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Local Resources for Remote Learning and Homeschooling

Whether it’s something that’s always interested you or a path you’ve decided to explore due to the pandemic, we’ve got remote learning and homeschooling resources for you. Homeschooling offers the flexibility of creating a schedule and learning environment that works best for your family. Co-ops and groups all over the western suburbs encourage parents to work together to design learning…


Indoor Swim Lessons in the West Suburbs

When summer ends, your swim lessons don’t have to! Water safety skills are important to work on all year long. Keep that momentum going throughout the school year with indoor swim lessons. These facilities all offer indoor swim lessons starting at about 6 months old, with some companies starting as early as 3 months old. This article is sponsored by…



August 2020 Family-Friendly Events

I can’t believe that summer is coming to an end already! August is a perfect time to watch an outdoor movie under the stars, explore nature on a guided family hike, and more. Before you go, make sure to click on the links for information about social distancing requirements, advance registration details, and other guidelines to help your family enjoy…


July 2020 Family-Friendly Events

The month of July is full of summer-time fun! Outdoor movies, concerts, and water activities are just some of the many family-friendly events in the western suburbs. Now more than ever, it’s important to click on the links for up-to-date information about social distancing requirements, advanced registration details, or any other guidelines to consider that will ensure your family enjoys…


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….


Summer 2020 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs

Nothing beats a beautiful summer night in Chicago. Pack your blanket and enjoy an outdoor movie in the western suburbs. You’ll laugh, cry, or even sing along to these family-friendly movies being shown under the stars. New this summer, most events are requiring advanced registration in order to monitor crowd sizes and social distancing. Click the links to find out…


What’s Going On with Water Parks and Beaches This Summer?

The Chicagoland has already seen some hot, hot days this summer! Some waterparks and beaches made the difficult decision to close for the entire 2020 season, while others are hoping to open there doors as soon as it’s deemed safe for their staff and guests. Be sure to check the website before going for all the details on hours, pricing,…


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…


500+ Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in the Western Suburbs

Restaurants are now open for outdoor dining, but not all restaurants can accommodate outside seating. We found it a little daunting to try to figure out our options, but wanted to take a break from cooking, get out of the house, and enjoy a meal together. That’s where this handy list comes in! Scroll to the town you are interested…


Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids + Free Books

A lot of activities may be canceled this summer, but one thing is definitely not: reading! These retailers and local libraries are encouraging children’s love of learning by offering free summer reading programs. Enjoy a beautiful summer day reading outside, or curl up with a good book and a blanket on a rainy day inside. Start a virtual family book…


5 Ways to Honor Your Special Class of 2020 Graduate!

Graduation is normally such a memorable and exciting milestone, but it’s looking a bit different this year as many of these events move to a virtual platform. We’ve come up with some inventive ways to make these moments extra special for such deserving kiddos! You can tailor these to just about any age, from preschool to high school. The Kidlist…