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Where to Go Snow Tubing and Tobogganing in Chicagoland

Grab your snow pants and hit the hills! Snow tubing and tobogganing are thrilling ways to mix up your wintertime family-fun. With higher peeks, bumps along the course, and some that even have a convenient belt to bring your tube back to the top, your family won’t want to leave these local and destination tubing and toboggan spots. (Insider tip:…


Winter Hikes, Snowshoe Rentals, and Cross-Country Skiing

My family usually spends our snowy winter days building a snowman or cruising down a sled hill. This winter, think outside the box and try an afternoon cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Explore your favorite summertime trails while they’re covered in a layer of fresh snow. Don’t have the equipment? Don’t worry! Stop at these scenic sights to rent what you…



Where to Take Your Kids for Free Photos with Santa

A photo op with Santa is a must-do every holiday season! Take advantage of the lowest price tag possible at these FREE visits with Santa for 2020. Make sure to click the links provided, as some require advanced registration, and all are offering additional safety guidelines this year. Bring your camera just in case, as some locations allow you to…


Family-Friendly December Events 2020

Our roundup of December 2020 family-friendly events is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Organizations in the western suburbs have gone above and beyond to ensure safety guidelines are being followed as you spend quality time with your family this holiday season. Of course, things may change, so be sure to check in closer to the event date!…


Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins!

Saturday November 7, 2020 is the big day to smash your pumpkins! Every year, the Saturday after Halloween, SCARCE coordinates pumpkin collections. Locations all around the western suburbs will be accepting your no-longer-needed pumpkins for composting. Keep your pumpkin out of a landfill and provide rich-nutrients to the soil. Don’t forget to remove candles and any added decorations (paint is…


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…


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…