Articles by Annie Tandy

The Best Fall Fun in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Don’t you love the crisp fall air?! It’s such a great time to get out with your kids and enjoy the weather, cinnamon and pumpkin spice smells, warm sun, and cool evenings. We have all of the great fall activities for kids and families that you’ll want to check out to plan some fun days! Our guide to pumpkin patches…


Halloween is Happening! 2020 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

IT’S ALIVE! (Halloween, that is.) Dust those cobwebs off your costumes, because Halloween is happening! The western suburbs have pulled out all the stops to ensure you and your little goblins have a spook-tacular time. After all the spring and summertime cancellations, we’re over the moon at the sight of so many family-friendly Halloween events. Creep through haunted forests, carve…


Updated Guide to the Best Kids Birthday Party Places, Ideas, Entertainment, Decor

Looking for kids birthday party places? Need to hire entertainment? Balloon decorations? Yard Signs? Bounce houses? We have all the options so you can plan a memorable party. What’s even better is that we have descriptions and contact information so you have everything in one place! Your one-stop-shop for kids party planning. You will find four sections below: kids birthday…


Free Educational Web Series from Corsalus Financial

As summer winds down and school begins, it’s an opportune time for us, as parents, to be able to look ahead and plan for the future. One of our amazing sponsors, Corsalus Financial, is making it easy to quickly get up to speed about what we should be thinking about in regards to investments, as well as some basic educational…


September Free Days at Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

On September 9–10, 16–17, 23–24, and September 30, 2020 Illinois residents can reserve a time to visit Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), and receive free tickets directly to your email for contactless admission. Starting September 10, MSI is also adjusting Thursday hours to 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. so you can enjoy the Museum later in the day. photo…


HGTV is Casting Suburban Chicago Homeowners for Their New Show!

How cool is it that HGTV is specifically looking for families in the west and northwest suburbs for their new show?! If you are thinking about doing a home renovation between now and March, 2021 keeping reading because HGTV is teaming up with Tiffany Brooks to help guide you through your project. One of Tiffany’s recent kitchen renovation projects Ideal…


Kid-Friendly Virtual Theater Options in Chicagoland: Fall-Winter 2020-21

The joy of a live theater experience with the family may be temporarily on hold due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other wonderful ways to enjoy the stage at home! Some Chicagoland area theater groups have gotten creative in these times, offering virtual theater experiences that are perfect for kids. Leo Lionni’s FREDERICKChicago Children’s TheatreAugust 17,…


Get Fresh Produce Straight to Your Front Door From Jepsen Produce

Jepsen Produce in Burr Ridge has been delivering the freshest produce to local restaurants for 20 years and is now offering that same service to your front door! Jason and Lauren Jepsen are industry experts and I was excited to hear that they are now delivering their wonderful fruits and vegetables to our homes. This article is sponsored by Jepsen…


September 2020 Family-Friendly Events

Fall is here! Get ready for cooler temps, pumpkins everywhere, and lots of family fun. We’ve got you covered for September family-friendly events, as well as ways to soak in the beautiful fall colors or enjoy an apple picking farm. A crisp fall night is perfect for a fall family campout (complete with s’mores, of course!). Best of all, many…


Safe Studio Standards at Impact Dance Studio

Impact Dance Studio has taken several new precautions to ensure the highest standards in sanitization and cleaning procedures every day to keep their dancers safe! The fall session at Impact starts this week and continues for ten weeks, so check out the video below to see how they are ensuring a safe environment for our kids, then click here to…


The Morton Arboretum Children’s Garden is Open

Good news from The Morton Arboretum: They are reopening the Children’s Garden and Ginko Restaurant! The Children’s Garden reopens on Aug. 17, with hours from noon to 4 p.m. every day, with last entry at 3:30 p.m. Entrance to the Garden is free with general admission timed-entry tickets or member passes to the Arboretum, which must be obtained online in…


New Playground! Lester Community Park in Downers Grove

Lester Community Park, comprised of two new vibrant playgrounds on either side of Lester Elementary School in Downers Grove, is open for play starting Tuesday, August 18, 2020! These inclusive playgrounds provide equipment that is accessible to children of all abilities and developmental levels. Both the East and West Sides have artificial turf that is soft to walk on and…