Articles by Jill Kowalski

The Votes Are In: 10 BEST Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces

Thank you to all our readers who voted to help create our second annual list of best indoor playgrounds! You would not believe how much has changed in a year. New places have been added and others have left, but the top 3 remain the same. If you would like even more indoor play places to choose from, check out…


Review: Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Exhibits at MSI

Now through January 5, 2020 the Museum of Science and Industry is showcasing their Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibits. We always love visiting the Museum of Science and Industry and the extra bonus of seeing beautiful Christmas lights, celebrating the season, and learning about world traditions makes it special. Being indoors while enjoying all of it…


Climb to the Top of These Indoor Rock Climbing Walls in Chicagoland

Rock climbing walls are popping up all over the suburbs! They’re a great activity for kids and their families alike. That’s why we rounded up all the indoor rock climbing destinations in Chicagoland, from the city proper to the suburbs. It’s never too early to start rock climbing: many locations accept children as young as five years old and Ackerman…


Quick Trip: Milwaukee Zoo + Jelly Belly Factory Tour

If you are looking to take your kids on an easy and cheap getaway, Milwaukee, Wisconsin just may be for you! While searching for destinations to take our car-unfriendly kiddos, we needed a drive under 3 hours with cheap activities and plenty to do for kids. We decided on Milwaukee when I discovered that their county zoo had just opened…


$1 Summer Movies for Kids in the Chicagoland Area

Calling all movie buffs: $1 summer movies for kids are back in action! When the summer heat becomes all too much, cool off at your local participating movie theater for some really (really!) cheap children’s flicks. These movies discounts generally don’t come alone; bring some extra cash for heavily discount popcorn, candy, and soda combos. It’s hard to think of…



Celebrate Mom at These 2019 Mother’s Day Brunches and Events

Mothers Day brunches and other special events are being held in some really fun locations that will give you the chance to celebrate moms (or grandmas, or mommies-to-be, or dog-moms). If you’re a mom, forward this list to your partner or kids… and if you’re here for inspiration to celebrate the mom in your life, you’re in the right place!…



Where to Donate School Supplies and School Supply Drives

The start of a new school year brings a lot of nerves, but especially to those children who don’t have all the proper school supplies to start the year off right. School supply drives and school supply donation sites are plentiful all over the suburbs. If your budget allows, grab some extra school supplies while out shopping for your child…


The 31 Days Of August Calendar: Southwest Suburbs Edition

The 31 days of August are fast approaching and can mean many things. For some of us, sweet relief from summer break: the broken routine, the constant activities, the attempts to plan events, the many messes, and more are almost over. For others, sadness that another summer has gone by with our precious littles, who are growing up faster than…


10 Unique Experiences for Teens in the Chicagoland Area

Looking for a unique experiences for teens? Whether your want to join in on the fun as a parent or send your teenager off with friends, there are great options all over the Chicagoland area of experiences that any teen would enjoy. Use these ideas as jumping off points for gifts, bonding time, birthday parties, or social outings for a…


Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport

Big Run Wolf Ranch in Lockport is a non-profit facility that offers a wonderful opportunity to educate your children about North American wildlife. They are open to the general public on scheduled open house days, which occur 1–2 times per month. Passionate owners and volunteers run the ranch and provide many opportunities to learn. I have been visiting the ranch…