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Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in the Southwest Suburbs

Spooktacular Halloween events are no longer reserved for October 31st! Ghosts, goblins, witches, and vampires are out through the month of October with more than enough opportunities for your kids to show off those costumes. Halloween-themed events are abundant all over the suburbs: from sweet, little costume story times to big, extravagant Halloween dance parties. There is no way to…


Haunted Walks, Hayrides, and Haunted Houses in Chicago’s South Suburbs

It’s that time of year again! Ghosts and ghouls are everywhere… especially in the Southwest suburbs. Celebrate Chicagoland’s spookiest season by touring a haunted house, strolling along a haunted trail or boarding a haunted hayride. We’ve rounded up our best bets for thrills and chills in the area (along with some less-scary alternatives), so you’re sure to get every member…


Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area

The crisp cool air and beautiful changing leaves signals one of our favorite outings of the fall season: pumpkin patches! You’ll find locations that not only offer pick-your-own pumpkins, but also all kinds of great attractions, children’s rides and tasty fall treats! Spend a few hours or a whole day with your family having fun at one of these awesome…


Churches with Childcare in the Southwest Suburbs

Children sometimes have a hard time sitting still in church — but thankfully, there are many churches with childcare that give parents the chance to worship without distraction. Childcare with an aspect of learning about God is also becoming increasingly popular at churches, with children getting the chance to do crafts, sing songs, and play games while learning to worship…


Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Southwest Chicago Suburbs

Hot apple cider, cozy hayrack rides and colorful leaves crunching underfoot in the cool, crisp air: there’s nothing quite like the sights, sounds and tastes of fall. And there’s no better place to enjoy them than at a fall festival in the Midwest. Here in Chicago’s southwest suburbs, we’ve got pumpkin farms and fall festivals galore! So take a look…


Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids in the West and Southwest Suburbs

Here in the Chicago suburbs, we’ve got the best of both worlds: city life and wide open spaces. We don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors! Not only is exploring our natural environment an incredible learning opportunity for kids, but it’s also one of the most entertaining and rewarding ways to enjoy a beautiful spring or summer…


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…


Kid-Friendly Ear Piercing Places

Last week, my niece summoned all her courage and marched home from school to ask her parents the question they’d been anticipating since she started Kindergarten:  Can I get my ears pierced? It’s a rite of passage for many little girls, and it can bring both excitement and apprehension—for both the piercee and the parents! To help make your child’s…


Catholic Schools Week in the Southwest Suburbs 2018

Are you interested in sending your children to a Catholic School? Catholic Schools Week is January 28 through February 4 and it is an ideal time to explore the Catholic Schools in your area. Most Catholic Schools kick off the week by hosting a mass and open house that everyone is welcome to attend. You can tour the school and…


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…