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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…


Kid-Friendly Nail Salons in the Western Suburbs

With summer in full swing, you’re probably finding yourself spending most days in sandals. If your daughters are anything like mine, they’re obsessed with my nails whenever I come back with a fresh coat of polish. Pamper yourself and your daughter with an afternoon at one of these kid-friendly nail salons. Some salons even have cute, children’s chairs for guests…


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

The 4th of July is such a fun part of summer with lots of local, family-friendly events! Here’s a great line up of all the colorful 4th of July fireworks displays and spectacular parades listed alphabetically by town for the western suburbs of Chicago. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs and your best patriotic gear, and check out one of these…


2018 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs

The best kind of summer fun is free summer fun! Save those dollar bills for the ice cream truck (or a family vacation): there are plenty of options for free summer fun in the Western suburbs. This huge list of free summer fun is sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District! Winding slopes, streams, bridges, and tunnels add to the challenge at…


2018 Summer Music Series in the Western Suburbs

Here in the western suburbs, we know that there’s no better way to spend a lazy summer night than by gathering with friends and neighbors in a local park to enjoy some live music. It’s a great way to get the kids outside for some good, wholesome fun while you get to sit back, relax and take in some great…


2018 Summer Festivals in the Western Suburbs

Picture a beautiful summer day, some tasty food, great live music, parades and carnival rides…  ahhh, summertime family fun awaits! There are loads of kid-friendly summer festivals lined up throughout the western suburbs. Check out our guide for the best summer fests in and around your area! This guide is sponsored by the North Riverside Block Party. North Riverside Biggest…


Free Comic Book Day 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018 is Free Comic Book Day! Simply walk into a participating comic book store to  get your free comic book. This event welcomes old and new fans alike. Readers are encouraged to dress as their favorite characters to celebrate their most-loved series. Some stores even bring in their own special activities and special guests. According to their…


2018 Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs

The spring and summer months bring an incredible round-up of races and fun runs locally that are lots of fun for the whole family! While some kids are ready for a full-blown 5k, others might like to start with a short and sweet fun run: the perfect way to introduce younger kids to longer races. Either way, they’re sure to…


Kite Flying Festivals and Events in Chicagoland

Nothing announces the arrival of spring quite like a big blue sky full of colorful kites soaring overhead. It’s National Kite Month, and Chicagoland is filled with public parks offering the opportunity for you to experience this beautiful springtime spectacle firsthand. We’ve put together a long list of local parks where you can participate in statewide “Flying for Kids” kite…


St. Patrick’s Day with Kids

Top o’ the morning to you! We have great St. Patrick’s Day events for kids to make your day festive and fun as you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family. Check out our guide to all kid-friendly events in Chicago proper, as well as the west and south suburbs. St. Patrick’s Day Events for Kids in Chicagoland St. Patrick’s…


Museum Adventure Pass: Free Admission and Discounts 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 other educational attractions just minutes away. Exploring a new museum—or an old favorite—is the perfect way to keep the kids entertained on these cold, dreary days.  But it can also be pretty expensive. Did you know that you…


Arcades, Game Rooms, and Laser Tag in the Western Suburbs

Press PLAY to start, and get your game on! We’ve rounded up the best local arcades, laser tag and game rooms for kids (or kids at heart) in the western suburbs of Chicago. For those of you new to the options, “game room” refers to places with arcade-type games where the player can redeem tickets for prizes after playing. This post…