Vacation Countdown

Most summers we stick around to enjoy all that Chicago has to offer, but this year we're packing our bags and heading to California.

Coming along for the trip will be our Summer Learning Challenge Explorer’s Guide as we continue to read, discover and create. What vacation books or music are your favorites? Here are some things that my kids and I have enjoyed.

Arthur's Family Vacation doesn’t sound as fun to him as camp with his buddy Buster. When rain keeps the family away from the beach, Arthur decides to plan some field trips and soon the whole family is enjoying the rainy trip.

Penguin on Vacation: Tired of snow and skiing, Penguin sets off on a tropical adventure. But what can a penguin to do at the beach? Thankfully Penguin’s new friend Crab is there to show him all the fun things they can do together.

Our California: Take a colorful trip around California—from San Diego and Los Angeles to Yosemite and Death Valley. Find information and history on all these places at the end of the book.

Come along for the trip as Clifford Sees America on a cross-country adventure with Emily and her family and learn all about the famous landmarks he encounters along the way.

The Long Haul: Greg Heffley is enjoying his relaxing summer vacation until his mom announces that they’re going on a family road trip and taking along a special guest, Flat Stanley. It's a trip they’ll never forget!

To plan for our trip I'll be reading Fodor's ... Los Angeles and The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland along with listening to Disney's Happiest Celebration on Earth, which begins with Walt Disney's dedication speech from 1955, when Disneyland first opened its doors.

Where will you be traveling this summer and what fun things do you have planned to do locally?