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Fun books for kids to read before the school bell rings more

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Stilt walkers at Six Flags during the Mardi Gras parade

Cortney Fries

Enjoy New Orleans-inspired fun before school starts. more

Outdoor Fun

Dundee is always changing for the better and we found a few new things families will love. more

Best of the 'Burbs

Family dinner. Done and done. more

Restaurant Picks

New Chicago Wolves fans

Megan Murray Elsener

One family checked out a Chicago Wolves hockey game and came away fans. more

PLAY

Embrace the wintery conditions outdoors with a craft inspired by the super fluffy snowy owl. more

Crafts

These holiday-themed coffee cup sleeves will make a welcome addition to anyone's winter morning routine. more

Crafts

These sailboats are easy to make and will keep the kids entertained in the tub. more

Crafts

Next time you are at the grocery store, stock up on a few extra packages of sponges and create your own "bath toys." more

Crafts

Planning a block party? Heading out for the local Fourth of July parade? Make some pinwheels to bring along as entertainment for the kiddos. more

Crafts

Kids have been folding paper into boat shapes forever. But I bet you can still impress yours by helping them create a waterproof version that really floats. Ahoy, captain! more

Crafts

This year, experiment with a material called bleeding tissue paper to dye your eggs. The color transfers to other surfaces (like egg shells), leaving an interesting “tie-dyed” impression. more

Crafts

Next time you come across some nearly empty boxes of pasta in your cabinet, give this “noodle train” project a try. more

Crafts

Incorporate leaves into your family’s Thanksgiving celebration (or any other meal) by creating homemade placemats for your guests. more

Crafts

Turn the leaves in your yard into an eye-catching work of art. more

Crafts

Stray baby socks make the perfect winter hats for homemade characters. Throw in an empty paper towel roll and some decorations for a project that your child will love to incorporate into her creative play. more

Crafts

Forget the rush to buy Zhu Zhu Pets. You can make your own little critters at home using a fun, patterned, adult-sized sock from your collection of strays. more

Crafts

Sometimes children’s crafts can feel redundant. Materials like poster paints, construction paper and glue sticks tend to lead to predictable results. For a kid-friendly project beyond the usual, try wet felting, which combines wool, water, soap and friction into a fun new material. more

Crafts

This Easter, skip the store-bought egg-dyeing kit and experiment with natural dyes found in your own kitchen. Natural dyes provide a depth and variety of color and tone that the packaged, tablet dyes can’t deliver. Plus, everyone will have an opportunity to see how everyday foods can be used to create beautiful treasures for the Easter morning egg hunt. more

Crafts

Painting with brushes is fun. But painting with marbles is really fun. Everyone will love the abstract, Jackson Pollock-like finished product created by rolling marbles dipped in paint around a plain sheet of paper. more

Crafts

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