Fire Zone — The Perfect Play Space for Your Little Firefighter

So…let’s get real for a second. We have been to a LOT of play spaces. There might be one or two in the Chicagoland area that we haven’t visited, but that’s mainly because I didn’t hear rave reviews about it and because, after six years of parenting, I am totally burnt out on play spaces. […]

Spring Break in Chicagoland on a Budget

So, let’s get honest for a second. It really sucks to scroll through your Facebook or Instagram feeds and see everyone out enjoying Spring Break on a beach while you are stuck in dreary Chicago over Spring Break. Maybe this is when someone will tell you to stop comparing yourself to other people on the […]

Where Kids Can Burn Off Energy in the Chicagoland Suburbs

We’ve all sung the adorable “No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” a time or two to our little ones, making funny noises and bursting with delight at our children’s squeals. But here’s the cold hard truth: our monkeys really need to jump on the bed, no matter what the doctor says. And when do […]

5 Tips for Visiting the Field Museum

The Field Museum is one of the most spectacular buildings in Museum Campus because it truly has a bit of EVERYTHING.  You can learn about the past, current events, the past…it is such a wealth of knowledge is such a dramatically beautiful building.  But here’s the thing…it is such a vast museum and can be […]

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 […]

The Beautiful Sod Room

When you think about play spaces for kids, the last words you probably think of are “zen,” “beautiful,” or “relaxing.” And I would agree with you. Honestly.But that all changed the second I stepped into the Sod Room. From the décor to the lighting to the music, it is like a wave of relaxation spills […]

Tot Heaven: The Exploratorium

Looking for a fun way to spend a couple hours with active tots? Then head over to the Skokie Park District’s Exploratorium and enjoy all of the fun there is to offer! Fun on a Small Scale One of the reasons I prefer the Exploratorium over places like the Chicago Children’s Museum, Kohl Children’s Museum, […]

Best Museum for Kids: The Museum of Science and Industry

  As someone who has grown up in Chicagoland, I have been lucky enough to visit these impressive museums numerous times.  I have some great photos of me in pigtails standing in front of the gorgeous marble buildings with friends, excited to explore everything these resources had to offer.  But here’s the thing…taking a trip […]