Articles by Katie Mayle

St. Patrick’s Day with Your Lucky Little Leprechauns

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Around the western suburbs, you’ll find plenty of St. Patrick’s Day events for you and your lucky little leprechauns. With parades, Irish dancing, arts and crafts, and hunting for gold, the fun isn’t limited to March 17th. We’ve also included information about the legendary dyeing of the Chicago River and parades in the…




Daddy Daughter Dances (and Valentine’s Events) in the West Suburbs

Nothing beats quality one-on-one time with your child, and these Daddy-Daughter dances provide girls with the perfect opportunity for a fun-filled night with the men in their lives. Dads, stepdads, grandpas, uncles, older cousins, or even close family friends can come bust a move on the dance floor. These events include dancing (of course), refreshments, crafts, keepsake photos, flowers, and…



Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee Review and Deals

Winters in Chicago can be long, and my children get so sad when I pack away our swimsuits for the season . . . so this year, we decided not to! We just celebrated our son’s 1st birthday with a mini-vacation to the newly renovated indoor waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee. We wanted lots of options for family…



An Insider’s Guide to Holiday Magic at the Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo is one of our family’s favorite places to go, and winter doesn’t stop us. Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo is a great way to see your favorite animals and experience the excitement of the holiday season! With beautiful light displays, Christmas trees decorated by local organizations, and a stop to see Santa and Mrs. Claus, Brookfield Zoo’s Holiday…


New! Playroom Cafe Two in Naperville

Picture this: you’re sitting in a comfy chair, drinking a hot cup of coffee, while your children play happily around you. Sounds like a dream, right? It’s not a dream, Playroom Cafe Two is opening on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 in Naperville! It’s a beautiful new cafe where children can explore and have fun as their parents enjoy a delicious…



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…