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September Free Days at Museum of Science and Industry Chicago

On September 9–10, 16–17, 23–24, and September 30, 2020 Illinois residents can reserve a time to visit Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), and receive free tickets directly to your email for contactless admission. Starting September 10, MSI is also adjusting Thursday hours to 11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. so you can enjoy the Museum later in the day. photo…


Kid-Friendly Virtual Theater Options in Chicagoland: Fall-Winter 2020-21

The joy of a live theater experience with the family may be temporarily on hold due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other wonderful ways to enjoy the stage at home! Some Chicagoland area theater groups have gotten creative in these times, offering virtual theater experiences that are perfect for kids. Leo Lionni’s FREDERICKChicago Children’s TheatreAugust 17,…


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

The first few years of parenting can be the most overwhelming, and sometimes the best thing for both you and your baby is a change of scenery. Climbing, dancing, playing and visiting animals are great ways to get out of the house and have fun with your little ones! Here’s our roundup of best places to go with a baby…


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…


Fun Guide for Tweens and Teens 9+ in Chicago’s Suburbs

Have your kids reached a new stage where entertaining them has become more of a challenge? Suddenly, they are “too old” for all the usual spots that used to provide hours of amusement. Welcome to the tween/teen years! Thankfully, there are still plenty of awesome ideas out there to keep these older kids engaged, learning and happy. Enjoy this comprehensive…


Kids Art Classes and Studios: Drawing, Painting, and More

Drawing and painting are wonderful ways for kids to express themselves! Creative kiddos of all ages can draw or paint during open studio time, classes, workshops, and summer camps. Take your little Picasso to a studio near you today and watch their inner artist shine through! This article is sponsored by the featured listings. Kids Drawing and Painting Studios in…


Cooking Classes, Baking Lessons, and Foodie Fun for Kids

Cooking is many things: a life skill, a real-time science experiment, a creative outlet, and — in the right atmosphere — a whole lot of fun. While involving our kids in dinner prep is a great goal, it’s not always possible . . . especially when it’s 6:00 p.m. and everyone’s hangry. At a cooking class, kids get the chance…


Local STEAM and STEM Classes in the West Suburbs

Does your child love to tinker, get lost in a pile of LEGOs, or take apart their toys? These interests are all related to STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. At these STEAM classes, kids learn critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. They’ll have fun with friends while coding their own video game, designing their own invention, and so much…


Ninja Classes in the West Suburbs

Kids’ ninja classes are popping up in gyms all over the western suburbs, and it’s not hard to see why. Little boys and girls love letting loose in this high-energy environment where kicking, punching, swinging, and jumping are actually encouraged! Part martial arts and part gymnastics, ninja training programs offer young athletes the best of both worlds. This article is…


Kids Pottery Classes, Workshops, and Studio Time

There are loads of choices in our area for places that teach kids (from tots to teenagers) the fundamentals of pottery. Whether it’s hand-building, wheel throwing, or simply painting, there’s certainly a place nearby to discover the art of pottery with your kids! Local Pottery Studios in Chicagoland Our local businesses are doing an amazing job pivoting and adjusting to…


Music Classes For Kids in the West Suburbs

Music makes the world go round! Kids benefit from all sorts of interactions with music, but if you are looking to dive a little deeper, we’ve got you covered. We have a comprehensive guide just for you, broken down by category to help your kids further their vocal skills, learn to plan an instrument, or groove to the beat. This…


Kids’ Tennis Lessons and Classes

If you’re looking for a sport that the whole family can enjoy year-round, give tennis a try. Not only does this popular sport get little hearts pumping, but it also requires kids to think on their feet — literally! Head to the courts with one of the many youth tennis programs offered throughout the western suburbs. Hot tip: Also be…