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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)…



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)…



2019 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Southwest Suburbs

Keep the kids up late because they won’t want to miss how the southwest suburbs celebrate the 4th of July! Fireworks and parades can be found in nearly every town. There is no shortage of patriotism on the 4th of July, so make sure to raise those flags proudly and join in on the fun! Use our guide below to…


Splish Splash in these Splash Pads in the Southwest Suburbs

Splashing in the sun is one of the best summer delights! When my eldest daughter was a baby, I quickly learned that splash pads are an awesome summer water alternative! They are a great way to stay cool in the summer sun, practice fine motor skills of filling and dumping cups, and enjoy a relatively inexpensive, if not free, activity….


All of the 2019 Summer Music Series in the Southwest Suburbs

Here in Chicagoland, we like to soak up every bit of summer. One of the best ways to do that is by grabbing your lawn chairs, packing a picnic lunch (or dinner), and heading out to your favorite park with friends and neighbors to enjoy some live music. We’ve got a long list of outdoor concert series in the southwest…



Make Your Next Party a Smash with These Bounce House and Party Rentals!

Having a party? Look no further! A bounce house, water slide, or inflatable obstacle course at a party really pumps up the fun. Many of these companies offer rentals of tables, chairs, and tents to make party day easier. Some even have concessions, games, and other outdoor fun! Check out one of these rentals for your next birthday party, graduation…