Archive for April 2012

Best idea ever: Color Wheel Studio Hosts Kid's Book Exchange

Best idea ever: Color Wheel Studio Hosts Kid's Book Exchange
So you obviously want your kids to have tons of books around the house so that they become avid readers, right? The downside of that is you end up with tons of books around your house. As your kids get older and their interests change, they outgrow their books and they need new ones. Of... Read more »

Cooking with Kids at Epicurious Entertains Chicago

Cooking with Kids at Epicurious Entertains Chicago
Got a little foodie at your house? Someone who loves to don an apron and pint-sized chef hat, grab a whisk and whip up a batch of something yummy? Indulge your future Thomas Keller in a real-life, grown-up cooking experience taking place during the upcoming “Epicurious Entertains Chicago" culinary event taking place in Chicago the weekend of May5-6, 2012. The weekend-long event is happening at the Chicago Illuminating Company with select events benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository.  The editors at Epicurious have convened a group of Chicago’s renowned chefs, sommeliers and mixologists as they host this first-ever local event.  The two-day experience has something for everyone -- including your kiddos...

Stages, Sights & Sounds: A Fab Cultural Opportunity for the kiddos

Stages, Sights & Sounds: A Fab Cultural Opportunity for the kiddos
Have you heard about  Stages, Sights & Sounds? This unique event is an international performing arts festival for families (and theatergoers of any age really). The festival showcases fresh, original work from Europe and Canada that you won’t see anywhere else. The festival is in its thirteenth year and runs May 2–12, 2012 at venues in... Read more »
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I See Me Books: Personalized gifts for the little book lovers in your life

I See Me Books: Personalized gifts for the little book lovers in your life
Little kids love to see reflections of themselves -- in any form. Watch a kid catch a glimpse of herself in the mirror and see her squeal. Spot a reflection in the glass window of a store as you stroll by and see the goofy smiles. Or turn the pages of a book and hear your child's name and customized details about his life and watch his eyes light up as they wonder, "Me? Really?" Personalized books for kids are really cool. I See Me!  is a super unique company that offers customized books for kids in a number of formats and for a variety of occasions. The aim of the company is to highlight each child's uniqueness with a personalized story. The graphics and illustrations in the books are definitely high quality compared to other personalized books I have come across from other companies. ...

Are you going to the 2nd Annual Ladybug Bash to benefit Atia's Project Ladybug Fund?

Are you going to the 2nd Annual Ladybug Bash to benefit Atia's Project Ladybug Fund?
Have you heard about Atia’s story? She is truly a remarkable little girl – with a remarkable mother who has dedicated herself to helping other families coping with childhood cancer. Today marks the three-year anniversary of Atia’s Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) diagnosis. She was only 17 months-old at the time. {Can you imagine this?} After undergoing over two years of aggressive daily chemotherapy treatment, Atia is now a happy and healthy four year-old in complete remission, enjoying life to its fullest (and that means plenty of preschool, gymnastics, ballet, jazz and soccer). Atia’s mom Laura is the head of Atia’s Project Ladybug Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to easing the struggles of childhood cancer. The organization was founded by Dina Manzo, host of HGTV’s Dina’s Party and former star of the Real Housewives of New Jersey. After Laura’s chance encounter with Dina in 2010, she launched the Chicago chapter at The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. This organization works tirelessly to raise funds to help other Chicago-area families facing down childhood cancer...

Museum of Science and Industry celebrates National Robotics Week

Museum of Science and Industry celebrates National Robotics Week
Robots have been a big topic at our house lately. We made our simple "robot" craft for Chicago Parent magazine a couple of months ago. And my kids recently watched Star Wars for the first time - so now they are liberally using the word "droid." If your kiddos are into robots, I wanted to tell you about an opportunity to learn more about robots. In celebration of National Robotics Week (April 7-15), MSI will host a “Robot Revolution Block Party” displaying more than a dozen robots from around the world in the Museum’s Rotunda. Some of the robots on display throughout the week include...
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Sprout San Francisco to open in Chicago

Sprout San Francisco to open in Chicago
I am lucky to live in Wicker Park, one of the best shopping neighborhoods in the city. Of course, I don't really have a ton of time to browse boutiques and I usually have three kids (and six grubby, curious hands) with me so we don't tend to do a lot of shopping together in the 'ol neighborhood. BUT from time to time I need a new baby present or a gift for a kiddo's birthday party and I have fantastic local options. I used to frequent Grow Modern Kids for eco-conscious baby gifts and gear (until it shuttered last fall). Happily, Sprout San Francisco  is going to be opening its doors on April 21 in the same space at 1943 W. Division...