Celebrate Lunar New Year and The Year of the Goat in Chicago

Celebrate Lunar New Year and The Year of the Goat in Chicago
Gong xi fa cai! Happy New Year! Next week begins the Year of the Goat. Lunar New Year (also called Spring Festival or Chinese New Year) will be celebrated from February 19th-March 5th this year and there are lots of ways to introduce your kids to this rich cultural tradition. I wanted to share some local events and crafts/activities for families interested in participating in this exciting holiday tradition...

MLK Day 2015 Activities for Chicago Kids

MLK Day 2015 Activities for Chicago Kids
No school for the kiddos next Monday on Martin Luther King Day? Looking for something to do? Plenty o’ options for Chicago families! Here are some activities for kids of all ages, ranging from service experiences to educational programs to interactive drop-off camps: What Does It Mean, Dr. King? at the Chicago Children’s Museum. Little... Read more »

Patience and Perspective: Thoughts on Surviving a Chicago Winter

Patience and Perspective: Thoughts on Surviving a Chicago Winter
Last week was a trying time for Chicago parents (well, all Chicagoans really). The kids were supposed to be heading back to school and families were planning on getting back to a normal schedule after two weeks of holiday break. And then winter completely messed with that plan. Many parents were just plain pissed about the snow and cold and the inconvenience they caused for all of us. Other parents were absolutely irate that school was cancelled. Then there were the folks to couldn't believe that school was NOT cancelled. They were pissed too. Meanwhile, moms complained endlessly about being stuck at home with their kids. For. Another. Day. Parents worried about how this additional missed work time would impact them. Kids complained. Parents complained. People were just so pissed...
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The Goodman Theatre presents the 37th Annual Production of A Christmas Carol

The Goodman Theatre presents the 37th Annual Production of A Christmas Carol
The last time I was at the Goodman Theatre was when I was twelve years-old and my parents brought me to see A Christmas Carol. Last night, I had the pleasure of bringing my ten year-old daughter to see this classic holiday performance for the first time. Boy, was it a treat! In case you... Read more »

The Grinch is in town!

The Grinch is in town!
Dr. Suess’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is in town for the holidays. But you’ll have to hurry if you want to catch him because he is only here for a limited engagement. This lively holiday show will be at the renowned Chicago Theatre through November 29, 2014. I found this show to... Read more »

Chicago Children's Theatre debuts Leo Lionni's Frederick

Chicago Children's Theatre debuts Leo Lionni's Frederick
The featured cast of mice in the Chicago Chidren's Theatre production of Leo Lionni's Frederick are certainly NO strangers to a Chicago winter. This playful new production is based on beloved children's author Leo Lionni's Caldecott Award-winning book about Frederick the mouse. As usual, the Chicago Children's Theatre does not disappoint. The tickets for their productions aren't cheap, but the shows consistently deliver (no dumbed-down kiddie productions here).
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The show has a nuanced and philosophical message (that Chicagoans would do well to heed): When preparing for winter, one must take into account both logistics (nuts, berries and the like) while also stockpiling the less tangible sorts of memories, sensations and spiritual "food" we will need to survive until the spring returns again. I told you. It is kind of deep. The staging and scenery are stunning. The cast is enchanting. I thought the folksy songs were particularly fabulous. ...
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Barilla Hosting Eataly Kid’s Kitchen Workshop on October 25, 2014

Barilla Hosting Eataly Kid’s Kitchen Workshop on October 25, 2014
What’s not to love about Eataly? I’ve enjoyed every trip to this eating emporium dedicated to all things Italian. But I’ve never taken my kids with me. I’ve worried that the non-stop hustle and bustle at Eataly might be overwhelming for them. I recently learned about a great way to introduce kids to this local... Read more »

Time to Rock the Lunchbox Again!

Time to pack the lunches! I wish that I was the kind of mom who relished coming up with uber healthy and creative lunch options every single day. But the truth is that the best I can do is actually PACK a lunch for the my kids that they will actually EAT each day. That... Read more »

Eric & Kathy's Radiothon for Lurie Children's Hospital is Happening Now!

Eric & Kathy's Radiothon for Lurie Children's Hospital is Happening Now!
I love many, many aspects of raising a family in Chicago. One of the things that I am most grateful for is access to the best possible healthcare for my kids. This is hugely important to me because I know from personal experience that the quality of your healthcare providers can literally mean the difference... Read more »
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Justin Roberts: Meet this indie kid's musician AND children's book author at Building Blocks on September 12th

Justin Roberts: Meet this indie kid's musician AND children's book author at Building Blocks on September 12th
On September 12th, Building Blocks Toys (2130 W. Division) is hosting the launch party for beloved children’s musician Justin Roberts and his new book The Smallest Girl in the Smallest Grade. Justin Roberts is my absolute favorite children’s music performer. I can’t wait to check out his first children’s book. Here is an excerpt: Hardly... Read more »