Category: Shari’s Corner

Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle a worthy story for tweens and young adults

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle a worthy story for tweens and young adults

February 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

What if a riddle could save your life? It’s the question asked on the Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle book cover. It’s also a great teaser for the story so enchanting that it captivated our tween daughters and several adults. Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle brings together so many elements tweens and teens […]

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Chicago productions heat up in December

Chicago productions heat up in December

November 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

December offers new works and seasonal favorites in Chicago’s theaters. Whether you need a night out, a special gift or a family outing, there’s something for every interest including these family-friendly events. The American Blues Theater brings It’s a Wonderful Life:  Live in Chicago! to stage at the Greenhouse There Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, […]

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Lexington a great family destination

Lexington a great family destination

October 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

We were looking for a place close enough to visit for a three-day weekend that seemed a world away from our suburban Chicago home. After clicking through a few ideas, we stumbled upon the Kentucky Horse Park. As soon as we found it, our horse-crazy daughters were begging us to take them. Our research started […]

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Two unique places for Halloween fun this October

Two unique places for Halloween fun this October

October 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

When we were children, Halloween was a one-night-only event which involved kids in costumes going door-to-door for candy. Now it’s a monthly-long celebration filled with activities for all ages. This October, the Adler Planetarium and Redmoon Theatre offer two very different ways to celebrate Halloween. The Adler Planetarium invites horror fans 12 years old and […]

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Two new performances worth a family outing

Two new performances worth a family outing

September 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Our girls are officially tweens now, so it’s harder and harder to keep them entertained. They are too old for children’s theater often, and they are too young for most adult fare. There are two different performances at local theaters right now that are worth a family outing. The Game’s Afoot is a new, award-winning […]

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Fall books for kids of all ages

Fall books for kids of all ages

September 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Back-to-school means back to nightly reading logs in our house. Our girls are always looking for something fun and new to read. Here are some books to help all your children get back in the school routine. Beginning readers should keep The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, written by Deborah Diesen with pictures by Dan […]

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Mark your calendars for the Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 outdoor events

Mark your calendars for the Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 outdoor events

July 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Chicago Dancing Festival has brought  free, world-class dance performances representing all dance genres to Chicago since 2007. This year the founders Lar Lubovitch and Jay Franke continue the tradition with world premieres, special commissions and two outdoor simulcasts. The first simulcast brings the August 20 Opening Night performances to the Pritzker Pavilion and Great […]

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Museum Campus offers new exhibits for your staycation

Museum Campus offers new exhibits for your staycation

July 3, 2014 | Comments (0)

Chicagoan’s view summer as a reward for surviving winter. Most people I talk to want to stay in town this year and enjoy our beautiful city. Recently the Shedd Aquarium sent a press release reminding me of a great way to enjoy Chicago at a discounted price. Two companies offer discounted multi-attraction packages that let […]

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Get organized this July 4 at the new Container Store

Get organized this July 4 at the new Container Store

July 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

This might sound crazy, but every holiday we spend one day organizing some part of our house. It becomes a marathon of cleaning, tossing and restructuring. Usually there is a purpose to our madness. We try to look at the calendar and get ready for something. It could be back-to-school or cold weather or summer […]

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Soccer options all around for Chicago families

Soccer options all around for Chicago families

June 24, 2014 | Comments (0)

The World Cup has everyone talking soccer, so how do you capture that excitement once the champion is crowned? You can start right here with our own teams. Chicago is home to 2 professional soccer teams:  The Chicago Fire and the Chicago Red Stars. As the Chicago Fire website explains, “It all began with a […]

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Mo Smells the Ballpark a scentsational addition to the Mo's Nose series

Mo Smells the Ballpark a scentsational addition to the Mo’s Nose series

June 17, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mo Smells the Ballpark, A Mo’s Nose Book, written by Margaret Hyde and Nichelle Robinson, is a charming book about a pup’s first visit to a baseball park. What’s great about the book, designed for children from 3 – 6 years old, is that the story has empowering messages for both the person reading it […]

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Animal books for older readers can help keep your kids reading this summer

Animal books for older readers can help keep your kids reading this summer

June 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

When your kids are small, animal books are everywhere. When they get a bit older, books tend to feature people rather than animals. Recently I received three books teaching kids about animals that will draw in children and keep them reading this summer. Bindi Wildlife Adventures, by Bindi Irwin with Jess Black, uses the celebrity […]

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