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Kids Eat Free Deals: The Ultimate List for Chicago’s West Suburbs

Have something in your family you’d like to celebrate? Home-cooked dinner not in the cards tonight? Look no further! Local restaurants have kids eat free promotions every day of the week. This is a great way to dine out together without breaking the bank. Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree to score the deal. Even though we’ve…


Churches with a Live Nativity for Christmas 2019

As we prepare for cookie exchanges, holiday parties, and photos with Santa, it can be easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. My children love looking at our nativity scene at home, talking to me about Jesus and being excited for his birthday. These live nativity services are the perfect way to bring the miracle of Christmas…



The Best Frozen Events for Elsa and Anna Fans

When the original movie, Frozen, came out 5+ years ago, my girls quickly became captivated by the amazing storyline of two strong and loving sisters who would go to any length to protect one another. Couple the movie’s positive message with some incredibly catchy music, and soon we were listening to the new soundtrack for all of our lives as…


2019 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Chicago Suburbs

Halloween is just around the corner! Easily find your town’s recommended trick-or-treat hours in this helpful list. Check out the easy to print graphics if you are traveling to neighboring towns and share them with your friends! You’ll find trick-or-treat hours for the western suburbs, far west, and southwest suburbs in this handy article. Trick-or-Treating Hours in Chicago’s Western Suburbs…


Orland Square Boo Bash

Join Orland Square for our free annual Halloween event! Kids 12 and under, wear your favorite costume and enjoy Halloween-themed crafts, balloon artists, airbrush tattoos, face painting, special character appearances, cake decorating with Nothing Bundt Cakes, DJ, photo opps and more! Thursday, Oct. 24, 3-6pm. Upper level Von Maur wing.


2019 Best Decorated Halloween Houses to Drive By and Walk Through

Each Halloween, my kids get such a kick out of the “spooky” decorations they see in the stores. They’re too young for haunted houses, but truly enjoy seeing people’s houses decorated for Halloween. A great family outing could include a few cups of apple cider, some popcorn, and a tour in your car together to check out some of these…


Kids Day Out Programs in Chicago’s West and Southwest Suburbs

Kids Day Out (also known as Parents’ Day Out or Mother’s Day Out) programs are a great way to introduce your little one to the classroom . . . and get some “me time” back into your life, too! Kids play, learn and socialize with their peers in a preschool-like setting. Many programs provide you the flexibility to choose the…


The Best Local Ice Cream Shops

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! There is something so sweet and wonderful about a family trip for ice cream in the summer! My family loves visiting our local, family-owned shops for sweet, creamy treats. Thank you to our readers for your Facebook and Instagram recommendations! There are so many on this list that we have…


Orland Square Teddy Bear Picnic

ORLAND SQUARE MALL TEDDY BEAR PICNIC! Thursday, July 25 2:30-4:00 p.m. Lower level JCPenney Wing Space is limited. Reservations required. FEATURING: · Face Painting with M.A.C. Cosmetics · Meet & Greet with Build-a-Bear Mascot Bearamy (3-3:30) · Bear-Themed Craft & Coloring Pages · Photo Backdrop & Props ….and more! SNACKS: · Mini Bear-Shaped Cheese and Turkey & Cheese Sandwiches ·…



Movie Nights in the Village Commons

Wreck-It Ralph (PG) June 12  |  8:30 p.m. Ralph Breaks the Internet (PG) June 19  |  8:30 p.m. The Little Mermaid (G) June 26  |  8:30 p.m. **Featuring a visit and photo opportunity with Ariel** Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. The LEGO Movie 2 (PG) July 3  |  8:30 p.m. **Featuring hands-on playtime with tons of LEGOs** Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. Space Jam (PG)…