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Parent Groups, Mom Groups, and Playgroups in the Southwest Suburbs

“I got her number!” I mouthed to my friend in triumph, holding up my phone. We high-fived. As we watched our potential new mom-friend jog away from the playground behind her 3-year-old’s tricycle, a thought struck me: finding friends as a parent is a lot like dating. You’ve got to put yourself out there, ask for a few numbers, and know when to…


Dog Boarding Options in the West and Southwest Suburbs

The holidays are just around the corner. For some of us, our furry friends are piling into our cars and making trips together with our families. For others, we must find a nice place for our pups to stay. Luckily, there are plenty of options! Plus, most dog boarding locations also offer spa or grooming services in case your furry…


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…


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…


Churches with Childcare in the Southwest Suburbs

Children sometimes have a hard time sitting still in church — but thankfully, there are many churches with childcare that give parents the chance to worship without distraction. Childcare with an aspect of learning about God is also becoming increasingly popular at churches, with children getting the chance to do crafts, sing songs, and play games while learning to worship…


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…


2018 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Western Suburbs

As summer heat turns to crisp autumn air, fall festivals and Oktoberfests spring up across Chicago’s western suburbs! These family-friendly events usually feature seasonal fun (think hayrides, pumpkin patches, and cups of steaming cider) as well as fest favorites such as rides, live music, and food trucks. Oktoberfests add a German twist with traditional food, music, and the chance to…


Where to Donate School Supplies and School Supply Drives

The start of a new school year brings a lot of nerves, but especially to those children who don’t have all the proper school supplies to start the year off right. School supply drives and school supply donation sites are plentiful all over the suburbs. If your budget allows, grab some extra school supplies while out shopping for your child…


Local Escape Rooms: Are You Up to the Challenge?

The first time I went to an escape room, I was pretty skeptical — I don’t love puzzles and I’m the kind of person who Googles a riddle to find out the answer. But when we emerged an hour later (victorious, might I add), I was buzzing with adrenaline and completely converted. Good escape rooms have a variety of puzzles and…