Free Things to Do in Chicagoland This Summer

Summer is here and it is time for F U N. Think your budget for activities will hold you back? Think again! There are so many free family friendly activities throughout Chicagoland so don’t stress that your budget is limited. Don’t believe me? Then check out this list of 25 free things to do this […]

Volta by Cirque du Soleil

It can be hard finding a theatrical performance that is appropriate for the entire family. Some shows tackle more mature topics or are solely geared towards little ones, while others may be intimidating—or even worse—boring to kids. But you can put your worries aside when you take your family to see “Volta” by Cirque du Soleil. […]

Where to Take Lego Lovers in Chicagoland

I have a love/hate relationship with Legos. I love that they promote creative, screen-free play but I cannot STAND the messy process. So to save my feet and my sanity, I have rounded up the BEST places to take Lego lovers in Chicagoland. Just be sure to act fast since some of the cool Lego […]

Sensory Friendly Play in Chicagoland

While Chicagoland is a city filled with non stop fun and excitement, what about when still you want the fun but with a little less of the overwhelming excitement? Well, I’m happy to report that lots of Chicagoland family favorites offer sensory friendly playtime not just in April for Autism Awareness Month, but all year […]

An Inside Look at Big City Readers

As a Reading Specialist I have spent countless hours nurturing a love of reading within my boys, from even before they were born until now, when the only cool thing to read about is Minecraft manuals. But what about those families who don’t have a Reading Specialist at home and honestly don’t even know how […]

Best Chicagoland Play Spaces for Toddlers

While my kids might have grown out of this stage, every time my nephew comes over I remember how toddlers can be absolute TORNADOES. Cute tornadoes. To them, a bookshelf filled with colorful titles is just begging to be disassembled and their strong curiosity is the reason why parents buy baby locks in bulk. As […]

Tips for Taking Kids to the Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

The topics have come to Chicago…for a little while, at least. Confused because all you see is snow and ice on the ground? Well, I’m talking about one of the most beautiful events of the year, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s “In the Tropics” Orchid Show. This stunning display of tropical flora is giving Chicagoans a […]

What to Expect from the “Asleep with the Fishes” Shedd Program

Sleeping with the fishes? Not a good thing. Being a part of the Shedd Aquarium’s “Asleep with the Fishes” program? A GREAT thing. Out of all of the unique and amazing experiences I have had as a lifelong Chicagoan, I don’t think I have enjoyed an event more than the Shedd Aquarium’s “Asleep with the […]

Taking Your Kids to the Movies for the First Time

One of the most exciting things as a parent is watching your child go through “firsts”. First words and first steps are amazing, but it doesn’t stop there. Watching your kiddo attend the first day of school, learn to ride a bike…they are all such fun experiences. Another fun “first” to celebrate? Taking your child […]