Summer Savings- Chicago Museums Waive Admission Fees

Heading to a museum is great way to spend time with your children and ignite their interest in science and the arts, but the costs can really add up. This Summer, however, many Chicago museums are reducing prices and many even have days where the admission fee will be waived all together.childrens-museum-of-manhattan

Some of the deals include:

  • Art Institute of Chicago: Free for Illinois residents, 5 to 8p.m. on Thursdays
  • Chicago History Museum: Free for kids 12 and younger.
  • The Field Museum: Free for teachers and active military personnel, free for everyone June 21, 22 and 23.
  • Museum of Science & Industry: Free for Illinois residents June 1-3, 6-8, September 6-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30, October 4-6, November 3, 10, December 1.
  • The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: Free for children 3 and younger.


Read More: Chicago Museum Free Days


Chicago Park District–Movies in the Parks


The Chicago Park District’s 16th annual Movies in the Parks series kicks off June 4th, and features more than 250 outdoor screenings of current and classic movies in parks across the city.  Bring a picnic basket, blanket, and your friends and family and enjoy a movie in the parks.  All movies begin at dusk, weather permitting.  Call (312) 742-1134 for daily listings and weather-related cancellations.

The Chicago Park District offer summer activities around the city and there is something for everyone to enjoy.


Track the Past 2016–GLM Train Show–February 13th, Lake Geneva, WI



Looking for a cost effective quick family day trip or weekend getaway? Consider attending the Geneva Lake Museum’s annual model train show “Track the Past 2016″ to be held Saturday, February 13. The annual train show includes free admission for the whole family to the Geneva Lake Museum from 10-4. Learn more about trains by viewing train memorabilia, multi-gauge trains, operating train layouts and enjoying train movies with cookies too!

The Geneva Lake Museum discovers and preserves the rich history that hides throughout the Geneva Lake and surrounding communities. The exhibits within the walls are time capsules that capture every essence of Geneva Lake and its people; people with amazing stories that unravel with every scene and every word led by knowledgeable guides. These stories wait for people young and old who have the ears eager to listen, the eyes that are ready to be awakened and the open mind waiting to learn.

The train show is one of the most popular events each year sponsored by the Geneva Lake Museum. It is a wonderful way to spend a cold February afternoon and kids love the many operating model trains exhibited one-day only for this special event. Enjoy the annual train show and view the museum exhibits too. The Geneva Lake Museum is located at 255 Mill Street in downtown Lake Geneva, WI.

Readers Provide Parenting Tips and Suggestions

Heidi Stevens writes a regular column for the Chicago Tribune and recently shared parenting tips contributed by her readers. I have briefly summarized these tips:

  1. Make a conscious decision to live in the moment–to not wish your child was taking one nap instead of two, not wish she could feed herself, not wish she didn’t need a ride, not get anxious for the next age.
  2. Someone once told me to always be happy to see them. I hope my children will forever feel welcome and at home where I am.
  3. Coach or help coach your kid’s team.
  4. Traditions help keep life in balance and give us something constant and consistent to anticipate, even if it is simply family pizza night.
  5. Listen to your kids and not just for your voice coming out of them but for their own voices.
  6. When you wake up, remember to start each day happy.
  7. Help them see their gifts and then guide them to activities where they can use them.
  8. Keep spending time and talking with them especially through the preteen and teen years.

I enjoy reading Heidi’s weekly column and she also has written a book Balancing Act that includes more than 50 essays on juggling life, love and work in a not always obliging world.

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Free My Chi Parks App–Easy Access to Community Events

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The Chicago Park District offers a variety of activities, programs and events that are family oriented, interesting and fun for all. Now staying on top of what’s going on and what’s coming up is easier than ever with the mobile app available as a free download in both the Apple store and the Google Play store.

According to the Chicago Park District, the app: 1) makes life easier; 2) allows you to find what you want, how you want; 3) is all about movies,  movies, movies; 4) permits you to save your favorite events and activities; and, 5) lets you focus on location, location, location.

Happy Working Parents Day 2015!

Did you know that September 16th is celebrated each year as Working Parents Day? This special day celebrates parents who work hard all  year to provide for their families. Although the origins of Working Parents Day are unknown, it seems  logical to suggest it was created by an overworked, under-appreciated mom or dad seeking some basic recognition of their efforts.

As you might expect, there appears to be little recognition for Working Parents Day and it has not taken off as a “Hallmark” holiday yet (that may be a good thing!). The Employee Benefits Network posted  a short story today recognizing Working Parents Day in its blog that you might enjoy reading.

In celebration of Working Parents Day, the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association has launched this new blog to provide much needed, easily accessible information to working parents. For all the working parents out there, enjoy your special day. You have earned it!