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Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing, Plus Local Shops

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…


August 2021 Family-Friendly Events

I’ll admit I always get a little sad when I see August on the calendar, as I know our time for summertime adventures are winding down. I can’t help but get excited when I see the fun ways that these local organizations will keep the fun going all the way to Labor Day! Pack a picnic, listen to an outdoor…


July 2021 Family-Friendly Events

July might be my favorite month of the year! We start with 4th of July festivities and then cruise into weeks of summertime fun. Water parks, beaches, and splashpads will keep you cool until the sun goes down and you’re ready for campfires, outdoor concerts and movies in the park. In the list below, you’ll find countless opportunities for family-friendly…


2021 Pool Memberships: Early Bird Discounts and Opening Days

It’s hard to believe, but before you know it, we’ll be sitting pool side in the summer heat. Pool memberships are a cost-effective way to maximize your summertime fun. Many local pools are forgoing membership offerings in the summer of 2021, but there are still plenty of spots for limitless pool time. Please note that these details are based on…


Places to Bounce: Trampoline Parks and Inflatables

Jump for joy! These trampoline parks, inflatables, and bounce houses are open for business so kids can get some exercise, try some new moves, and stretch their legs. Many places to bounce require registration, so be sure to check before you go. A few also offer private rental options if that’s more your speed. Check them out! Places to Bounce…


2021 Easter Bunny Sightings in the West Suburbs

Play a round of B-I-N-G-O, enjoy a delicious brunch, or hop on by for a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny at these family-friendly Easter events. We’re egg-cited to see so many options able to run with extra safety guidelines in place. Nearly all of these events require advance registration, so now’s the time to start hunting for your family’s…


Hop On Over to These 2021 Easter Egg Hunts

The hunt is on! We’re hopping with egg-citement to see so many great egg hunt events this spring. Get ready for outdoor, glow-in-the-dark, flashlight, and aquatic fun! Grab your baskets and make sure to arrive before the start times listed. In seconds, all the eggs are gone. Click on the dates and times within the description for more information on…



Local Fish Fry Events and Carryout for 2021

Having grown up in a Catholic home, I love a good fish fry on Friday. Keeping traditions alive during the pandemic has been tricky, but this is a great way to support local businesses. Restaurants, churches and VFWs throughout the western suburbs offer tasty fish options for families during Lent. Many have modified their menu or are limiting to carry-out…


Local Activity Kits and Subscriptions for Easy At-Home Fun

What are we going to do today? We’re in the dog days of winter, and finding our usual resources for fun to be tapped out. Activity kits are available throughout the suburbs to pick up and take home. In the summer of 2020, Nicole rounded up this amazing list of crafts, cooking, art projects, and more. We’ve recently added a…


Movie Theater Rentals in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Are you looking for a unique birthday party venue or maybe just a surprise night out for your family? Movie theaters across the western suburbs are renting out their giant theater rooms! My family misses going to movies on the big screen with our giant bowl of buttery popcorn with candy on the side. Renting out the theater gives us…


March 2021 Family-Friendly Events

Spring is coming! As we move through these cold winter months and are finally able to comfortably be outside again, we’re excited to see so many fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day and Easter celebrations back on the calendar after having been canceled in 2020. Find all the details about these March family-friendly events below. The March calendar page is sponsored by…