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Ways Music Benefits Children

Young children seem instinctively drawn to music. I’m sure you remember your toddler bouncing and swaying to the beat as they first became aware of music around them. Music provides many benefits to children, including improving their memory, focus and social skills. It’s also an effective way to increase... Read More

Special backpack for kids with cancer

While October’s focus is breast cancer, we know that cancer affects people of all ages. Childhood cancer is the number 1 killer of children worldwide. Today, over 400,000 children in the U.S. are living with cancer. Kylie Simonds was just 8 years old when she battled rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare childhood... Read More

Should you praise brains or effort?

What kind of learner are you? We’ve heard that some people learn by watching, others learn by doing it, and still others learn best by reading. What style of learning works best for your child? Educators have identified seven learning styles: visual, aural, verbal, physical, logical, social and solitary. Most of... Read More

Ways to Have Fun With Leaves

The leaves around us are turning and starting to fall. My kids never got tired of jumping into the big pile of leaves that we had just raked. Here are some more fun projects and games with leaves. Get out and enjoy the wonderful fall weather! I love this idea... Read More

Medieval Times

  Surrender to an age of bravery and honor and witness epic battles of steel and steed during our tournament spectacular.  From ringside seats, discover a feast for the eyes and appetite.  A day or evening of enchantment and excitement for all ages awaits you.

Whether you are celebrating a... Read More

Farm Heritage Festival

Farm Heritage Festival Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21 Check out hundreds of antique tractors, cars and steam engines, and other farm machinery as we celebrate Lake County’s rural roots at the 22nd Annual Farm Heritage Festival, Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, 9 am–4 pm, at... Read More

Magnicubes Recalled Due to Ingestion Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to immediately stop use of all Magnicube Spheres and Magnicube Cubes and check for magnets that have become separated from the set. They have received numerous reports of ingestions involving the small, high-powered magnets, including many that required surgery.  This recall is... Read More

Downers Grove Chilympics

Chili Cook-Off September 27, 2014, 12-4pm Join us for a day of chili, live music, beer and food vendors and fun for the entire family! Entry to the festival is free and chili samples will be available to purchase. This International Chili Society sanctioned, home-style chili competition attracts competitors... Read More

Disney On Ice Princesses & Heroes

Believing is Just the Beginning! Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt Comes to Chicago -Tinker Bell Whisks Audiences through Classic Moments from some of Disney’s most Beloved Stories of Beautiful Princesses and their Daring Heroes – CHICAGO (Aug. 13, 2014)– Believing is... Read More

Half Price Mini Golf at Holes & Knolls

Are you looking for a family-friendly activity for your school days off? Swing over to Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf Course for half-price mini golf! Located within Maryknoll Park (845 Pershing Avenue, Glen Ellyn), Holes & Knolls Miniature Golf Course features 36 holes of miniature golf in a beautiful... Read More

10 Great First Pets

Kids are always clamoring for a pet, without understanding how much work comes along with the adoption. Before you say no to vet bills, food, grooming, clean-up and all the additional responsibility of a pet, here’s a list from www.howstuffworks.com of non-traditional pets that could be a great first... Read More

CSBarks Dog Festival

Give your Dog its Day on Sept 14 at CSBarks Dog Festival “Every dog has their day!” Tails will be a-waggin’ and noses a-sniffin’ at one of the largest dog festivals in the Chicagoland area, voted No. 7 in the US by Animal Planet. CSBarks Dog Festival is Sunday,... Read More

Little Yelpers Club Field Trip

Get your permission slips ready! In celebration of National Family Fun Month, you’re invited to join us August 9-31 for Yelp’s first ever Little Yelpers Club Field Trip. Exploring the North Shore one kid-friendly place at a time, we’re setting out to discover stops for classes, birthday parties and... Read More

Sun and Heat Safety

Did you know that a child’s body heats up 3 to 5 times faster than an adult’s body? It only takes a few short minutes before a child can become dangerously overheated. In just 10 minutes a car’s temperature can increase by 19 degrees – and it continues to... Read More

Summer Cheat Sheets

This summer is full of fairs, festivals, farmers markets, car shows and more! We made your summer cheat sheets so that you can get out there and have some FUN! Read More

Great Water Balloon Games

It is hot, hot, hot and there is nothing more fun than a good old fashion water balloon fight! This got me thinking – what are some fun games that we can make up to level this pool-less party up?!?! Catch – Partners stand close facing each other and... Read More

Keep Kids Reading!

Are your kids picking up a book this summer? A new survey finds that children spend nearly three times as many hours weekly watching TV or playing video games as they do reading in the summer, despite research that indicates the importance of summer reading to retain literacy skills.... Read More

Recipe for a Summer Day Trip

Oaklee’s guest post by Diane Malinowski with Elk Grove Park District   So all winter you are promising to take  the kids to that place you promised to take them last summer.  It’s not too late, get out the calendar and make a commitment. Summer goes fast.   Ingredients: 1... Read More

Sounds of Summer in Mount Prospect

The Village of Mount Prospect is the place to be this summer to enjoy outstanding live musical performances, delicious food, refreshing beverages and FREE family-fun amusement rides and games. The Village in conjunction with the Chamber of Commerce continues the annual tradition of throwing what has become known as... Read More
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All Tracks Lead to FUN!

  Summer in Chicago is unquestionably the best time to enjoy all the attractions and special events that the city has to offer and that fun starts with a Metra train ride.   Aboard Metra, you can reach Chicago’s beautiful lakefront, museums and cultural attractions as well as charming, quaint... Read More

Make a Deal to Be Safe this Spring Season

As the season turns towards warmer weather, families will traditionally store away their winter gear and re-organize with some old-fashioned spring cleaning. These clean-ups typically mean spring is also yard sale season, an excellent time to find great prices on interesting items. However, we here at KID want to... Read More

WGN & Oaklee’s Family Guide

Fun Family Activities Oaklee’s was thrilled to sit down with Robin Baumgarten and Paul Konrad on the 9am news this morning to chat all about the great family friendly events around town! Read More

How to Cope with Chronic Homework Problems

Oaklee’s Guest Post by Andrew Spetter of The Tutoring Center When your child consistently fails to complete homework assignments, you need to step in. Can your child usually complete assignments with extra assistance and encouragement? On most evenings, children should be able to complete assignments independently. If they seem... Read More
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7 Simple Ways to Be Happy!

By Sam Glenn, the Authority on Attitude There are many things that can create happiness, but ultimately happiness is an inside job. It is you choosing to be happy. You can’t put the weight of your happiness on another person or wait for the weather to be just right. Ultimately,... Read More

10 Reasons to Visit a Museum

Oaklee’s guest post excerpted from Colleen Dilenschneider  1. Museums make you feel good. Experiences, such as visiting a museum, can become a meaningful part of ones identity and contribute to successful social relationships in a manner that material items cannot. So consider foregoing an outing for items that you... Read More
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15 Things To Do On A Snowy Day

Chicago is no stranger to snow storms, and this winter we haven’t even seen the one of the top ten snow storms to hit the area.  When a huge blizzard or just some lake effect fills Chicagoland  with feet and inches of white stuff, it can be easy to go stir-crazy when school... Read More

6 Tips for Getting Boys to Read this Summer

A news story in today’s (April 24) edition of The Times of London states that the gender gap in children's reading skills is due to the industry being dominated by female gatekeepers – publishers, editors, reviewers… As the author of a series of books that are being devoured by boys,... Read More