Articles by Nicole Majewski

Horseback Riding Stables and Farms Where Kids Can Saddle Up

Giddy up to theses local horseback riding stables and farms! Local farms and stables in the Chicagoland area offer horseback riding lessons and pony rides, for your younger equestrians. My three kids love grooming and petting horses as well as going for pony rides and horseback rides, as they are getting older. Visiting farms and stables give children the opportunity…


10 Sunflower Fields Near Chicago to Brighten Your Day

“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. It’s what sunflowers do.” – Helen Keller. Brighten your day by getting lost in a maze and cutting your own fresh flowers at these local sunflower fields! These sunflower fields near Chicago include mazes, u-pick, and more. Be sure to bring bug spray, sunscreen, and sunglasses when winding through the…


Blueberry Picking Near Chicago: U-Pick Blueberries + Tips for Your Trip

Pick a sunny, summer day and head to one of these U-Pick blueberry farms, all just a short drive away. Blueberry picking generally starts in mid-July and runs approximately 3-4 weeks. Blueberries freeze nicely, so you can enjoy their deliciousness (and antioxidants) year-round. But where to find blueberry picking near here? We’ve rounded up all the blueberry U-Pick farms within…


A Day at the Farm: Local Farms to Visit with Kids

Brainstorming ways to a-MOO-se your kids? Take a day trip to a local farm! There are a lot of great options in the Chicagoland area for barnyard animal lovers. Along with animal visits, many of these local farms help educate kids about nature, growing food, and history. (If you’re looking for a hands-on activity right now, check out local U-Pick…


Where to See Waterfalls Near Chicago

Looking for a fun hike with breathtaking views? Check out these waterfalls in the Chicagoland area! My kids love hikes with a destination. Finding the hidden waterfall and then wading in the creeks below, is right up their alley. These waterfalls are so beautiful and peaceful, but can be a fun place to explore with kids of all ages. Remember…





2021 Farmers Markets and French Markets

#Shoplocal! Local produce, products, and much more at farmers markets all around the Chicagoland suburbs. Head out with your children to pick out fruits and vegetables that are locally grown and products that are locally sourced. Kids often become adventurous eaters when they are part of the picking, planning, and preparing, too. Many farmers markets have live music, food for…


Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing, Plus Local Shops

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…


These Local Spots Have Kid-Friendly Afternoon Tea Times

Let’s slow down time, get all dressed up, and have afternoon tea with kids at these elegant, yet kid-friendly establishments throughout Chicagoland. Afternoon tea is such a lovely experience to share with your children! These local, charming venues hold tea times specifically for children. The food, ambiance, and tea choices cater to kids. Afternoon tea would be a great way…


Sensory-Friendly Chicagoland: Activities and Events for Special Needs

We have the scoop on sensory-friendly events for children with special needs! These all-inclusive events are often limited to smaller group sizes to help reduce noise and activity, while increasing engagement and the ability for kids to move about. There are many new options of theaters, play places, museum times, and movie screenings that accommodate special needs. My whole family…