Are We There Yet? (June 2010)

Are We There Yet? (June 2010)

I-Parents can be 'easy first stop' for tough parenting questions

Your family has lost a beloved pet, and your daughter is distraught. It’s her first encounter with death. What do you say?

Family Picks: Father’s Day Edition

Yes, we have lots of Dad-friendly activities on this busy weekend — everything from fishing and trains to music and free books for the Big Guy. Plus lots of other fun stuff!

Kids’ Fishing Derby: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Champaign Park District’s Kaufman Lake, West Springfield east of Duncan Road, Champaign. Free.

A place for all kids

I have a friend whose son is not particularly athletic. He is brilliant, funny, creative and kind, but he is just not into competition. PE class can be torture.

'Science Goddess' challenges kids to read and have fun with science

Joanne Manaster thinks about science a lot.

She reads about it. She writes about it. She tweets about it. She blogs about it. And it happens to be her occupation.

She’s also a voracious reader, and she wants to share her two passions with kids and teens through a summer science reading challenge.

Family Picks: Eat your way through the weekend!

It’s a musical eating fest in this weekend, with lots of great food (i.e., ice cream), free concerts and family entertainment:

Celebrate the Taste! Taste of Champaign-Urbana, Friday through Sunday, West Side Park, Champaign.

Website offers kids a virtual passport to global cultures

Does your child know that students in China attend school all day and into the evening? Or that cricket is the game of choice for most Indian children?

 You may not be able to travel to those far-flung destinations yourself, but a new website can give your kids a passport to learn about other countries.

Backyard Bounce

Do your kids love those giant inflatable The morning show on "Family Friendly WBGL " will Morning Show with Tim & Pam will be on the road
this summer visiting a park near you! This is a completely FREE event with giant inflatables for your
kids. They’ll be making five stops throughout the summer at different cities throughout the listening

A Tooth Fairy's work is never done

My daughter is suddenly best friends with the Tooth Fairy. In fact, they’re pen pals.

She writes to the Tooth Fairy almost every night. Just for fun.

And she’s full of questions.

What kind of food do fairies eat? What games do you play? How many kinds of fairies are there?

Year-round schools vs. summer vacation

A Q&A with a University of Illinois education professor today contains some interesting thoughts about year-round education.

Be safe and have fun! Weekend Family Picks


Kids can scramble on tractors, check out a mummy, catch a free flick and learn all about summer safety this weekend. Take a look:

Playing it Safe! The 14th annual safety fair at the Champaign County Fairgrounds, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Free.