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2018 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events in the Southwest Suburbs

If your kids are anything like mine, you’ll hear, “I’m so tired!” or “My legs hurt!” about six minutes into trick-or-treating. Going out on Halloween with small children can be rough. Trunk-or-Treat events are a great alternative to traditional trick-or-treating because you can stop by a variety of car displays in a matter of minutes. That means happy kids (and…



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…


Bounce House Rentals in the Chicagoland Area

Bounce house rentals pump up the fun at kids’ birthday parties, graduations, or any event that a bunch of kids are expected to attend. Our guide lists some of the popular bounce house rental companies in the greater Chicagoland area. Many of these companies also rent tables, chairs, and other necessary items for party planning. Scroll through to find a…


2018 Fun Runs and Races in the Southwest Suburbs

Spring is in the air!  Time to dust off those gym shoes and get active outdoors with your kids!  Whether your kids are ready for a full-blown 5K race or a short and sweet fun run, the southwest suburbs are packed with local running events. Many of these races are community parties with live music, food, and games for kids….all…


25 Rainy Day Activities in the Southwest Suburbs

Rain, rain go away! Come again another day! It’s raining, it’s pouring, staying inside is getting boring! Rainy days offer just another challenge in the life of a parent. Cabin fever can set in fast and before you know, it the kids are bouncing off the walls and complaining that they are bored. With a little help from this list of…


Easter Egg Hunts in the Southwest Suburbs

We are going on an egg hunt! We are going to find some big ones! What a beautiful day! Easter egg hunts are popping up all over the southwest suburbs, and there is no better way to get out and enjoy the spring weather than going on an egg hunt with your children. Many of the Easter egg hunts are…


Museum Adventure Pass: Free Admission and Discounts 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 other educational attractions just minutes away. Exploring a new museum—or an old favorite—is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained on these cold, dreary days.  But it can also be pretty expensive. Did you know that you…


Library Story Times in the Southwest Suburbs

The library is a great place to take your little one to get out of the house and jump start their imaginations. Almost all libraries offer story times for babies and toddlers. Furthermore, most of the local libraries offer puzzles, small tables for activities, and building blocks. Others have iPads, small theatre set-ups and more. Story times can vary by…


Pancake Breakfast with Santa

Enjoy breakfast with Santa sponsored by the Lansing Copper Muggers. The $5.00 entry fee covers breakfast and is donated to the Family Giving Program.


Kids Art Classes

This list of art classes in the southwest suburbs is sponsored by PrairieArt Studio. PrairieArt Studio offers drawing classes and art workshops where artists of all ages can be proud of what they create.  In our fast-paced, technological world, students need to unplug and develop their problem solving and visual thinking skills. Art promotes critical thinking and concentration, which benefit all areas of…


Kid-Friendly Bowling Alleys in the Southwest Suburbs

As the weather starts to gets cooler, there are many different kid-friendly bowling alleys in your southwest suburban backyard to add to your indoor fun! Many offer bowler-specific rising bumper rails, bumper lanes, and ramps for launching the balls. All of these will add confidence for even the youngest bowler in your life. Many of these alleys offer birthday party…