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Vote for Your Favorite Donuts!

Donuts… mmmm! In the past we’ve done a donut trail map, which you can check out below, but I think a vote is in order. Who has the best donuts?! We tried to include the shops people have mentioned before, but you are of course welcome to write in an option as well. Then we’ll announce the winners so we…


Winter Hikes, Snowshoe Rentals, and Cross-Country Skiing

My family usually spends our snowy winter days building a snowman or cruising down a sled hill. This winter, think outside the box and try an afternoon cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Explore your favorite summertime trails while they’re covered in a layer of fresh snow. Don’t have the equipment? Don’t worry! Stop at these scenic sights to rent what you…


Kids Eat Free and Other Scary Good Deals for Halloween 2020

Restaurants, websites, and stores offer special Halloween deals and offers that are too good to pass up. All of the details for the discounts are included, but please check before going because they are subject to change at the restaurant or stores discretion. Happy Halloween! Kids Eat Free and Halloween 2020 Discounts in Chicago’s Suburbs IHOPLocations in Aurora, Bloomingdale, Bridgeview,…


Use Our Map to Find 2020’s Best-Decorated Halloween Houses Near You

Each Halloween, my kids love driving and walking around the neighborhood looking at spooky Halloween houses. 2020 has been the year of drive-thru and walk through everything! This Halloween, our local families have put so much effort into their spooky Halloween displays for us all to safely enjoy! A great family outing could include a few cups of apple cider,…


All the Local 2020 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat and Drive-Through Events

Trunk-or-treat events are one of our favorite Halloween traditions! With little legs, our family can enjoy the fun of trick-or-treating without the worry of tiring too quickly. New this year, some organizations have decided to turn their events into a drive-through experience. Stay in the comfort and warmth of your car as you cruise through a parking lot full of…


Where Kids Eat Free in Chicago’s West Suburbs

By the end of our school and work day, dinner is the last thing we want to worry about. These restaurants are taking the stress out of meal time! Check out our list below for all your favorite local restaurants currently offering kids eat free promotions. Order a meal to-go or dine-in without the worry of a big bill. Most…


Kid-Friendly Virtual Theater Options in Chicagoland: Fall-Winter 2020-21

The joy of a live theater experience with the family may be temporarily on hold due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t other wonderful ways to enjoy the stage at home! Some Chicagoland area theater groups have gotten creative in these times, offering virtual theater experiences that are perfect for kids. Leo Lionni’s FREDERICKChicago Children’s TheatreAugust 17,…



Kids Hockey Classes and Teams in Chicagoland

In addition to local rinks that offer kids’ hockey classes and teams, there are also quite a few traveling teams in the Chicagoland area. Some spots offer classes for kids as young as 3 years old! Check below to find hockey classes and teams for every age near you. Hockey Classes and Teams for Kids Many local teams are getting…


Local Resources for Remote Learning and Homeschooling

Whether it’s something that’s always interested you or a path you’ve decided to explore due to the pandemic, we’ve got remote learning and homeschooling resources for you. Homeschooling offers the flexibility of creating a schedule and learning environment that works best for your family. Co-ops and groups all over the western suburbs encourage parents to work together to design learning…


Kids’ Theater and Drama Classes in Chicagoland

Theater classes help kids develop new talents, boost their confidence, expand their imaginations, and explore a colorful world outside of their own. Regardless of your child’s age or experience level, there’s a theater program in Chicagoland that will help your little star shine on stage! Many programs are offering online options, giving kids a creative outlet at home. Theater Classes…


Kids’ Basketball Teams, Leagues, and Skill Building

If your child dreams of nothin’ but net — or they’ve outgrown dunking on the Little Tikes hoop — you’ve got lots of choices. From competitive traveling teams to all-kids-play local leagues, we’re rounding up local basketball programs in the western suburbs. Don’t forget to check with your own local school, YMCA, and park district, too! This article is sponsored…