Activities at Home


Two children in Santa hats stand in front of a toy drive collection sign

Toy Drives and Donations
Toy drives in Chicago's western suburbs for unopened toys and places to donate gently used toys. Find a great organization that provides for those in need!

Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide for the Western Suburbs
All of the kid-friendly Halloween events, activities, costumes ideas, kids eat free, books, crafts, and more in one place!

Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide for the Southwest Suburbs

The Teal Pumpkin Project and Other Allergy-Friendly Halloween Ideas
Halloween can be tricky to navigate for parents of kids with food allergies. We put together some strategies for an allergy-friendly Halloween night.

“Kindness Rocks” and Local Rock Painting Groups
Local rock painting groups are getting in on the fun of painting and placing fun, inspirational Kindness Rocks around town. Check out local groups!

Games To Play With Big Families

Holiday Gift Guide for Kids of All Ages
We've scoped out all the new toys and games this season and only our favorites are included in this holiday gift guide.

Girls Birthday Party Themes
Photos and descriptions of some of our favorite birthday party themes. Creative and doable ideas here!

How Thanksgiving Began

Easy Prepared Food for Thanksgiving

Fall Spice Play Dough
The perfect play dough recipe for autumn with great aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Your kids are going to love this!

Our Favorite Picture Books and Chapter Books
Picture books and chapter books for young children of all ages. Get our picks with a mini-review of each.