Articles by Katie Mayle

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…


St. Patrick’s Day with Your Lucky Little Leprechauns

It’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your lucky little charms. Hunt for a pot of gold, set leprechaun traps, and give Irish dancing a try! Don’t fret that St. Patrick’s parades are canceled in 2021, we’ve found plenty of ways to have fun and celebrate in green. We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day 2021…


Local Fish Fry Events and Carryout for 2021

Having grown up in a Catholic home, I love a good fish fry on Friday. Keeping traditions alive during the pandemic has been tricky, but this is a great way to support local businesses. Restaurants, churches and VFWs throughout the western suburbs offer tasty fish options for families during Lent. Many have modified their menu or are limiting to carry-out…



Local Activity Kits and Subscriptions for Easy At-Home Fun

What are we going to do today? We’re in the dog days of winter, and finding our usual resources for fun to be tapped out. Activity kits are available throughout the suburbs to pick up and take home. In the summer of 2020, Nicole rounded up this amazing list of crafts, cooking, art projects, and more. We’ve recently added a…


March 2021 Family-Friendly Events

Spring is coming! As we move through these cold winter months and are finally able to comfortably be outside again, we’re excited to see so many fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day and Easter celebrations back on the calendar after having been canceled in 2020. Find all the details about these March family-friendly events below. The March calendar page is sponsored by…