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Things to Do with Preschoolers: Local Activities for Kids 3–5 Years Old

Shout-out to all my fellow parents-of-preschoolers out there. From potty training to preschool, our little people have a lot going on! They’re growing, learning, and trying new things . . . and we’re just trying to keep up. Luckily for us and our preschool-age kids, the western suburbs are bursting with things to do with 3–5 year olds. Things to…


The Best Local Activities for Elementary Kids Ages 6–8

Kindergarten is the age when parents can breathe a collective sigh of relief. You’re no longer carrying a diaper bag around or worried that your toddler is going to run from you at the park. Celebrate this new independence by trying out places that may have felt intimidating before. These top activities are perfect for elementary-aged children as they transition…


Fun Guide for Tweens in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Kids eventually hit a stage where they are “too old” for many of the places that you have frequented regularly to keep them entertained. Luckily, we have a whole bunch of fabulously fun ideas all geared specifically for the tween years! Check out our list for every type of tween out there, from the adventurous to the artsy. There are…


Only a Few More Weeks to Experience Bixbee Imagination Station

We were invited to check out Bixbee Imagination Station this weekend and couldn’t pass it up. It’s a unique pop-up experience that will be in the city until September 22, 2019. They call it a safari into the imagination and we would agree. Bixbee Imagination Station is on North Avenue near Sheffield around Crate & Barrel, Nordstrom Rack, Whole Foods…


Splash Pads Still Open: September 2019

The end of summer 2019 is upon us, and one sure sign is the closing of pools and splash pads. But most years, September weather is still warm enough to enjoy days of summer sun and water activities! Luckily, these splash pads still have splash time into September for your little ones to enjoy. Happy splashing! Splash Pads Open in…


New! Kids Empire Indoor Playground in Villa Park

Kids Empire is a brand new, indoor play place in Villa Park that just opened on August 24, 2019. They hosted my family to play for the day and check out their expansive new playground. If you’re looking for a place for your child to burn off energy, or somewhere to go on a rainy day, Kids Empire takes the…



Gymnastics Open Gyms: Fall Through Spring Schedule

Open gym time is a great way for kids to try out their tumbling skills on a safer surface than your sofa. Some open gyms are for caregivers and younger kids to attend on weekdays, while others let families play together or offer supervision for older kids. Before you go, keep in mind that many open gyms only accept cash….


2019 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests

As the seasons change from summer to fall and then fall to winter, Chicagoans find themselves looking for opportunities to maximize the outdoors. Fall festivals and Oktoberfests are aplenty in the the suburbs. September and October are full of opportunities to celebrate the autumn season. Check out out awesome list of events near you! This article is sponsored by the…


New Mo Willems Exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier

The Pigeon Comes to Chicago! A Mo Willems Exhibit makes its debut at Chicago Children’s Museum on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Co-organized by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the exhibition is inspired by the art and characters of the belovedchildren’s book author and illustrator, Mo Willems. Many familiar characters will be featured including best friend…


Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum in Lisle

We recently went to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University in Lisle and were so impressed! There are over 3,500 mammals, birds, sea creatures, reptiles, amphibians, insects, skeletons, and more to examine and learn about throughout the museum. When we arrived, the museum director Karly offered us a scavenger hunt sheet, clipboard, and pencil. It was a great way…


Kids Theater Guide: Fall ’19 – Winter ’20

We are so excited about all the fantastic family-friendly theater productions heading our way in the fall and winter months! From big shows in the city to smaller ones right in your neighborhood, there are plenty of excellent options to captivate the whole family. Check out our comprehensive list of shows for kids — some with a cast of adult…