Articles by Sara Heiserman

2018 Southwest Suburban Preschool and Daycare Guide

With so many choices available in the southwest suburbs, finding the right preschool or daycare for your family can overwhelming. Parents often put extra pressure on ourselves to find the ideal environments for our children. While we can’t pick the perfect preschool (or daycare) for you, we’re giving you a head start by breaking down your options into three categories:…


Kids’ Tennis Lessons and Indoor Programs in the West Suburbs

This summer, my 4- and 6-year-old sons tried tennis for the first time . . . and loved it! Tennis offered my super-active guys the perfect combination of physical and mental exertion to keep them engaged and moving. After a few days of tennis camp, they were hooked! Tennis is an awesome sport for helping young athletes develop coordination, agility,…


Kids’ Tennis Lessons and Indoor Programs in the Southwest Suburbs

If you’re hoping to keep your kids active this fall and winter, you might want to give  tennis lessons a try! They’re great for helping kids build endurance, coordination and agility. Plus, tennis is  a lot of fun to play together as a family. But best of all, tennis is a popular sport that kids can enjoy now and later…


Haunted Walks, Hayrides, and Haunted Houses in Chicago’s South Suburbs

It’s that time of year again! Ghosts and ghouls are everywhere… especially in the Southwest suburbs. Celebrate Chicagoland’s spookiest season by touring a haunted house, strolling along a haunted trail or boarding a haunted hayride. We’ve rounded up our best bets for thrills and chills in the area (along with some less-scary alternatives), so you’re sure to get every member…


Tutoring Services in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago

The beginning of the school year can be an exciting time full of new challenges and opportunities for young learners to grow. But for some students (and their parents), it can also be stressful. When a child requires more academic assistance than teachers or parents can provide, tutoring can be a useful tool to help boost progress. We’ve put together…


Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Southwest Chicago Suburbs

Hot apple cider, cozy hayrack rides and colorful leaves crunching underfoot in the cool, crisp air: there’s nothing quite like the sights, sounds and tastes of fall. And there’s no better place to enjoy them than at a fall festival in the Midwest. Here in Chicago’s southwest suburbs, we’ve got pumpkin farms and fall festivals galore! So take a look…


Cheerleading Programs for Kids in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs

All-star cheerleading gyms and community programs are popping up all over the suburbs. It seems kids and their parents are discovering the many benefits the sport of cheerleading offers young athletes. Whether they’re participating in a recreational or competition-based program, cheerleaders learn firsthand the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship. And because every cheerleader is a crucial member of a close-knit…


Chicago Dogs Baseball Features Family Sundays

Recently, my family had an opportunity to visit Impact Field in Rosemont for a Chicago Dogs baseball game on “Family Sunday”. While I expected everything to be clean and shiny at Chicago’s newest ballpark during its inaugural season (and it was!), I was pleasantly surprised by what a stress-free and truly family-friendly experience the day turned out to be. Chicago…


Miniature Golf Courses in the Western and Southwestern Suburbs

Summer is all about thrills big and small, so take the kids on a mini adventure close to home by exploring one of Chicagoland’s miniature golf courses. With themes ranging from ghosts and ghouls to outer space, there’s something to spark any kid’s imagination. And the best part about mini golf is that grown-ups don’t have to sit on the…


Outdoor Pools with Day Passes in the Southwest Suburbs

Summer vacation is in full swing, and it’s time to get your swim on at all the outdoor pools with day passes near us! With so many great, family-friendly pools conveniently located in the southwest suburbs, you don’t have to pick just one. Purchasing a day pass is great way to explore new waters or get together with out-of-town friends…


2018 Summer Music Series in the Western Suburbs

Here in the western suburbs, we know that there’s no better way to spend a lazy summer night than by gathering with friends and neighbors in a local park to enjoy some live music. It’s a great way to get the kids outside for some good, wholesome fun while you get to sit back, relax and take in some great…


Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids in the West and Southwest Suburbs

Here in the Chicago suburbs, we’ve got the best of both worlds: city life and wide open spaces. We don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors! Not only is exploring our natural environment an incredible learning opportunity for kids, but it’s also one of the most entertaining and rewarding ways to enjoy a beautiful spring or summer…