Melissa Haak


Melissa is mom to 4 kids and 2 angels | writer | creator | localist with She once lived in heels and dreamed of traveling the world, now she lives in her minivan and dreams of a clean kitchen.

Author Email: [email protected]

Staff title: Member of the Chicago Parent Blog Network

A fun hobby to learn this winter! more

Dec 22, 2017 11:26 AM Crafts

Help make someone's Christmas a little brighter. more

Nov 20, 2017 4:30 PM Holiday Fun

Test the waters on their interest and stamina for a performance. more

Nov 17, 2017 6:00 AM Holiday Fun

For the smallest trick-or-treaters. more

Oct 27, 2017 9:56 AM Holiday Fun

Honor loved ones who have died. more

Oct 16, 2017 9:35 AM Holiday Fun

Every second counts. Plan two ways out. more

Oct 13, 2017 10:40 AM Best of the 'Burbs

Enjoy the season to the fullest on these trails. more

Sep 29, 2017 10:29 AM Nature

When the Bigs are away, the Littles will play. more

Sep 15, 2017 8:58 AM Best of the 'Burbs



From balloons to pow wows, three fests you'll love to share with the kids more

Aug 25, 2017 8:54 AM Fairs & Fests

Summer and fall are prime months to fall in love with silly, active goats. We have a few places to check out. more

Aug 11, 2017 10:09 AM Best of the 'Burbs

Kids can see what other kids face while living in extreme poverty in the Philippines, Guatemala and Uganda. more

Aug 4, 2017 12:00 AM News

Record flooding has affected many families in the area. more

Jul 17, 2017 10:36 AM LEARN

Take a playground tour across Chicagoland. more

Jul 10, 2017 10:23 AM Outdoor Fun

Summer like it’s 1982. more

Jul 7, 2017 1:35 PM Best of the 'Burbs

Boring, standby gifts not allowed. more

Jun 8, 2017 7:52 PM Local Gems

Causes range from animals and art to youth and poverty to specific communities. more

May 26, 2017 2:56 PM News