Making the Most of the Library

The public library is a community treasure that can help grow our imaginations, expand our worlds and provide information for projects and school work. It’s a great place to explore year round – especially in the summer when the kids are out of school. Most public libraries offer free programs, book talks, arts and crafts […]

Tips for Sending the Kids to Overnight Camp

Sleep away camp is one of those experiences you never forget – good or bad. It can be an exciting opportunity for kids to really grow and learn about themselves and others. And usually, it is just so much fun! But it can be stressful for first time campers (and maybe even more so for […]

Kids Activities at Your Local Mariano’s

Mariano’s is hosting several fun events for kids over the summer. From making a kid-friendly snack creation to engaging kids with music about farms and eating healthy, several area locations want to make your next visit to Mariano’s filled with family fun. Here are some of the events you can find: Learn to make a […]

Giant Eagle Stores Great for Families

Giant Eagle wants to make exploring and shopping in their stores fun for families and students. The grocery store chain sponsors three programs aimed at kids – the Eagles Nest, Treat Cards, and Be a Smart Shopper field trips. Starting with the Eagles Nest Child Care, children ages 3 through 9 can play with engaging […]

Tips for Going to the Art Museum with the Little Ones

I recently went to the Art Institute with my 4-year-old and her pre-school class. I was excited because I hadn’t been to the world class museum in a couple of years, but I was a little anxious. Was I ready to walk around a busy museum with 20 energy-filled preschoolers? But it was wonderful because […]

Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Family Vacation

Family vacations create memories, bond families, and can be wonderful experiences that broaden kids’ worlds. Yes, they take planning, yes, it can be difficult to find the time in your busy schedules (even in the summer), and yes, kids can be a handful when traveling. But the reward is the experience – meeting people and […]

Sustainability, Companies, and Kids?

Companies across North America are going green and opening their doors to teach school and youth groups about living sustainable lives! Every month, not just April, is the perfect time to reflect on the impact we are having on our environment. Humans put a lot of demands on our home planet and we should stop and […]

Giant Food’s Passport to Nutrition

If you are looking for a fun way to teach your students about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, check out Giant Food’s Passport to Nutrition.                     Geared towards children ages 8 to 12, Giant’s Passport to Nutrition kit features student activities, videos, and a theme song […]

Explore the Future of Energy at the ComEd Smart Energy Hub

ComEd’s Smart Energy Hub, in Chicago, is now open for FREE field trips! This past February, ComEd opened a new, state-of-the-art training facility in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, where future and current ComEd employees will learn to safely manage the smart grid, a modern electric delivery system. A feature of the center includes a Smart Energy […]

Spring Field Trip Ideas

Spring has sprung! The weather is improving and everyone is itching to get outside. Take your class on a spring field trip. There are some great hands-on opportunities to explore plant and animal life cycles and spring weather patterns. Springtime Plants – Trees and bushes are budding and tiny green leaves are peaking out of […]