I’m a stay-at-home mom to three boys – 5 years old, 3 years old, and our baby who was born in December 2012. I like to stay active and busy so I try to get out of the house every day with the kids.
In my effort to find things to do with the boys, I’ve been surprised at the lack of information I’ve found, both about things to do in general, but also about the specifics of the places we go. I can generally find hours and admission prices, but often no information about things like whether there’s a place to eat if we bring food or if strollers are practical. That’s why I decided to create this blog so we can share our experiences with other Chicagoland moms & kids.
I try to be frugal and environmentally friendly, but the big splurge for us in both areas is gas. I’ve always enjoyed driving and I like to do a wide range of activities with my kids. There’s so much to do in the Chicagoland area and we don’t want to miss any of it, so we wind up traveling a lot for some of our “adventures”, as my oldest son calls them.
If this is your first time here, there are several ways to navigate through the blog. Take a look at the “Map” page (tab at the top) to see all the places we’ve posted about on a map, or check out the “Places We’ve Explored” page for an alphabetical list. You can also scroll down to view the keywords in the right sidebar or do a keyword search.
Cast of Adventurers
Full-time mom & part-time blogger, (almost) always up for adventure, and always in need of a nap. I’m the leader of this toddling ensemble, but most days I’m just doing my best to keep up with them.
This regular guest star appears mostly on weekends & evenings. He’d like to be a full-time adventurer, but he’s forced to spend his days enduring more serious duties. He recently embarked on a serious new endeavor – opening The Parisi Law Firm. When he can adventure with the rest of the crew, his merriment and mischievousness rivals the kids’.
Cooper, age 5
If this ensemble cast has a star, it’s Cooper. He is opinionated and brash and knows what he likes. The life of the party, he never wants a good time to end (read, no naps), and has a seemingly endless supply of curiosity & silliness. His likes include drawing, art projects, and entertaining his baby brother. His dislikes: sleeping late and being quiet.
Dexter, age 3
This adventurer knows no bounds or age restrictions. He also knows the words “DO NOT CLIMB” do not apply to him. Dexter enjoys playing dress up, chasing his brother, and free space that allows him room to roam away from his chasing family.
With two brothers in center stage, Campbell had a lot to compete with, so he made a very dramatic entrance into the world. The newest member of the cast, he demands attention, frequent changes, and a steady supply of milk.