Climb to the Top of These Indoor Rock Climbing Walls in Chicagoland

Rock climbing walls are popping up all over the suburbs! They’re a great activity for kids and their families alike. That’s why we rounded up all the indoor rock climbing destinations in Chicagoland, from the city proper to the suburbs. It’s never too early to start rock climbing: many locations accept children as young as five years old and Ackerman…

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 ·…

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…


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…