Articles by Jill Kowalski


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…



Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins on Saturday!

The pumpkin smash is Saturday, November 2, 2019! What is a pumpkin smash, you ask? Communities all over are holding events to collect jack-o-lanterns and prevent them from heading to landfills. Instead, they’ll be composted, which helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provides soil with much-needed nutrients. It’s an annual event, held the first Saturday after Halloween. So go green…


Kids Eat Free and Other Scary Good Deals for Halloween 2019

Halloween is increasingly becoming known as a day for restaurants to offer Halloween-themed discounts . . . especially to those in costume! After the kids have come down off of their sugar high and need a good meal, take them out to one of the restaurants below. All of the details for the discounts are included, but please check before…


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…


2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

We added even more family-friendly Halloween fun! Thank you to all of the local businesses, organizations, and community members that contributed to this awesome list of all the festive events going on this month. Halloween is a time to scare, but also a time to share- share fun memories with your little ones and families. Luckily for you, the west…


2019 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests

As the seasons change from summer to fall and then fall to winter, Chicagoans find themselves looking for opportunities to maximize the outdoors. Fall festivals and Oktoberfests are aplenty in the the suburbs. September and October are full of opportunities to celebrate the autumn season. Check out out awesome list of events near you! This article is sponsored by the…


Apple Picking: U-Pick Apples Near Chicago and the Suburbs

Apple picking is one of the most popular fall activities for making family memories in the midwest. Lucky for us, there are quite a few orchards within a reasonable distance of Chicagoland. Choose one of these nearby orchards and pick your own delicious, healthy apples! The map below shows the locations of each orchard so you can easily find them…


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…


Junior Golf Classes and Lessons in Suburban Chicago

Ready to graduate from mini golf? Golf classes and lessons are a great way to introduce your child to the fundamentals of golf. We’ve rounded up all the options with private, group, and simulated learning. Our list below is a great starting point to find a course near you! Golf Classes and Lessons Flagg Creek Golf Course6939 South Wolf RoadCountryside,…


Gymnastics and Tumbling Classes for Kids

Boys and girls of all ages love being free to bounce, cartwheel, and flip to their heart’s content! Gymnastics and tumbling classes are a great way for kids to build coordination, strength, and confidence. When finding a gym that suits your family’s needs, remember that almost all of these gyms offer open gym times that you can use as a…