Kate Pancero

Wondrous Illinois

Forget the seven wonders of the world. Illinois’ seven wonders are easy to find and best of all, are family-friendly.

Conventions hit a home run

Although it may be the middle of winter, that doesn’t mean your baseball-loving kids have to live life

Battle of the ballparks

The summer months in Chicago mean one thing in my household: sunshine, peanuts, Cracker Jack and homeruns …

The tools of the trade

Your kids will be ‘ew-ing,’ ‘oh-ing’ and ‘ah-ing’ as they view an iron lung, amputation saws and the "bone crusher," which was once used to break the bones of patients.

October 30, 2008

Get out there and play. Tomorrow is Halloween, but it isn’t the only holiday to celebrate this weekend. Nov. 1 and 2 mark the celebration of the Day of the Dead—or Dia de los Muertos in Spanish. Families celebrate their lost friends and relatives during the holiday, dedicated to prayer and remembrance, by placing pictures, favorite foods and sugar skulls—called offeranda—on altars.

October 23, 2008

Get out there and play. Things are getting quite spooky this weekend during All Hallows Eve: A 19th Century Halloween at Naper Settlement. The 13-acre settlement has become a village of fear and terror, filled with the 19th century’s most sinister characters including the Headless Horseman, Jack the Ripper and Dr. Frankenstein.

October 16, 2008

Get out there and play. This weekend, meet your favorite spooky, creepy and crawly creatures at Boo at the Zoo, hosted by the Brookfield Zoo. As part of the celebration, Zoo Chats take a decidedly spooky theme featuring animals such as black widow spiders, snakes and Mexican grey wolves, with zoo staff members telling kids all about these animals and more.

October 9, 2008

Get out there and play. As the leaves are beginning to change, help your family find that festive fall spirit at the Scarecrow Harvest Festival at Midway Village and Museum Center. The festival, going on Saturday and Sunday, has plenty of fall fun, including wagon rides, fall treats, harvest crafts and of course, scarecrow building.

October 2, 2008

Get out there and play. Celebrate the pomaceous fruit and member of the rose family—the apple—this weekend at the 16th Annual Long Grove Apple Festival. Your family can eat their way through the festival sampling all things apple as they enjoy live music and a kids’ fair.

Fab mama

You might not have the time in your busy schedule to visit Israel’s Dead Sea for a spa treatment,
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