Category: Living in Chicago
August has arrived and we’re hitting that last stretch of summer; back-to -school sales are cropping up and nights are getting a little bit cooler. All of this might be happening but don't be fooled summer 2013 isn't over, just yet.
Like many parents I bet you planned and plotted a great summer to keep your kids entertained and out of trouble with activities, camps and vacation. But wait, you still have a few more weeks of summer left, so now what?! If left to there own devices your k...Posted on August 01, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Temps are heating up and the water features are calling your little ones! Are you ready to explore & play outside? There is no better way to kick off spring than a "trip" to a new Chicago Playground. NOTE: Depending on your child, the weather, and your mood - these playgrounds do NOT have a water features to fenagle.
5 Get-Wet Summer Play(ground) Picks - the perfect way to play(ground) out even the hottest days!
#1. Commercial Club Playground (1845 W. Rice St. (just n...Posted on June 12, 2013 at 6:00 AM
Chicago - Are you ready to explore & play outside? There is no better way to kick off spring than a "trip" to a new Chicago Playground. NOTE: Depending on your child, the weather, and your mood - these playgrounds do NOT have a water features to fenagle.
5 Spring Play(ground) Picks - the perfect way to play(ground) out those rainy day blues!
#1. Portage Park Playground (4100 N Long Ave. (Central and W. Irving Park))
Check out: Canoe structures, “Kids Only” clubhous...Posted on April 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM
This week, we will be exercising our mouths (eating lots of yummy food), and our patience (hanging with family and out-of-town guests), but what about our bodies?
You don’t need a gym membership or an indoor play space to get moving over the Thanksgiving Holiday. Here are 5 fantastic Chicago playgrounds with large, adjacent green space for that game of football, tag, or any other all-family games you may play, perfect for all ages and ability levels. AND bonus this year: The Thanks...Posted on November 21, 2012 at 6:00 AM
The fall season typically invokes the excitement of a new classroom, new school supplies and a brand new year of learning for our children. But it also means a return to the school-day routine and assignments—a busy schedule that can leave the more open-ended explorations of summer a distant memory. However, those adventures need not be a seasonal phenomenon.
From playing in the living room to visiting the grocery store or taking a trip to the park, library or museum, out-of- school ex...Posted on November 02, 2012 at 6:00 AM
As a mom, does the word "summer" call to mind both joy and trepidation? Why not hire a babysitter and put your feet up for an afternoon or two each week? Summer sitters can be a welcome change for both parents and kids; someone young and energetic to splurge on ice cream and lead the charge to a museum or water park -- perfect!
When you find your perfect summer sitter, here are a few activities around town that the kids are sure to love.
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: ...
When planning a trip with your kiddos by air, sea, or lots of roads, all parents need to think about their "bag of tricks"! Here is a list of 5 parent-approved toy picks to make your adventures a whole lot less stressful:
#1. Squeeze Rockets. Launch these soft, safe foam rockets by squeezing air from the hand-held bulb. It's fun to pop them around the car or run after the rockets in motion. These are super light to pack and a big suprise for when you arrive!
#2. Key Crayons. Nev...Posted on April 19, 2012 at 7:00 AM
Like all parents I know, I am constantly on the hunt for fresh ideas for FREE fun for the kiddos. Here are seven great ideas for filling your week with free fun!
SUNDAY – Explore nature and check out the glass-enclosed beehive at the North Park Village Nature Center.
MONDAY - Be transported into a fabulous fantasyland with a great story read by The Storybook Mom at Little Threads every Monday at 11am.
TUESDAY –Jam with the under 10 crowd Toys et Cetera in Andersonville...
We had a great time at the NPN Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Festival! We loved meeting so many Chicago families, and watching everyone bust-a-move!
On the go handed out walking/strolling maps of four kid-friendly Chicago neighborhoods at the event. Our hope is to inspire you to go explore a new neighborhood with your family. Each map contains a park and a handful of kid-friendly businesses and restaurants. You can play, shop and eat your way through these great spots! The highl...Posted on March 07, 2012 at 8:30 AM
Come out and play! ChiTAG, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, is two days of unforgettable fun for all ages - hands on play time, Star Wars Breakfast, stage events, life-sized toys & games, contests galore, costumed characters and so much more.
Plan your visit to ChiTAG this weekend (Nov. 19 & 20 @ Navy Pier). Download and bring your special access pass just for NPN Families - just $10 for a Family Ticket (normally $30 for a family of 4!). PLUS enjoy early 9am access Sunday Nov. ...Posted on November 16, 2011 at 8:00 AM