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Kids Theater Guide: Fall ’19 – Winter ’20

We are so excited about all the fantastic family-friendly theater productions heading our way in the fall and winter months! From big shows in the city to smaller ones right in your neighborhood, there are plenty of excellent options to captivate the whole family. Check out our comprehensive list of shows for kids — some with a cast of adult…


Kids’ Basketball Teams, Leagues, and Skill Building

If your child dreams of nothin’ but net — or they’ve outgrown dunking on the Little Tikes hoop — you’ve got lots of choices. From competitive traveling teams to all-kids-play local leagues, we’re rounding up local basketball programs in the western suburbs. Don’t forget to check with your own local school and park district, too! This article is sponsored by…


Chicagoland Children’s Choirs and Youth Choirs

Children’s choirs are the perfect place for kids who enjoy singing to hone their skills, build their confidence, and be an integral part of a group that fosters creativity and respect. Your aspiring singer is sure to make new friends and have lot of fun in one of these excellent children’s choirs! Chicagoland Children’s Choirs Rising Stars Show ChoirLocations in…


STEAM and STEM Classes

Does your child love to tinker, get lost in a pile of LEGOs, or take apart their toys? These interests are all related to STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. At these STEAM classes, kids learn critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. They’ll have fun with friends while coding their own video game, designing their own invention, and so much…


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…


Local Tutoring Services

The new school year doesn’t have to mean frustration. Tutoring services offer a big help, especially when tutors tailor learning to your individual child’s needs and interests. That might mean bridging gaps or extending content further than classroom curricula. If your child struggles to stay organized, needs to know how to prepare for an upcoming test, or just wants homework…


Bump, Set, Spike! Volleyball Leagues, Classes, and Camps for Kids

Nothing encourages collaboration, communication and perseverance like team sports, so why not consider volleyball? Even if your child has never played before, there’s plenty of opportunities to give it a try! Check out these classes and clinics — as well as more competitive leagues. Ages range from preschool all the way into high school. This article is sponsored by the…


The Sales Are On! Fall 2019 Children’s Resales in Chicagoland

Excitement is in the air as back to school season is here! Children’s resale events are the perfect way to spruce up your child’s wardrobe without breaking the bank. Closets already ready for the new school year? Consider consigning at a resale! You’ll clear out items your family no longer needs, and give back to local schools and organizations. (You…


The Best Local Ice Cream Shops

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! There is something so sweet and wonderful about a family trip for ice cream in the summer! My family loves visiting our local, family-owned shops for sweet, creamy treats. Thank you to our readers for your Facebook and Instagram recommendations! There are so many on this list that we have…


SciTech StoryTime

“SciTech Storytimes” allow parents and their children to enjoy fun, engaging stories followed by STEAM based hands on activities. “SciTech Storytimes” will be co-lead by a Librarian from the Aurora’s Santori Public Library and a SciTech Museum Educator. LAST Thursday of the month at 10:30am – 11:30am



Maker Days at DuPage Children’s Museum

Come practice your problem solving skills and explore your creativity through a variety of “maker activities” at DuPage Children’s Museum. Create with unique materials alongside guest makers in The Studio’s Makerspace, write and craft your own book, tinker with Wild Little Machines, build with wheels in the Construction House, draw with 3D Doodle Pens, and more! Making is one of the strongest…