Articles by Jill Borkowicz

Indoor Soccer Clubs, Classes and Camps

This list of indoor soccer options is sponsored by Glen Ellyn Park District and some of the soccer clubs have upgraded their listings in order to give you more information as well! Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center in Glen Ellyn is offering Bubble Soccer for ages 6-11 on Friday, December 1 from 6pm-7pm. Kids will have a blast as they…


Volunteering with Kids

Volunteering with kids is such a meaningful way to connect, all while helping the people who need it most. It’s a time to foster bonds, teach lifelong values and enrich the lives of others…now that is true quality time! We are surrounded by many fantastic organizations locally that are changing lives for the better daily. Check out a few of…


Kids Theater and Drama Classes

This list of kids theater and drama classes is sponsored by Children’s Theatre of Western Springs. Calling all kids with imagination, creativity, energy and a need for fun! Whether a budding thespian, aspiring singing or crazy comedian, or just looking to increase self-confidence, there’s room for everyone at Children’s Theatre of Western Springs.  Spring session is January 8th to May 7th,  offering classes such as Wizard of…


Indoor Rock Climbing Walls

Indoor rock climbing is an ideal recreational activity for youth, as it helps develop physical skills, cognitive skills, courage, and confidence. The Ackerman Sports & Fitness Center’s Ackerman Alps features two 30-foot climbing walls with auto-belays where kids can experience the thrill of ascending the rock wall in a safe and convenient setting. Located in Glen Ellyn, the Ackerman Alps…


Haunted Houses and Haunted Forest Walks

Haunted houses are everywhere during the month of October… but we’ve also found some spooky Halloween walks that are sure to thrill! These events are not for everyone, and parental discretion is definitely recommended. If you are unsure of how scary any on our list might be, website links are provided so you can easily find out more information or…


Kids Tennis Lessons and Indoor Programs

This helpful list of kids tennis lessons is sponsored by Score Tennis & Fitness. Score Tennis & Fitness in Countryside is a privately owned tennis academy which takes pride in helping children succeed in all aspects of athletic development. They offer classes for children ages 4 years old and up. Whether your child is a basic beginner or already involved…


Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests 2017

Fall is such a beautiful time of year… with the changing leaves and crisp air comes an incredible line up of fun things to do as a family! We’ve rounded up some of the fall festivals that will be happening in your neighborhood, as well as venues that host fall activities all season long. There’s such a wide array of…


Theater for Kids Guide: Fall 2017 – Winter 2018

The fall and winter months bring a terrific line-up of theater for kids to see with the family. Whether it’s a big production in the city or a smaller production right in your neighborhood, there are plenty of wonderful options that will delight the whole family. Check out our extensive list of shows for kids that feature a cast of adult…


Music Classes For Kids

Whether you have little kids starting their first music classes, big kids ready to play an instrument, or a kid who just loves to sing and would like to explore vocal lessons… we have a comprehensive guide just for you, broken down by category. Our list is sponsored by Allison Hanscom, an experienced local piano instructor: “Would you like to…


Free or Inexpensive Places to See Animals

Do you have an animal lover in your house? Then this list is for you! We’ve gathered all of the free or inexpensive places to see animals in our area. Nature centers, farms, smaller zoos, and pet stores… we’ve scoped out all the possibilities for you! Are your kids into something that we can look into for you? Email us…


Kids Drawing and Painting Studios in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

For all the kids out there who love to create, we’ve rounded up some really awesome drawing and painting studios in the near western suburbs! Find summer camps, ongoing classes, and open studio time on each location’s website. There are wonderful offerings that kids of all ages can take advantage of! Kids Drawing and Painting Studios La Grange Park Making…


A Visit to Lake Katherine

We love exploring new places in the summertime and are thrilled that we discovered beautiful Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens in Palos Heights. We found the layout simple to tackle in a morning, complete with hiking trails, colorful gardens, a nature center, and plenty of opportunities to see wildlife. Parking was easy at the lot near the entrance….