Archive for June 2009

You gotta get gelato

Photo used via Creative Commons license. I am guessing that your plans for the upcoming holiday weekend include food, family and fireworks. If you are thinking about indulging the little people in your life with a cool summer treat as part of your celebration, I have a suggestion for you — introduce them to gelato.... Read more »

Lots to love about the Chicago Public Library

The Bucktown-Wicker Park Library. Photo used via Creative Commons license. The Chicago Public Library is a great resource for families. You probably already know that, right? But I am not just talking about checking out books for the kids. Did you know that you can check out fishing poles from some branches and meet famous... Read more »

Taking your kids to the Taste? Here are a few tips.

Photo via Creative Commons license. I am just going to come right out and say it — I don’t really like the Taste of Chicago. I know, I know. It is a terrible thing for a life-long Chicagoan to say, but it is true. I worked at the Taste of Chicago back when I was... Read more »

Calling all scientists!

Does your kid love science? Do you wish your kid loved science? Either way, you should be taking advantage of Science Chicago: Life’s A Lab. Science Chicago is a year- long program designed to encourage kids to explore the world of science and take advantage of the many scientific resources right here in Chicago. This... Read more »

Baby, it's hot outside: two good spots for indoor play

Chicago parents wait patiently through the long winter months — dreaming of the glorious time when their kids can play outdoors . . . and then summer finally arrives and it is often just too hot to go outside. On a day like today when the heat index is 106 and the kids are eager... Read more »

A Tasty and Healthy Lunch at the Zoo? Yes, It's True.

Photo by Caitlin Murray Giles I have had my fair share of disgusting lunches at the zoo (both Brookfield and Lincoln Park). And for that reason, I usually pack our lunches when we make an excursion to visit our animal friends. But my chaotic morning left no time for packing sack lunches so we found... Read more »

Five Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Green City Market

I love the Green City Market — and so do my kids. Taking young kids with you to a farmer’s market definitely makes for a more chaotic experience (my kids are known to do a lot of berry sampling from a variety of vendors). But it is worth it to bring your little shoppers along... Read more »

Kids' Restaurant Week in Chicago

Move over mac and cheese. Check you later chicken nuggets. If you are tired of dumbed-down children’s menus that offer only bland, tasteless excuses for real food, take advantage of Kids’ Restaurant Week. This event, sponsored by Gourmet and Cookie Magazine, is coming to Chicago the week of June 20-28. Kids’ Restaurant Week is a... Read more »

The Craftmobile -- Coming Soon to a Park Near You

If you live on the Northside of Chicago, I have exciting news for you — the Craftmobile is headed your way. The Chicago Park District has a lot of great family events and programming, but one of my favorites is the Craftmobile — a traveling program that brings outdoor craft projects to various neighborhood playlots.... Read more »

Adams Playground Park: A Good Place to Play

Kids who are looking for a good place to run, jump or swing have lots of great choices in Chicago. We have parks with swings and slides, parks with sandboxes, parks with water features, and parks with lots of green space to run and run and run. One of our favorite parks is Adams Playground... Read more »