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The Coolest Spots to Kayak, Paddleboat, and Canoe!

Looking for a fun family activity to try outdoors this summer? Get in on some waterfront fun and rent a kayak, paddleboat or canoe! A day on the water is such a memorable way to explore nature with the kids and get a little exercise, too. Although some boat rental spots have temporarily closed due to the pandemic, plenty are…


These Splash Pads and Spray Parks are Open Right Now

Splash pads are the perfect way for families to cool off in this summer heat. Young toddlers can explore the spouts and sprays, while big kids can drench themselves with dumping buckets. Some of these locations are even fenced in to contain your littlest runners. Click the links to confirm details about safety guidelines, modified hours or advanced registration requirements….


What’s Going On with Water Parks and Beaches This Summer?

The Chicagoland has already seen some hot, hot days this summer! Some waterparks and beaches made the difficult decision to close for the entire 2020 season, while others are hoping to open there doors as soon as it’s deemed safe for their staff and guests. Be sure to check the website before going for all the details on hours, pricing,…


Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Current Restrictions

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…


Splash into Indoor Pools with Family Swim Times for Any Season

If these long, cold and dreary days have you and your crew dreaming of summer sunshine, treat your kids to the next best thing. Head to a local indoor pool for family swim! It’s a great way to get active together, and you’ll get a head start on perfecting your strokes before summer hits. From fitness centers to swim schools,…


The Biggest, Best Guide to Indoor Play Areas in the Chicagoland Suburbs

Indoor play areas are perfect for all the weather elements we get dealt in Chicago. Whether it’s rainy, snowy, hot, or freezing, an indoor play area gives your child the space they need to explore and burn off some excess energy. Our play area guide encompasses indoor play gyms, indoor inflatables, indoor playgrounds, and even restaurants with indoor play spaces….


Find Family Thrills at Chicagoland’s Outdoor Amusement Parks

Summer is (FINALLY!) upon us, and outdoor amusement parks are a great way to get the family together to create some magical memories! Whether a seasoned thrill-seeker or enjoying rides for the first time, your child will love a day spent on roller coasters, bumper cars, and more. Here is a list of all the Chicagoland outdoor amusement parks. Please…


Best Donuts in the Suburbs

Our readers nominated their favorite donuts shops in the suburbs and most of the spots that made the list were mentioned multiple times! It’s tempting to do a donut tour… so why not? We put together map so you can determine a route and mark them off as you go. While you are on the donut trail, check back with…