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Bedtime Storytime

Caregivers and children enjoy this interactive story time together with stories, songs, and bubbles. No registration is required for this program. Feel free to get cozy and wear your pajamas!


Family Dance Party

Your favorite hits from the 80’s and 90’s will play while you dance the night away dressed in your best Madonna, Aaliyah, LL Cool J or Billy Idol style! Light snacks provided. Please register each person that will attend.


Snazzy Time Story Hour

Join one of Chicago’s most beloved voice-over actors, Ms. T, for story time, singing and dancing in the children’s play area! Geared toward ages 1-8, children are sure to be entertained during this interactive hour! Lower level JCPenney Wing in the Children’s Play Area. No reservations needed. Walk-in and enjoy the fun!


Kids Hockey Classes and Teams

Thanks to the excitement of pro hockey teams in the area, kids hockey is bigger than ever in Chicagoland! Use our list below to find a nearby rink that offers introductory skating classes or hockey basics. Does your child already have the fundamentals down? He or she may want to try out for a traveling team to put his or…


Orland Square Teddy Bear Picnic

ORLAND SQUARE MALL TEDDY BEAR PICNIC! Thursday, July 25 2:30-4:00 p.m. Lower level JCPenney Wing Space is limited. Reservations required. FEATURING: · Face Painting with M.A.C. Cosmetics · Meet & Greet with Build-a-Bear Mascot Bearamy (3-3:30) · Bear-Themed Craft & Coloring Pages · Photo Backdrop & Props ….and more! SNACKS: · Mini Bear-Shaped Cheese and Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches ·…



2019 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Southwest Suburbs

Keep the kids up late because they won’t want to miss how the southwest suburbs celebrate the 4th of July! Fireworks and parades can be found in nearly every town. There is no shortage of patriotism on the 4th of July, so make sure to raise those flags proudly and join in on the fun! Use our guide below to…


Splish Splash in these Splash Pads in the Southwest Suburbs

Splashing in the sun is one of the best summer delights! When my eldest daughter was a baby, I quickly learned that splash pads are an awesome summer water alternative! They are a great way to stay cool in the summer sun, practice fine motor skills of filling and dumping cups, and enjoy a relatively inexpensive, if not free, activity….


Remember Fallen Soldiers at 2019 Memorial Day Parades and Events

While we all enjoy a long weekend filled with barbecues and family outings, Memorial Day is a time to honor fallen soldiers. The Chicagoland area has a ton of Memorial Day parades, events, and ceremonies to help commemorate our wartime heroes! Check the events below to find things to do. If the weather is not cooperating, many of the events…


MAPLD FanFest

Join us in celebrating everything fandom at the library’s first ever comic convention, MAPLD FanFest! The day-long event will include cosplayers roaming the library as your favorite heroes and villains, with giveaways and raffles throughout the day. There will be programs for all ages and will include: various presenters and workshops, a cosplay and video game tournament, alongside fun and…


Make Your Next Party a Smash with These Bounce House and Party Rentals!

Having a party? Look no further! A bounce house, water slide, or inflatable obstacle course at a party really pumps up the fun. Many of these companies offer rentals of tables, chairs, and tents to make party day easier. Some even have concessions, games, and other outdoor fun! Check out one of these rentals for your next birthday party, graduation…


Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Local Fishing Shops

Going fishing together is a time-honored family tradition that brings generations together. I remember my grandpa taking us down to fish from the little pond outside his condo — and while my grandparents’ condo association probably wasn’t too pleased, I’m happy to have those memories. The key to fishing is coming prepared. Here’s what you need to bring, a few…