Articles by Katie Mayle

Family-Friendly Weekend Events and More

We’ve entered the dog days of summer, and Clarendon Hills Park District is celebrating it. On Friday night, stop by their pet-friendly Dog Days of Summer family event in Prospect Park, and stay for a showing of The Secret Life of Pets 2. On Saturday, register for a timed-entry ticket at Transportation Zoo, Dupage Children’s Museum social-distancing touch-a-truck. Cantigny’s Second…


Kids Art Classes and Studios: Drawing, Painting, and More

Drawing and painting are wonderful ways for kids to express themselves! Creative kiddos of all ages can draw or paint during open studio time, classes, workshops, and summer camps. Take your little Picasso to a studio near you today and watch their inner artist shine through! This article is sponsored by the featured listings. Kids Drawing and Painting Studios in…


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…


Local Tutoring Services in the West Suburbs

Tutoring services offer a big help, especially when tutors tailor learning to your individual child’s needs and interests. That might mean bridging gaps or extending content further than classroom curricula. If your child struggles to stay organized, needs to know how to prepare for an upcoming test, or just wants homework help, these tutoring companies can help provide both academic…


Cooking Classes, Baking Lessons, and Foodie Fun for Kids

Cooking is many things: a life skill, a real-time science experiment, a creative outlet, and — in the right atmosphere — a whole lot of fun. While involving our kids in dinner prep is a great goal, it’s not always possible . . . especially when it’s 6:00 p.m. and everyone’s hangry. At a cooking class, kids get the chance…


Kids’ Tennis Lessons and Classes

If you’re looking for a sport that the whole family can enjoy year-round, give tennis a try. Not only does this popular sport get little hearts pumping, but it also requires kids to think on their feet — literally! Head to the courts with one of the many youth tennis programs offered throughout the western suburbs. Hot tip: Also be…


Local STEAM and STEM Classes in the West Suburbs

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…


Local Resources for Remote Learning and Homeschooling

Whether it’s something that’s always interested you or a path you’ve decided to explore due to the pandemic, we’ve got remote learning and homeschooling resources for you. Homeschooling offers the flexibility of creating a schedule and learning environment that works best for your family. Co-ops and groups all over the western suburbs encourage parents to work together to design learning…


Ninja Classes in the West Suburbs

Kids’ ninja classes are popping up in gyms all over the western suburbs, and it’s not hard to see why. Little boys and girls love letting loose in this high-energy environment where kicking, punching, swinging, and jumping are actually encouraged! Part martial arts and part gymnastics, ninja training programs offer young athletes the best of both worlds. This article is…


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…


Martial Arts Classes for Kids

If you’re looking to boost your child’s self-confidence, discipline, and strength, take a look at these dojos for martial arts classes! You’ll find taekwondo, hapkido, jiu jitsu, martial arts, and karate classes for children as young as 4 years old. Several of them offer free classes, or free trial weeks, so be sure to inquire. Park districts also often offer…


Indoor Soccer Classes and Teams for Kids

No muddy fields on this list! These local indoor soccer facilities offer budding soccer enthusiasts options for year-round skill building, recreational teams, classes, camps and clinics. To find the soccer club that best suits your family, check out our round-up of teams near you. Indoor Soccer Clubs, Classes and Camps Many local teams are getting creative with new ways to…