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2020 Tree Lighting Ceremonies to See That Magic Moment

Decorating our Christmas tree as a family is one of our favorite holiday traditions. There’s something magical about watching our tree light up for the first time each year. Many local communities celebrate the start of the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony. Some had already planned for a virtual ceremony this year, while others will be moving that…






2020 Drive-in, Virtual, and Live Theater and Holiday Performances for Kids

Make magical memories this holiday season with a kid-friendly theater performances! Whether you are starting a new tradition, or continuing a longstanding one, enjoying the arts as a family sparks some extra holiday magic. We have found live drive-in shows, virtual theater events, and heartwarming holiday classics to engage all ages. Check out all these great options, enjoy your time…


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…