Articles by Annie Tandy

Summer Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

It’s time to register for summer camps! In this guide you will find camps for all ages toddler through teen and activities, including dance, gymnastics, STEM, engineering, science, nature, art, cooking, theater, soccer, football, tennis, lacrosse, golf, volleyball, ecology, archeology, history, baking, cake decorating, crafts, reading, voice, music, games, field trips, and outdoor adventures. Choose from the best summer camps in the western suburbs!…


Weekend Events + Presidents’ Day: February 17-20, 2017

This weekend marks the beginning of LEGO Batman Movie Days at LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Schaumburg. No extra tickets are required to enjoy LEGO Batman™-inspired LEGO build activities, go on a Batman-themed scavenger hunt, and take photos with LEGO Batman™ himself. There are other great things going on this weekend as well… theater for kids, family movie nights, daddy daughter…


Spring Resale Guide

Spring resale season is approaching! It’s a great time to not only clean out your closets to sell or donate, but also shop all the great sales. Here are some of the best sales, along with sales listed by date. Some have admission fees and pre-sales for volunteers, members, or an extra fee, so check their websites for more information….


Gymnastics, Tumbling, Ninja Classes, Yoga, and More at Gemini

Gemini Gymnastics Academy has classes for all age groups, including gymnastics, tumbling, (new!) ninja classes, and yoga. They use the Powerful Words Character Development Curriculum, developed by a Child & Adolescent Development Specialist, which encourages the kids to contribute to our wonderful community in a positive way, all while having fun and learning gymnastics and tumbling skills! Gemini also offers open gym and…


Weekend Events: February 10-12, 2017

It’s the weekend before Valentine’s Day, so the calendar is full of Valentine’s events to celebrate, but there’s more! The Shedd is free on Friday and Saturday and Brookfield Zoo is free Saturday and Sunday. Sunday is FREEze Day at Brookfield Zoo, which not only means it’s a free day, but they will be having special Zoo Chats and dogsledding…


Movie Review: The LEGO Batman Movie

We laughed so hard during this movie! Make sure you’re not late to the theater because the beginning is hilarious and we found ourselves laughing throughout, but especially during the first third of the movie. Batman’s commentary and clever quips kept everyone entertained. The main theme of the movie was the need to work together. Batman consistently talks about wanting…


Crafts, Outings, and Events for Valentine’s Day

Looking for something special to do with your kids for Valentine’s Day? Here’s a roundup of our favorite crafts with photos and instructions, along with many ideas for where to go and events that will celebrate love this season.   Crafts Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers   Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Day Crafts   Valentine Surprise Cups   Events and…


Amazing Experience at Brookfield Zoo: Backstage Adventures

Last week my son and I had an amazing experience at Brookfield Zoo! We went behind the scenes with a Backstage Adventure called “Swamp Things.” In The Swamp building we met Mark, a zookeeper at Brookfield Zoo and he brought us through the employee doors and into the backside of the exhibits… and you can do it too! They are…


Entrée Kitchen is Bringing Dinner Back to the Kitchen Table

I enjoy cooking most of the time, but sometimes there’s not enough time to go to the grocery store, I don’t know what to cook, or I’m just too tired to shop, chop, prepare, and cleanup. Entrée Kitchen solves all of those problems with their self-assembly, pickup, and delivery options. They are bringing dinner back to the kitchen table. No…


Weekend Events: February 3-5, 2017

This weekend, especially Friday, there are a lot of daddy daughter dances! Click here for the full list of Valentine’s Day events all month. There are also theater performances for kids, the Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown, a couple winterfests, carnival, and more! You also might want to check out Destination Restaurants and Kid and Parent Dates for ideas to…


Cute and Creative Valentines

Time to start thinking about Valentines for your kids to pass out to friends and during class! I’ve been a huge fan of Peaceable Kingdom games and products for a long time now and their Valentines are no exception. They come in packages of 28, so you only need to buy one for your child’s entire class. The quality of the…


28 Places for Free February Fun

February is full of free fun! Go to a museum in the city or suburbs on a free day, enjoy free admission at Brookfield Zoo, explore the world of physics at Fermilab, learn and play at the top nature centers, find a free indoor play area, visit your local library, go ice skating at a free outdoor rink, breathe fresh,…