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2019 Best Christmas Lights in the West and Southwest Suburbs

All of the incredible Christmas light displays around Chicago’s suburbs bring joy to my family every year. We all pile in the car, bring hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, and head out to see the beautiful displays our local families have created. From big attractions to incredible residential displays, we’ve got tons of options for your family. From our family…


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…


Toy Drives and Donations to Spread the Cheer

Raising kind, considerate children is at the tops of every parent’s Christmas wish list. These toy drives and donation events can help your family spread goodwill onto others this holiday season! Throughout the west and southwest suburbs there are organizations collecting new toys, monetary donations, and even gently used toys to give children and families in need. By participating in…


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…


Pumpkin Palooza at DuPage Children’s Museum

Families are encouraged to come in costume and celebrate the colorful fall season during Pumpkin Palooza at DuPage Children’s Museum. This family-favorite event includes musical performances, unique creation stations, a touch-a-tractor, and more! • Scoop and squish in gooey pumpkin guts • Build a FrankenBuddy • Bring your own pumpkin to the DIY pumpkin makerspace • Pump up your hairdo…


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…


Lend a Hand Together at These Local Volunteer Opportunities

As a parent, I love fostering the importance of giving back and teaching our children to be thankful. Volunteering as a family is a wonderful opportunity to connect with each other and the world around you! Children learn how their role makes an impact locally or globally in the lives of others. Here are some incredible opportunities to get your…


Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler: Activities for Kids 0–2

With this list of places to go with a baby or toddler, the hardest part of your day will be getting out the door! Once you arrive at the destination of your choice, you and your baby will be seeing animals, climbing play structures, listening to story time or dancing to music. There are countless ways listed below to enjoy…


Snazzy Time Story Hour

Join one of Chicago’s most beloved voice-over actors, Ms. T, for story time, singing and dancing in the children’s play area! Geared toward ages 1-8, children are sure to be entertained during this interactive hour! Lower level JCPenney Wing in the Children’s Play Area. No reservations needed. Walk-in and enjoy the fun!


STEAM and STEM Classes

Does your child love to tinker, get lost in a pile of LEGOs, or take apart their toys? These interests are all related to STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. At these STEAM classes, kids learn critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. They’ll have fun with friends while coding their own video game, designing their own invention, and so much…


Bump, Set, Spike! Volleyball Leagues, Classes, and Camps for Kids

Nothing encourages collaboration, communication and perseverance like team sports, so why not consider volleyball? Even if your child has never played before, there’s plenty of opportunities to give it a try! Check out these classes and clinics — as well as more competitive leagues. Ages range from preschool all the way into high school. This article is sponsored by the…