Articles by Claudia Coyne

Museum and Zoo Memberships: Are They Worth It?

Family outings to museums and zoos can get costly, especially when you add in parking and special exhibits. While admission and donations often go towards improving the organizations, most of us are still looking to get the most bang for our buck! Many museum memberships will pay for themselves after two or three visits, but some take longer. We’ve compiled…




Baby and Toddler-Friendly Places for Fun with the Littlest Ones!

It’s that time of year when the holidays have ended, the cold is fierce, and cabin fever has set in. If you’re over the post-new-year hibernation, look no further. There are many indoor options to keep your babies and toddlers entertained while we wait for spring. Break out of the house and check out some of the baby and toddler-friendly…


Daddy Daughter Dances in the Southwest Suburbs

February is coming, and love is in the air. There’s not many things stronger than the love between father and daughter. And while dressing up is half the fun for a little girl, they consider going to ‘the ball’ with the most important man in their life a dream come true! Dads (and grandpas and uncles, too), get your best…


Review: Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood at DuPage Children’s Museum

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit is now open and will be at DuPage Children’s Museum until May 12, 2019. This new exhibit brings to life the themes presented in the award-winning PBS Kids television series created by The Fred Rogers Company that follows the adventures of 4-year-old Daniel Tiger and his friends. In Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit…


Winter Chicago Hotel Deals and Packages for Families

January and February are two of the slowest months in the hotel industry, so many hotels offer discounts and special packages to fill those rooms. Why not take advantage of the great deals to beat the winter blues with a mini Chicago vacation? These are some of the best packages available in Chicago right now! So dig a path to…


Find Retro Fun at Roller Skating Rinks in the West and Southwest Suburbs 

Before cell phones, video games, and Snapchat, kids used to spend their Friday nights skating around in circles at the local roller skating rink. While the disco ball spun, the DJ would play your favorite songs and you could share some nachos with your girlfriends (or the cute boy from chem class!). Well, those days don’t have to be over!…



Horse-Drawn Carriage and Trolley Rides for Old-Fashioned Holiday Fun

If the hustle of modern-day Christmas is bringing out your inner Grinch, why not slow down with an old fashioned horse-drawn carriage ride or holiday trolley trip? Many festivals in the area are offering rides around town. There are also special ones where you can view decorated homes in your area! Grab your cocoa and bundle up with your loved…


Churches with a Live Nativity for Christmas 2018

Often, the true meaning of Christmas gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Take some time out from the shopping and gift wrapping to remember the miracle of the first Christmas at a live nativity. Volunteers from all around join live animals to reenact the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to the manger where they…