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Perfect Pairing: Local Coffee Shops with Parks Nearby

There are few things I love more than a great local coffee shop. I love the ambiance, the aroma of brewing coffee, and… oh yeah, the coffee. My toddler enjoys a good coffee shop visit, too! He’s more interested in the pastries than the java—and he’s good for about 10 minutes before he starts getting rowdy and catching side-eye from…


Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer 2018

Vacation Bible School is a fun week for kids to learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. There are VBS events happening all over the west suburbs! You do not have to attend church to send your kids to VBS. In general, VBS is for ages 3 through 12. Registration starts soon and often fills up, so…


Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the Southwest Suburbs

Vacation Bible School is an inexpensive (often free) way to keep the kids busy this summer and raise an interest in religion and faith. The churches plan numerous activities over the course of the week to get the kids involved in learning about God, all while keeping them entertained and having fun! You do not have to be a member…


Kids Theater! Curious George: The Golden Meatball

Theatreworks USA’s entertaining musical “Curious George: The Golden Meatball,” based on the books by Margret and H.A. Rey and the play owned by Universal Stage Productions, producer of “Wicked,” comes to the McAninch Arts Center (MAC) in Glen Ellyn on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. This 50-minute musical is recommended for audiences age 4 and up….


THE WIZARD OF OZ Coming to The Chicago Theatre this May

THE WIZARD OF OZ is coming to The Chicago Theatre (175 N. State St.) from May 8 – May 20, 2018. This magical production is a celebration of the classic 1939 MGM movie, and will be presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas. Featuring the classic songs,…


A Visit to Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Naperville

Knoch Knolls is one of the most idyllic spots in Naperville, and the new (in 2014) nature center makes it even better. We visited on a rainy afternoon and enjoyed all the hands-on exhibits! Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Naperville 320 Knoch Knolls Road Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 864-3964 See the website for current hours, which vary by season. What…


Kid-Friendly Things to Do in Western Springs

Western Springs is known for it’s iconic Water Tower in the center of town, an area called the Tower Green and the name Western Springs was actually named after the underground springs that were located on the south side of town. The convenient Burlington Northern train line (BNSF) that runs in front of the water tower brings everyone to the…


Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport

Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport is a non-profit facility that offers a wonderful opportunity to educate your children about North American wildlife. They are open to the general public on scheduled open house days, which occur 1–2 times per month. Passionate owners and volunteers run the ranch and provide many opportunities to learn. I have been visiting the ranch…



New Exhibit at Kohl Children’s Museum: Animal Secrets

Kohl Children’s Museum’s newest temporary exhibit, Animal Secrets, runs now through August 26, 2018 and invites children to explore many hands-on animal habitats. Discover nature from an animal’s point of view in naturalistic environments, including a meadow, woodland, cave and naturalists’ tent! This exhibit is designed for children birth through age 8 and has both English and Spanish signs and explanations….


Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs

The Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center has a rich history that dates back to 1886. At this nature center, you will not only have the opportunity to engage in its historical pride, but you will also be able to enjoy the newer visitor center that teaches and engages children and families about nature conservation. Visiting the Little Red Schoolhouse and walking…


2018 Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs

The spring and summer months bring an incredible round-up of races and fun runs locally that are lots of fun for the whole family! While some kids are ready for a full-blown 5k, others might like to start with a short and sweet fun run: the perfect way to introduce younger kids to longer races. Either way, they’re sure to…