Articles by Sara Heiserman


2019 Haunted Houses, Hayrides and Forest Walks

There’s a chill in the air . . . and little ghosts and goblins everywhere are on the hunt for a good scare! We’ve found all the haunted houses, hayrides and forest walks in our area with just-the-right-size frights for your skeleton crew. (Parental discretion is always recommended. If you’re unsure whether a particular event or venue listed below is…


Local Etiquette Classes? Yes, Please… and Thank You!

Raising kids is tough. Raising polite, confident and well-behaved kids is even tougher. But luckily for us, there are experts in Chicagoland who are willing to help us out. Consider enrolling your child in one of the etiquette training programs below, and you’ll have a little miss (or mister) manners in no time! Etiquette Classes for Kids in Chicagoland The…


Ninja Classes in the West and Southwest Suburbs

Kids’ ninja classes are popping up in gyms all over the western suburbs, and it’s not hard to see why. Little boys and girls love letting loose in this high-energy environment where kicking, punching, swinging, and jumping are actually encouraged! Part martial arts and part gymnastics, ninja training programs offer young athletes the best of both worlds. This article is…


Kids’ Tennis Lessons and Classes

If you’re looking for a sport that the whole family can enjoy year-round, give tennis a try. Not only does this popular sport get little hearts pumping, but it also requires kids to think on their feet — literally! Head to the courts with one of the many youth tennis programs offered throughout the western suburbs. Hot tip: Also be…


Kids’ Theater and Drama Classes in Chicagoland

Is your child a natural performer? Or do you just want to help him tap into his creative side? Theater and drama classes offer a unique opportunity for children to develop new talents, boost their confidence, expand their imaginations and explore a colorful world outside of their own. Regardless of your child’s age or experience level, there’s a theater program…


2019 Chicago-Area Museum Free Days

One of the best things about living in the Chicago suburbs is the number of first-class museums that are just a short drive or train ride away. Exploring a new museum (or visiting an old favorite) is a wonderful way to spend the day as a family any time of year, but it’s even better when you can enjoy it…



All of the 2019 Summer Music Series in the Southwest Suburbs

Here in Chicagoland, we like to soak up every bit of summer. One of the best ways to do that is by grabbing your lawn chairs, packing a picnic lunch (or dinner), and heading out to your favorite park with friends and neighbors to enjoy some live music. We’ve got a long list of outdoor concert series in the southwest…


2019 Spring and Summer Art Fairs and Festivals in Chicagoland

It’s springtime in Chicagoland, and there’s beauty all around us! It’s the perfect time to take a stroll through an outdoor art festival to find that special piece of art to decorate your home, or maybe just to spark your own creativity . . . especially if you’ve got a budding artist in the family. Whatever your fancy, we’ve got…


Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

Here in Chicagoland, we’re pretty lucky. (Yes, I’ve been outside… but hear me out!) We’ve got an abundance of awesome museums and educational attractions just minutes away. But these visits can also be pretty expensive. Did you know that you can get free admission and discounts from your library when you check out the Museum Adventure Pass? Libraries have individual…