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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…


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…


Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests Happening in 2020

Fall is our favorite season of the year, and fall festivals and Oktoberfests are the perfect way to celebrate it. This year, many are requiring advance registration, so make your plans early! Pumpkin carving, oompah bands, and hayrides are sure to get you into the fall spirit. Whether at an official event, or month-long festivities, spend as much time outside…


September 2020 Family-Friendly Events

Fall is here! Get ready for cooler temps, pumpkins everywhere, and lots of family fun. We’ve got you covered for September family-friendly events, as well as ways to soak in the beautiful fall colors or enjoy an apple picking farm. A crisp fall night is perfect for a fall family campout (complete with s’mores, of course!). Best of all, many…


Local Wrestling Clubs and Academies for Kids

All I do is pin, pin, pin, no matter 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. Wrestling clubs teach weight training, cardio, flexibility, and sportsmanship. If you son or daughter is competitive, these clubs and academies have the coaching…


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! Local Pottery Studios in Chicagoland Our local businesses are doing an amazing job pivoting and adjusting to…


Local STEAM and STEM Classes in the West Suburbs

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…


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…


August 2020 Family-Friendly Events

I can’t believe that summer is coming to an end already! August is a perfect time to watch an outdoor movie under the stars, explore nature on a guided family hike, and more. Before you go, make sure to click on the links for information about social distancing requirements, advance registration details, and other guidelines to help your family enjoy…


July 2020 Family-Friendly Events

The month of July is full of summer-time fun! Outdoor movies, concerts, and water activities are just some of the many family-friendly events in the western suburbs. Now more than ever, it’s important to click on the links for up-to-date information about social distancing requirements, advanced registration details, or any other guidelines to consider that will ensure your family enjoys…


Updated! Where to See 4th of July Fireworks This Year 2020

This article originally published on June 16, 2020 and we have received updated information included below. While most fireworks displays have been cancelled for this year, there are still a few happening in Chicago’s suburbs! The displays that are still moving forward seem to be planning to have the fireworks launched higher this year so they can be seen from…


Summer 2020 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs

Nothing beats a beautiful summer night in Chicago. Pack your blanket and enjoy an outdoor movie in the western suburbs. You’ll laugh, cry, or even sing along to these family-friendly movies being shown under the stars. New this summer, most events are requiring advanced registration in order to monitor crowd sizes and social distancing. Click the links to find out…