Archive for July 2013

Do It Yourself European Vacation: Without Ever Leaving the State

Do It Yourself European Vacation: Without Ever Leaving the State
During the recent heat wave, my kids were indoors staying cool and started watching National Lampoon’s European Vacation.   I don’t picture our family ever trying to recreate that type of vacation, but it got me thinking… Traveling overseas is somewhat of a dream vacation that is just not in the budget- especially when you have children.  It would be nice... Read more »

Five Road Trip Ideas Perfect for Families

Circus World Museum, Baraboo, WI
Chicago is still a hot spot for tourism, but what if you are looking to get out of town?  Need a nearby road trip or a mini-vacation that is perfect for families? I don’t know about you, but those radio and television ads for “Pure Michigan” always tempt me! Even the new one about fishing up in... Read more »

What to do When Kids Say "I'm Bored"

What to do When Kids Say "I'm Bored"
What do you do when kids say I’m bored?  That phrase–I’m bored–was one of those pet peeves I had while teaching.  I didn’t like to hear it from students. Typically it came across as an “attitude” children conveyed that wasn’t very considerate. Still, I knew I needed to look at what was behind the comment to be sure to understand its meaning.... Read more »
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Post Fourth of July Family Friendly Activities

Post Fourth of July Family Friendly Activities
  Looking for something to do once the fireworks are blown and the 4th of July is over? Many people may have the extra day off and need an activity to keep the kids busy.   Here are two fun things going on that spark some creativity. LEGOLAND Discovery Center Birthday Bash LEGOLAND Discovery Center... Read more »

Do You Have a Poet in Your Family? Send them to Camp!

Do You Have a Poet in Your Family? Send them to Camp!
Summer is all about camping and camps.  Bet you did not know about poetry camp.  I didn’t! The Poetry Foundation Library contacted School Zone to help get the word out about their FREE summer camps.  No experience necessary! Read on for more information. The Poetry Foundation Library in Chicago’s River North neighborhood is offering FREE... Read more »
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