Fun Things to Do with Your Grandchildren in Chicago

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Whether you’re celebrating National Grandparents Day in September, taking an annual family vacation or just going for a quick weekend trip, Chicago offers plenty of family-friendly attractions, lodging and restaurants. Not sure how to get started planning your trip? Check out this list of the Windy City’s best kid-friendly attractions, places to stay and places to eat.

 

 

 

Where to stay


With so many to choose from, finding the best hotels that are a perfect fit for both kids and grandparents can be a difficult task. Check out this list of great, family friendly Chicago hotels to start your search.

The James Hotel: Located in the heart of the city, the James Hotel joined forces with renowned kid-friendly artist Paul Frank to create a welcome kit around the famous Julius the Monkey. At check-in, kids receive Julius the Monkey themed books, games, pajamas and coloring pages. Rates for the James Hotel start at $180 per night.

The Drake Hotel: Known for its representation of Chicago’s glamorous 1920s era, the Drake Hotel is a national landmark and a great place for grandparents with young granddaughters. The hotel offers an American Girl Place package that comes with a personalized welcome letter, a travel-sized bed for her American Girl doll and free access to the hotel’s entire on-site library of American Girl books. Rates start at $159 per night.

Key Lime Cove Waterpark Resort: If your grandkids love the water and you’d rather stay a little ways outside of the big city, the Key Lime Cove offers the perfect waterpark getaway. With a tropical theme and an indoor water park that features plenty of waterslides to go around, your grandkids can have days of fun at Key Lime Cove.

Where to eat

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Super Dawg Drive-In: Give your grandkids a look into the past with this affordable and delicious family-friendly drive-in. Featured on the Food Network and in the national bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before you Die, this drive-in serves up classics like hot dogs, burgers, shakes and fries right to your car window.

The Rainforest Café: If you could use a break from being in the heart of the big city, you can escape it all without even leaving. Chicago’s Rainforest Café features a restaurant-meets-rainforest wildlife theme that your grandkids are sure to love. The innovative and fun-filled menu offers items like dinosaur-shaped chicken and a volcano dessert.

The Choo-Choo Hamburgers on Wheels: Allow your grandkids the rare opportunity to play with their food when you visit to the Choo-Choo Hamburgers on Wheels restaurant. This kid-friendly favorite serves its hot dogs, cheeseburgers or grilled cheese sandwiches from a toy train set. The customized Kids’ Menu is sure to include all of your grandchildren’s favorite foods.

Where to go and what to see

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Shedd Aquarium: If your grandkids are fascinated by underwater life, Shedd Aquarium is a must-see. A great venue for all ages, Shedd Aquarium features a breathtaking Aquatic Show with flipping dolphins and dancing belugas. The 4-D experience has special seating designed to maximize the theatrical experience and includes sensory elements like wind, smells and bubbles.

Navy Pier: As one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks, the Navy Pier provides the perfect opportunity to spend a day on Lake Michigan and enjoy attractions like the 15-story tall Ferris wheel, retail shops, the Family Pavilion and even cruises.

Buckingham Fountain: The largest water fountain in the world, Buckingham Fountain is free year-round and puts on scheduled water shows all day long with color-light and water shows several times each evening.

Always be sure to plan your trip and book your hotel well in advance. Create a budget, stick to it and be sure to factor in items like possible cab fare or souvenirs. If you plan to visit a lot of Chicago’s main attractions like the Field Museum, Skydeck, Shedd Aquarium, John Hancock Observatory and more, consider investing in a Chicago City Pass that lets you visit all of the top attractions at discounted rates.

About The Author

Danielle blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. She tries to visit Chicago at least three times a year and has become a professional at finding and booking family friendly Chicago hotels. She loves Chi-town’s food, but hates finding parking.

4 Quick Tips on Being a Better Grandparent

 

 

 

 

Grandparenting Tips…You can follow the best tips out there about being a good grandparent, however, are those the right ones for you? Every child and grandparent is different. We are all unique individuals =)

Always follow your gut instincts. Of course this is true for general parenting as well. However, for grandparents, they have a little more experience, (especially if they’ve raised a big family). A grandparent’s instincts are usually good ones. For me personally with raising just one child, I’ve learned a world of knowledge through my experience. Would I have done things differently? You bet, for a lot of things, I would and some others, I would not.


So Grandmas, lean on your experience and always trust your own gut instincts. For the most part, they usually end up being the right choices.

