Articles by Jill Kowalski

Parent-Child Dates: Local Ideas for One-on-One Time with Your Kids

A 70-year study came out in 2018 that listed a few keys to being a good parent — and most of them were simple matters of showing up. Just being present while talking with and listening to your child is half the battle. Sounds simple, but in the busyness of life, that connection can get lost. Parent-child “date nights” are…


The Votes Are In: 10 BEST Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces

Thank you to all our readers who voted to help create our second annual list of best indoor playgrounds! You would not believe how much has changed in a year. New places have been added and others have left, but the top 3 remain the same. If you would like even more indoor play places to choose from, check out…


Free February Fun in Chicagoland

February in the Chicagoland area tends to be pretty miserable. Most of us have had enough of the cold, and to add insult to injury, we have an extra February day in 2020! Don’t worry, we have you covered. We have some awesome ideas for free February fun that will have you flying through February and looking ahead with bright…



Review: Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Exhibits at MSI

Now through January 5, 2020 the Museum of Science and Industry is showcasing their Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibits. We always love visiting the Museum of Science and Industry and the extra bonus of seeing beautiful Christmas lights, celebrating the season, and learning about world traditions makes it special. Being indoors while enjoying all of it…



Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins on Saturday!

The pumpkin smash is Saturday, November 2, 2019! What is a pumpkin smash, you ask? Communities all over are holding events to collect jack-o-lanterns and prevent them from heading to landfills. Instead, they’ll be composted, which helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provides soil with much-needed nutrients. It’s an annual event, held the first Saturday after Halloween. So go green…


Kids Eat Free and Other Scary Good Deals for Halloween 2019

Halloween is increasingly becoming known as a day for restaurants to offer Halloween-themed discounts . . . especially to those in costume! After the kids have come down off of their sugar high and need a good meal, take them out to one of the restaurants below. All of the details for the discounts are included, but please check before…


Climb to the Top of These Indoor Rock Climbing Walls in Chicagoland

Rock climbing walls are popping up all over the suburbs! They’re a great activity for kids and their families alike. That’s why we rounded up all the indoor rock climbing destinations in Chicagoland, from the city proper to the suburbs. It’s never too early to start rock climbing: many locations accept children as young as five years old and Ackerman…


Quick Trip: Milwaukee Zoo + Jelly Belly Factory Tour

If you are looking to take your kids on an easy and cheap getaway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin just may be for you! While searching for destinations to take our car-unfriendly kiddos, we needed a drive under 3 hours with cheap activities and plenty to do for kids. We decided on Milwaukee when I discovered that their county zoo had just opened…



$1 Summer Movies for Kids in the Chicagoland Area

Calling all movie buffs: $1 summer movies for kids are back in action! When the summer heat becomes all too much, cool off at your local participating movie theater for some really (really!) cheap children’s flicks. These movies discounts generally don’t come alone; bring some extra cash for heavily discount popcorn, candy, and soda combos. It’s hard to think of…