Winter

Winter Fun! Places to Go Skiing and Snowboarding Near Chicago

Even though the temperatures are dropping, the outdoor fun doesn’t have to stop. Bundle up and hit the slopes for hours of skiing and snowboarding family fun. My husband grew up loving winter sports, and is excited that this will be the year we finally get our two oldest on skis. I love that trying out skiing and snowboarding doesn’t…


2020 Drive-in, Virtual, and Live Theater and Holiday Performances for Kids

Make magical memories this holiday season with a kid-friendly theater performances! Whether you are starting a new tradition, or continuing a longstanding one, enjoying the arts as a family sparks some extra holiday magic. We have found live drive-in shows, virtual theater events, and heartwarming holiday classics to engage all ages. Check out all these great options, enjoy your time…


Kid-Friendly Virtual Theater Options in Chicagoland: Fall-Winter 2020-21

The joy of a live theater experience with the family may be temporarily on hold due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other wonderful ways to enjoy the stage at home! Some Chicagoland area theater groups have gotten creative in these times, offering virtual theater experiences that are perfect for kids. Leo Lionni’s FREDERICKChicago Children’s TheatreAugust 17,…




Free February Fun in Chicagoland

February in the Chicagoland area tends to be pretty miserable. Most of us have had enough of the cold, and to add insult to injury, we have an extra February day in 2020! Don’t worry, we have you covered. We have some awesome ideas for free February fun that will have you flying through February and looking ahead with bright…


Get Away to These Indoor Water Parks Near Chicago

Are you longing for summer fun during the long, cold winter months of Chicago? Try an indoor water park within driving distance from the Chicago suburbs. During the bitter months of our Chicago winter my family plays at libraries and indoor play places. When we start longing for summer fun, we bust out the bathing suits and head to an…


Insider Tips for the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park offers a unique ice skating experience in the heart of downtown Chicago! It’s pretty special to skate with the skyline as a backdrop. But what about parking? Is it crowded? Do we need to bring our own skates? When is the best time to go? We have tips for the Skating Ribbon to answer these questions and…


Special NYE Events and Winter Break Specials at Enchanted Castle

Lombard’s Enchanted Castle looks like a holiday fairytale this time of year! They’ve decked the halls with beautiful trees, decorations and twinkling holiday lights throughout. And then there’s the FUN… You’re going to want to check out the holiday fun specials they are offering over winter break and the New Year’s Eve party they are having for the entire family to…


Family Fun Holiday Discounts and Events at Haunted Trails Parks

There is a lot going on the next few weeks at Haunted Trails in Burbank and Joliet, including great holiday discounts and New Year’s Eve parties. Celebrate the holidays at Haunted Trails! Holiday Fun Specials Monday through Friday, December 20, 2019 through January 3*, 2020 you can enjoy $30 in game play plus one indoor attraction or ride for only…


It’s No Christkindlmarket, But the Yuletide Festival Brings Cheer on a Smaller Scale

After playing host to Christkindlmarket for three years, Naperville’s Naper Settlement is hosting a new holiday tradition for 2019: the Yuletide Festival. My family checked out the fest on its opening weekend to see how it compared — and to sample the hot cocoa, of course. Our Review of the 2019 Yuletide Festival in Naperville At first glance, the Yuletide…


Top (Santa-Free!) Things to Do With Kids in December 2019

Although December gets swallowed up by the holiday season, there are plenty of things to do in Chicagoland that don’t involve Christmas or Santa. December is a great time to get out with the family and close up 2019 strong! There are plenty of things on this list to keep your kiddies happy (and busy) all month long, even if…