Posts in category "Hands-on learning"

Don't miss the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (plus a cool opportunity for young inventors out there)

On November 20-21, the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (ChiTAG) is taking over Navy Pier. Toy and game enthusiasts (so that means your kids) can preview and play with the hottest new toys and games on the market and meet popular toy and game inventors. I think that the real highlight of this event is... Read more »

Sanctuary: Flight of the Majestic Monarch opens at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

Most Chicago families already know that the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is a wonderful resource. And you probably also know that the Butterfly Haven is one of the most serene, beautiful spots in the city. But I wanted to tell you about a new butterfly exhibit at the Nature Museum. Sanctuary: Flight of the Majectic... Read more »

The Wee Weekender (May 14th-16th)

A Family Workshop at the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. Looking for something fun do to? How about a hands-on gardening workshop, yoga for toddlers, making creative critters out of rocks, or a storytelling event for the whole family?Lurie Garden Family Workshop: Plant Power. Families with kids over age 6 can spend an afternoon in... Read more »

Don't Forget about the Kids and Kites Festival this Saturday

A few weeks ago, I posted about Mayor Daley’s Kids’ and Kites Festival and why I thought that it was the best, free family event of the whole year for us Chicagoans. I just wanted to remind you that the festival is coming up this Saturday. You are planning on going, right? When we’ve attended... Read more »

Naturally Inspired: Family Day at the Smart Museum of Art

Children making art in the Smart Museum of Art’s outdoor sculpture garden. So you think you’ve taken your kids to all of the best museums in Chicago? I bet you haven’t. Have you been to the Smart Museum of Art yet? The Smart Museum of Art is located on the University of Chicago campus in... Read more »

Tips for taking kids to see the Mammoths and Mastodons Exhibit at the Field Museum

Have you heard about the new baby in town? She is a 40,000 year-old baby mammoth named Lyuba (pronounced Lee-OO-bah) and trust me when I tell you that she is a must-see. The Field Museum’s exhibit Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age opened just over a week ago and is the first exhibit... Read more »

The Wee Weekender (March 12th-14th)

A young artist hard at work at the Lillstreet Art Center. Looking for something fun for the whole family to do this weekend? I’ve got an idea or two for you. Family Farmed Expo. This is an event that has a little bit for everyone in the family. The Family Farmed Expo takes places from... Read more »

Jump Rhythm Jazz Family Dance Matinee (plus some thoughts on why music and movement are good for your little ones)

In celebration of its 20th Anniversary Season, the Jump Rhythm Jazz Project will present “Jump Rhythm Technique and the Language of Rhythm” for the Family Dance Matinee at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 20 at The Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago (1306 South Michigan Avenue). This educational and entertaining, audience-interactive lecture-demonstration will begin at... Read more »

Free museum passes come to the 'burbs

I have long been a fan of the Kraft Great Kids Museum Passes available through the Chicago Public Library (although these passes have become so popular at some branches that their availability is more theoretical than actual). These passes allow free admission for up to four people to some of the area’s most popular destinations... Read more »

Five Family Activities for Fall

Ahh . . . fall in Chicago. Not as good as summer in Chicago, but still pretty darn good. And there is so much good stuff to do — indoors and out. Here are my 5 picks for the activities and events your family won’t want to miss this season. 1. Get your pumpkin from... Read more »