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Winter 2011

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Want more than just ice? Here are three spots to skate that throw a little atmosphere into the mix. more

Dec 7, 2011 2:15 PM PLAY

Want to learn more about chimps? Lincoln Park Zoo has created its own, free iPad app. more

Dec 7, 2011 1:53 PM Chicago Parent Archives

This beats backyard trampolines big time. more

Dec 7, 2011 1:38 PM Chicago Parent Archives

David and Dania Maas have decided it's time Chicago had its very own circus. more

Dec 7, 2011 1:20 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Homemade pretzels

Bronwyn Soell

Have a budding chef on your hands? Try one of these cooking schools for kids. more

Dec 7, 2011 12:59 PM EAT

Peppermint cheesecake bites

Caitlin Murray Giles

Sick of holiday treats? We've got some great ideas for using up leftover candy canes. more

Dec 7, 2011 12:36 PM EAT

This hip joint grownups love is also a great place to feed kids. more

Dec 7, 2011 12:11 PM EAT

Personal pools, warm weather and safety in the resorts of Mexico. more

Nov 28, 2011 3:57 PM Travel

Door County is the summer playground of choice for many Chicagoans. But there are almost as many reasons to visit in January as in July—without the glut of tourists competing for dinner reservations, clogging the roads and driving up prices. more

Nov 28, 2011 3:30 PM Travel

Yes, bald eagles are abundant in the Quad Cities in the winter. So much so that for 25 years, they've hosted Bald Eagle Days, coming up Jan. 6-8 in Rock Island. more

Nov 28, 2011 3:22 PM Travel

Cindy Richards with some suggestions on how to make that annual trip a little less monotonous. more

Nov 22, 2011 4:50 PM Travel

Chicago may be flat, but there are some great sledding hills to be found. more

Nov 18, 2011 3:23 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Turns out, younger kids are getting into Dungeons and Dragons and other fantasy games - and nostalgic parents are heading to the Cat and Mouse Store for their regular D&D kids game night. more

Nov 16, 2011 2:57 PM Chicago Parent Archives

Mary Edsey has spent years traipsing around Chicago and its suburbs looking for excellent Christmas decorations. She's compiled all of them in a book, now it its second edition. more

Nov 16, 2011 2:15 PM Holiday Fun

Navy Pier lights up the inside with this month-long festival for kids and adults. more

Nov 15, 2011 4:29 PM Holiday Fun