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Toy Drives and Donations to Spread the Cheer

Raising kind, considerate children is at the tops of every parent’s Christmas wish list. These toy drives and donation events can help your family spread goodwill onto others this holiday season! Throughout the west and southwest suburbs there are organizations collecting new toys, monetary donations, and even gently used toys to give children and families in need. By participating in…


Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins on Saturday!

The pumpkin smash is Saturday, November 2, 2019! What is a pumpkin smash, you ask? Communities all over are holding events to collect jack-o-lanterns and prevent them from heading to landfills. Instead, they’ll be composted, which helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provides soil with much-needed nutrients. It’s an annual event, held the first Saturday after Halloween. So go green…


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…


It Might Rain (Or Snow!) On Halloween, So Bookmark These Indoor Events

Don’t let the unpredictable Chicago weather bring down your Halloween fun! One year we are trick-or-treating in t-shirts, and the next we need our winter coats. This year, there’s even a chance of snow. These indoor Halloween events, from indoor trick-or-treating to Halloween-themed family movies, will keep your family warm and dry as you enjoy the holiday festivities. 2019 Indoor…



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…



All the Local 2019 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events: Less Walking, More Candy!

Halloween fun isn’t limited to October 31st. Trunk-or-treat events are the perfect opportunity to introduce your children to the excitement of Halloween without worrying about them tiring out too quickly trick-or-treating through your neighborhood. My children love passing out candy almost as much receiving it, so extend the fun by decorating your car and passing out treats to families. Some…


The Most Amazing Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Suburbs

Fall has always been one of my absolute favorite seasons! With the changing leaves creating the perfect backdrop of natural beauty, it’s hard not to stop and enjoy the lovely colors of fall. Whether it’s a simple neighborhood walk with your family, or an outing to a picturesque location near you, there are plenty of wonderful opportunities to soak in…



Things to Do with Preschoolers: Local Activities for Kids 3–5 Years Old

Shout-out to all my fellow parents-of-preschoolers out there. From potty training to preschool, our little people have a lot going on! They’re growing, learning, and trying new things . . . and we’re just trying to keep up. Luckily for us and our preschool-age kids, the western suburbs are bursting with things to do with 3–5 year olds. Things to…