Listen to your grandchildren. I mean, REALLY listen to them. Spend quality time with your grandkids and take extra special time and listen to their opinions and feelings about life, their self esteem and also how they react to you and what you have to say. And most importantly, respect THEIR feelings.

Respect your children’s wishes regarding discipline. Hey, this is a huge one! I don’t care how much you have to bite your tongue and swallow everything that wants to come out of your mouth when it comes to disciplining your grandchildren.

Have a talk with your kids and always, always respect their wishes about various discipline issues. And spanking happens to be one of those things. Times have sure changed since I’ve raised my child. For most of the new parenting generation, spanking is not a disciplinary choice. There are various alternatives to spanking. You really need to have a heart to heart conversation with your kids, and follow their wishes.

Reach out to other grandparents. This can benefit both you and your grandkids. Joining a grandparent’s group is one way of reaching out to other grandparents that have been through it all. Participate in conversations and take notes. You also may come away from some of the meetings with a new friend or two.

A grandparent’s job is sometimes challenging, just as normal parenting is. There is a learning curve to both parenting and grandparenting. Above are just 4 general grandparenting tips. I’m sure you can find more by following them, and also doing a search on Google.com.

Tammy is a passionate blogger. You can find more grandparenting tips and articles by Tammy Here

Overcoming Dental Fears: Some Tips For Grandma – Guest Post

 

A regular dental check-up is usually not a priority with many people and studies have shown that the reason for this is deliberate. It is fact that many avoid seeing the dentist. But people above forty years old are apparently the ones with most dental trauma.

Often, what people do is to wait and see if the pain in the teeth goes away. A study revealed that, on average, older people would rather endure two weeks of this than face the dentist. Younger individuals, meanwhile, can only last with the pain lingering for three days, and then relent to a dental treatment. Having dentophobia may only lead to complications when treatment is delayed. With older adults, the risks increase two-folds, as the gums and dental tissues become weaker with age.

Dental fears may be easier handled following the suggestions below..

Embrace High Technology

Most patients have an aversion to the sound of the drill, but many dental clinics now make use of tools and handpieces that register lower pitches or provide ease of use. Gone are the traditional tools our grandmothers were accustomed to and these spunkier tools actually offer a lot of help in allaying dentophobia. Some clinics are even more advanced since they make use of soundless, painless laser drills. Dental technology has indeed advanced over the years, and along with it, tools and treatment process have also greatly improved.


To condition patients into visiting the dentist often, it would probably help to survey the clinic first and see that this is not as intimidating as before. You need to spend a few minutes in the dentist chair and have a feel of the area, as well as have the dentist show and explain the different tools that may be used during your treatment. Most often, the worries crop up because of a patient’s unfamiliarity with the whole dental process, and doing this may change your mind.

Pamper And Indulge With Distractions

Some clinics are actually offering spa-like amenities while patients are getting treatment, so that they feel more comfortable sitting on the dentist chair. People get foot massages or they are provided with warm pillows and blankets, as the dentist work their way into the gums and the teeth. Fragrance oils enhance pleasurable experience, so you may find this in the clinics, as well.

If pleasures like these are not available in the clinic you go to, you can always ask your dentist. Bring your own indulges, such as a CD player to have music distract or relax you while getting treatment, or a stress ball to relax your muscles and ease your dental stress. You would be surprised that many dentists are usually open to this idea. Distraction techniques are actually nothing new since this is applied to patients who are a lot younger, specifically, with the grandchildren.

Apply Relaxation Methods

There are simple yoga techniques you can adapt to reduce dental stress, such as doing breathing exercises. Take a deep breath and hold this for five seconds before exhaling. Combine this with slow-paced breathing methods, and utter words and sounds as you exhale. Repeating the process will slowly bring you to a relaxed state. Do this before getting the procedure.

Communicate With The Dentist

Of course, the dentist must be aware of why you need to do all these techniques. Discuss dental fears ahead with your dental provider because they do need to be involved. They may even offer other strategies and coping mechanisms to help you. Or they could also instruct their staff to give you consideration with appointments, allowing you more time to adjust to getting a treatment.

About The Author:

Dental fear is common and quite manageable for many people. There are but a few who require behavioral therapy to address this though, especially when more complicated procedures, like a incognito braces treatment, is involved.

Visit http://bracescostinfo.com for more tips on managing dental fears and and dental concerns.