Articles by Nicole Majewski

Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area

Oh my gourd, I love fall! It’s time for one of our favorite outings of the fall season . . . picking the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch! You’ll find locations that not only offer pick-your-own pumpkins, but also all kinds of great attractions, children’s rides, and tasty fall treats. Spend a few hours or a whole day with…


The Most Amazing Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Suburbs

Fall in Chicagoland is a picturesque setting with warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights. I feel like it’s our last chance to take long family walks, go out for bike rides, and enjoy nature without bundling up too much. There are plenty of wonderful opportunities to soak in the beauty of the season. (Looking to get the best fall…



The Best Local Activities for Elementary Kids Ages 6–8

Kindergarten is the age when parents can breathe a collective sigh of relief. You’re no longer carrying a diaper bag around or worried that your toddler is going to run from you at the park. Celebrate this new independence by trying out places that may have felt intimidating before. These top activities are perfect for elementary-aged children as they transition…


Apple Picking: U-Pick Apples Near Chicago and the Suburbs

Apple picking is one of the most popular fall activities for making family memories in the midwest. Lucky for us, there are quite a few orchards within a reasonable distance of Chicagoland. My kids love sitting on their Dad’s shoulders and picking the most red apple they can find. Our favorite part, of course, is sampling the product, as we…


What to Do at Mallard Lake in Hanover Park

Mallard Lake offers families fresh air, sunshine, and beautiful views! Mallard Lake is DuPage County’s largest recreational lake in the forest preserve district. We spent the whole morning walking, fishing, and soaking in the lake breeze and wetland views. We have the whole scoop on all the activities to enjoy at this nature preserve! Mallard Lake in Hanover Park Mallard…


Where to Find Parent/Child and “Mommy and Me” Classes

Parent/child and “mommy and me” classes are the perfect way to get out and get active with your little one! Not only will you enjoy singing, dancing, jumping and getting creative together, but you’ll also both have fun socializing with your peers. Some classes are in person and some are offering zoom classes online! Making connections with others is just…


Dance Classes for Kids in the West Suburbs

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…


Local Wrestling Clubs and Academies for Kids

All I do is pin, pin, pin, no matter what! Does your athlete have an interest in joining a wrestling club or trying out the sport? Check out one of these wrestling clubs in the western suburbs. Wrestling clubs teach weight training, cardio, flexibility, and sportsmanship. If you son or daughter is competitive, these clubs and academies have the coaching…


Cheerleading for Kids in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Be loud, be proud, and check out these cheerleading clubs! Is your child interesting in trying a cheerleading or tumbling class? Cheerleading involves dance, tumbling, jumps, cheers, and stunting. We’ve got classes, clubs, and camps for your cheerleader. There are a variety of competitive and non-competitive options for each age group. Cheerleading Clubs and Classes in Chicago’s Western Suburbs Many…


Kids Hockey Classes and Teams in Chicagoland

In addition to local rinks that offer kids’ hockey classes and teams, there are also quite a few traveling teams in the Chicagoland area. Some spots offer classes for kids as young as 3 years old! Check below to find hockey classes and teams for every age near you. Hockey Classes and Teams for Kids Many local teams are getting…


Indoor Swim Lessons in the West Suburbs

When summer ends, your swim lessons don’t have to! Water safety skills are important to work on all year long. Keep that momentum going throughout the school year with indoor swim lessons. These facilities all offer indoor swim lessons starting at about 6 months old, with some companies starting as early as 3 months old. This article is sponsored by…