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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.


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…


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 ·…