Articles by Kristen Sheehan

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…


Open Gyms for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs: Times and Prices

My kids love going to open gym times! Winter in our home means lots of pent-up energy, and one of the best ways to get the wiggles out is some good ol’ fashioned running, climbing and jumping. When you’re checking out these open gyms, be sure to take a peek at the class schedule; if your kids love tumbling around,…


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…



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…