Articles by Kristen Sheehan

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…



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…


Winter Break Camps for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs 2018–2019

Winter break is coming! Once the holiday hustle comes to a halt, you may be like me and be looking for a way to get your little ones out of the house.  Perhaps there are some interests they have they would like to spend a little extra time exploring, or maybe there is a new activity they would like to…



Volunteering with Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

‘Tis the season of giving, comfort, and love.  The holiday season is a great time to teach children about giving, not only of gifts or money, but also our time.  Volunteering is amazingly rewarding.  There are many ways to volunteer – helping out a food pantry, hosting a bake sale for a cause, or even as simple as helping out…


2018 Best Decorated Halloween Houses: Drive By and Walk Through

If you have children seeking a little taste of the “spooky” side of Halloween, check out these amazing home Halloween displays! You can take a tour in your car together as a family and some have paths to walk through. From spooky settings with live actors to a house with a totally transformed facade, they will not disappoint. Please do…


STEAM Classes for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

STEM and STEAM classes are a paradigm shift from basic text book learning. They open up amazing opportunities for children to use their creative minds, apply critical thinking, and work together. The term “STEM” was coined to cover Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Not long after the term started to be used, the “A” was added to include “Art.” If…


Classes for Little Kids Age 0-5 in the Southwest Suburbs

It is that time of year again: back to school, and back to activities! With school back in session, there are many extra curricular activities starting again. If you have older children who are involved in activities, chances are your little ones have wanted to tag along or join in the fun. Here are some ideas to keep the littlest…