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MAPLD FanFest

Join us in celebrating everything fandom at the library’s first ever comic convention, MAPLD FanFest! The day-long event will include cosplayers roaming the library as your favorite heroes and villains, with giveaways and raffles throughout the day. There will be programs for all ages and will include: various presenters and workshops, a cosplay and video game tournament, alongside fun and…


Sensory-Friendly Chicagoland: Activities and Events for Special Needs

Children with special needs don’t need to miss out on all the special outings. As sensory-friendly events grow more popular, many facilities are adding more times and locations! These events are often limited to a smaller number of guests to help reduce noise and activity, while increasing engagement and the ability for kids to move about. This article is sponsored…


Pets Love Indie, Too! Local Pet Supply Stores and Shops

While there are a variety of national chain pet stores available to us in our communities, it can be a fun field trip for you and your dog to seek out local independent shops! These stores can range from standalone pet stores, to portions of locations that also offer grooming and other classes, to pet bakeries. Shopping local supports our…


Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

Here in Chicagoland, we’re pretty lucky. (Yes, I’ve been outside… but hear me out!) We’ve got an abundance of awesome museums and educational attractions just minutes away. But these visits can also be pretty expensive. Did you know that you can get free admission and discounts from your library when you check out the Museum Adventure Pass? Libraries have individual…


Summer Camps at The Dance Workshop

The Dance Workshop’s mission is to provide encouragement and the best dance technique instruction so their students can increase their enthusiasm and creativity within the dance world and beyond. They do all of that while offering affordable classes and camps! We’re excited to announce their Princess Dance Camp for ages 4-6 years old and their Pirates & Heros Camp for…




Indoor Pools with Family Swim Times in the Southwest Suburbs

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming! Your little fish don’t have to get out of the water just because Mother Nature is grumpy. There are plenty of indoor pools in Chicago’s southwest suburbs that offer family swim times. We’ve pulled a big list together for you, but remember: Prices and hours may change, so it’s always a safe bet to…


2019 Spring Break Camps, Activities, and Events in the West Suburbs

Not heading anywhere for spring break? Don’t worry! We’ve got plenty of ways for your family to stay busy during the week off school. Depending on the weather, you may find yourself either digging through our indoor play spaces list, or enjoying a hike at a beautiful forest preserve nearby. If you’d prefer something scheduled, there’s plenty of spring break…



Kiss Me, I’m Going to These St. Patrick’s Day Events in the Southwest Suburbs

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and these events are sure to have you doing a jig in your green attire! There are quite a few parades and other cute festivities to celebrate this holiday and welcome in spring (we can only hope). Sláinte! 2019 St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs Saint Patrick’s Day Family Events Manhattan…


Open Gyms for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs: Times and Prices

My kids love going to open gym times! Winter in our home means lots of pent-up energy, and one of the best ways to get the wiggles out is some good ol’ fashioned running, climbing and jumping. When you’re checking out these open gyms, be sure to take a peek at the class schedule; if your kids love tumbling around,…