Category: appreciating art

101 Things to do with your Chicago Kid

  I am reposting this entry from March 1, 2010 because I came across it in my archives and it really is a pretty darn good list if I do say so myself. I’ve got to really focus if I want to get to all of these things before my kids head off to college.... Read more »

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 »

Kaleidoscope: A Family Day at the Art Institute of Chicago

        On Saturday, August 21, families who arrive at the Art Institute between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. will receive free admission to the museum as part of the 5th annual Kaleidoscope: A Family Day event. The day includes a range of activities offered by the Art Institute and other local family... Read more »

Color Wheel Studio: For Chicago's petite artists

If you have a little artist at home, you’ll want to check out the brand new Color Wheel Studio (2016 W Concord Place, Chicago). This Bucktown space isn’t just home to kiddie art classes — it is an actual art studio where owner Donald Jackson works and teaches. My six year-old daughter Eleanor just finished... Read more »

Summer Links

Are you having a good summer so far? Me too. We’ve been doing all sorts of fun activities around town — and then I’ve been busy blogging about it all. I am writing another blog for the months of June and July called School’s Out!. I’ve been posting about family-friendly activities in and around Chicago... 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 »

My Virtual Visits story in the April issue of Chicago Parent

I wrote a story for Chicago Parent Magazine this month that I thought Wee Windy City readers might find interesting. After all, you are reading this blog because you are looking for great activities for your kids in and around Chicago, right? Virtual Visits is about all of the interactive online resources offered by many... 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 »

Petite artists at the Modern Wing

As I mentioned before, admission to the Art Institute is free for the entire month of February. Kids under the age of fourteen are always free, but the free admission for adults makes for an inexpensive family outing — especially if you use public transportation. If you haven’t explored the new Modern Wing yet, this... Read more »

My Little Valentine: A smattering of the upcoming Valentine's Day activities for kids

Now that I have kids, Valentine’s Day is more about making paper Valentine’s and eating heart-shaped pancakes than romantic dinners for two. But I like it that way. For families with young children, Valentine’s Day is a time to focus on love, friendship and affection — all good things that you want your kids to... Read more »