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Volunteering with Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

‘Tis the season of giving, comfort, and love.  The holiday season is a great time to teach children about giving, not only of gifts or money, but also our time.  Volunteering is amazingly rewarding.  There are many ways to volunteer – helping out a food pantry, hosting a bake sale for a cause, or even as simple as helping out…


2018 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events in the Southwest Suburbs

If your kids are anything like mine, you’ll hear, “I’m so tired!” or “My legs hurt!” about six minutes into trick-or-treating. Going out on Halloween with small children can be rough. Trunk-or-Treat events are a great alternative to traditional trick-or-treating because you can stop by a variety of car displays in a matter of minutes. That means happy kids (and…



STEAM Classes in the Western Suburbs

While STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) skills are increasingly important for the workplace, these classes offer more immediate benefits, too. Children learn critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and teamwork through these topics. Plus, they’re fun! Children create, design, reflect, and rebuild as they engage in individual and group activities. Some of these STEM and STEAM classes are open to…


STEAM Classes for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

STEM and STEAM classes are a paradigm shift from basic text book learning. They open up amazing opportunities for children to use their creative minds, apply critical thinking, and work together. The term “STEM” was coined to cover Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Not long after the term started to be used, the “A” was added to include “Art.” If…


Kids’ Tennis Lessons and Indoor Programs in the Southwest Suburbs

If you’re hoping to keep your kids active this fall and winter, you might want to give  tennis lessons a try! They’re great for helping kids build endurance, coordination and agility. Plus, tennis is  a lot of fun to play together as a family. But best of all, tennis is a popular sport that kids can enjoy now and later…


Find Spooky Fun at Family-Friendly Halloween Events in the Southwest Suburbs

Spooktacular Halloween events are no longer reserved for October 31st! Ghosts, goblins, witches, and vampires are out through the month of October with more than enough opportunities for your kids to show off those costumes. Halloween-themed events are abundant all over the suburbs: from sweet, little costume story times to big, extravagant Halloween dance parties. There is no way to…


Haunted Walks, Hayrides, and Haunted Houses in Chicago’s South Suburbs

It’s that time of year again! Ghosts and ghouls are everywhere… especially in the Southwest suburbs. Celebrate Chicagoland’s spookiest season by touring a haunted house, strolling along a haunted trail or boarding a haunted hayride. We’ve rounded up our best bets for thrills and chills in the area (along with some less-scary alternatives), so you’re sure to get every member…


Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area

The crisp cool air and beautiful changing leaves signals one of our favorite outings of the fall season: pumpkin patches! You’ll find locations that not only offer pick-your-own pumpkins, but also all kinds of great attractions, children’s rides and tasty fall treats! Spend a few hours or a whole day with your family having fun at one of these awesome…


Basketball Leagues, Camps, and Skills Training in the Southwest Suburbs

There are so many great opportunities to play basketball and develop your child’s skills all over the southwest suburbs. Almost all of the local park districts offer basketball leagues that are open to both residents and non-residents, and there are plenty of other options, too. Now is the time to think about signing up! Younger groups are usually co-ed, and…


Indoor Swim Lessons in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs

Summer has come and gone, but water safety never goes out of season. There are many locations throughout the southwest suburbs that offer indoor swim lessons, including private lessons, group lessons, or parent-tot classes for children. Many of these facilities even offer adult classes if you want to learn to swim or just brush up on technique. Fall and winter are…


Classes for Little Kids Age 0-5 in the Southwest Suburbs

It is that time of year again: back to school, and back to activities! With school back in session, there are many extra curricular activities starting again. If you have older children who are involved in activities, chances are your little ones have wanted to tag along or join in the fun. Here are some ideas to keep the littlest…