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The Newest Gathering Place for Parents & Kids

Time to enjoy a picnic! And we mean a trip to Picnic, Ravenswood’s new gathering place for parents and kids. Like its warm, breezy name implies, Picnic is a welcoming hub for anybody that wants friends, support and camaraderie.

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17 Ways to Welcome Spring … & Not Look Back

You deserve this. Finally, say “hello” to soft breezes, ripe blooms and warmer temps (fingers crossed) with these family activities that this long awaited season brings.

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For a Long, Bumpy Ride: Ball Factory

Room to Zoom! 8 Great Indoor Slides

Whee! We found play areas that have tons of bells and whistles — including zoom-tastic slides. Here’s where to find the quickest, tamest and most interesting.

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Just Opened: The Laboratory

Tinkerers, thinkers, budding scientists and curious kids have a new place to go. With kids’ classes and camps in everything from robotics to Harry Potter wizardry, this will be your favorite place for extra-curricular excitement.

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Music on Demand! Drop-In Sing-Alongs for Every Day of the Week

Turn a boring stuck-at-home day into an anything-goes jam session. Pop by one of these sing-alongs happening around town and your antsy kiddo will be singing a happy tune.

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The 8 Most Kid-Friendly Restrooms in Chicago

Certain malls, play spaces, museums and hotels across Chicago and the ‘burbs are radically changing a trip to the loo for the better. Find out about them here!

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Tap That: Maple Syrup Events & Adventures

It’s time to meet some maple trees! Here’s the scoop on everything from back-to-basics demonstrations to full-on festivals to pancake brunches.

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Rock On! Spring’s Best Kindie Music Shows

Take off your boots and put on your dancing feet! Local bands are bringing their original beats and fun attitudes to venues across the city and suburbs. Here are 10 not to miss.

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Museum Sleepover: Astro-Overnights at Adler Planetarium

Family Date Nights to Plan Now

Skip the sitter and go out as a gang. Click through our album for nine family date night ideas, from museum sleepovers to dinner and a movie.

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10 Signs You’re a Bucktown/Wicker Park Parent

You love being where the action is, and don’t mind a little gritty with your city. If you need more proof that you live in these cool nabes, here are 10 signs.

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Last-Minute Spring Break Road Trips You Must Take

Florida not in the cards? Don’t sweat it. Unique Midwest destinations are just a road trip away. Buckle up and escape to these 4 awesome destinations in neighboring states.

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Total Score! 8 Places to Play Board Games

Our list includes local libraries, stores and cafes with secret stashes. Get ready to roll.

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For Open Gym: Florence G. Heller JCC Chicago

8 Great Indoor Playgrounds for Toddlers

Check out the playful scene at museums and community recreation centers. These spots might not be on your list yet, but definitely should be!

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A Gummi Factory Tour That’s Worth the Trip

Hit the road to northwest Indiana’s Albanese Confectionery, the only spot in the U.S. that offers gummi manufacturing tours. Learning, fun and samples abound!

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20 Things You MUST Do With a Baby in Chicago

Yes, there is such a thing as a bucket list before you turn one! From lullaby classes to smash cakes to stroller tours, this is what you’ll want to check off.

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