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Grab Your Sled and Find the Best Place to Go Sledding in the Western Suburbs

The first snowfall of the season (on Halloween!) got us excited for winter fun, and what’s more exciting than sledding? My 6- and 4-year-olds have never been sledding, and they’re excited to give it a try this year. Grab your snow gear and head to one of these local sledding hills. Most locations will be open with at least two…



Top (Santa-Free!) Things to Do With Kids in December 2019

Although December gets swallowed up by the holiday season, there are plenty of things to do in Chicagoland that don’t involve Christmas or Santa. December is a great time to get out with the family and close up 2019 strong! There are plenty of things on this list to keep your kiddies happy (and busy) all month long, even if…



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…