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Family-Friendly Destinations: Fun Restaurants for Kids

Dining out with the family has never been so fun! We have so many ideas for fantastic destination restaurants with your kids! Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or just looking for someplace that’s extra entertaining and kid-friendly, these restaurants are guaranteed for family dining fun! Some are specifically designed for kids, while others are just good spots recommended for the whole…


Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, We Found Heart-Shaped Pizza for You!

Who doesn’t love eating heart-shaped food on Valentine’s Day?! Check out our awesome list for all the best places to eat everything heart-shaped… pizzas, donuts, bagels, pretzels and more! (If you are looking for some adorable and yummy treats to make at home, I love this great collection of Valentine’s Day recipes to share with your sweeties.) Heart-Shaped Food in…


Daddy Daughter Dances (and Valentine’s Events) in the West Suburbs

Daddy daughter dances are a great way for girls to enjoy a special night out with the men in their lives. Whether attending with dad, grandpa, uncle or another special someone, your daughter will love these events filled with dancing, dinner, crafts, games, desserts, photo booths and more! Most of the daddy daughter dances have registration deadlines, so I suggest checking…



Where to Eat with Santa in the Western Suburbs 2018

Our recent cold weather has our family getting excited about the upcoming holiday season. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to spend quality time and eat with Santa, Mrs. Claus or even the Grinch? Santa’s schedule fills up quickly in anticipation of the big day, so plan ahead if you hope to join him for breakfast,…


Kids Basketball: Teams and Skill Building in the West Suburbs

Basketball is a wonderful team sport to play as a developing young athlete, and thankfully, there are many year round programs to play locally! From skill building classes to leagues and teams, kids as young as kindergarten can get involved with the opportunity to progress all the way through high school. Check out our comprehensive list that includes recreational leagues…


Sewing Classes for Kids

Having two daughters who are interested in learning to sew prompted me to do a little research on places that offer sewing classes locally. To my surprise, I found that there are many fantastic options for kids’ sewing lessons and camps all over the western suburbs of Chicago. As a result, we are all signed up for our first sewing…


10 Unique Experiences for Teens in the Chicagoland Area

Looking for a unique experiences for teens? Whether your want to join in on the fun as a parent or send your teenager off with friends, there are great options all over the Chicagoland area of experiences that any teen would enjoy. Use these ideas as jumping off points for gifts, bonding time, birthday parties, or social outings for a…


2018 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Western Suburbs

The 4th of July is such a fun part of summer with lots of local, family-friendly events! Here’s a great line up of all the colorful 4th of July fireworks displays and spectacular parades listed alphabetically by town for the western suburbs of Chicago. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs and your best patriotic gear, and check out one of these…


2018 Summer Festivals in the Western Suburbs

Picture a beautiful summer day, some tasty food, great live music, parades and carnival rides…  ahhh, summertime family fun awaits! There are loads of kid-friendly summer festivals lined up throughout the western suburbs. Check out our guide for the best summer fests in and around your area! This guide is sponsored by the North Riverside Block Party. North Riverside Biggest…


$1 Summer Movies for Kids in the Chicagoland Area

Going to the movies is always a fun time, but it is especially fun when the price is only $1! Many of the local theaters offer special summer movie series where shows are just $1. (We had to sneak in a $2 movie series as well to round out locations in the southwest suburbs, but we didn’t think you’d mind.) These…


Bounce House Rentals in the Chicagoland Area

Bounce house rentals pump up the fun at kids’ birthday parties, graduations, or any event that a bunch of kids are expected to attend. Our guide lists some of the popular bounce house rental companies in the greater Chicagoland area. Many of these companies also rent tables, chairs, and other necessary items for party planning. Scroll through to find a…