to make crab cakes on a Windstar cruise ship, after following the chef to a local market in Croatia. Wherever we go, at the very least we make sure to visit local food markets. more
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Following the kid — to Nicaragua, the new destination for eco-tourism


Melanie on horseback ride on overlook of Morgans Rock
After years of Taking the Kids, on this trip we’ve followed our 22-year-old daughter Melanie here to Nicaragua, which many say is fast becoming the next eco tourist’s must-see destination, offering volcanoes, cloud forests, rain forests, pristine beaches and a growing number of eco resorts. more
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Learning a snow sport — more than just fun in the snow


ABC Boys from Westport CT learning to snowboard at Bolton Valley VT
Snow sports can be more than about fun in the snow. They’re about persistence and courage, trying something new (just ask the cold-hating Los Angeles boy who was with us) and empathy for those who may be struggling more than you might be. more
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