Articles by Katie Mayle


Gymnastics Open Gym Summer Schedule for the West Suburbs

Gymnastics open gym time is a great way for kids to have fun, test their gymnastics skills, and challenge themselves physically (with the comfort of foam mats and pads). These local gymnastics facilities all offer a summertime open gym schedule. On some of the websites, you’ll find a waiver to print and sign so you’re ready to play right when…


2019 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Western Suburbs

Nothing feels more like summer than 4th of July fireworks and parades. Each town celebrates in their own family-friendly way, whether walking the streets in a patriotic parade or enjoying a colorful fireworks show at dusk. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs, and your best patriotic gear to check out one of these awesome Independence Day celebrations with your family!…


Classic Car Shows for Summer 2019

Classic car shows are the perfect reason to be outside on a beautiful summer night. You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to appreciate the detail and design of vintage or specialty cars. Mingle with the owners, and talk to your child about your (or your parents’!) first car. Bring the whole family to check out all the classic…


2019 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs

The only thing better than summer fun is FREE summer fun! Having a blast doesn’t have to break the bank. With classic car shows, outdoor movies, splash pads, nature centers, and more, there’s something for every family. Check out these great free summer activities all around the western suburbs. 2019 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs Here are a…


Your Guide to 2019 Summer Music Concerts in the Western Suburbs

As you work on your summer bucket list, don’t forget an outdoor concert as a part of a summer music series in the western suburbs. (After all, we endure winters in Chicago in order to be able to enjoy summertime fun outside!) Whether you’re taking in a children’s performance or a sunset serenade, get your family and friends together to…


Summer 2019 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs

Pack some popcorn and your lawn chair to enjoy a beautiful summer evening with outdoor movies in the western suburbs. All of these free events feature family-friendly movies, and some may sell concessions or have pre-show entertainment. Click on the listing to see more information such as the specific location and suggestions on what you should bring. Oh, and don’t…


Review: American Girl Live at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago

My daughters, ages 5.5 and almost 4, loved everything about American Girl Live. Most families had children around this age, but slightly older girls seemed to be just as happy. The songs were catchy and the cast was phenomenal. I loved the messages about being a good friend, standing up for yourself, and persevering in tough situations. The positive vibe…


Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer 2019 in the West Suburbs

Vacation Bible School is a fun and interactive way for kids to explore religion and learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. Every summer, there are countless VBS opportunities all over the west suburbs! In general, VBS is for ages 4 through 12, although some churches welcome children younger. Most churches encourage anyone to attend, even if…


2019 5k Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs

Spring and summertime in Chicago bring the perfect weather to get outside and enjoy these races and fun runs with your family. Set an active example by signing yourself up, too! Kids can sprint in a 100-yard dash, test their endurance in a 1-miler or push themselves to complete a full 5k. Along with the running, kids will love the…


Bunny Breakfasts and Other Easter Meal Options in the West Suburbs

The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance at these breakfast and lunch events. Enjoy delicious food, join in on the Easter fun, and don’t forget your photo hop-portunity.¬†Nearly all of these bunny breakfasts require advance registration or reservations, so please click on the links for more details. 2019 Bunny Breakfasts and Easter Meals in the West Suburbs Breakfast With…


All the 2019 Kids Eat Free Deals in the West Suburbs

Kids eat free deals make it more affordable for families to enjoy a special night out (and get a break from the pre-dinner scramble). This round-up of area restaurants with kids eat free specials will help you find a deal any night of the week! Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree to score the deal. Even though…