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Updated Guide to the Best Kids Birthday Party Places, Ideas, Entertainment, Decor

Looking for kids birthday party places? Need to hire entertainment? Balloon decorations? Yard Signs? Bounce houses? We have all the options so you can plan a memorable party. What’s even better is that we have descriptions and contact information so you have everything in one place! Your one-stop-shop for kids party planning. You will find four sections below: kids birthday…


Local Escape Rooms: Are You Up to the Challenge?

Puzzles, challenges, and problem-solving all wrapped up in a fun, adrenaline-filled night out! Escape rooms are perfect for teens, tweens, and adults. This family-friendly activity is perfect for a rainy day and promotes teamwork and bonding. You can choose the level of the challenge room to suit your group and make sure it is just challenging enough for your family….


2021 Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks to Light Up the Sky

Keep your eyes on the sky this Fourth of July! The western suburbs have quite a few 4th of July fireworks displays returning in 2021, and even a few parades, too! Watch marching bands stroll the streets of downtown neighborhoods, then pull up your lawn chair to oooohhh and aaaahhhh over the colorful firework displays. We’re grateful to be able…



Your Guide to Summer 2021 Fun in the Suburbs

After a quieter summer in 2020, it’s no surprise that we cannot contain our excitement for what’s in store in 2021. Strawberry picking, water parks, children’s museum, fishing, outdoor concerts, the list goes on and on. We’ve created one HUGE summer guide for all your family-friendly fun, so don’t forget to bookmark this page. We’ve linked to all of our…


Remember Fallen Soldiers at 2021 Memorial Day Ceremonies

Many families will spend Memorial Day weekend celebrating the start of summertime fun. This year, I also hope you take the time to talk to your children about the meaning behind Memorial Day, which is a day meant to honor our country’s fallen soldiers. Many communities typically celebrate with parades, which we hope to see returning in 2022. This year,…


2021 Summer Concerts Are Here!

Anyone else miss outdoor concerts in the summertime? There’s simply nothing better than enjoying live music on a beautiful summer night! We’ve rounded up all the best family-friendly summer concert options locally for almost every day of the week. Get some of these concert dates on your summer calendar today and look forwards to the good vibes. Summer 2021 Outdoor…


Virtual VBS, Kits, and In-Person Options for Vacation Bible School 2021

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is an exciting way for children to gather together, explore religion and learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. Many churches that offered virtual VBS in 2020 have found ways to safely gather in 2021, but you will also find some virtual programming this upcoming summer, too. Registration is already opening, so make sure…


Bounce House Rentals, Inflatable Water Slides, and More!

Maximize the fun at your family get-togethers this summer with a backyard party rental. These companies will keep the fun going all day with bounce houses, water slides, obstacle courses, concessions, outdoor games, dunk tanks, and more. Start planning your summer festivities today with these endless opportunities for fun! Jumpin G’s Inc. Jumpin G’s Inc.9140 BroadwayBrookfield, IL 60513(708) 785-7643Facebook Jumpin…


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…


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…


10 Over-the-Top (Literally!) Milkshakes in Chicagoland

Milkshakes are a favorite treat in our house, and these extreme milkshakes are taking it to the next level. Cupcakes, donuts, and cookies piled high on top of these already delicious shakes are the added bonus you didn’t know you needed. Perfect for sharing, these over-the-top milkshakes are sure to be a crowd pleaser. I’ve also included a few fancy…