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Halloween is Happening! 2020 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

IT’S ALIVE! (Halloween, that is.) Dust those cobwebs off your costumes, because Halloween is happening! The western suburbs have pulled out all the stops to ensure you and your little goblins have a spook-tacular time. After all the spring and summertime cancellations, we’re over the moon at the sight of so many family-friendly Halloween events. Creep through haunted forests, carve…


Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler: Activities for Kids 0–2

The first few years of parenting can be the most overwhelming, and sometimes the best thing for both you and your baby is a change of scenery. Climbing, dancing, playing and visiting animals are great ways to get out of the house and have fun with your little ones! Here’s our roundup of best places to go with a baby…


The Trains Are Running at 2Toots Train Whistle Grill

Lionel electric trains deliver food at 2Toots Train Whistle Grill, with special character cars to add extra excitement as they move around the tracks. Unfortunately, many train restaurants are closing, but 2Toots has locations in Naperville, Glen Ellyn, and Bartlett. Our family was invited for a dinner out (our first since March!) by the 2Toots location in Naperville, and we…


These Splash Pads and Spray Parks are Open Right Now

Splash pads are the perfect way for families to cool off in this summer heat. Young toddlers can explore the spouts and sprays, while big kids can drench themselves with dumping buckets. Some of these locations are even fenced in to contain your littlest runners. Click the links to confirm details about safety guidelines, modified hours or advanced registration requirements….


Local Activity Kits and Subscriptions for Easy At-Home Fun

What are we going to do today? If you are like me, I am trying to keep my kids active this summer, both mind and body. Activity kits are available throughout the suburbs to pick up and take home. Crafts, summer school at home, cooking, art projects, and more . . . and the best of all, someone else prepares…


Hop On Over to These 2020 Easter Egg Hunts

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EGG HUNTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED. This egg-ceptional list of Easter egg hunts in the west suburbs will have your little bunnies hopping with egg-citement. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor options for whatever weather comes our way this spring. You’ll even find late-night flashlight egg hunts and a few egg hunts in the shallow end…


Splash into Indoor Pools with Family Swim Times for Any Season

If these long, cold and dreary days have you and your crew dreaming of summer sunshine, treat your kids to the next best thing. Head to a local indoor pool for family swim! It’s a great way to get active together, and you’ll get a head start on perfecting your strokes before summer hits. From fitness centers to swim schools,…



Chicagoland’s Top Kid-Friendly Restaurants You Won’t Want to Miss

These kid-friendly restaurants go way beyond coloring pages. Think ride-on trains, hula dancers, custom balloon twisting, a spy-themed spot where you need to know the passcode, and even a stroller valet. We’ve rounded up our favorites, from local gems to over-the-top theme restaurants, to help make your family dining experiences extra-special. We hope this list helps your family form memories…


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…


Winter Fun! Places to Go Skiing and Snowboarding Near Chicago

My husband and I loved skiing together before we had children, and now that our two eldest children are showing interest, we can’t wait to get out there with them. (Fun fact: My husband and I got engaged at a ski lodge in Breckenridge, Colorado!) Traveling west is not always easy or affordable with little ones, but have no fear….


Birthday Party Giveaway! 2Toots Train Whistle Grill

All three 2Toots locations – Glen Ellyn, Naperville, and Bartlett – have the ability to accommodate most any size party. You only pay for the meals that are ordered. There is no minimum charge, which makes it a great party option for groups of any size! We are excited to introduce you to this great party option and give you…