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Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area

Oh my gourd, I love fall! It’s time for one of our favorite outings of the fall season . . . picking the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch! You’ll find locations that not only offer pick-your-own pumpkins, but also all kinds of great attractions, children’s rides, and tasty fall treats. Spend a few hours or a whole day with…


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…


The Best Local Activities for Elementary Kids Ages 6–8

Kindergarten is the age when parents can breathe a collective sigh of relief. You’re no longer carrying a diaper bag around or worried that your toddler is going to run from you at the park. Celebrate this new independence by trying out places that may have felt intimidating before. These top activities are perfect for elementary-aged children as they transition…


September 2020 Family-Friendly Events

Fall is here! Get ready for cooler temps, pumpkins everywhere, and lots of family fun. We’ve got you covered for September family-friendly events, as well as ways to soak in the beautiful fall colors or enjoy an apple picking farm. A crisp fall night is perfect for a fall family campout (complete with s’mores, of course!). Best of all, many…


Your One-Stop Spot to Find Local Kids Classes and Teams

Our local businesses, teachers, and coaches are getting creative to offer safe outlets for kids to explore athletics, arts, academics, and more! When our team started putting this guide together, we realized that even if some of the traditional options aren’t available, these spots are still amazing resources for parents to help their kids stay connected to the activities they…


Where to Take Ice Skating Lessons in Chicagoland

Does your child love to watch the winter Olympics? Do they dream of twirling across the ice? We’ve looked into all of the ice skating lessons in Chicago’s western suburbs to help you find the best rink for your family. Whether your child is interested in figure skating or improving their skating skills for hockey, these rinks fit the bill….


Local Wrestling Clubs and Academies for Kids

All I do is pin, pin, pin, no matter what! Does your athlete have an interest in joining a wrestling club or trying out the sport? Check out one of these wrestling clubs in the western suburbs. Wrestling clubs teach weight training, cardio, flexibility, and sportsmanship. If you son or daughter is competitive, these clubs and academies have the coaching…


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…


Cheerleading for Kids in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Be loud, be proud, and check out these cheerleading clubs! Is your child interesting in trying a cheerleading or tumbling class? Cheerleading involves dance, tumbling, jumps, cheers, and stunting. We’ve got classes, clubs, and camps for your cheerleader. There are a variety of competitive and non-competitive options for each age group. Cheerleading Clubs and Classes in Chicago’s Western Suburbs Many…


Martial Arts Classes for Kids

If you’re looking to boost your child’s self-confidence, discipline, and strength, take a look at these dojos for martial arts classes! You’ll find taekwondo, hapkido, jiu jitsu, martial arts, and karate classes for children as young as 4 years old. Several of them offer free classes, or free trial weeks, so be sure to inquire. Park districts also often offer…


Kids Hockey Classes and Teams in Chicagoland

In addition to local rinks that offer kids’ hockey classes and teams, there are also quite a few traveling teams in the Chicagoland area. Some spots offer classes for kids as young as 3 years old! Check below to find hockey classes and teams for every age near you. Hockey Classes and Teams for Kids Many local teams are getting…


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…