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Chocolate Factory Tour: Long Grove Confectionery

Looking for a sweet, educational outing with your kids? Try a chocolate factory tour! We had fun visiting the Long Grove Confectionery and learning about how their fine chocolates are made. The tour is about an hour in length and begins with a video explaining how cacao beans are harvested in areas such as West Africa/Peru, before they are shipped to…


Calling All Mold-A-Rama Fans

Those who have visited Brookfield Zoo over the past 50 years are probably familiar with the incomparable smell of melting plastic and the warm, slightly squishy feeling of a statuette cooling in eager hands after it has been created in one of the iconic Mold-A-Rama® machines. This year marks the 50th year the machines have been at Brookfield Zoo, and the…


The BFG Movie Review for Parents

Based on the book written by Roald Dahl, The BFG movie opens in the theaters today. It’s the story of a girl named Sophie and a giant that Sophie names The Big Friendly Giant (BFG). The story is about the friendship between the two and my kids really enjoyed it. The dialogue takes some getting used to because the giant…