Articles by Jill Borkowicz

Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids + Free Books

Each year when the school year ends, I look for summer reading programs to ensure that my kids are continuing reading all summer long! There are so many free and fabulous programs that offer great incentives, foster a love of reading, and create enthusiastic, lifelong readers. Encourage your kids to keep reading cool books on those hot summer days with…


2018 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Western Suburbs

The 4th of July is such a fun part of summer with lots of local, family-friendly events! Here’s a great line up of all the colorful 4th of July fireworks displays and spectacular parades listed alphabetically by town for the western suburbs of Chicago. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs and your best patriotic gear, and check out one of these…


2018 Summer Festivals in the Western Suburbs

Picture a beautiful summer day, some tasty food, great live music, parades and carnival rides…  ahhh, summertime family fun awaits! There are loads of kid-friendly summer festivals lined up throughout the western suburbs. Check out our guide for the best summer fests in and around your area! This guide is sponsored by the North Riverside Block Party. North Riverside Biggest…


Summer Festivals in the Southwest Suburbs 2018

There are so many great summer festivals in the southwest suburbs this year! Bookmark this list and you can visit a different fest every single week this summer… or whenever you wake up looking for something fun to do as a family. Live music, rides, festival food, and more abound at these events, making them a great choice for a…


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…


Oak Park Conservatory and Rehm Park

A rich and colorful atmosphere await your family at the Oak Park Conservatory! This hidden oasis of the western suburbs is such a neat and uplifting place to visit with your kids… and it’s free. We enjoyed meandering down the the winding paths, taking in the citrus scents of the lemon trees, and being surrounded by warmth, nature and beautiful…


Indoor Fun for Tweens

Kids eventually hit a stage where they are “too old” for many of the places that you have frequented regularly to keep them entertained. Luckily, we have a whole bunch of fabulous ideas for indoor fun, all geared specifically for the tween years! Check out our list for every type of tween out there, from the adventurous to the artsty….


What to Do on a Snow Day

When it looks like a winter wonderland outside and the kids are going stir-crazy inside, you need some creative inspiration for what to do on a snow day. We’ve also got some excellent ideas for what to do should you venture out! If you have a favorite snow day activity, please share. We would love to add it to our…


Live Theater for Kids: Spring – Summer 2018

Bringing your kids to a live theater performance can be such a fun and memorable experience for the whole family. We have an excellent list for you highlighting all of the awesome shows coming to town this spring and summer! Whether it’s a big Broadway show you seek, or something of a smaller scale locally, the options are endless. Some…


Daddy Daughter Dances and Other Valentine’s Events

The daddy daughter dances and other Valentine’s events go through March and then the mother son events usually start in April, so those will be announced in the coming months. Most of the daddy daughter dances have registration deadlines, so I suggest checking all the events that you might be interested in! Keep scrolling down to see the complete list of Valentine’s…


Locations, Details, Pricing for Skiing and Snowboarding Near Chicago

Looking for a new wintertime adventure with the family? Look no further than our 2017–2018 guide of places to go skiing and snowboarding near Chicago! Whether you have a family of beginners or more experienced skiers and snowboarders in your group, we’ve composed a great list of places that cater to all levels. Stay local, travel a few hours for…