holidays

Tree Lighting in Wilder Park

Join the Elmhurst Park District as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting in Wilder Park! Meet with a special visitor from the North Pole, enjoy holiday entertainment and participate in children’s activities. The evening will get you ready for the season! Sponsored by Edward-Elmhurst Health.


Preschool Easter Egg Hunt & Open Gym

Join us on Friday, April 12th from 11:00am-Noon for an Egg-citing Annual Preschool Easter Egg Hunt & Open Gym!!!  This egg hunt is for ages 5 and under and is $10.00 per child.  Don’t forget to bring a basket to collect your eggs in!  After the egg hunt, stay and play in the gym for open gym time!


New Year’s Eve Family Party at Haunted Trails Burbank

Ring in the New Year at our New Year’s Eve Family Party on Monday, December 31st – from 8 pm to Midnight! Guests will enjoy our famous New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert plus each paid guest receives $17 in Game Play, 1 Lazer Frenzy Challenge, Hats & Noisemakers, Karaoke Entertainment, Games & Prizes, Grand Raffle for a…


A Fun Family NYE at DuPage Children’s Museum

Ring in the New Year with a countdown to Noon celebration at Fun Family NYE 2018! Families can spend time together exploring the Museum’s hands-on exhibits, taking part in special activities, listening to live music, creating lasting memories, and more! This annual year-end celebration, now in its 17th year, has become a holiday tradition for families and is an important…


Storytime with Santa

Bring your children for a fun and memorable evening with Santa.  Enjoy cookies and cocoa as Santa reads classic and contemporary Christmas stories. There will be opportunities for photos with Santa, and each child will receive a souvenir cocoa mug.


Beyond the Nutcracker

This December, experience Ballet 5:8’s twist on the holiday classic The Nutcracker, set in the 1940’s! Featuring Tchaikovsky’s magical score, a cast of over 100 dancers from Ballet 5:8 School of the Arts, guests from the Ballet 5:8 professional company including Lead Artists Brette Benedict and Antonio Rosario, and original choreography by Ballet 5:8 Artistic Director Julianna Rubio Slager. Bring…


Storytime with Santa

Bring your children for a fun and memorable morning with Santa.  Enjoy donuts and cocoa as Santa reads classic and contemporary Christmas stories.  There will be opportunities for photos with Santa, and each child will receive a souvenir cocoa mug.


Holiday Family Singalong

Singalong with Mattix Music Studio & Friends! Saturday, December 15th  4:00-5:00pm Join the faculty and students of Mattix Music Studio for outstanding holiday music performances and sing along to the songs you know and love like Frosty the Snowman and Jingle Bells. Perfect for all ages of holiday music lovers! Open admission. Located at the Christian Reformed Church of Western…


Review: The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party

I had the opportunity to attend The Beatrix Potter Holiday Tea Party at the Chicago Children’s Theater at The Station over the weekend. I brought along my mom and two daughters, ages 5 and 7 months. This beautiful retelling of three Beatrix Potter classic tales delighted young and old! We enjoyed celebrating the holiday season with the cute activities before…


Review: Winter WonderFest at Navy Pier

Want to stay out of the cold this holiday season? Head to Navy Pier! The Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest is a cross between an amusement park and indoor inflatable play place, with various holiday photo opportunities. You will find amusement rides for each age group, many inflatable slides and bounce houses, climbing walls, an indoor ice skating rink, indoor…


Santa’s Workshop at Wilder Mansion

A holiday store just for kids! Santa’s Secret Workshop is a special place just for children where they can purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for those they love. Items are kid-priced and kid-friendly.


Storytime with Santa

Bring your children for a fun and memorable visit with Santa.  Enjoy cookies and cocoa as Santa reads classic and contemporary Christmas stories.  There will be opportunities for photos with Santa, and each child will receive a souvenir cocoa mug.