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Cherry Valley Library Offers New Service to Get Kids Outside

Want to take the kids fishing but don't have the gear? No worries. Just Head over the Cherry Valley Public Library and get yourself a fishing pole and tackle before you head to the river today.

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Kids Ride Free on Metra Trains This Summer

Kids love trains, and now parents will too thanks to a big announcement Metra made earlier this week.

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Take the Kids to Winnebago Tonight to Hang Out With Cops and Firefighters

Tonight, from 5-8, Culver's of Winnebago will host those who protect and serve our communities, and they're inviting you and your kids to come and hang out, too.

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New Study Shows That Illinois is a Pretty Good Place to Raise Kids

We've often lamented that Illinois too often shows up poorly in lists of good things about states, and ranks very highly on the lists of bad things. When it comes to raising kids, it seems that we're not great, but we're doing pretty well.

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Rockford Area Kids Get in Christmas Spirit at Night at the North Pole

Christmas may be a few weeks away, but the holiday celebration got started early during Night At The North Pole Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rockford.

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Some Kids Really Love to Meet Santa, Others…Not So Much

I mentioned in a post yesterday that Santa Claus is coming to Rockford in December to have breakfast at Nicholas Conservatory with his many admirers. As someone who grew up in this area, the highlight for me as a kid was our annual pilgrimage to Colonial Village Mall to meet up with Santa at Weise's

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The One Thing I Learned Never to Do With a Baby

I love to hear my daughter Harper giggle, which she just started doing a couple weeks ago. Over the weekend I was playing airplane with her to entice these beloved giggles. Very. Bad. Idea.

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Dixon Police Reach Out to the Community–With a Watergun Fight

A few days ago on Twitter, this announcement was posted:
"Parents: if you live in town and your kids want a quick water gun fight, do the following: Draft a new private tweet, tag @DixonPolice, include a picture of your gladiators (er, kids we mean), and where we can find you."

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Watch One Minute of Pure Joy From Rockford Town Fair

It's tough to try to sum up how much fun Rockford Town Fair was last week at the Rockford Speedway. This one-minute video probably explains it best.

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8 Rockford Playgrounds You Have to Visit This Summer

Rockford has over 50 different playgrounds you can visit this summer. Here are eight of our favorites.

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