Author: Joel Gratcyk (Daddy's Grounded)

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier

We have a little dare devil on our hands. This was never more clear to us than the first time we took Mr. Dude into a fair type atmosphere where he was actually big enough to ride the rides. Standing at just over 36 inches (36.8″ to be exact) Mr. Dude could ride many, but not all of the rides at Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest last month.

Celebrate New Year’s Eve With Your Kids Anytime You Want

This year you can celebrate as a family and still have time for a parents-only party with a whole new set of New Year’s Eve countdowns, available today only on Netflix, designed for preschoolers, tweens and everyone in between. You choose when to say goodnight, and the kids choose how to celebrate with their favorite characters.

Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Visiting the Zoo Lights at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is one of our annual traditions. We skip it when the winter’s are too cold to be outside at night comfortably for very long. This...

Judge Away

I spent nine hours in the car on my birthday last month between 3:00 p.m. and 2:30 a.m. due to a family emergency. My father-in-law was in his last hours and my wife needed to be...