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Goodbye, Witching Hour: 30 Days of After School Activities

Check out Red Tricycle’s calendar that is full of activities perfect for after school afternoons.

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Kindie Rock Concerts to Get Pumped Up For

You’re going to hear the good times rolling, loud and clear, all autumn long. Kindie rock concerts are kicking into high gear — and many of them are free!

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A New Juice & Smoothie Bar Your Kids Will Love

If you love kid-friendly cafes that are all about being healthy, get ready because you’re about to have a new main squeeze. Say “hello” to this new spot!

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The TreeHouse Play Space

5 Indoor Tree Houses to Climb

Does your kid want to be Tarzan or Jane? Head to one of these spots with big, faux trees that kids can scurry around in.

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A New Splash Pad & Playscape That’s Worth the Trip

There’s no better combo than a splash pad and playground. Add a covered wagon, wildflower garden and maze of fake animal tracks, and you’ll have one happy camper. Here’s where to find it.

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Save the Date! Fall Happenings to Plan For Now

You snooze, you lose! Mark your calendar now for a fairy tale play, children’s film festival, symphony for the whole family and lots more. The scoop is here.

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A Dictionary for Chicago Parents (& Anyone That Wants to Understand Them!)

Chicago’s unique vocabulary and insider references could fill up an entire dictionary. Here’s a lesson in local lingo for Moms and Dads.

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The Space Walk at Adler Planetarium

Secret Attractions at Your Favorite Museums

Skip the crowded exhibit halls and dig deeper into our fair city. These hidden gem finds (at places you already love!) will excite the entire family.

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Blackberry Farm

Whee! 7 Playgrounds With Zip Lines

Don’t worry, we’re not suggesting you strap them in and send them soaring with their feet skimming the treetops — these kid-approved zips will keep them mere feet from the ground.

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Gimme Some! Dim Sum Restaurants for Kids

From shrimp dumplings to sticky rice, a diet of dim sum might be the latest thing your mini foodie craves. Here’s where to go.

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Maria Barnes

Our Writers’ Picks for Last-Blast Summer Fun

They know the Chicago area inside-out and upside-down. And they’re willing to share their secrets.

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Your Guide to Haircut Places for Kids

Snip, snip — it’s time for a new ‘do! Whether it’s your tot’s first cut or a fresh back-to-school style, he or she will get five-star treatment at these kid-centric salons.

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Drop-In Activities for End-of-Summer Sanity

The cure for the summer stir crazies? Drop-in activities that you can do on a moment’s notice, from sing-alongs at Mariano’s to craft workshops at Michaels.

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Simple Squares

6 Local Lunchbox Snacks to Pack

Your kiddos might beg for Flamin’ Cheetos, but you’re hot on the trail of something healthier. Here are local snacks that are yummy and good for you.

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Biggest Cult Following: Babies, Tots n' More Consignment Sale

Consignment Shops & Sales for Back-to-School Steals

Unleash your inner thrifter. Great deals on cute clothes and gear are waiting for you at these stores and sales around town.

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