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Halloween is Happening! 2020 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

IT’S ALIVE! (Halloween, that is.) Dust those cobwebs off your costumes, because Halloween is happening! The western suburbs have pulled out all the stops to ensure you and your little goblins have a spook-tacular time. After all the spring and summertime cancellations, we’re over the moon at the sight of so many family-friendly Halloween events. Creep through haunted forests, carve…


Updated Guide to the Best Kids Birthday Party Places, Ideas, Entertainment, Decor

Looking for kids birthday party places? Need to hire entertainment? Balloon decorations? Yard Signs? Bounce houses? We have all the options so you can plan a memorable party. What’s even better is that we have descriptions and contact information so you have everything in one place! Your one-stop-shop for kids party planning. You will find four sections below: kids birthday…


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

The first few years of parenting can be the most overwhelming, and sometimes the best thing for both you and your baby is a change of scenery. Climbing, dancing, playing and visiting animals are great ways to get out of the house and have fun with your little ones! Here’s our roundup of best places to go with a baby…


Your One-Stop Spot to Find Local Kids Classes and Teams

Our local businesses, teachers, and coaches are getting creative to offer safe outlets for kids to explore athletics, arts, academics, and more! When our team started putting this guide together, we realized that even if some of the traditional options aren’t available, these spots are still amazing resources for parents to help their kids stay connected to the activities they…


Local Tutoring Services in the West Suburbs

Tutoring services offer a big help, especially when tutors tailor learning to your individual child’s needs and interests. That might mean bridging gaps or extending content further than classroom curricula. If your child struggles to stay organized, needs to know how to prepare for an upcoming test, or just wants homework help, these tutoring companies can help provide both academic…


Gymnastics and Tumbling Classes for Kids

Boys and girls of all ages love being free to bounce, cartwheel, and flip to their heart’s content! Gymnastics and tumbling classes are a great way for kids to build coordination, strength, and confidence. When finding a gym that suits your family’s needs, remember that almost all of these gyms offer open gym times that you can use as a…


Indoor Soccer Classes and Teams for Kids

No muddy fields on this list! These local indoor soccer facilities offer budding soccer enthusiasts options for year-round skill building, recreational teams, classes, camps and clinics. To find the soccer club that best suits your family, check out our round-up of teams near you. Indoor Soccer Clubs, Classes and Camps Many local teams are getting creative with new ways to…


Music Classes For Kids in the West Suburbs

Music makes the world go round! Kids benefit from all sorts of interactions with music, but if you are looking to dive a little deeper, we’ve got you covered. We have a comprehensive guide just for you, broken down by category to help your kids further their vocal skills, learn to plan an instrument, or groove to the beat. This…


Kids’ Tennis Lessons and Classes

If you’re looking for a sport that the whole family can enjoy year-round, give tennis a try. Not only does this popular sport get little hearts pumping, but it also requires kids to think on their feet — literally! Head to the courts with one of the many youth tennis programs offered throughout the western suburbs. Hot tip: Also be…


Kids’ Theater and Drama Classes in Chicagoland

Theater classes help kids develop new talents, boost their confidence, expand their imaginations, and explore a colorful world outside of their own. Regardless of your child’s age or experience level, there’s a theater program in Chicagoland that will help your little star shine on stage! Many programs are offering online options, giving kids a creative outlet at home. Theater Classes…


Sewing Classes for Kids in Chicago’s West Suburbs

After my daughter received a sewing machine for her birthday, a spark lit inside her for all things sewing! As a result, I was on the hunt for any class I could find to fuel that desire to learn something new. I was delighted to find a myriad of programs locally to teach young kids how to sew. From classes…


Bounce House Rentals, Inflatable Water Slides, and More!

This summer is the perfect time to bring the fun to your own home! Bounce houses, water slides, and inflatable obstacle courses will provide your kids with hours of entertainment. Even if you’re expecting a smaller crowd or just your own kids, check out these bounce house and party rentals to maximize the fun at your family get-together. Many of…