When it comes to birthday party ideas for teens, NYC kids are a discerning bunch. Luckily for you—and your kid—we've found 15 birthday party ideas for teens at venues new and old, all of which are sure to be a hit with the guest of honor and their (equally judgmental) friends. With party packages this cool, it's a shame you celebrate but once a year.
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Kids can conserve water and lead the charge in making your home a water-wise place!
We know many kids love to play games with water, especially in the hot summer months when it's a fun way to beat the heat. But with many areas experiencing droughts and kids in many parts of the world unable to access clean water, it's important for kids to see H20 as a precious resource. But that doesn't mean saving water is a chore—in fact, it's fun for kids to be the agents of change. Armed with these fun methods to save water, put your kids in charge of policing family water usage and saving water in the bathroom, kitchen, yard, and laundry room. You can even let them give you a ticket when they catch you wasting water!
After a year at home, it's time to hit the open road! While getting out of town for a week (or even a weekend) can sometimes be impossible, just a day away can refresh and recharge. We’ve gathered up 20 summer day trips from Chicago that have kids in the car for a couple of hours (or less) and still offer up a change of scene and plenty of fun. From beaches to hikes to slides, we've rounded up some fun-filled day trips away from the city for the whole family to enjoy.
As a parent, I’ve spent a good chunk of my life searching for kid-friendly recipes. There are three meals every single day and I need easy recipes for kids—that they will actually eat—for all of them. And while I don’t mind making toast for one kid while pouring a bowl of cereal for another, I’m only cooking one family dinner, which means easy kid-friendly dinner recipes are like gold.
You know where I find the best recipes? Right here. The kid-friendly recipes on Mommy Poppins are all parent-tested and kid-approved. These 100 kid-friendly recipes are the most popular, both among readers and our staff. So if you need to add to your repertoire with some new easy recipes for kids, look no further. All of these recipes, and so many more, can be found in our Guide to Easy Recipes for Kids.
So you've seen all of Chicago's top tourist attractions and are ready to look at a different neighborhood? Think Lincoln Park! Whether your family enjoys the outdoors, theater, food, or festivals, Lincoln Park has options to please a variety of kids. It's bound by Lake Michigan to the east and the Chicago River to the west. While most people agree that the northern border is Diversey Avenue, we can't all agree whether the southern border is North Avenue or closer to 1800 North. We still think of the Chicago History Museum and Second City as Old Town, so look for those in a future round up.
In addition to the Lincoln Park Zoo, a few museums, a conservatory, and a couple of theaters, Lincoln Park has lots of fun and kid-friendly options for dining, from pizza to hot dogs to cupcakes. We recommend going during the summer to be able to visit the beach and Green City Market, and to try out one of the neighborhood festivals, but Lincoln Park is a vibrant community all year round.
Fore more recommendations in Chicago's neighborhoods, check out our Visitors Guide.
What many moms want most right now is a break from thinking about food, shopping for food, preparing food, and cleaning up after meals. So take her out! Mother's Day offers the perfect opportunity for outdoor dining, and with lots of Chicago restaurants upping their patio games during the pandemic, there are plenty of gorgeous places to treat mom. Looking for something to do other than eat? Check out our event guide for fun family activities around Chicago.
And, don't forget to add a little personal touch to the spread with a special handcrafted Mother's Day card or tackle one of these other 100 awesome crafts for kids to create a homemade gift sure to melt mom's heart.
Earth Kids is our monthly column and newsletter with activities to educate and inspire kids about the environment.
Earth Day is a great time to talk to kids about what we can do to make an impact on the environment and resolve to change our habits to live more sustainably.
Kids may ask whether their individual actions matter. The short answer is: Yes, individual actions make a big difference! You don't need a million followers on YouTube to have influence. When we change our behavior and talk about it, we influence our friends and family. If they change their behavior, this creates a ripple effect of change coming from the behavior of one person. And don't forget that consumer action is power. When we demand change through our purchasing decisions, corporations change their behaviors and products to meet the demand. Every little thing we do can add up to really big changes.
With that in mind, we've created a list of things kids and families can do differently to live more earth-friendly lives. See how many of them you can do! Read more ideas in our Earth Kids Guide and sign up for our Earth Kids newsletter for more ideas and activities every month.
Chicago's lakefront Museum Campus is swimming with amazing museums to visit with your family, but one hits the highest mark for the pre-literate crowd: The Shedd Aquarium. Whether you're visiting to give kids a different perspective on their world, to see unique species of aquatic life, or to learn about biology, the Shedd has a little something for everyone. With fish, sharks, dolphins, otters, amphibians, and birds from around the world, kids might learn a little geography and oceanography as well. It's entertainment and science all rolled into one.