Aug 192014

photo courtesy of Kidlist reader, Melissa

There are so many apple orchards that I decided to make a list of just the orchards less than an hour and a half from our area. Some have activities, stores and food and others offer a more calm, farm experience so check out their websites and/or call to find what you are looking for.

I have made notes next to each orchard about when the picking starts. Please call before you go to check picking conditions and hours. I also noticed this year that many orchards are announcing an opening date, but u-pick doesn’t always start at the same time… so again, please call to make sure before you go! Continue reading »

 Posted by at 7:39 pm
Aug 182014

Griffin's first class at Lil' Kickers

Do you have young kids interested in soccer? The fall session at Lil’ Kickers starts on September 2, 2014 and runs through November 23 and new player registration is now open for children as young as 18 months! If more than one child signs up per family, a sibling discount of $15.00 for each additional child registered applies. You can register online at this link: Lil’ Kickers Chicago Registration.

Lil’ Kickers Chicago started in 2005 and has programs in six indoor and six outdoor locations with a weekly enrollment more than 3,600 kids. They are a child development program that helps children mature at all levels. Children build physical, intellectual and emotional skills that apply both on and off the soccer field. Lil’ Kickers offers a place for children at any level. You won’t see adult-like skill drills, but rather creative and fun teaching methods that are tailored to their age group and skill level.

Each coach at Lil’ Kickers goes through a background check and a rigorous training process, which includes child development training. The coaches work with your child for 50 minutes of high energy, age-appropriate activities to introduce them to soccer. They have a great FAQ section of their website to answer questions you may have and feel free to call the location you are interested in.

lil kickers girls group

Classes are available for children 18 months to 9 years old:

  • Bunnies (18-24 months)
  • Thumpers (2-3 years)
  • Cottontails (2.5-3.5 years)
  • Hoppers (3-4 years)
  • Jackrabbits (3-4 years)
  • Big Feet (5-6 years)
  • Micro 4/5 (4-5 years)
  • Micro 6/7 (6-7 years)
  • Micro 8/9 (8-9 years)


lil kickers logoLil’ Kickers
McCook/La Grange
4750 S. Vernon Ave.
McCook, IL 60525
Seven Bridges Ice Arena
6690 Illinois 53
Woodridge, IL



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 Posted by at 7:48 pm
Aug 142014

My kids absolutely adore Wild Kratts, so we were ecstatic to hear about this event!

kratt brothers brookfield zoo

Fun-Filled Wild Kratts Adventure to Take Place August 23 and 24

Popular wildlife experts and entertainers Chris and Martin Kratt from the Emmy-nominated PBS show “Wild Kratts” will teach kids of all ages about rare wildlife behaviors during two fun days at Brookfield Zoo. The Amazon Adventure Shows will take place on the zoo’s West Mall on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Prior to each show, members of the zoo’s Animal Programs staff will present informal Zoo Chats featuring a wallaby, a tamandua (a small anteater), and a boa constrictor. After the show each day, the Kratt Brothers will sign autographs from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The shows, which are sponsored by McDonald’s Owners/Operators of Chicago and Northwest Indiana, are free with regular zoo admission of $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 3-11 and seniors age 65 and over. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $10.

Due to the Kratt Brothers’ popularity, those planning on visiting the zoo on August 23 and 24 should consider taking public transportation including the new Brookfield Zoo Express from the CTA Red, Pink, Green and Blue Lines. Visit for schedule and route information. For further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000. It is also recommended that you arrive at the zoo early and park in the South Lot.

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for Brookfield Zoo’s innovative, naturalistic, multispecies exhibits and for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. For further information, visit

 Posted by at 8:46 pm
Aug 112014

Photo by Jonathan Garcia, Flickr Creative Commons

With school starting soon we are not only thinking of buying school supplies for our kids, but for those kids who can’t afford their supplies. I was recently asked if I knew of places to donate so I started looking and ran across Zealous Good. Zealous Good is a website that connects individuals and businesses to nearby charities in need of donations. If you have something specific you would like to donate they will match you up with organizations that need that item. They reduce the cost and effort of getting goods to charities, while increasing the meaning and social value of those goods. What a wonderful idea! Their website is simple and easy to use with a form where you indicate what you would like to donate.

Since I wanted to get a list of multiple organizations to put out there for all of you I called Zealous Good. They contacted local charities, found out who was in need of school supplies and put together this list that represents a variety of issues! It is recommended that you contact the organization to make sure someone is there when you drop off your donation.

All our Children’s Advocacy Center (Justice)
Aspire (Westchester)
Cooking with Kidz (La Grange)
New Visions Education Center (Berwyn)
Women’s Choice Services (Lombard and Joilet)

zealous good logoWhat an awesome service! I hope you all find the list helpful and are able to donate school supplies to these local organizations. For more information on Zealous Good, please visit or call (312) 841-1688.

 Posted by at 7:09 pm