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Parent/Child and “Mommy and Me” Classes in the Southwest Suburbs

Parent/tot (also known as “Mommy and Me”) classes are a wonderful way to introduce your little one to the structure of a class. The environment is generally light, and filled with other parents walking the same journey. When my daughter was born, it was a great way to meet-up with mom-friends, and have our little ones experience some different activities….


The 31 Days Of August Calendar: Southwest Suburbs Edition

The 31 days of August are fast approaching and can mean many things. For some of us, sweet relief from summer break: the broken routine, the constant activities, the attempts to plan events, the many messes, and more are almost over. For others, sadness that another summer has gone by with our precious littles, who are growing up faster than…


Cheerleading Programs for Kids in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs

All-star cheerleading gyms and community programs are popping up all over the suburbs. It seems kids and their parents are discovering the many benefits the sport of cheerleading offers young athletes. Whether they’re participating in a recreational or competition-based program, cheerleaders learn firsthand the importance of teamwork and good sportsmanship. And because every cheerleader is a crucial member of a close-knit…


Local Escape Rooms: Are You Up to the Challenge?

The first time I went to an escape room, I was pretty skeptical — I don’t love puzzles and I’m the kind of person who Googles a riddle to find out the answer. But when we emerged an hour later (victorious, might I add), I was buzzing with adrenaline and completely converted. Good escape rooms have a variety of puzzles and…


The Huge Guide to Summer Fun in the Suburbs

The ultimate summer guide is here! Here are all of our articles on the many summer activities in the western and southwestern suburbs, all in one spot for easy reference. Here, you’ll find anything and everything related to summer fun. Take a look — you just may find something you never knew you needed! Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun in…


Pet Fest & Car Show

Come join a family event FREE event. Dads can visit the Car Show. Moms can visit adoptable dogs and pet vendors, kids play games and bounce in jumpy, dogs come and have pup-achinos, eat, relax, dance and have fun. The BIGGEST attraction is the Cold Blooded Creature Show sponsoreded by Chelsy’s Toys. Free for everyone.


Outdoor Pools with Day Passes in the Southwest Suburbs

Summer vacation is in full swing, and it’s time to get your swim on at all the outdoor pools with day passes near us! With so many great, family-friendly pools conveniently located in the southwest suburbs, you don’t have to pick just one. Purchasing a day pass is great way to explore new waters or get together with out-of-town friends…


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

America’s birthday can not be properly celebrated without fireworks and parades. Patriotism is never on greater display than it is on 4th of July. The southwest suburbs are full of opportunities to celebrate with parades and fireworks in nearly every town. Grab a blanket, a lawn chair, and your nearest and dearest to sit back, relax, and enjoys the celebrations!…


2018 Live Music This Summer in the Southwest Suburbs

Summer is near and it’s time to get out and enjoy the fresh air with some live music! Many towns offer a series of free outdoor concerts during the summer months that are sure to cure that cabin fever. Many of the events offer on-site food and beverage (for a fee), or bringing your own snacks is also welcomed. Come…


Summer Festivals in the Southwest Suburbs 2018

There are so many great summer festivals in the southwest suburbs this year! Bookmark this list and you can visit a different fest every single week this summer… or whenever you wake up looking for something fun to do as a family. Live music, rides, festival food, and more abound at these events, making them a great choice for a…


Splash Pads in the Southwest Suburbs

Move over backyard water table and sprinkler: splash pads are the perfect way to run off some energy while staying cool this summer. They’re a great way to cool down our kids without a trip to the neighborhood pool. We usually pack a picnic and some outdoor toys and make a whole day of it. Water shoes are always top…


Farmers Markets in the Southwest Suburbs 2018

The season for fresh produce is finally here! There’s nothing like preparing a meal using fresh fruits and vegetables! And you don’t have to go far to get what you need. Farmers markets are the perfect way to get the kids out into the sun and to get them interested in choosing ingredients for a healthy meal! Aside from the…