Bethel Swift

What you really need for baby

Because babies are just so gosh darn cute, it’s easy to get caught up in a buying-for-baby frenzy that destroys your budget on things you’ll probably never use. The best way to decide the must-haves is to consider each of your baby’s needs:

Secrets, shops and a strange spy store

If your kids love mysteries, they’ll love the Centuries & Sleuths Bookstores, 7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park, (708) 771-7243.

Meet gorilla keeper Betty Green

1 What do your kids think of your job at Brookfield Zoo? I have two girls: Erin, 11 and Dana, 8. They love it. They think it’s really cool that their mom is a zoo keeper.

Making every kid count

Parents in the U.S. are losing economic ground and their kids are suffering for it, according to the 2007 Kids Count Data Book compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Playing to learn

Young explorers’ dreams might just come true at The Field Museum’s new Crown Family PlayLab.
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