Lake Geneva getaways for Mom and Dad

The Abbey is a conference center, but also bills itself as a family-friendly resort. It offers a year-round schedule of kid-friendly activities, ranging from lawn games (horseshoes, ping pong, badminton and Frisbee, among others) to s'mores around the campfire, craft-making and (much to my chagrin) an arcade. Read...

 

Southern California is more than just palm trees

When in southern California with kids, it’s easy to get caught up in the lure of LEGOLAND and Disneyland. But my daughter and I discovered several stops worth a visit beyond those two famous attractions. Read...

 

In lap of luxury, a spot for kids at Swissotel

From VIK (Very Important Kids) check-in to themed suites, Swissôtel maximizes luxury for adults and fun for kids. Read...

 

Pumpkin-flinging is as much fun as it sounds like

There’s something inherently hilarious about watching grown people (men, mostly) shoot pumpkins out of cannons. But that’s what they do at the annual Punkin’ Chuckin’ Contest outside Peoria in Morton, scheduled this year for Oct. 16-17. Read...

 

10 tips to greener, cleaner travel

Travel is inherently un-green. We drive or fly hundreds of miles and we luxuriate in having someone else make the bed, clean the room and leave fresh towels every day. But travel can be greener, by following these tips.  Read...

 

Chicago museum free days

There are more than 70 free days at Chicago's biggest museums this fall. Mark your calendars! Read...

 

Batmobile, 'Dukes of Hazzard' car among automotive treasures at Volo Auto Museum

Volo Auto Museum's exhibits go well beyond its name. In addition to cars of all shapes and styles dominate, visitors will find Hollywood memorabilia, military history and ample space to run and play. Read...

 

Watch the Buckingham Fountain's wake up

Pretty much everyone knows about Buckingham Fountain at Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway, overlooking Lake Michigan. It's one of the great, free, visual spectacles for families (though the parking meters are pricey). And when the wind is blowing in your direction, you get a free shower. Read...

 

Dearborn Telescope expands kids horizons - to infinity and beyond

The Dearborn Telescope and its 18.5-inch refracting lens may date back to the Civil War, but every Friday night, families can visit the observatory at Northwestern University to watch the ancient mechanism sweep across the sky. Read...

 
 







 
 
 
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