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…



Winter Fun! Places to Go Skiing and Snowboarding Near Chicago

My husband and I loved skiing together before we had children, and now that our two eldest children are showing interest, we can’t wait to get out there with them. (Fun fact: My husband and I got engaged at a ski lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado!) Traveling west is not always easy or affordable with little ones, but have no fear….


2019 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Chicago Suburbs

Halloween is just around the corner! Easily find your town’s recommended trick-or-treat hours in this helpful list. Check out the easy to print graphics if you are traveling to neighboring towns and share them with your friends! You’ll find trick-or-treat hours for the western suburbs, far west, and southwest suburbs in this handy article. Trick-or-Treating Hours in Chicago’s Western Suburbs…


2019 Best Decorated Halloween Houses to Drive By and Walk Through

Each Halloween, my kids get such a kick out of the “spooky” decorations they see in the stores. They’re too young for haunted houses, but truly enjoy seeing people’s houses decorated for Halloween. A great family outing could include a few cups of apple cider, some popcorn, and a tour in your car together to check out some of these…


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…


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…