Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?

A weekend chock full of art in Family Picks

Summer may be drawing to a close, but this weekend features plenty of fine arts, entertainment and other activities for the whole family.

SculptureFest, 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Park Street between Neil and Randolph streets, Champaign. Free.

Sharpening my school-supply skills

Late last night, sharpening the last of 72 pencils for my kids' classrooms, I got to thinking:

Why didn't we buy pre-sharpened pencils?

TV and Tooth Fairies, Part II

Since I was technically on vacation until Thursday, I devoted this column (in absentia) to updates on a few previous entries, with thanks to several readers.

All I want for Christmas ...
My daughter can now officially drink through a straw with her mouth closed.

Too many tomatoes? Try this easy salad

I've been reading some great recipes lately for using up produce from the garden, including Meg Thilmony's chilled tomato soup and peach kuchen.

Mom makes sure life is sweet for her diabetic child

It’s a hot day at Dodds Soccer Complex, and 6-year-old Quinn wanders over to her mom for another drink — and a squirt.

There’s this new water bottle, you see, with a nifty sprayer, and she can’t resist spritzing everyone around her.

“You look hot,” she says as I walk up, and proceeds to spray my arms and legs.

Grants available for field trips to Lincoln museum

More than 2.3 million people have visited the Abraham Lincoln President Library and Museum in Springfield since it opened in 2005, including hundreds of thousands of schoolchildren.

Two agencies are offering grants to help fund the cost of field trips to the museum for schools with a significant number of low-income students.

Once upon a fair: weekend Family Picks

If you didn't make it out to the Champaign County fair last weekend, there are plenty more around the area this week. Champaign's continues through Saturday night, and several others are opening as well —  plus a Kiddie Tractor Pull at Arcola's Rockome Gardens!

School is looming: are your child's immunizations up to date?

School starts in a matter of weeks, and state health officials are reminding parents to make sure their children's immunizations are up to date.

More than 2 million schoolchildren head back to the classroom in August, which has been declared National Immunization Awareness Month.

Shopping in the Present Closet

Parenthood is full of enchanting “firsts” with your little one.

I still remember opening my son’s first birthday invitation with delight, shopping with him for just the right present for his friend, and taking a zillion pictures at the party.

He was not yet 1. I’m not even sure he realized what was happening.

Family Picks: Musical theater edition


It’s time for the annual Champaign County Fair —  but there’s plenty of indoor musical theater this weekend if you get too hot and sticky. You can even enjoy a parent date night!