Family Friendly Breweries and Beer Gardens in Chicago

Let’s face it…heading to Oktoberfest in Germany simply isn’t in the cards for many of us Chicago parents. But here’s the good news. There are tons of family friendly spots in our area to kick back, relax, and “prost” with your favorite ale without people judging you for drinking with kids in tow (just be […]

Legoland Discovery Center Chicago “Ultimate Annual Pass”

Over the years I have been asked to review hundreds of toys and there is one that always reigns supreme for its quality and creativity: the Lego brick. Whether a mini-figurine or a classic set, there is simply nothing like a Lego…except for maybe when you step on one. So I am absolutely thrilled to […]

New Park Alert: Meineke Ninja Warrior Park

Do your kids get a thrill out of seeing who can jump highest off the swings? Does the fact that they literally climb the doorways in your home drive YOU up the wall? Well, have I got the park for you. Bring your energetic little daredevils to Meineke Park in Schaumburg so that they can […]

Answers for All of Your Family Photography Questions

If you follow my Instagram feed, you know that my family and I just had a beautiful photo session with Renee Gooch of Gooch Too Photography at the jaw droopingly gorgeous Evanston Lighthouse Beach. And while the weather was sheer perfection, my boys’ behavior…wasn’t. Obviously I was stressed out about this fact and worried that […]

3 Tips for Your Troll Hunt at the Morton Arboretum

You have probably seen a crazy haired wooden beast looking out at you and your fellow travelers when driving down I-88, but don’t be alarmed. He is just one of the trolls that have invaded the Morton Arboretum thanks to the talented Danish artist Thomas Dambo. Wondering what the wooden installation buzz is all about? […]

Our Camp Galileo Arlington Heights Experience

STEM is all the rage right now in schools, but that doesn’t mean that your child has to take a break from science, technology, engineering and math over the summer. Instead, take a look at Camp Galileo/Galileo Summer Quest, a fun hands-on summer camp experience that encourages kids from pre-K through 8thgrade to become learning […]

Where to Keep Cool in Chicago This Summer

Chicago basically has two seasons: winter and HOT, STICKY, and STEAMY summer. So even though we are thrilled when school lets out and the weather heats up, we also dread it because slides are too hot to play, baseball stadiums feel like saunas, and it smells like sweat EVERYWHERE. Don’t even get me started on […]

A Taste of Great Wolf Lodge Illinois

Let’s be honest…based on my years of exploring waterparks both with and without kids, I’ve come to expect waterpark cuisine to be overpriced and underwhelming. So when I was invited to preview the menu for the brand new Great Wolf Lodge Illinois, I was expecting standard waterpark fare that wouldn’t really be something to write […]