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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…


Updated! Where to See 4th of July Fireworks This Year 2020

This article originally published on June 16, 2020 and we have received updated information included below. While most fireworks displays have been cancelled for this year, there are still a few happening in Chicago’s suburbs! The displays that are still moving forward seem to be planning to have the fireworks launched higher this year so they can be seen from…


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…


Virtual VBS, Kits, and In-Person Options for Vacation Bible School 2020

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is a fun and interactive way for kids to explore religion and learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. Unfortunately many churches have had to cancel VBS, but some have adapted their program so families can still participate virtually, with take-home kits, and outdoors! In general, VBS is for ages 4 through 12, although…


Updated! In-Person and Virtual Summer Camps 2020

We are excited to announce that many summer camps are still happening this year! Our local businesses and park districts have been very busy reimagining summer with all the new guidelines and safety measures and we are overjoyed with what they came up with. I am so grateful for our community and everything it offers. Check out these great options…


Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Current Restrictions

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…



Local Restaurants with Easter Dinner Takeout and Delivery Options

Your Easter plans may have changed from your usual holiday celebrations, but these Easter dining options with curbside pickup and delivery will help you prepare a delicious holiday feast. Spiral ham, broccoli quiche, decadent desserts and so much more. Try a new place or support one of your local favorites with these special Easter menus. Ordering deadlines are rapidly approaching,…


How Do We Make Our Kids’ Birthdays Special Right Now?

For many of us parents who have kids with spring birthdays, we are scrambling to find new ways to make these occasions special during the coronavirus stay-at-home order. My daughter recently celebrated her 12th birthday, and in the end, it was nothing short of spectacular! In fact, she has asked for some of the new traditions we created at home…