Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

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.

Christmas traditions that can't be broken

Holiday traditions take many forms. Ours is the annual Christmas road trip.

With all of our relatives in other cities, we hit the road for at least part of every holiday season, visiting one if not both sides of the family in metro St. Louis and Omaha.

Family Picks: 8 days 'til you-know-what!

We know you're busy with that last-minute shopping, but if you want to squeeze in some fun with the kids we've got you covered!

Candlestick Lane and more in weekend Family Picks!

It’s another jam-packed weekend of festive fun in Champaign-Urbana and beyond! Take in the annual Candlestick Lane lighting ceremony, a parade and Christmas celebrations in Bement, or any number of holiday musical productions. Or how about making some holiday treats for the birds? It's all here!

Texas-bowl bound? Check out this deal - your kids will thank you

Planning a trip to the Texas Bowl over the holidays?, a website based in suburban Houston, wants to welcome Illini fans to Texas with free tickets to the Children's Museum of Houston.

Mid-week holiday cheer

Looking for some holiday cheer for you and your family? Here are a couple of ideas that couldn’t wait until this weekend.

Free children’s opera

The University of Illinois School of Music Opera Studio is staging several free performances of the Christmas classic, “Amahl and the Night Visitors.”