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 […]

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? […]

Find Everything Your Family Could Want at All Seasons Orchard

One of the most common questions I receive once “Back to School” ads start running is where to go in order to have the best apple picking experience. Well, after going apple picking in the Chicagoland area for years, I can tell you that there are lots of great orchards. But the thing is, each […]

Summer Nights in Chicagoland

Long, hot summer days getting you sticky, smelly, and totally drained? Me too. That’s why I like to hibernate in the basement with the air conditioning turned to full blast, only to emerge once the sun sets. Because let me tell you, that’s when Chicagoland truly comes alive. There are endless (many free) activities to […]

Nature Based Play in Chicagoland

Unplug. Live a simple life. Get back to nature. All of these messages are wonderful, but let’s get real. It is HARD to fight the electronics battle when kids are involved. I even have a social media addiction that I have been trying so hard to kick. So if you are like us and trying […]

Tips for Visiting the Christkindlmarket

While Chicagoland has SO many fun Christmas traditions to choose from (Walnut Room, Zoo Lights, checking out Candy Cane Lane), there is nothing as quintessential as savoring the sights and smells of the German-themed Christkindlmarkets set up around Chicagoland. The only problem? Just about EVERYONE in Chicagoland (and the tourists, too) want in on the […]

Starved Rock State Park Secrets

Looking for a great way to enjoy the beauty of nature and fit in some exercise all at the same time? Then pack up the kids into the car and head to Illinois’ top attraction: Starved Rock State Park.  This free state park has something to please absolutely EVERYONE in the family and is a […]

Water Based Learning Activities to Get Your Kids Ready for School

Everywhere I look there are back to school advertisements and as much as I am excited for Fall (hello, pumpkin spiced lattes) why is there such a rush to say goodbye to summer?!?! I mean, there are so many fun ways to prepare for school while celebrating the heat wave that August tends to bring […]