Articles by Katie Mayle

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: April 16–18 and Beyond

While Earth Day isn’t until April 22, 2021, organizations are starting their celebrations this weekend. Over the last year, our family has spent more time outside than ever before. Our hikes through local forest preserves, as well as visits to the Morton Arboretum or Lincoln Marsh, have encouraged even our 2-year old to appreciate how incredible nature is. We hope…


Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee

Randall Oaks Zoo is the perfect spot for animal lovers with camels, owls, cows, goats, llamas and so much more! This interactive zoo helps guests get up-close with the animals during their visit. The size of the zoo is ideal in that guests can see all the animals easily, not tire out from walking a lot, but still have a…


May 2021 Family-Friendly Events

May is full of events to get us all outside together! Story times in the park, hikes in the woods, touch-a-truck events, and more are happening all across the suburbs. You’ll also find indoor events at museums, libraries, and more. So check out the events below and be sure to sign up early; many events require registration, and you don’t…


Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Making, Buying, and Celebrating Kites

Flying a kite is such a sweet and simple activity for kids. Practice problem-solving skills together as you test out the wind, run together to get the kite started, and cheer with excitement when your kite is finally off the ground. Practice at home and give it a try at one of the kite-flying events below. We’ve even included some…


2021 Pool Memberships: Early Bird Discounts and Opening Days

It’s hard to believe, but before you know it, we’ll be sitting pool side in the summer heat. Pool memberships are a cost-effective way to maximize your summertime fun. Many local pools are forgoing membership offerings in the summer of 2021, but there are still plenty of spots for limitless pool time. Please note that these details are based on…


10 Over-the-Top (Literally!) Milkshakes in Chicagoland

Milkshakes are a favorite treat in our house, and these extreme milkshakes are taking it to the next level. Cupcakes, donuts, and cookies piled high on top of these already delicious shakes are the added bonus you didn’t know you needed. Perfect for sharing, these over-the-top milkshakes are sure to be a crowd pleaser. I’ve also included a few fancy…


Local Restaurants with Easter Dinner Takeout and Delivery Options

What a year it has been! Like many families, our Easter plans drastically changed in 2020 when we first began social distancing. While restaurants are able to host indoor dining this year, many are also choosing to offer their curbside pickup and delivery options for guests who would prefer to enjoy their Easter meals at home. Take all of the…


April 2021 Family-Friendly Events

We’re not fooling around, April is going to be a fun-filled month! We start the month celebrating all things Easter, but there is so much more to look forward to in April. Prepare your home garden, participate in a park clean-up, dust off your fishing pole, or celebrate all the other things that make our planet incredible this Earth Day….


2021 Easter Bunny Sightings in the West Suburbs

Play a round of B-I-N-G-O, enjoy a delicious brunch, or hop on by for a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny at these family-friendly Easter events. We’re egg-cited to see so many options able to run with extra safety guidelines in place. Nearly all of these events require advance registration, so now’s the time to start hunting for your family’s…


Hop On Over to These 2021 Easter Egg Hunts

The hunt is on! We’re hopping with egg-citement to see so many great egg hunt events this spring. Get ready for outdoor, glow-in-the-dark, flashlight, and aquatic fun! Grab your baskets and make sure to arrive before the start times listed. In seconds, all the eggs are gone. Click on the dates and times within the description for more information on…


Tips for Visiting Blackberry Farm in Aurora (and 2021 Free Days!)

Blackberry Farm is set to reopen on May 1, 2021 after being closed all last year! Blackberry Farm is full of rides, exhibits and historical demonstrations that will fill an entire day of family fun. Don’t plan on it being a short visit, as there is something to do for everyone. There isn’t a part of Blackberry Farm that my…


Kid-Friendly Bowling Alleys in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Bowling is one of our favorite family-friendly activities. We all cheer as the ball rolls down the lane, anticipating even just one pin being knocked down. With bumpers and ramps offered at nearly all locations, even your littlest bowlers will have a ball! Check out local lanes near here. Local Bowling Alleys in Chicago’s West Suburbs Stardust Bowl37 E Lorraine…