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Kid-friendly isn't always so obvious, but these events are worth a family trip. more

Aug 23, 2012 1:48 PM Fairs & Fests

You don’t have to do any driving, someone else makes the picnic lunch and a guide entertains both you and your kids. Oh, and it's under $50 for a family of four. more

Jun 22, 2010 9:41 AM General Parenting

El trains and neighborhood dining: Knowing your way around both is the mark of a true Chicagoan. Take the kids along for an introductory ride that combines both. more

May 14, 2010 3:24 PM Chicago Parent Archives

The Brookfield Zoo's new Great Bear Wilderness puts you nose-to-nose, nose-to-beak, nose-to-snout, and nose-to-whatever-bison-have with North America's most iconic creatures. more

May 14, 2010 1:55 PM Chicago Parent Archives

A hot summer weekend, 3 million people, and you. And a stroller. And a diaper bag. Sounds fun, doesn't it? Here are a few tips to tame the Taste. more

May 14, 2010 10:49 AM Chicago Parent Archives

The Brookfield Zoo's new Great Bear Wilderness puts you nose-to-nose, nose-to-beak, nose-to-snout, and nose-to-whatever-bison-have with North America's most iconic creatures. more

May 5, 2010 1:31 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Fresh-cut flowers are nice, but aren't the real thing even better? Head to Garfield Park Conservatory this Mother's Day and tell the kids to find a better way to spend that $20. more

Apr 27, 2010 2:45 PM General Parenting

A recent study found kids can identify up to 1,000 corporate logos, but fewer than 10 plants or animals native to their backyards. Fix that with these 10 ideas to get you started. more

Apr 27, 2010 1:02 PM General Parenting

There's no better way to spend a summer day than out on the lake. No boat? No problem. more

Mar 3, 2010 2:00 PM Chicago Parent Archives

It may not be the Grand Canyon, but the unspoiled waterfront and ravine at the newly opened Openlands Lakeshore Preserve just 25 miles north of Chicago is breathtaking nonetheless. more

Mar 3, 2010 1:51 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Who says learning has to stop at the classroom? With these field trips, kids learn real-world lessons that complement their in-school education. more

Jan 13, 2010 11:52 AM Chicago Parent Archives

A few Chicago Parent staffers were lucky enough to be judges at the Brookfield Zoo's Boo! What we found was cute overload. more

Oct 27, 2009 9:57 AM General Parenting

As part of our ongoing video series, "10 Free things to do with your kids this summer," Chicago Parent headed out to the Emily Oaks Nature Center in Skokie. more

Oct 9, 2009 5:07 PM Chicago Parent Archives

The Quad Cities of Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, and Rock Island and Moline/East Moline, Ill., are a perfect and low-cost weekend getaway for the whole family. more

Sep 2, 2009 9:08 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, this Nashville so resembles its namesake town that the area is called "The Little Smokies." more

Sep 2, 2009 9:08 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Chicago is full of culture, but you don’t have to be all grown up to appreciate and experience it. more

Sep 2, 2009 9:08 AM Chicago Parent Archives

With today’s economy, visiting flea markets and garage sales has become a great way to find deals. more

Sep 2, 2009 9:08 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Teach your kids a little bit about history in the making by tracing the hometown roots of President Barack Obama. more

Sep 2, 2009 9:08 AM Chicago Parent Archives

Adults take watches, clocks and the passage of time for granted as a part of our daily lives, but this is exciting stuff for kids just learning how seconds turn into minutes and minutes become hours. more

Sep 2, 2009 9:08 AM Chicago Parent Archives

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