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Best Doctors in the Near Western Suburbs of Chicago

Finding a healthcare provider can be so daunting! It’s a question that comes up quite a bit, so a few months ago we asked you to nominate your favorite doctors in eleven categories, including pediatrician, primary care physician, eye doctor, allergist, pediatric dentist, orthodontist, dermatologist, chiropractor, OB/GYN, midwife, and doula, then voting followed in April. The results are in – the best doctors…


Kid-Friendly Bowling Alleys

There are many kid-friendly bowling alleys in our neck of the woods that offer great options. Bumper rails and rolling ramps are awesome ways to build confidence in young bowlers until their skills grow. Most of the options locally are very kid friendly, offering birthday parties as well as specials on select days of the week. Explore one near you…


Nature Centers in Chicagoland: Bring the Outdoors Inside

Nature centers offer a dose of the great outdoors, even when the weather isn’t cooperating. I had no idea these existed until recently, when we were driving past the new Knoch Knolls center and stopped in to explore. Now I know the secret: nature centers are a great source of (usually free) fun in any weather! These Chicagoland nature centers that have walk-in visitor…


Chicago Area Children’s Museums

The winter months are a perfect time for discovery and learning indoors at one of the many Chicago area children’s museums. We’ve put together a list of the offerings in the city and suburbs including best features, unique exhibit information, and our age recommendations. Some are ideal to spend a day, while others are suited to a shorter afternoon visit. Either…


New! Naperville Christkindlmarket

The new Christkindlmarket in Naperville, located on the grounds of Naper Settlement, closely resembles the Christkindlmarket in the city. There are many wood booths with vendors selling gifts, ornaments, food, and drinks. You will find hot chocolate, brats, pierogi, beer, apple cider donuts, soft pretzels, roasted nuts, and more. Glühwein (hot spiced wine), hot chocolate, and Kinderglühwein can be purchased in…


Now Open: Dream with Da Vinci at the DuPage Children’s Museum

Now at the DuPage Children’s Museum, the Dream with Da Vinci traveling exhibit captures the spirit of the original Renaissance man. Leonardo da Vinci applied his genius as a painter, inventor, sculptor, engineer, and more. This traveling exhibit based on his art and inventions is 2,000 square feet hands-on discovery and fun. You might think a da Vinci exhibit would be all about history, and it does…


Locally Owned Bookstores and Toy Stores

We love local businesses! It is no secret that when you shop locally owned, independent businesses more money is kept in the community. Not only is it convenient, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at these independent stores are truly experts in their field. With the holiday shopping season approaching, it is a great time to explore local bookstores and toy stores…


Spotlight Youth Theater Winter Registration + Discount Code

Winter registration is now open for Spotlight Youth Theater!  Classes available in an area near you: Oak Park, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Naperville and more. Check out the discount code on the bottom for a special offer! Spotlight is entering its 20th year of providing kids and families with wholesome and fun Musical Theater classes and productions. Spotlight Youth Theater, the…


LEGO Events Summer 2016

LEGO bricks have been a very favorite toy for my kids since they were old enough to begin playing with Duplo sets. My older boys have grown beyond these to LEGO bricks and I am utterly amazed at what they can create in one afternoon. LEGO is such a great activity for so many reasons, teaching lifelong skills such as reading and following directions,…


Coffee and Play in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Enjoy a cup of coffee with some friends while your children play. We are never completely off duty, but it’s nice to have the option to enjoy some adult conversation while watching your kids have a good time too! Here are some indoor places to meet for coffee and play. Ball Factory 864 S Illinois Rte 59 Naperville, IL 60540…


Preschool and Kindergarten Prep Preview

Looking for a preschool or pre-k program? The Bright Horizons centers in Western Springs, Oak Brook, Naperville, Downers Grove, Lisle, and Wheaton are holding Preschool and Kindergarten Prep Preview events in February! Experience how Bright Horizons ensures your child is on the right track for school success. During Preview, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with our STEM curriculum, explore preschool…