Posts in category "Summer"

What was the best thing you did with your kids this summer?

What was the best thing you did with your kids this summer?
As we sit here on the verge of September, I am somewhat bewildered by the fact that summer seemed to fly by.  I’ve been feeling disappointed that we didn’t do many of the things that we usually do. I’ve spent the last couple of days trying to cram in a million end-of-summer activities for our family.... Read more »

10 Must-Do Chicago Cultural Summer Events and Festivals for Families

10 Must-Do Chicago Cultural Summer Events and Festivals for Families
Summer in Chicago is full of opportunities to immerse your children in international culture through a variety of events and festivals around our many wonderful, ethnic neighborhoods. You can “travel” the world without leaving your hometown! Marcie Wolbeck, The local Development Director for Cultural Care Au Pair knows a thing or two when it comes to the benefits of cultural exchange. "Exposing your kids to various world cultures opens their eyes to the world beyond Chicago. Even if a jet-setting, international adventure is not on your summer calendar, these festivals are a great way to inspire children to think like global citizens," says Wolbeck. Check out these ten upcoming summer events that will be sure to teach your children something new and provide fun for all. Andersonville Midsommerfest June 6-8, 2014 5200-5500 N. Clark Join the 50,000 people that come out each year to celebrate with international food, entertainment and artisan crafts. Free admission, but $10 donation requested...

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 »
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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 »

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...

Fight the Summer Slide: Sign Your Kids up for a Summer Reading Program

Fight the Summer Slide: Sign Your Kids up for a Summer Reading Program
The school year is ending in just a few days. This means we’ve got about 90 days of splashing in pools, building sandcastles and sipping lemonade ahead of us. Yeah for summer fun! The bad news is that your kids will also likely forget many of the things they learned during the school year. This epidemic is called the "summer slide" (I wrote an article about this topic for the July issue of Chicago Parent magazine, but until it is online, trust me when I tell you that this is an unfortunate problem for our kiddos). Educators and experienced parents agree that the best way to combat summer learning loss is to keep your kids reading during the summer months...
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5 free things to do before your kids go back to school

5 free things to do before your kids go back to school
This is a bittersweet time of year. On the one hand, I want to hang on to these lazy, unscheduled summer days. But another part of me longs for structure, afterschool activities and a few hours a day when my house isn’t overrun with children. No matter how you feel about it, one thing is... Read more »

The Emperor's New Clothes: Another reason to visit Navy Pier this summer

A trip to Navy Pier during the busy summer season can be kind of an ordeal. Unless you are entertaining out-of-town guests and feel compelled to show them all of the typical tourist spots, my guess is that most of you could skip the crowds, ridiculous parking prices and souvenir booths at Navy Pier. (At... Read more »

Summer in the City: Scenes from Millennium Park

Forgive me if I sound like a broken record — but you really do need to plan an excursion to Millennium Park this summer. This is my #1 can’t-miss summertime destination. This place embodies what it means to be a Chicago kid. Kids love it here. Adults love it here. The Family Fun Tent offers... Read more »
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Summer in the City: Scenes from the Nature Boardwalk at the Lincoln Park Zoo

As a fairly regular visitor to the Lincoln Park Zoo, I’ve been eagerly watching the construction of the new Nature Boardwalk and revitalization of the South Pond. In fact, I was so interested in this project that I wrote a story about it for the June issue of Mindful Metropolis Magazine. The Nature Boardwalk opened... Read more »