Posts in category "Fun for the Whole Family"

FIGMENT comes to the Garfield Park Conservatory August 10-11

FIGMENT comes to the Garfield Park Conservatory August 10-11
Have you heard about the FIGMENT event taking place this weekend? No? Let me tell you about it because it sounds pretty intriguing. FIGMENT is an explosion of creative energy taking place at Garfield Park Conservatory August 10-11. This is a FREE, annual, family-friendly celebration of participatory art and culture where everything is possible (according to its organizers).
 The idea is to see imaginations blossom with thousands of visitors interacting directly with nearly 50 participating art projects and more than 300 artists and volunteers. The concept began in New York and has spread to other cities in the last decade. It debuts in Chicago this weekend. ...

A Family Outing to a Chicago Fire Game

A Family Outing to a Chicago Fire Game
Last week, we an opportunity to attend another Chicago Fire game. And I am going to to go ahead and reiterate what I said in my post about our Chicago Fire experience last year — this is a great outing for families. My kids just loved it. And my husband and I agreed that a... Read more »

Family Days at U.S. Cellular Field: Add it your Summer Must-Do List

Family Days at U.S. Cellular Field: Add it your Summer Must-Do List
Earlier this month, we had the amazing opportunity to check out the new "Family Day" offerings from the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Bottom line: THIS is family fun. The new promotion, which is offered on all 13 Sunday home games this season, features seats in Bleacher, Outfield Reserved, Lower Corner and Premium Upper Box sections for $15, Upper Box and Upper Reserved Seats will be available for $10, and Upper Corner tickets will be priced at only $5.  Additionally, parking at U.S. Cellular Field parking lots on Family Sundays will be available for $10.
Kids can take advantage of special autograph sessions with current and former White Sox players, as well as White Sox broadcasters (weather permitting), and the opportunity to run the bases after games (this was a real highlight for my three littles). ...
Advertisement:

Our Chicago Staycation -- Ritz Carlton-Style

A room with a serious view -- at the Ritz Carlton Chicago
Chicago winters are too long. I have very few good things to say about the months of February and March. Dreary, chilly times like these call for family fun to shake things up a little bit. An overnight get away (even in your own hometown) can be just the thing to cure the winter blahs.... Read more »

What Colin had to say on his 4th Birthday

What Colin had to say on his 4th Birthday
  Time for Colin's birthday interview! I stole this idea from another mom years ago -- and I encourage you to steal it from me. These interviews have been an insightful (and often hysterical) way to capture my little people just as they are at each birthday milestone. Our Colin turned 4 on December 27th (and he was WAAAAY too busy to chat with me for his interview on his big day). Here is what our sweet little guy had to say. Favorites:
  • Breakfast -- Life Cereal
  • Vegetable -- Corn
  • Drink -- Water and hot chocolate
  • Lunch - Mac and cheese and buttered noodles
  • Dinner - Pesto
  • Toy -- My footballs and my basketballs
  • TV Show -- Mickey Mouse Club House, Wild Kratts and Jake and the Neverland Pirates
  • Game --Monopoly and xbox
  • Book -- Books about Mickey Mouse
  • Restaurant- Roots Pizza
  • Holiday - Christmas because I get presents!
  • Animal -- Spiders are my favorite insect and zebras are my favorite animal.
  • Color - Green, blue and red
  • Thing to do at school - Draw pictures for you
  • Sport - Football and basketball.
What do you want for your birthday? Pittsburgh Steeler's pants...

Wee Windy City Winter Break Survival Guide

Assuming we get a little bit more snow in the next few days, we are planning to head over to Cricket Hill at Montrose Harbor for some good 'ol sledding. This small hill is perfect for younger kids who are just getting the hang of steering their sleds.
When the holiday hoopla and the new toy excitement die down, your kids will still be on holiday break from school. I’ve learned the hard way that it behooves you to make a plan ahead of time and figure out ways to keep the troops entertained during what can frankly be a long week. Here... Read more »
Advertisement:

Five family holiday must-dos in Chicago

Five family holiday must-dos in Chicago
I always come into December full of energy and optimism that the holiday season is going to be a quiet, peaceful time of family togetherness. By the first weekend in December, it always becomes clear to me that this holiday season is going to be a jam-packed, crazy one just like the year before it. This month gets absolutely nuts. Between family commitments and special holiday school activities, I feel like the December days fly by me. That being said, I do make an effort to make sure that we make the time to hit up some of our favorite Chicago holiday spots. These unique experiences are only here for a couple of weeks so you gotta get on it! Here is my list of absolute must-do local holiday highlights for families (you've still got time to catch all of these fun things before Christmas arrives)...

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...

Chicago Fire brings the fun

Chicago Fire brings the fun
We've really expanded on our local sports experience in the past year -- checking out the Chicago Wolves and Chicago Sky amongst others. But we'd never been to a Chicago Fire game -- until last weekend. Boy, were we missing out. I highly recommend a family outing to a Fire game to any Chicago-area family. My kids reported that it was the most fun they had in months (which is a total indictment of the massive birthday parties we just threw for them and basically every other activity I've planned recently, but whatever). My oldest two kids play AYSO soccer we we spent a fair amount of time locating our cleats and shin guards every week in the spring and fall. But I have to confess that I've seen very little professional soccer on tv in my life (save for maybe one or two World Cup Games). And while I am making confessions, I am also going to go ahead and admit that I am pretty foggy about the rules of the game. However, despite our lack of soccer knowledge, we headed down to Toyota Park last Saturday night to check it out...
Advertisement:

Guest Post: Let Your City Kids Taste Farm Life

Guest Post: Let Your City Kids Taste Farm Life
Sometimes I like to take my “city mice” out to the country for a change of pace. I love our urban lives, but I also want my kids to understand that food grows in the ground and appreciate different lifestyles. I bet you do too, right? Today, I am thrilled to welcome Kristen Holub, a... Read more »