Posts tagged "family"

Travel tips: Hidden gems near Chicago tourist spots provide free family fun

<strong>Tried & True: Skydeck Chicago, 103rd floor of the Willis Tower</strong>

The Skydeck is open every day and you can enjoy spectacular views of the Chicago skyline, and also see four states. Step out on the glass "ledge" which extends out 4 feet from the building, and is 1,353 feet in the air.
Chicago welcomed more than 43 million tourists in 2011 and while there are some spots on the tourist track that are absolutely worth the trip, they can be pricey. After living in Chicago for a decade, I’ve discovered some family-friendly hidden gems that are within walking distance of major attractions. Best of all: they are... Read more »

Tween Travel: Family trip to Niagara Falls and Fort George

Tween Travel: Family trip to Niagara Falls and Fort George
Tween travel week continues today with a look at Niagara Falls and Fort George, the hidden gem we found nearby. Niagara Falls is more than your grandparents’ honeymoon destination, it’s a wonderful place for a family vacation. I was surprised when my tween said that she wanted to go to Niagara Falls, but we opted... Read more »

Tween travels: Fun places to visit with kids in St. Louis

Tween travels: Fun places to visit with kids in St. Louis
With the Gateway Arch, the City Museum, riverboat cruises on the Missisippi , and Clydesdales, St. Louis offers something for family members of all ages. Just 5 hours from Chicago, it’s an easy road trip from Chicago. We had a great time visiting for a weekend with our tween last spring break. Here are our... Read more »
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Tips for traveling with tweens

Tips for traveling with tweens
Just as parenting tweens requires different techniques than parenting little ones, so does traveling with tweens. Although it may feel like their hormones or changing attitudes require their own set of luggage, tweens are also more mobile, self-sufficient and interested in the world than little people. Traveling with tweens can create wonderful family memories and... Read more »

New Year's Eve family game night: fun twists on the classics

New Year's Eve family game night: fun twists on the classics
Winter break is at the half way point, and by now you’re tired of the siblings being at each others’ throats and you’re ready for a little space. That can make the cries of “I’m bored” even harder to handle. While you’re all ready for a little space, tweens still crave your undivided attention. Family... Read more »

How I watched Rudolph, Charlie Brown and Frosty shocked my kid

How I watched Rudolph, Charlie Brown and Frosty shocked my kid
This morning my tween and I talked about favorite Christmas shows. We agreed that Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is the best, closely followed by Frosty the Snowman for her and Charlie Brown for me. Not shocking, but what did completely surprise my tween was hearing how we used to watch such shows in the... Read more »
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Celebrate National Game and Puzzle Week this Thanksgiving with these favorites

National Game and Puzzle Week falling on the week of Thanksgiving is no accident. What better time to gather with friends and family to have some fun and share laughs over a game than after you’ve finished off the pumpkin pie? If everyone is looking to you with the “now what?” face, you can be... Read more »

I hate getting the park district program guide

Nothing causes parental panic in me like the arrival of the local park district program guide. I get nervous, and while I know I’m not going to feel good afterward, I open it anyway. Then the self-doubt creeps in completely takes over. What if my tween is great at fencing and we’ll never know because... Read more »

Family movie review: Wreck-It Ralph is a Winner

Family movie review: Wreck-It Ralph is a Winner
Time for another Tween Us family movie review!  Disney released “Wreck-It Ralph” this weekend and the movie grossed $49.1 million in ticket sales to become the highest-grossing opening weekend in Disney animation history. Ralph is the bad guy in a video game called “Fix-It Felix.” Ralph wrecks things that Fix-It Felix repairs for medals, and... Read more »
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Hard part of parenting an only child: Answering the "just one?" question

Hard part of parenting an only child: Answering the "just one?" question
I’m often asked, “How many children do you have?” I always answer, “One.” Most often the questioner responds, “Just one?” People usually ask the last question as if they are incredulous. Some seem surprised when they ask the follow up, others are unsure or downright disbelieving. Some say it in their “Are you sure?” voice.... Read more »