You’ve met the American Girls of history — Kit Kittredge, who weathered hard times with grit and gratitude during the Great Depression. Melody Ellison, who lifted her voice for fairness and freedom in 1963. Kaya, the Native America, who...
When the pandemic forced schools to shut down last spring, we had to shift gears quickly and find a way to educate our oldest child from home. Our kitchen table quickly became schoolwork headquarters. It wasn't perfect, but like...
Nothing says fall like a walk through beautiful apple orchards or pumpkin patches with your family. Get outside and enjoy the wonderful fall weather by visiting Iowa City area you-pick pumpkin patches and apple orchards! Use this guide, brought to...
Lots of people are using their newly found down time to bake bread, for some reason. I guess people were really wanting to make bread, and now they suddenly have time? Our family is not. We’re making Chex Mix. A...
On a Tuesday early this summer I got the call from daycare that no parent ever wants. “Mrs. Bengtson, your son is in the office, he has a fever.” My heart stopped and my mouth went dry. Then my heart started...
With so many events and plans canceled, even those of us continuing to work outside the home likely have extra time on our hands. At the same moment, it may prove difficult to focus in the face of so...
As I sit here and write this piece, I am filled with so many emotions. On any given moment, I go from being excited to sad, to frustrated to joyful. Let me explain. You see my second child is...
I think it's safe to say that all kids love The Iowa Children's Museum. As a parent I'm so excited for a new way to enjoy the museum from home during these unique times. The new Play Packs are...
  We’re five months into the COVID-19 pandemic and there are no signs of it going away any time soon. (Related: wear your masks, please! It’s a simple, scientifically supported solution for slowing the spread). One of the things that has...
I gave birth in the middle of a pandemic. I write this as my newborn sleeps peacefully on my chest. The weight of her tiny body a reminder of what I accomplished during a very stressful time for so many. It...

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Iowa City Area Guide to Family Holiday Activities: 2020 Edition

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As with everything else in this crazy year that is 2020, holiday events – and therefore this holiday guide – will look a bit...