matteson


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…



STEAM Classes for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

STEM and STEAM classes are a paradigm shift from basic text book learning. They open up amazing opportunities for children to use their creative minds, apply critical thinking, and work together. The term “STEM” was coined to cover Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Not long after the term started to be used, the “A” was added to include “Art.” If…


Basketball Leagues, Camps, and Skills Training in the Southwest Suburbs

There are so many great opportunities to play basketball and develop your child’s skills all over the southwest suburbs. Almost all of the local park districts offer basketball leagues that are open to both residents and non-residents, and there are plenty of other options, too. Now is the time to think about signing up! Younger groups are usually co-ed, and…


Indoor Swim Lessons in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs

Summer has come and gone, but water safety never goes out of season. There are many locations throughout the southwest suburbs that offer indoor swim lessons, including private lessons, group lessons, or parent-tot classes for children. Many of these facilities even offer adult classes if you want to learn to swim or just brush up on technique. Fall and winter are…


Classes for Little Kids Age 0-5 in the Southwest Suburbs

It is that time of year again: back to school, and back to activities! With school back in session, there are many extra curricular activities starting again. If you have older children who are involved in activities, chances are your little ones have wanted to tag along or join in the fun. Here are some ideas to keep the littlest…


Parent/Child and “Mommy and Me” Classes in the Southwest Suburbs

Parent/tot (also known as “Mommy and Me”) classes are a wonderful way to introduce your little one to the structure of a class. The environment is generally light, and filled with other parents walking the same journey. When my daughter was born, it was a great way to meet-up with mom-friends, and have our little ones experience some different activities….


Cheerleading Programs for Kids in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs

All-star cheerleading gyms and community programs are popping up all over the suburbs. It seems kids and their parents are discovering the many benefits the sport of cheerleading offers young athletes. Whether they’re participating in a recreational or competition-based program, cheerleaders learn firsthand the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship. And because every cheerleader is a crucial member of a close-knit…



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…


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…