Articles by Meghan Neill

National Catholic Schools Week 2018

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education and this year it runs from January 28- February 3, 2018. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Many area Catholic Schools will observe the annual celebration week with Masses, Open House and other activities for current students and families, perspective students and families and community members. It…


Places to Bounce: Trampoline Parks and Inflatables

Did you know that bounding on a trampoline has many health benefits? Not only is it a fun form of exercise, bouncing on a trampoline may help balance and coordination, provide low impact cardiovascular activity, and improve lymphatic function. So how’s that for some all-around healthy fun for the entire family! See below for a list of indoor trampoline parks…


17 Amazing Places to Enjoy Fall Colors + Free Leaf Hunt Download

Awe-Tumn by Douglas Florian “When summer’s seams Have come undone, Then greens to reds And purples run. A palette falls To forest floor, And autumn leaves Leave me in awe.” This poem, by Douglas Florian, is one of my favorite poems about the beautiful season of Autumn. This time of year provides an abundance of natural beauty and is the…


Kid-Friendly Stops on the BNSF Metra Line

All kids seem to love trains, so why not take a ride along the BNSF Metra line and stop at one of the many kid-friendly destinations? In fact, now through Labor Day, up to 3 children 11 and under ride free every day with each adult! Combine that with Metra’s unlimited ride Weekend Pass for $8, and you have yourself…


Day Trip to Glencoe Beach

Summer isn’t complete without a trip to the beach! Glencoe Beach is located on the beautiful north shore of Lake Michigan in Glencoe, IL and is a very family-friendly beach to visit for the day. My family and I have spent a day on Glencoe Beach for the past few summers. Here are some tips on making the day fun…


Locally Owned Bookstores and Toy Stores

We love local businesses! It is no secret that when you shop locally owned, independent businesses more money is kept in the community. Not only is it convenient, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at these independent stores are truly experts in their field. With the holiday shopping season approaching, it is a great time to explore local bookstores and toy stores…


LEGO Events Summer 2016

LEGO bricks have been a very favorite toy for my kids since they were old enough to begin playing with Duplo sets. My older boys have grown beyond these to LEGO bricks and I am utterly amazed at what they can create in one afternoon. LEGO is such a great activity for so many reasons, teaching lifelong skills such as reading and following directions,…


Coffee and Play in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Enjoy a cup of coffee with some friends while your children play. We are never completely off duty, but it’s nice to have the option to enjoy some adult conversation while watching your kids have a good time too! Here are some indoor places to meet for coffee and play. Ball Factory 864 S Illinois Rte 59 Naperville, IL 60540…


Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

There can be a lot of pressure on parents to teach toddlers and preschoolers letter names, sounds and even how to read and write and it can be overwhelming to plan activities that are fun and educational! While there are many fantastic apps for young children, the amount of screen time can become a factor. Here are some literacy based activities that are appropriate…


Valentine’s Day Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Pinterest is loaded with adorable Valentine’s Day crafts and activities! It is a great time of year to spend time inside being crafty and creative with your little ones. My kids love making projects and since they are 2, 4 and 6 years old, I look for simple activities that appeal to toddlers and preschoolers. Believe me, the simpler the…


Meal Delivery Services and Dinner Kits

Meal delivery services and dinner kits are a great way for busy families to be organized and well fed throughout the week. Here are some local options for your family or to help others who may be in need of a prepared meal. We can all recall a time when a friend delivered a meal, it’s one of the kindest gestures…