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Summer 2020 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs

Nothing beats a beautiful summer night in Chicago. Pack your blanket and enjoy an outdoor movie in the western suburbs. You’ll laugh, cry, or even sing along to these family-friendly movies being shown under the stars. New this summer, most events are requiring advanced registration in order to monitor crowd sizes and social distancing. Click the links to find out…


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…


Where to See 4th of July Fireworks This Year 2020

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 further away, helping cut down on crowds. Which Local Fireworks Displays are Happening in 2020? Bolingbrook…


2020 Farmers Markets and French Markets and the New Rules You Should Know

Yes, farmers markets are opening in 2020! Farmers, small business owners, and artisans need our help now more than ever. But do expect changes. According to the Illinois Farmers Market Association: “farmers markets are transitioning from community gathering spaces to transaction based markets, or IN-and-OUT markets. A few key tips from their new safety procedures: Maintain at least six feet…


Chicago Steel Live Strong As Steel Assembly

The Chicago Steel Hockey Team’s signature “Live Strong As Steel” program is presented to thousands of students annually. In partnership with Two by Two Character Development, each fun and educational assembly promotes character traits such as kindness, respect, responsibility, cooperation, empathy, citizenship, perseverance, and fairness all while helping students learn about the game of hockey. The “Live Strong As Steel”…


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…


The Votes Are In: 10 BEST Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces

Thank you to all our readers who voted to help create our second annual list of best indoor playgrounds! You would not believe how much has changed in a year. New places have been added and others have left, but the top 3 remain the same. If you would like even more indoor play places to choose from, check out…



Daddy Daughter Dances (and Valentine’s Events) in the West Suburbs

Nothing beats quality one-on-one time with your child, and these Daddy-Daughter dances provide girls with the perfect opportunity for a fun-filled night with the men in their lives. Dads, stepdads, grandpas, uncles, older cousins, or even close family friends can come bust a move on the dance floor. These events include dancing (of course), refreshments, crafts, keepsake photos, flowers, and…


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…


Bump, Set, Spike! Volleyball Leagues, Classes, and Camps for Kids

Nothing encourages collaboration, communication and perseverance like team sports, so why not consider volleyball? Even if your child has never played before, there’s plenty of opportunities to give it a try! Check out these classes and clinics — as well as more competitive leagues. Ages range from preschool all the way into high school. This article is sponsored by the…


2019 5k Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs

Spring and summertime in Chicago bring the perfect weather to get outside and enjoy these races and fun runs with your family. Set an active example by signing yourself up, too! Kids can sprint in a 100-yard dash, test their endurance in a 1-miler or push themselves to complete a full 5k. Along with the running, kids will love the…