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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…


Winter Break Camps for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs 2018–2019

Winter break is coming! Once the holiday hustle comes to a halt, you may be like me and be looking for a way to get your little ones out of the house.  Perhaps there are some interests they have they would like to spend a little extra time exploring, or maybe there is a new activity they would like to…


Fun (Santa-Free!) Things to Do with Kids in December 2018 – Southwest Suburbs

Santa and the holidays are everywhere during the month of December. Sometimes, you just need a break! If you are looking for some events that are Santa-free leading up to the holidays, we have listed some great ideas below, including skating, museum events, storytimes, crafts, nature events, and more. Check our list of fun December events in the southwest suburbs!…




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…


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…


Kids’ Tennis Lessons and Indoor Programs in the Southwest Suburbs

If you’re hoping to keep your kids active this fall and winter, you might want to give  tennis lessons a try! They’re great for helping kids build endurance, coordination and agility. Plus, tennis is  a lot of fun to play together as a family. But best of all, tennis is a popular sport that kids can enjoy now and later…


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…


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…