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Daddy Daughter Dances in the Southwest Suburbs

February is coming, and love is in the air. There’s not many things stronger than the love between father and daughter. And while dressing up is half the fun for a little girl, they consider going to ‘the ball’ with the most important man in their life a dream come true! Dads (and grandpas and uncles, too), get your best…


New Year’s Eve Family Party at Haunted Trails Joliet

Ring in the New Year at our New Year’s Eve Family Party on Monday, December 31st – from 8 pm to Midnight! Guests will enjoy our famous New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert plus each paid guest receives $10 in Game Play, UNLIMITED Indoor Rides & Laser Tag, Hats & Noisemakers, Karaoke Entertainment, Games & Prizes plus a…




2018 Southwest Suburban Preschool and Daycare Guide

With so many choices available in the southwest suburbs, finding the right preschool or daycare for your family can overwhelming. Parents often put extra pressure on ourselves to find the ideal environments for our children. While we can’t pick the perfect preschool (or daycare) for you, we’re giving you a head start by breaking down your options into three categories:…


Best Donuts in the Suburbs

Our readers nominated their favorite donuts shops in the suburbs and most of the spots that made the list were mentioned multiple times! It’s tempting to do a donut tour… so why not? We put together map so you can determine a route and mark them off as you go. While you are on the donut trail, check back with…


Volunteering with Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

‘Tis the season of giving, comfort, and love.  The holiday season is a great time to teach children about giving, not only of gifts or money, but also our time.  Volunteering is amazingly rewarding.  There are many ways to volunteer – helping out a food pantry, hosting a bake sale for a cause, or even as simple as helping out…


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…



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…


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…


The 31 Days Of August Calendar: Southwest Suburbs Edition

The 31 days of August are fast approaching and can mean many things. For some of us, sweet relief from summer break: the broken routine, the constant activities, the attempts to plan events, the many messes, and more are almost over. For others, sadness that another summer has gone by with our precious littles, who are growing up faster than…