Articles by Kristen Sheehan

Dance Classes for Kids

Do you have a little one who loves listening to music and twirling around your house? If your kids are anything like mine, they love any excuse to have a family dance party. Participating in dance activities is great for fitness and coordination — and dance is for everyone! Many of these studios offer the typical ballet and tap, but…


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…


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…


Kids Find Balance at These Local Yoga Classes for Kids

Yoga classes for kids are growing in popularity. Yoga offers little ones all the physical benefits it offers adults (balance, flexibility, and strength) . . . but also offers little minds focus and relaxation. My children love doing yoga at home with me, so I can’t wait to check out some of these classes for them! Some studios even offer…


Free Summer Fun for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs 2019

Summer is just around the corner! If your house is anything like mine, structure is definitely required, at least a few days per week. Many nights before bed, my children ask, “What are we doing tomorrow?” Planning events in the summer can be overwhelming and expensive, there are plenty of FREE activities available if you know where to look! Here…


2019 Farmers Markets in the Southwest Suburbs

There’s nothing like fresh produce straight from the farm at a local farmers market! Many markets feature things like baked goods, flowers, honey, meats, and cheeses in addition to your typical fruits and vegetables. (Some even have the occasional donut truck or face painting station!) So round up your family, grab a tote and some sunscreen, and check out these…


2019 Kite Flying Festivals and Events in Chicagoland

There is something so beautiful and innocent about a sky full of delightfully colored kites. Any time we joyfully announce “Let’s go fly a kite!” in our house, our children come running! They’re delighted by the dips and spins of these little diamond-shaped wonder charms, high in the sky. It’s National Kite Month, and Chicagoland is filled with opportunities to…


Kiss Me, I’m Going to These St. Patrick’s Day Events in the Southwest Suburbs

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and these events are sure to have you doing a jig in your green attire! There are quite a few parades and other cute festivities to celebrate this holiday and welcome in spring (we can only hope). Sláinte! 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs Saint Patrick’s Day Family Events Manhattan…


Live Theater for Kids: Spring – Summer 2019

A trip to the theater can be a fun outing for the entire family! Even the littlest guests will find themselves engrossed in the music and activity of these live action shows. Some of these shows feature an adult-only ensemble, while others are made up of children only. What a wonderful activity to explore and introduce your family to the…


Spring Children’s Resale Guide 2019

Spring resale season is approaching! It’s a great time to not only clean out your closets to sell or donate, but also shop all the great sales. Here are some of the best sales, along with sales listed by date. Some have admission fees and pre-sales for volunteers, members, or an extra fee, so check their websites for more information….


2019 Chicagoland Chinese New Year Celebrations for Kids and Families

You’ve packed away the last of the Christmas decorations, started tackling your New Year’s resolutions and managed to get the kids back into the swing of things (more or less). But wait! The party’s not over yet. The Chinese New Year — or “Spring Festival” as it is now known — is just around the corner, and we think you’ll love…


Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in the Western Suburbs

We have so many great ice skating rinks to choose from! From indoor to outdoor rinks, you will find a great place to glide around, get some exercise, and have fun with your kids. Skate rental and admission fees are listed, when applicable, and the best ways to find out if the outdoor rink ice is frozen and ready is…