Our favorite ways to play in Chicagoland in the fall

Play with your home work

Running a household requires a lot of organization and a good filing system. I happen to work from home as well, so the paper trail can be downright overwhelming.

In my quest to find office supplies that could do the heavy lifting and still be pretty enough to have around, I have fallen hard for the Kate Spade New York office collection from Paper Source. With sturdy file folders, binder clips, planners, notebooks and desk accessories, you can make your homework a lot more chic and playful.

$7.95-$38, papersource.com

Play with your family

I am always on the lookout for new ways to play with the family, especially as the weather starts to turn chilly and we’re spending more time inside. Marbles the Brain Store is one of my go-to shops for clever games and toys that get everyone playing together.

Their new game, Tugie, is an inventive balancing game that has players rolling a die to determine which color block to tug from the ™tugie tower∫ without making the other blocks come tumbling down. The player with the least amount of fallen pieces at the end of the game wins. Simple and addictive.

$29.99, marblesthebrainstore.com

Play in the tub

Those that know me (really) well know that I am OBSESSED with my bathtub. I take a hot bath every night without fail and sometimes in the morning as well. Bath time is where I center myself, meditate, pray, have my best ideas and fully relax. I inherited this love of the tub from my mom, who often sends me goodies to make my soak even more special.

Recently she gifted me with the most delicious ™tub treats∫ from Smitten. These bath bombs and salts resemble yummy cupcakes, ice cream cones, milkshakes and candy confections and dissolve with a fizz into your bath. They sooth muscles, soften skin and leave you smelling sweet. And they look adorable on the side of your tub, too!

$5.50-$13, feelingsmitten.com

Play for yourself

With all of the “busy” our parenting lives entail, it’s vital that we take a little time to play just for ourselves. This is a fun splurge for us grownups that will turn neighborhood errand running and spins around the subdivision into a play date for one. The Razor Eco-Smart Metro is an electric scooter made especially for us big folk.

It holds up to 220 pounds and goes up to 18 mph. It’s got a comfy padded seat, steel frames and bamboo deck, and comes with a luggage rack and a basket. It also has a nearly silent motor for stealth missions to the fall farmers market. You deserve a little kicked-up playtime, too.

$450, available at amazon.com, Target and Toys “R” Us

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