Articles by Katie Mayle

Santa Sighting Alert! Local Spots to See Santa in 2019

Here comes Santa Claus — right down our neighborhood lanes! What better way to ring in the Christmas season than a visit with Santa himself? At these family-friendly events, you’ll get to see the big guy (and maybe even catch a sighting of Mrs. Claus and the elves). Below, you’ll find tree-lighting ceremonies, parades, story times, photo opportunities, and more…


It Might Rain (Or Snow!) On Halloween, So Bookmark These Indoor Events

Don’t let the unpredictable Chicago weather bring down your Halloween fun! One year we are trick-or-treating in t-shirts, and the next we need our winter coats. This year, there’s even a chance of snow. These indoor Halloween events, from indoor trick-or-treating to Halloween-themed family movies, will keep your family warm and dry as you enjoy the holiday festivities. 2019 Indoor…


Boo at the Zoo! Fall Fun at Brookfield Zoo

Our family was invited for a day at Boo at the Zoo this weekend. While we frequently go to the zoo, this was our first time experiencing Brookfield Zoo’s special fall festivities. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday with our 6, 4 and nearly 1-year olds! We enjoyed seeing the animals with the added pumpkin-spiced touch that…


All the Local 2019 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events: Less Walking, More Candy!

Halloween fun isn’t limited to October 31st. Trunk-or-treat events are the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the excitement of Halloween without worrying about them tiring out too quickly trick-or-treating through your neighborhood. My children love passing out candy almost as much receiving it, so extend the fun by decorating your car and passing out treats to families. Some…


The Best Local Activities for Elementary Kids Ages 6–8

Kindergarten is the age when parents can breathe a collective sigh of relief. You’re no longer carrying a diaper bag around or worried that your toddler is going to run from you at the park. Celebrate this new independence by trying out places that may have felt intimidating before. These top activities are perfect for elementary-aged children as they transition…


Classes for Little Kids 0-5 Years Old: Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

Classes for little kids ages 0–5 years old help keep kids playing, learning, exploring, and engaging with other children. With countless classes offered for children at this stage in life, there’s something for everyone! Almost as important as the benefits for the kiddos: parents can meet and connect with other parents in this same stage of life. Check out all…


Kids Hockey Classes and Teams

Thanks to the excitement of pro hockey teams in the area, kids hockey is bigger than ever in Chicagoland! Use our list below to find a nearby rink that offers introductory skating classes or hockey basics. Does your child already have the fundamentals down? He or she may want to try out for a traveling team to put his or…


Horseback Riding Classes for Kids

Saddle up and enjoy a beautiful afternoon horseback riding. Local farms offer activities that help children of all ages get outside for some fresh air, while fostering their love for animals. From introductory lessons and birthday parties, all the way to trail rides and scout badge programming, there are a lot of great opportunities below to connect your child with…


Kids Day Out Programs in Chicago’s West and Southwest Suburbs

Kids Day Out (also known as Parents’ Day Out or Mother’s Day Out) programs are a great way to introduce your little one to the classroom . . . and get some “me time” back into your life, too! Kids play, learn and socialize with their peers in a preschool-like setting. Many programs provide you the flexibility to choose the…


Language Schools Where Kids Learn Spanish, Mandarin, French, & More

Hola! Bonjour! Ni hao! Dzień dobry! It’s no secret that immersing yourself in another language benefits your brain, so why not consider a language school for your kids? They’ll learn to embrace new cultures and traditions right along with the language — or learn more about their own cultural background. These language schools in the western suburbs offer a variety…


Where to Find Parent/Child and “Mommy and Me” Classes

Parent/child and “mommy and me” classes are the perfect way to get out and get active with your little one! Not only will you enjoy singing, dancing, jumping and getting creative together, but you’ll also both have fun socializing with your peers. Making connections with others is just as important for parents as it is for babies, and you may…


STEAM and STEM Classes

Does your child love to tinker, get lost in a pile of LEGOs, or take apart their toys? These interests are all related to STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. At these STEAM classes, kids learn critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. They’ll have fun with friends while coding their own video game, designing their own invention, and so much…