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

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

April showers bring May flowers. more

May 12, 2017 4:37 PM Nature

They are unique (and totally cool). more

Apr 7, 2017 6:38 PM Holiday Fun

Free or cheap fun to last the entire week! more

Mar 24, 2017 3:31 PM PLAY

When you celebrate, be sure to wear your green and a smile! more

Mar 9, 2017 10:51 PM Holiday Fun

Fun fact: Reptiles are not really slimy; their shine comes from an oil on their scales. more

Mar 9, 2017 9:38 PM Nature


Credit: Jennifer Johnson

March is the month to get messy! more

Feb 24, 2017 3:38 PM Arts & Culture

It's a daunting task, but so worth it! more

Feb 10, 2017 5:03 PM Museums