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National Park Unit in Chicago Progressing

Jul 27, 2016
In February 2015 , President Barack Obama proclaimed Pullman National Monument in Chicago the 406th unit of the National Park Service.

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Taking The Kids was named one of the top travel websites by Parents Magazine in 2016
New in 2016: Great Smoky Mountains; New York City (updated)




Backyard Vacations

The Greatest Show On Earth Is Out of This World


taking the kids, Los Angeles, circuses, Ringling Brothers, Great Show on Earth, family travel, family vacations
There are only a few of classic outings that will never get old: going to the beach, a picnic at the park, heading to the carnival and going to the circus! more
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Amazing Views, One-of-a-Kind Slide Experience at OUE Skyspace LA


Viewing Reactions at the end of the Skyslide
OUE Skyspace LA is a new attraction at the heart of Downtown Los Angeles built in the U.S. Bank building--currently the tallest building west of the Mississippi River--and the buzz is booming after its grand opening in June. more
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A Family Getaway To Kennebunkport, Maine


Lobster learning in Kennebunkport ME
Kennebunkport is loaded with New England charm. The pedestrian-friendly streets are brimming with retro sweet shops, folksy art galleries and authentic lobster shacks. more
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10 water-safety tips that can save a child’s life this summer


Assign a “water watcher,” an adult who will keep her eyes on the water — no texting, drinking or reading
Who’s watching the kids in the pool? Someone should have eyes on them at all times — even if they know how to swim. According to new research more than 40 percent of children (5 to 17) who drowned in pools knew how to swim. more
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Wizarding World Comes to Life at Universal Studios Hollywood


Hogwarts Express
On a recent visit to “The Entertainment Capital of L.A.,” WWoHP was packed with wizards, witches, muggles and humans alike. more
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Celebrating July 4 with the kids


Head to Mount Vernon, Va., George Washington’s home for the annual American Celebration
There are plenty of ways to celebrate, starting with your local parade. When my kids were small and we lived in Evanston, Illinois, that parade was a highlight of the summer more
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Food Tours: A Delicious Way To Explore Cincinnati OH


Inside Findlay Market
Nowhere is tradition and innovation more apparent than in the culinary arena of Cincinnati. While this city gets its share of recognition for down-home Cincinnati-style chili, cutting-edge chefs are flocking here like bees to honey. more
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Baseball, the Dodgers and the Honorable First Pitch


First Pitch
The particular game that I attended in April was a rivalry game against the San Francisco Giants. This series was tied at 1-1. more
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Learning about our presidents from visiting their homes


Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill home on Long Island
All around us on a recent sunny Sunday, families were picnicking outdoors, gaping at all of the wild game heads inside and walking on the nature trail at Teddy Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill home. more
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Taking the Kids to Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Lightning Rod, said to be the world’s fastest rollers coaster, Dollywood
Welcome to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the most visited national park in the country with nearly 10 million visitors a year — twice what the Grand Canyon gets. more
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