Grandparents often have a special bond with their grandkids—and that unique relationship calls for an extra special name. Many grandparent names have cultural or family significance while others are made up by the first grandchild...possibly whatever they can pronounce at that age! From grandpa to pawpaw ,and all the adorable names in between, we’ve rounded up the ultimate list of grandparent names, including both traditional and unique options.
Lauren LaRoche has been a working writer and journalist for more than 12 years. When she’s not writing, she and her husband are chasing after their dog and three children in Chicago. Her career includes work in marketing, in graphic design, and as a lifestyle and events editor for CBS Chicago. To check out more of her writing, visit her website at ldesignchicago.com.
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If you have a little artist looking to master their skills, you’ve come to the right place. From sculpting and pottery to knitting and drawing, we’ve rounded up the best kids’ art classes in Chicago. Our list includes everything from creative, fun art classes for toddlers to more advanced fine arts programs for big kids. Plus, there's a class in Chicago for every schedule: reoccurring weekly classes, camps, after-school classes, and virtual on-demand options.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but breakfast ideas are hard to come by, and it's easy to fall into a rut. A good breakfast gives kids the fuel they need to take on school, play, and everything in between, so healthy breakfast ideas (that kids will actually eat!) are as valuable as gold.
We even have easy breakfast ideas you can make in just a few minutes on a busy weekday morning—your kids will take longer to find their missing shoe than it will take for you to make some of these recipes! From protein-packed pancakes to two-minute muffins, these breakfast ideas are sure to get your kids off to a great start. For more meal ideas (including 100 School Lunch Ideas for Kids), check out our Easy Recipes for Kids Guide.
Whether you’re in town for a day or a week, there are plenty of things to do in River North and Gold Coast, two of Chicago's most-visited neighborhoods. Out of town visitors and Chicago locals looking for a fun family staycation, will find it all here. To help you plan the ultimate day or weekend in River North and the Gold Coast, we’ve rounded up our favorite things to do with kids in those neighborhoods. Plus, we have the most kid-friendly places to eat and stay in Chicago.
From amazing hotel pools and in-room ice cream service to shopping and sightseeing, this is your go-to guide to visiting River North and the Gold Coast with kids. Let’s get started planning your big Chicago trip.
If you want to venture into other Chicago neighborhoods, check out our 100 Things To Do in Chicago with Kids post. For more neighborhood guides, day trip ideas, and things to do with kids, check out the Mommy Poppins Travel Section.
National Grandparents' Day 2021 lands on September 12th, and to honor the occasion we’ve put together the ultimate list of fun things for grandparents to do with kids. Whether they have a weekend sleepover planned or just an afternoon visit, this list is sure to keep kids (and grandparents) entertained and making marvelous memories. Because let’s face it, while kids never get enough time with grandma and grandpa, sometimes the generation gap can make it hard to think of things to do together.
If grandparents live far away or you’re keeping things virtual, check out our list of activities you can do with grandparents on Zoom. And remember, the best gift for grandparents on Grandparents' Day is simply more time with grandkids!
Wrigleyville is the iconic home of the Chicago Cubs. Located just west of Lake Michigan in the center of Lakeview, Wrigleyville is a neighborhood all its own. Since its post-World Series makeover in 2016, Wrigley Field and Wrigleyville have undergone a massive facelift.
If you’re planning on taking the kids to a game or just to walk around the neighborhood, we’ve rounded up everything you need to know about exploring Wrigleyville with kids. From where to stay and what to eat, this guide has the details to family fun in Wrigleyville.
Children's outdoor birthday parties and parties at home are even more special this year. But even if you're just throwing a small backyard bash, you can still go big on the entertainment. The Chicago birthday party entertainers, artists, and rentals below will give your kid's home or outdoor birthday party a little something extra.
Fire truck rentals, video game trucks, magicians, puppets, princesses, special game setups...Chicago has everything you need for an exciting kids birthday party. And if you're up to the challenge of baking the cake yourself, we've got 10 great birthday cake ideas here.
For more great birthday party ideas, check out our lists for our favorite birthday party locations, virtual party ideas, and more.
From competition-level ballet to bitty baby movement classes, we’ve rounded up the best dance classes for kids in Chicago. The children's dance classes below range from baby and toddler classes all the way to pre-professional level dance courses. Dance is a great physical and creative activity for toddlers and kids. From ballet to break dancing, there’s no shortage of ways for your child to express themselves through movement.