Articles by Annie Tandy

Weekend Events: July 21-23, 2017

This list of family-friendly weekend events is sponsored by Stratford Square Mall. Join them for the WTTW Kids Big Idea Live Tour! The WTTW Kids Lab Guys will be at the Center Court at Stratford Square Mall for a free, fun-filled live show for kids and families on Friday, July 21 from 11 am until 12:30 pm. They will explore…


Origami in the Garden and More Nature Fun at The Morton Arboretum

We had the pleasure of going to The Morton Arboretum to see Origami in the Garden this past weekend. Have you seen it yet? It is a nice, relaxing walk around the arboretum and we enjoyed reading about the meaning and inspiration behind each of these sculptures. As you walk along the path, enjoy and admire beautiful metal sculptures that…


August Dance Camps and Fall Registration

There are still some spots available at the Jo’s Footwork Studio Dance Camps in August if you are looking for an activity for the end of the summer! They are also hosting several open houses for dance registration where you can sign up for classes, enter to win an entire 2017-18 season of free classes, and receive a 10% discount…


Best Playgrounds for Elementary School-Aged Kids

Scope out some new spots for your family! We asked all of you for the best playgrounds for elementary school kids and you answered… with all of these great parks, one that just opened last week. There are special stories behind some of these play areas, so check them out and have fun! Harvester Park, Burr Ridge When you walk…


Weekend Events: July 14-16, 2017

Friday is a great night to see an outdoor movie or listen to some music because there are plenty of options! Taste of Westmont is this weekend and La Grange Park’s 125th birthday is on Saturday, so they will have entertainment for the whole family. Museum of Science and Industry also just let me know that they will giving away…


Best Mulch-Free Playgrounds

The results are in! You voted for the best mulch-free playgrounds in the western suburbs and we traveled around to check out your picks. Wow, are they amazing! You are going to love the colorful, mud-free surfaces. Below are photographs and descriptions of each playground so you can choose which parks to go to first! Seven Gables Park, Wheaton Owens…


Kid-Friendly Wild West Experience at Donley’s Wild West Town

When you walk into Donley’s Wild West Town, you are transported to a different time and place. The rides, activities, and attractions vary from slingshots to a shooting gallery and pony rides to a rollercoaster. This themed amusement park has so much more than I thought when first hearing about it. It’s a great kid-friendly and old-timey wild west experience!…


Weekend Events: July 7-9, 2017

This list probably feels like it’s coming early after the long weekend, but it’s only a couple days until the next couple days off work! Taste of Chicago continues this coming weekend, there are also various outdoor movies, summer concerts, touch a truck, family fishing, and many other kid-friendly events in the western suburbs. Now is also the perfect time…


Feed Giraffes and Meet Penguins at Brookfield Zoo

If you’ve ever wanted to mingle with penguins or see a giraffe up close, now is your chance! The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is giving zoogoers the opportunity to meet their favorite feathered and lanky friends at its new Penguin Encounter and Giraffe Feeding programs. We had the pleasure of feeding the giraffes and it was a…


Go Ape for Kids: Treetop Junior Chicago + Go Ape Discount Code

Treetop Junior Chicago, located at Bemis Woods in Western Springs is opening tomorrow, July 1, 2017! We were so excited to hear that there is a Go Ape option for kids because my husband and I had an afternoon date there that we will never forget last year (click here to read our review of the Go Ape Treetop Adventure)…


Best Parks with Walking Paths

Want to take a stroller walk? Meet some friends at the park and take a walk between play breaks for the kids? We checked out all of the following playgrounds and walked for a while on the paths… wow, was it relaxing! All of the paths in this list are paved and the photographs include some of the playground equipment…


Weekend Events: June 30 – July 2, 2017

Looking for 4th of July related events and activities? Here’s the full list of fireworks and parades in the western suburbs: 2017 4th of July Fireworks and Parades. The Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta is this Saturday! My son and I decided to build a boat for the first time this year and I’m hoping we don’t make fools of ourselves! Regardless,…