Tripping around town


A few hours is enough for family fun

This month, we asked readers for your favorite quick trips. Here’s what we got:

• When we have just a couple of hours, we go bowling. The boys can usually only make it through one game (with bumpers, of course. Patti of Waudegan, mom of Colton, 5, and Jacob, 4.

• We have just returned from an escape weekend to Milwaukee Hilton City Center. The hotel caters to kids with its “Paradise Landing” water park. Also, the hotel offers buffets for breakfast and dinner with kid-friendly food. There is a mall within walking distance and the Milwaukee Public Museum is a two-block walk away. I rate it three stars for ease and fun for children, moms and dads. Lorinda of Warrenville, mom of Page, 9. • When the money is low, my children and I go to the Babies R Us on 176th Street and Torrence Avenue in Lansing. We play on the life-size cars, electronics, musical instruments and other toys. They don’t know it was free fun. Latacha of Chicago, mom of Hezekiah, 6, Hannah, 4, Josiah, 2 and Joseph, 4 months. • I am a single parent and a part-time student with a very hectic schedule. We like to go to the library and sit in the children’s reading area. I have her read me any book she wants. She has my undivided attention and it is magical. Shannon of Chicago, mom of Paige, 6. • One of our most memorable family outings was an impromptu “overnight.” Through, my husband got a 5-star hotel room for a low price. We went to the Museum of Science and Industry. During naptime, I window shopped along Michigan Avenue. Our family walked to ESPN Zone for dinner. After the kids went to bed, we hired a babysitter and went to the House of Blues. We were only 30 minutes away from home, but we felt like tourists on a mini-vacation. Carroll of Northbrook, mom of Thomas, 4, and Laurren, 2. Please tell us... April brings Take Our Daughters To Work Day, spearheaded by the Ms. Foundation to give girls a first-hand look at work. This year, it is Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Have you taken your kids to work? Tell us your favorite memory—what your kids thought and if you would do it again. Deadline: March 10. In honor of Mother’s Day in May, we’d like to hear about your mom’s parenting advice. What did she say? Did her advice help you? Deadline: April 7. If we run your response, we’ll send you a $10 Blockbuster gift certificate. We’ll print your first name, your town and the names and ages of your kids; please provide us with your full address and phone number for verification purposes only. Send submissions to: Sandi Pedersen, Chicago Parent, 141 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, IL 60302. [E-mail:; fax: (708) 524-8360.]

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