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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…



Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

Here in Chicagoland, we’re pretty lucky. (Yes, I’ve been outside… but hear me out!) We’ve got an abundance of awesome museums and educational attractions just minutes away. But these visits can also be pretty expensive. Did you know that you can get free admission and discounts from your library when you check out the Museum Adventure Pass? Libraries have individual…



2019 Kite Flying Festivals and Events in Chicagoland

There is something so beautiful and innocent about a sky full of delightfully colored kites. Any time we joyfully announce “Let’s go fly a kite!” in our house, our children come running! They’re delighted by the dips and spins of these little diamond-shaped wonder charms, high in the sky. It’s National Kite Month, and Chicagoland is filled with opportunities to…


Indoor Pools with Family Swim Times in the Southwest Suburbs

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming! Your little fish don’t have to get out of the water just because Mother Nature is grumpy. There are plenty of indoor pools in Chicago’s southwest suburbs that offer family swim times. We’ve pulled a big list together for you, but remember: Prices and hours may change, so it’s always a safe bet to…