Articles by Kristen Sheehan


Top (Santa-Free!) Things to Do With Kids in December 2019

Although December gets swallowed up by the holiday season, there are plenty of things to do in Chicagoland that don’t involve Christmas or Santa. December is a great time to get out with the family and close up 2019 strong! There are plenty of things on this list to keep your kiddies happy (and busy) all month long, even if…



Lend a Hand Together at These Local Volunteer Opportunities

As a parent, I love fostering the importance of giving back and teaching our children to be thankful. Volunteering as a family is a wonderful opportunity to connect with each other and the world around you! Children learn how their role makes an impact locally or globally in the lives of others. Here are some incredible opportunities to get your…



Family Vacation to Branson: Shows to See, Attractions to Visit, and More

Branson, Missouri is known for its live theater shows, but there’s so much to do in this beautiful area of the Midwest! At 7.5 hours from Chicago, Branson makes for a great holiday break trip. Branson offers families a connection to the outdoors with boating, biking, golfing, hiking, fishing, cave exploring, and swimming. My family recently checked out Midwest gem…


Splash Pads Still Open: September 2019

The end of summer 2019 is upon us, and one sure sign is the closing of pools and splash pads. But most years, September weather is still warm enough to enjoy days of summer sun and water activities! Luckily, these splash pads still have splash time into September for your little ones to enjoy. Happy splashing! Splash Pads Open in…


Safety Villages and Safety Towns

Safety towns and safety villages give children an opportunity to practice the rules of the road, at-home safety, and even safety around strangers. Many have cute kid-sized buildings and structures for them to navigate as a passenger or pedestrian. Most of these villages are recommended for ages 4-10. Some have open exploration time, but most have camps with specific enrollment…


Review: The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party

I had the opportunity to attend The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party at the Chicago Children’s Theater at The Station over the weekend. I brought along my mom and two daughters, ages 5 and 7 months. This beautiful retelling of three Beatrix Potter classic tales delighted young and old! We enjoyed celebrating the holiday season with the cute activities before…



A Visit to the Elwood Children’s Garden

The Elwood Children’s Garden has so many creative spaces for kids to pretend, interact, and learn about nature and gardening! Read on for more details and photos of the garden (which also known as the Children’s Garden Project of Elwood), as well as tips for your visit. A Visit to Elwood Children’s Garden (the Children’s Garden Project of Elwood) Children’s…


Review: The Emperor’s New Clothes

My family and I were given the opportunity to go to see The Emperor’s New Clothes at the Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire. We had with us my 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, both of whom have never been to see live theater. While we weren’t entirely sure how this adventure would go, we were pleasantly surprised! Review: The Emperor’s New…