Articles by Kristen Sheehan

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…


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…