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A Fun Family NYE at DuPage Children’s Museum

Ring in the New Year with a countdown to Noon celebration at Fun Family NYE 2018! Families can spend time together exploring the Museum’s hands-on exhibits, taking part in special activities, listening to live music, creating lasting memories, and more! This annual year-end celebration, now in its 17th year, has become a holiday tradition for families and is an important…



2018 Best Christmas Lights in the Western Suburbs

There are some truly amazing Christmas lights and displays in the western suburbs! Hop in the car to check out these magnificent light displays, or fill up some thermoses with hot cocoa and walk through together. We’ve updated all of the larger walk-throughs for 2018. We’ve also included the 2017 residential display information for all of you early birds, but…



2018 Southwest Suburban Preschool and Daycare Guide

With so many choices available in the southwest suburbs, finding the right preschool or daycare for your family can overwhelming. Parents often put extra pressure on ourselves to find the ideal environments for our children. While we can’t pick the perfect preschool (or daycare) for you, we’re giving you a head start by breaking down your options into three categories:…


Volunteering with Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

‘Tis the season of giving, comfort, and love.  The holiday season is a great time to teach children about giving, not only of gifts or money, but also our time.  Volunteering is amazingly rewarding.  There are many ways to volunteer – helping out a food pantry, hosting a bake sale for a cause, or even as simple as helping out…



STEAM Classes for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

STEM and STEAM classes are a paradigm shift from basic text book learning. They open up amazing opportunities for children to use their creative minds, apply critical thinking, and work together. The term “STEM” was coined to cover Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Not long after the term started to be used, the “A” was added to include “Art.” If…


Kids’ Tennis Lessons and Indoor Programs in the Southwest Suburbs

If you’re hoping to keep your kids active this fall and winter, you might want to give  tennis lessons a try! They’re great for helping kids build endurance, coordination and agility. Plus, tennis is  a lot of fun to play together as a family. But best of all, tennis is a popular sport that kids can enjoy now and later…


Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in the Southwest Suburbs

Spooktacular Halloween events are no longer reserved for October 31st! Ghosts, goblins, witches, and vampires are out through the month of October with more than enough opportunities for your kids to show off those costumes. Halloween-themed events are abundant all over the suburbs: from sweet, little costume story times to big, extravagant Halloween dance parties. There is no way to…


Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area

The crisp cool air and beautiful changing leaves signals one of our favorite outings of the fall season: pumpkin patches! You’ll find locations that not only offer pick-your-own pumpkins, but also all kinds of great attractions, children’s rides and tasty fall treats! Spend a few hours or a whole day with your family having fun at one of these awesome…


Kids Basketball: Teams and Skill Building in the West Suburbs

Basketball is a wonderful team sport to play as a developing young athlete, and thankfully, there are many year round programs to play locally! From skill building classes to leagues and teams, kids as young as kindergarten can get involved with the opportunity to progress all the way through high school. Check out our comprehensive list that includes recreational leagues…