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2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

Halloween is a time to scare, but also a time to share- share fun memories with your little ones and families. Luckily for you, the west and southwest suburbs have no shortage of spooky and spook-free family halloween events! October weekends are packed full of activities that will give you a chance to show off your costume a few more…


The Best Local Activities for Elementary Kids Ages 6–8

Kindergarten is the age when parents can breathe a collective sigh of relief. You’re no longer carrying a diaper bag around or worried that your toddler is going to run from you at the park. Celebrate this new independence by trying out places that may have felt intimidating before. These top activities are perfect for elementary-aged children as they transition…


New! Kids Empire Indoor Playground in Villa Park

Kids Empire is a brand new, indoor play place in Villa Park that just opened on August 24, 2019. They hosted my family to play for the day and check out their expansive new playground. If you’re looking for a place for your child to burn off energy, or somewhere to go on a rainy day, Kids Empire takes the…


2019 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests

As the seasons change from summer to fall and then fall to winter, Chicagoans find themselves looking for opportunities to maximize the outdoors. Fall festivals and Oktoberfests are aplenty in the the suburbs. September and October are full of opportunities to celebrate the autumn season. Check out out awesome list of events near you! This article is sponsored by the…


Kids Pottery Classes, Workshops, and Studio Time

There are loads of choices in our area for places that teach kids (from tots to teenagers) the fundamentals of pottery. Whether it’s hand-building, wheel throwing, or simply painting, there’s certainly a place nearby to discover the art of pottery with your kids! This article is sponsored by the featured listings. Thrown Elements Pottery260 N. Evergreen AvenueArlington Heights, IL 60004(847) 818-1313Tween classes…


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. This article is sponsored by the featured listings. Indoor Soccer Clubs, Classes and Camps Norm Reissman…


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…


Local Wrestling Clubs and Academies for Kids

All I do is pin, pin, pin, no matter what, what, what! Does your athlete have an interest in joining a wrestling club or trying out the sport? Check out one of these wrestling clubs in the western suburbs. There are a ton of clubs and academies where kids can get coaching and practice their moves on the mat. Wrestling…



2019 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Western Suburbs

Nothing feels more like summer than 4th of July fireworks and parades. Each town celebrates in their own family-friendly way, whether walking the streets in a patriotic parade or enjoying a colorful fireworks show at dusk. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs, and your best patriotic gear to check out one of these awesome Independence Day celebrations with your family!…


Classic Car Shows for Summer 2019

Classic car shows are the perfect reason to be outside on a beautiful summer night. You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to appreciate the detail and design of vintage or specialty cars. Mingle with the owners, and talk to your child about your (or your parents’!) first car. Bring the whole family to check out all the classic…