Making dinner every single night gets old. Fast. Home Chef wants to help. The Chicago-based meal kit delivery company serves up all the yummy necessities—locally sourced fresh ingredients, seasonings, sauces, recipe car…
Grab the swimsuits and head to the new playground at Margaret Donahue Park, where a small and brightly painted spray pad is extra appealing for little splashers. The whole space is pretty fab, actually: it's outfitted w…
New nature exhibits for children


Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is encouraging little ones to get comfy with bugs in three new exhibits for summer. In “The Secrets of Bees,” children can dress up in real beekeeper gear and extract pretend honey from f…
The Kids’ Table gets 'em comfortable in the kitchen


Wicker Park's The Kids' Table cooking school has expanded, with a new Lakeview location and lots of new classes. To get little ones started, Tots Can Cook teaches chopping, grating, mixing, and rolling ingredients (with…
Babysitting and a play space, all in one
Sometimes you just need a good babysitter. Like today, maybe. Well, Take A Break Playcare has plenty of them. Founded by Chicago mom Christine DeLoach, the drop-off play space employs caregivers who have been fingerprin…
Amphibians to open at Shedd this weekend
Opening Saturday, May 16, at the Shedd Aquarium, Amphibians will showcase 40 different species of amphibians from all over the world, including salamanders, frogs, newts, and wormy-looking caecilians. Built with little …
Boats docks at the Chicago Children’s Museum
There’s a high seas adventure coming to the Chicago Children’s Museum —and we’re so there. Boats, open May 8 through the fall, will offer tons of pretend-play opps in lifelike boats (sailboats, kayaks, workboats) with p…
Meet the newest residents of the Lincoln Park Zoo
There are so many newbies at the Lincoln Park Zoo. And they’re all just too damn cute. Start at the Regenstein Center for African Apes, where an adorable baby girl gorilla, Bella, was born in February. You can see the ……
Perennial Virant's yummy new brunch for tots
Remember Sunday Brunch for two? Sigh. Well, at least Perennial Virant has made a fancy family brunch a possibility with its stellar new menu for little diners. Known for delish seasonal, local, and organic fare (and an …
Maggie Daley Park opens to the public
There can never be too many parks. The new lakefront Maggie Daley Park has a lot to offer little ones—even when it’s 16 degrees outside. Its 20-acre grounds are home to an ice rink, play garden, and field house, where ……
FroYo Chicago serves up good eats and good times
February isn't exactly the ideal time of year for frozen treats. But the newest FroYo Chicago location may change your mind. The yogurt is organic and delish (definitely try the peppermint stick and French toast flavors…
Let Momeeze bring the diapers and baby food to you
Between packing up the gear, timing the naps, and pulling on the layers, it's drudgery to take baby out on errands. Especially when it’s this damn cold. Momeeze has a solution. Founded by local moms Natalie DuBrow and V…
Tear-free merriment for the littles
Rare is the baby who actually smiles for the photo op with Santa. Instead, try one of these age-appropriate holiday happenings. Through December 21, the Zoolights are on daily from 5pm until 9pm at the Lincoln Park Zoo—…
Teach your little one that giving goes both ways
We don’t know many charitable toddlers. But the holidays are a great time to introduce the idea of giving back. More Than Milk has organized a few kid-friendly events to get everyone into the sprit. Take your little one…
Grab tickets for the new Lionel Train Adventure
Toddlers and their trains. Treat the engine-obsessed tyke in your life to a ride on the new Lionel Train Adventure at the Lincoln Park Zoo. The 28-passenger trackless electric train whisks riders from a classic train st…