brookfield

2019 Best Christmas Lights in the West and Southwest Suburbs

All of the incredible Christmas light displays around Chicago’s suburbs bring joy to my family every year. We all pile in the car, bring hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, and head out to see the beautiful displays our local families have created. From big attractions to incredible residential displays, we’ve got tons of options for your family. From our family…



Santa Sighting Alert! Local Spots to See Santa in 2019

Here comes Santa Claus — right down our neighborhood lanes! What better way to ring in the Christmas season than a visit with Santa himself? At these family-friendly events, you’ll get to see the big guy (and maybe even catch a sighting of Mrs. Claus and the elves). Below, you’ll find tree-lighting ceremonies, parades, story times, photo opportunities, and more…


The Best Frozen Events for Elsa and Anna Fans

When the original movie, Frozen, came out 5+ years ago, my girls quickly became captivated by the amazing storyline of two strong and loving sisters who would go to any length to protect one another. Couple the movie’s positive message with some incredibly catchy music, and soon we were listening to the new soundtrack for all of our lives as…


2019 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Chicago Suburbs

Halloween is just around the corner! Easily find your town’s recommended trick-or-treat hours in this helpful list. Check out the easy to print graphics if you are traveling to neighboring towns and share them with your friends! You’ll find trick-or-treat hours for the western suburbs, far west, and southwest suburbs in this handy article. Trick-or-Treating Hours in Chicago’s Western Suburbs…


Boo at the Zoo! Fall Fun at Brookfield Zoo

Our family was invited for a day at Boo at the Zoo this weekend. While we frequently go to the zoo, this was our first time experiencing Brookfield Zoo’s special fall festivities. It was the perfect way to spend a Sunday with our 6, 4 and nearly 1-year olds! We enjoyed seeing the animals with the added pumpkin-spiced touch that…



Lend a Hand Together at These Local Volunteer Opportunities

As a parent, I love fostering the importance of giving back and teaching our children to be thankful. Volunteering as a family is a wonderful opportunity to connect with each other and the world around you! Children learn how their role makes an impact locally or globally in the lives of others. Here are some incredible opportunities to get your…


Regional Health, Wellness & Safety Fest

FREE and OPEN to all community members and residents. No registration required to attend! We offer activities for all ages:  bounce house, soccer demo, financial fitness tips, aging well, business vendors ranging from real estate to fitness studios to home health to more. Food court also available. FOR ALL PARENTS:  Listen to our expert panel discuss the newly passed recreational…


Oaktoberfest

Fall festival celebrates seasonal food, craft beer and premier entertainment in Oak Park, IL. Oaktoberfest takes your traditional Oktoberfest to the next level! This free two-day event on Friday, September 20th and Saturday, September 21st offers a premier music lineup featuring local and national artists, a Kids’ Root Beer Garden, and microbrew, wine and ethnic food offerings.  Oaktoberfest kicks off…


Double J Riding Club Open House

Join us for an end of summer Open House event! As summer camps come to an end and we prepare for the fall, we’ve got new pre-school classes, birthday party packages, and exciting clinics and special events we’ll be hosting! When? Thursday September 5th 9:00-11:30 AM & 4:00-7:00 PM We’re offering a morning and afternoon time slot so everyone can…


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

With this list of places to go with a baby or toddler, the hardest part of your day will be getting out the door! Once you arrive at the destination of your choice, you and your baby will be seeing animals, climbing play structures, listening to story time or dancing to music. There are countless ways listed below to enjoy…