Are We There Yet? (April 2011)

Are We There Yet? (April 2011)

Marathon Family Picks

Dream job: princess or scientist?

When my kids were very young, they had big dreams.

My son wanted to be a baseball player. Or a basketball player, depending on the season.

My daughter was an interesting mix. Her choices ranged from ballerina-princess to machine-maker.

A Family Picks Egg-stravaganza (plus free football)

We’ve got an egg-stra big weekend of activities, with more Easter egg hunts than you can possibly attend. Plus Thomas the Tank Engine, “Toy Story” and (free!) Illini spring football. So get hoppin’!

Let’s start with the egg hunts:

Eggstravaganza! 11 a.m. Saturday, West Side Park, Champaign. Free.

Family Picks: Easter preview

Lots of things to celebrate this weekend — healthy kids, an arts festival and Easter egg hunts galore around the area. Here comes Peter Cottontail....

Want to disconnect? Tales from the front

Tuesday's Are WeThere Yet? column about a family who went without television for six months inspired other readers to weigh in on their experience without technology.

No TV - or Wii or Facebook - for a year?

Every year, the approach of Turnoff Week (aka Screen-Free Week or No TV Week) is met with grumbling in our household. And the kids don’t like it either.

Childhood transitions: A changing corner

Today marks a milestone for my 7-year-old daughter.

After months of anticipation, she’s taking her first piano lesson.

Family Picks: Boneyard Arts and more!

Whew! Prepare for the busiest weekend in months as C-U celebrates the Boneyard Arts Festival, Brain Awareness Day at the children’s museum and Moms Weekend on campus. Music, art, theater and science to boot!

Boneyard Arts Festival: Friday through Sunday, downtown Champaign, downtown Urbana and venues throughout the county. Most events free.

A kissable pig

You may remember the irrepressible Quinn from a column I wrote last August.

She’s a 6-year-old with Type 1 diabetes, and her mom, Leighann Calentine, writes the D-Mom Blog about living with the disease.

A very musical Family Picks

Spring is in full swing this weekend, with a downtown music festival, a fairy-tale ball, lots of musical theater and the United Way's "Ready, Set, Grow!" event to help kids get off to a great start. Take your pick!