Archive for July 2012

Maker Month at the Chicago Children's Museum

Maker Month at the Chicago Children's Museum
This August, Chicago Children's Museum (CCM) is showcasing the timelessness of building, tinkering and plain ol' creating by hosting its first-ever Maker Month. Every afternoon, join local artists, hobbyists, musicians, tinkerers and local Chicago kids to celebrate the joy of making. Every day will feature a different activity, from creating a mini-book to assembling a tasty snack with a chef (mmmm . . . wonder what that is all about). "So much of what young children learn is a result of their hands-on, concrete experiences,” said Jennifer Farrington, president and CEO of Chicago Children's Museum. “The experience of making things encourages creativity and problem-solving, and has the potential to cultivate life-long learning.”...

Slip sliding away: What are you doing to fight the summer slide?

Slip sliding away: What are you doing to fight the summer slide?
How has your summer been so far? Lots of fun and sun? I hope so. I don’t mean to be a huge downer, but it has also probably been about a month since your kids have been out of school. Have you been reading with them to help keep their hard-earned skills sharp? Are you... Read more »

Free city fun for new moms and their babes

Free city fun for new moms and their babes
This morning I was part of a Bump Club and Beyond panel of "city moms" talking to a packed room of new mamas and their little ones about bringing up baby in Chicago. I was in good company, joining Kelly Aiglon and Lindsay Gladstone of Daily Candy Kids, Samantha Lande from Eater Chicago, Cindy McCarthy of On the Go Chicago, Rebecca Little of Pinwheel and my bestie and business partner Sara Fisher of Self-Made Mom fame.  We talked about everything from family-friendly restaurants to navigating the CTA with a stroller and the best places to buy high-end kid's resale. I spoke a little bit about finding activities that meet my two pieces of criteria. First, I love a free, quality activity when I can find it (if you read Wee Windy City, you already know this about me). In addition, I also love an outing where both mommy and the kids get something out of it. With those two things in mind, I recommended the following urban activities and destinations...
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Twirling for Meera: A fun event for a good cause

Twirling for Meera: A fun event for a good cause
My friend Kristen at Baby Take a Bow asked me to share some info with you on behalf of a Chicago family dealing with a very difficult situation. Baby Take a Bow is working with the family of one of the studio’s first young dancers, 4-year-old Meera, to fight what remains of a brain tumor. Meera is now enduring chemotherapy and radiation, and looking at a long road of rehab to regain her motor skills. Meera’s family and Baby Take a Bow hope that, with some help, she will be walking—and dancing—again soon. Baby Take a Bow will host Twirling for Meera, a fundraising event, on Sunday, August 12, to help ease the financial burden for Meera’s family...

New to the Chicago Botanic Garden for Summer 2012

New to the Chicago Botanic Garden for Summer 2012
I recently had the chance to spend the morning exploring new additions to the Chicago Botanic Garden. This family destination has long been a favorite of ours, but we were thrilled to have a chance to move beyond the Japanese Gardens and model trains to check out something new on our most recent visit. We... Read more »

My son's dream comes true: We are going to Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND tomorrow

My son's dream comes true: We are going to Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND tomorrow
My six year-old LOVES LEGOS. He is obsessed. He has also recently started to like Star Wars (even though it all still scares him a little bit). When I got an invite to attend “LEGO Star Wars Days” at LEGOLAND in Schaumburg, I couldn’t pass it up. Clone troopers™ will invade LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago... Read more »
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I'll show you my summer bag if you show me yours

I'll show you my summer bag if you show me yours
New moms stock their diaper bags with wipes, pacifiers, extra outfits, bottles and every other conceivable item that their little one could need. But new moms don't realize that your days of toting along necessary (and not-so-necessary) supplies for your offspring extends long beyond the diaper bag days. As a mother to a 3, 6 and 8 year-old, I pack a ton of stuff just to head out the door for an outing. My must-haves usually include 4 water bottles, Colin's food allergy emergency kit, hand sanitizer, kleenex, band aids, a myriad of snacks, sunscreen and baby wipes for the messes that surely await us. All of this, plus all of the crap that I usually carry for myself (you know, necessities like lip gloss, my phone, sunglasses, gigantic wallet, business cards, etc.). Summer outings mean even more stuff (think picnic lunches, sports equipment, swimming gear, changes of clothes, etc.). You get the gist, right? Moms lug a ton of crap around every day. In an effort to streamline your summer bag packing, I wanted to share a few of my favorite product essentials for your summer outing bag...