Archive for November 2009

Zhu Zhu Pets insanity on Cyber Monday

Apparently, Cyber Monday is all about the Zhu Zhu Pets. The Zhu Zhu what, you say? A Zhu Zhu Pet is an electronic hamster. Yep, that funny looking thing right there. According to the website, a Zhu Zhu Pet is an interactive pet with over 40 sounds (and of course plenty of accesories to go... Read more »

Zoo Lights: Five reasons to bundle up and head to the Lincoln Park Zoo in December

A few years ago when my sister suggested that we bundle up the kids and take them to see Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo, I was skeptical. Why would we bring a bunch of small children to the zoo in the dead of winter just to look at some holiday lights? I got... Read more »

Let's take this outside: Outdoor holiday activities at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Morton Arboretum and Lurie Garden

Yeah, yeah, so it’s December and it is cold now. But if you bundle up, there is still lots of holiday fun to be had outdoors.Lurie Garden in Millennium Park. The Lurie Garden isn’t just a summertime destination. There are plenty of great family workshops you can take advantage of throughout the winter. On Saturday,... Read more »

Four family-friendly activities for Thanksgiving weekend

We are about to enjoy a loooong holiday weekend. If you are sticking close to home for Thanksgiving, I bet you are looking for some activities that the big and little turkeys in your family will enjoy. Of course on Thursday, you’ll be stuffing yourself silly with turkey and mashed potatoes. But that leaves Friday,... Read more »

Forget the sleigh -- Santa rides the CTA

My little boy loves all forms of transportation. Planes, dump trucks, fire trucks, trains — these varied modes of transport absolutely delight him. So the idea of Santa Claus riding the “L” train is just about the best thing he’s ever heard. Forget the sleigh –in Chicago, Santa takes the CTA. The Chicago Transit Authority... Read more »

Holiday shows to DVR for the kiddies

You won’t often hear me suggest that you plop your kids down in front of the television. I generally think that there are too many fun things you could be doing instead of wasting time watching television — especially cartoons. However, I am going to make an exception for all of the vintage holiday cartoons... Read more »

Calling all readers: Bookamania at the Chicago Public Library

Got a little bookworm at home? Your family won’t want to miss the 16th annual Bookamania at the Harold Washington Public Library on Saturday, November 21, 2009. This event runs from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. and it is FREE! Bookamania is an opportunity for kids (ages 3-10) to meet famous children’s book authors, illustrators... Read more »

Millennium Park Ice Skating Rink opens for the 2009-2010 season

Have you been dying to show your kid your killer choctaw? Or is your son a future Brian Boitano who can’t wait to lace up his skates and get on the ice? Maybe you prefer to cling to the wall as you inch around the rink once and then call it a day. Reagardless of... Read more »

Happy 81st birthday Mickey

Share Mickey Mouse is 81 years-old (young?) today. Can you believe it? He looks amazing, doesn’t he? The character of Mickey Mouse made his debut on November 18, 1928, in a black and white cartoon called “Steamboat Willie.” Disney celebrates this day as his official birthday. Today, Mickey can be seen on the Disney Channel’s... Read more »

Sweet shoes Suri

The internet is all aflutter today over this picture of little Suri Cruise wearing a pair of silver, peep-toe high heels. So yes, this is probably unsafe. And sure, the styles for kids these days make them look more like mini-adults than actual kids. But all of this criticism is beside the point. I want... Read more »