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Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:07 am
 While Springfield has struggled for years to get a children’s museum up and running, Peoria has found the right formula for fun. At the Peoria PlayHouse, kids can splash away at a massive wate...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:05 am

See kangaroos from your car at Aikman Wildlife Adventure

 James Aikman was surprised more people didn’t think he was crazy when he announced plans to build a wildlife park. Located between Arthur and Arcola, the 40-acre park opened in March 2016 on t...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:04 am

Parents’ guide to summer fun and enrichment for kids

There are many opportunities in the Springfield area for enriching, educational and fun activities for kids this summer. From art to science to history, horseback riding, babysitting, sports, nature,...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:03 am

46 ideas for summer fun

 Camp, road trips and family visits do a great job of keeping everyone engaged throughout summer. But what about those lazy days when nothing is planned? Every parent wants to enjoy kicking back...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:02 am

May-August kids activity calendar

Sangamon Valley Civic OrchestraMay 19, 7:30pm. Concert features the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra. $10 adults, $5 students, free to ages 12 and under. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theatr...
Thursday, May 11, 2017 12:01 am

how to prevent a flat

 At our bicycle shop, we fix flat tires constantly that could have been avoided with just a little maintenance. A flat bike tire is something that can definitely ruin your day if you don’t know...
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 12:05 am

How to talk to kids about politics

 Mike Lockenour talked about politics a lot when he was young. He remembers Walter Cronkite’s voice explaining Vietnam, Watergate, Iran-Contra. He learned about current events once a day, in bl...
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 12:04 am

Concussions, brain injuries and kids

 March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. According to the Brain Injury Network, acquired brain injury (ABI) can result from medical conditions like strokes, meningitis, aneurisms, brain tumors or...
Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 12:03 am

Ten-year-old Macie Rolf has a bright future

 Five years ago, Springfield resident Macie Rolf decided to figure skate. Since then, she has won Upper Great Lakes Region gold medals two years in a row, placed fourth at sectionals, and qualifi...


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