Hamill Family Play Zoo at Brookfield Zoo

When we have special “family fun days,” we constantly debate between two places to spend our day: a zoo or a museum. Luckily, at Brookfield Zoo, we don’t have this problem. That’s because of the amazingly interactive and educational Hamill Family Play Zoo. It combines two of our favorite things—the zoo and a museum all […]

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum–An Insider’s Guide

Why in the world would you need to go to a museum to appreciate nature? Well, when you live in an area as unique as Chicago, there is so much to learn and appreciate about the most prominent city in the Midwest. And the perfect place to learn? The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum! Located near […]

River Trails Nature Center

As typical little boys, my guys LOVE being outside.  Just hand them a stick, point them in the direction of a murky puddle, and they are happy as clams.  One of my favorite places to take them, especially after a big rain storm (apparently I really like researching how to get mud stains out of […]

Wildwood Nature Center

   One of my favorite things about raising kids in the same area that I grew up in is seeing them experience some of my favorite childhood activities.  As a kid I was not enrolled in a ton of activities through the Park Ridge Park District, but as a teenager I was a camp counselor […]