Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

Fido, meet Baby

Let me start by admitting this up front: I have not always been a cat person.

I come from a long line of dog people -- dog people who believe that dogs are pets and not necessarily members of the family in equal standing to, say, a newborn.

Art contest for kids

Do your kids like history, or have an artistic streak? They may want to try their hand at an art contest honoring Champaign's sesquicentennial.

Youths from preschool through high school who live in Champaign are invited to enter the contest recognizing Champaign’s 150 years of existence.

Donkeys, prom dresses and free B'ball: Family Picks!

Let’s say good-bye to January with an eclectic mix of activities this weekend. Pack the Hall for a free UI women's game or enjoy music, dance, donkey basketball (whatever) and maybe some prom-dress shopping? Plus, get helpful information about preparing your little one for kindergarten!

Family Picks: Brrrr edition

Yes, it's cold. Really cold. And you may just feel like staying in and sipping hot chocolate by the fire this weekend. But the kids are bound to go bonkers at some point, so here are a few free ideas to burn off that energy. Or send them outside to build a snowman!

Free (or cheap) books!

UPDATED: What's even better than discounted books? Free books, of course!

The Center for Children’s Books, which runs an annual discount book sale in February, also gives away free copies of galley books every six months.

Transitioning to the 'M' word

The second semester is in full swing, and I’m trying hard not to think about it.

About how my fifth-grade son will soon celebrate his last PTA “Fun Night” and his last classroom party. How we have cried through his last elementary music program. How he has only a few short months left to walk to school with his little sister.

Family Picks: MLK weekend

It’s a three-day weekend! Time to take your kids to celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., beat the winter blahs with live music at the library, take a "Solar System Safari" or enjoy special holiday swimming or ice-skating hours. But don’t forget: public libraries are closed Monday.

We're back! Weekend Family Picks

Things are a little quieter than usual this weekend, with the holidays over and the University of Illinois still gearing up for the semester. But we’ve scrounged up a few activities for you and your family, from sports to world cultures to Legos.

When one spouse decides to clear the clutter

Now that we’ve gotten through the holidays and hauled all of our new stuff home, we face the annual task of finding somewhere to put it.

Sisters reunite after 30 years — with a little help from Google

For 30 years, they’ve been apart — 30 Christmases, 30 News Year’s, Easters and birthdays, through marriages and divorces, the death of a son, a husband and brother.