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Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing, Plus Local Shops

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…


2021 Art Fairs and Festivals Happening in Chicagoland

With the lovely springtime season upon us, beauty is surrounding us everywhere! It’s also the perfect time to check out some unique artwork at one of the many art fairs and festivals popping up all around Chicagoland. Whether it’s just to browse with the kiddos, or if you’ve been searching for that special piece of art to update your home,…


August 2021 Family-Friendly Events

I’ll admit I always get a little sad when I see August on the calendar, as I know our time for summertime adventures are winding down. I can’t help but get excited when I see the fun ways that these local organizations will keep the fun going all the way to Labor Day! Pack a picnic, listen to an outdoor…


July 2021 Family-Friendly Events

July might be my favorite month of the year! We start with 4th of July festivities and then cruise into weeks of summertime fun. Water parks, beaches, and splashpads will keep you cool until the sun goes down and you’re ready for campfires, outdoor concerts and movies in the park. In the list below, you’ll find countless opportunities for family-friendly…


Sensory-Friendly Chicagoland: Activities and Events for Special Needs

We have the scoop on sensory-friendly events for children with special needs! These all-inclusive events are often limited to smaller group sizes to help reduce noise and activity, while increasing engagement and the ability for kids to move about. There are many new options of theaters, play places, museum times, and movie screenings that accommodate special needs. My whole family…


How to Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

Did you know that you could take your family to the museum . . . for free? Yes! With a Museum Adventure Pass from your local library, you can visit dozens of Chicagoland museums, zoos, and other places of interest for free or at a discounted rate. How do you get the Museum Adventure Pass? Easy! Head to your local…


Walking Playground Tour in Oak Brook

We love walking around Central Park in Oak Brook, which is where the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center is. There are three playgrounds along the paths where you can stop to play as well as a disc golf course to enjoy. What a great area to do a walking playground tour! The longest loop is 1.29 miles and…


2021 Easter Bunny Sightings in the West Suburbs

Play a round of B-I-N-G-O, enjoy a delicious brunch, or hop on by for a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny at these family-friendly Easter events. We’re egg-cited to see so many options able to run with extra safety guidelines in place. Nearly all of these events require advance registration, so now’s the time to start hunting for your family’s…


Hop On Over to These 2021 Easter Egg Hunts

The hunt is on! We’re hopping with egg-citement to see so many great egg hunt events this spring. Get ready for outdoor, glow-in-the-dark, flashlight, and aquatic fun! Grab your baskets and make sure to arrive before the start times listed. In seconds, all the eggs are gone. Click on the dates and times within the description for more information on…


Where to Take Kids for Ear Piercing Near Here

My daughter became quite obsessed with the idea of getting her ears pierced at the age of nine, and quickly got her older sister on board with the hope of doing it together. The only ones left to get on board were her dad and me! This rite of passage for many is commonly paired with feelings of excitement and…


Where Kids Eat Free in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Are you looking at your schedule and wondering, “How am I going to fit in cooking dinner?” These restaurants are taking the stress out of meal time! Check out our list of all your favorite local restaurants currently offering kids eat free promotions, with options for both to-go and dine in. Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree…


Kid-Friendly Bowling Alleys in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Bowling is one of our favorite family-friendly activities. We all cheer as the ball rolls down the lane, anticipating even just one pin being knocked down. With bumpers and ramps offered at nearly all locations, even your littlest bowlers will have a ball! Check out local lanes near here. Local Bowling Alleys in Chicago’s West Suburbs Stardust Bowl37 E Lorraine…