All posts by Nancy Stevens

Fall 2016 Resale and Consignment Events

Every time you turn around they’re another inch taller and another shoe size bigger! How do you keep up with sprouting kids without breaking the bank? Take advantage of all the fantastic resale and consignment events every fall and spring. You can get high-quality clothing, toys... Read More

10 Tips to Stop Stressing Kids this Summer

Parenting expert Michele Borba says overscheduled, overwhelmed kids are missing out on the free play and downtime that develop their capacity to care about others. Here, she offers 10 tips to help us stop stressing the empathy out of our kids this summer. Summer, of course, once... Read More

July is Parks & Recreation Month

Are you taking advantage of your local park district? Illinois is blessed with a tremendous resource in our parks and recreation departments. They provide multiple opportunities to explore new activities, have family outings and stay healthy. In recognition of how the parks and recreation departments positively impact... Read More

Cook of the Week

Are you up to the challenge? The Cook of the Week Challenge is in its sixth year and we’re looking for culinary competitors! 16 suburban home cooks will compete to become the next Cook of the Year! Recipes will be judged by a rotating panel of... Read More

Zip Up to Wisconsin for Family Fun

Wisconsin is a great place for a mini-vacation or a summer staycation. It’s a short drive from Chicago with many family-friendly experiences. Choose your favorite activity and try some new ones: ride old-fashioned trolleys, zip-lining through the trees, boating on the lakes, exploring museums, eating Jelly Bellys, or... Read More

4 Alternative Ways To Heal ADD

A visit to the school nurse is a daily ritual for a growing number of American students who take a pill to calm their hyperactivity or to help them concentrate. If that’s surprising, it shouldn’t be. The number of cases of attention deficit disorder (ADD), also... Read More

6 Tips for Lightning Safety

When there’s Lightning, Bolt to Safety Indoors It’s too easy to think we’re invincible when it comes to lightning storms—going outside, staying in the pool, or continuing a softball game as thunder sounds in the distance are not safe activities when lightning and thunder are in... Read More

Chicagoland Summer Festivals 2016

Here’s a list of the biggest and best summer festivals in the Chicago area. With all these options, you’re bound to make some memories this summer!   June 15-Aug. 20 Grant Park Music Festival Chicago: Millennium Park. In its 81st season of offering free classical music,... Read More

Father’s Day Safety Blog

Oaklee’s Guest Post by Laura Nikolovska, Program Director of Kids In Danger, a Chicago non-profit focused on improving children’s product safety.  Father’s Day is almost here! KID knows that fathers pride themselves on being able to keep their families safe. However, furniture tip-overs are on the... Read More

Experience Centennial Beach This Summer

Over the course of a summer, Centennial Beach charms more than 130,000 visitors from Memorial Day through Labor Day, who revel in the unique and park-like nature of this facility. However, few are aware of the rich history of the Beach. In fact, this year, Centennial Beach... Read More

Summer 2016 Art Festivals

Art Festivals are in full swing again this summer. They’re a great way to inspire the creative side of your kids and find that special piece for your home at the same time. June 4-5, 10am-4pm Annual Fine Arts Festival Oak Brook: 630-655-2090 Graue Mill and... Read More

20 Family-Friendly Performances in May 2016

There’s nothing like a live performance to stimulate your child’s imagination and provide a level of engagement that they just can’t get from a screen. This month’s selections include the beautiful costumes and voices of the Lyric Opera, a traveling water circus with no animals, and... Read More

Teacher Appreciation Week 2016

PTA Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2-6, 2016. It’s a time to stop and recognize those that do so much for our kid’s day in and day out. But for parents, gifts to teachers can be complicated– group gift or individual? How much should I spend?... Read More

Staying Healthy Tips from Amita Health

Check out these Staying Healthy tips From Amita Health Medical Group.   Allergy season is here! Check with AMITA Health Medical Group’s Pediatricians for ways to ease your child’s sneezing and runny nose.         Beat the rush and schedule your child’s school or sports... Read More

Friday Fun Five April 8 2016

Here are our top five favorite events for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Get out there and make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s March/April Digital Edition, or search our calendar of events!     Flashlight Egg Hunt at Blackberry... Read More

2016 Kite Flying Events

The Windy City lives up to its namesake with these fun family events! Flying 4 Kids At Your Local Park District Bring your kite and join your local park district to participate in Annual Flying 4 Kids events. These statewide kite-flying events are designed to create... Read More

To Camp or Not To Camp?

To camp or not to camp? That is the question. The summer months can often create a lull in a child’s learning, which can prove detrimental to their skills. In fact, the National Summer Learning Association states that children experience learning losses when they do not... Read More

Museum Exhibits Spring Break 2016

Spring break is a great time to keep the learning going by visiting local museums. Here are a few of the fascinating exhibits you’ll find. Museum of Science and Industry Brick by Brick (thru February 2017) Find your inner builder at this exhibit of sensational LEGO®... Read More

4 Tips to Add Balance to Your Child’s Life

As parents we make every effort to prepare our children for success and challenge them to achieve their full potential. However, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) emphasizes that children need a balance between the demands of challenging academic and extracurricular activities... Read More

Ditch that, get this—Spring Cleaning

Oaklee’s guest post by Laura Nikolovska, Program Director for Kids In Danger, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to improving children’s product safety. Spring means warmer weather, flowers begin to bloom, and spring cleaning! The spring season is a great time to take a look at what you have... Read More

Friday Fun Five March 4 2016

Here are our top five favorite events for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Get out there and make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s March/April Digital Edition, or search our calendar of events!      Mary Poppins – The Broadway... Read More

Easter Bunny Events & Egg Hunts 2016

We have so many events for you! There are events for all ages, including flashlight egg hunts, brunches and swimming with the Easter Bunny. You’re sure to find an event that’s perfect for your children. See our calendar of events for even more Easter activities. Ongoing thru... Read More

Non-Toxic Spring Cleaning Solutions

Spring is the time to clean and refresh. Here are two of our favorite go-to non-toxic pantry items that keep the house smelling clean and springtime fresh. All Purpose Cleaner This easy-to-mix, all-purpose cleaner works on most surfaces. It’s great on kitchen countertops and floors to remove... Read More

Friday Fun Five Feb. 26 2016

Here are our top five favorite events for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Get out there and make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s January/February Digital Edition, or search our calendar of events!     Camp Expo 2016 Feb. 27... Read More

Sign Up for 2016 Summer Camps Now!

Here’s a list of summer camp options throughout the Chicagoland area. See our links at the bottom of the post for more camps in your area. Don’t forget to ask about early bird savings if you sign up now. Post sponsored by Kiddie Academy.    Art Reach Educational... Read More

Friday Fun Five Feb. 19 2016

Here are our top five favorite events for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Get out there and make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s January/February Digital Edition, or search our calendar of events! Frozen Weekend at Adventure Realm  Feb. 19-21 in Downers... Read More