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Indoor Play Areas Offering Private Rentals

Indoor play areas have always been a great way for kids to burn off extra energy in these cold winter months, but it’s been a tough year for these businesses. However, as COVID-19 guidelines are set to change in the coming weeks, you may even find that more places are able to safely open with extra cleaning procedures and limited…


Vote for Your Favorite Donuts!

Donuts… mmmm! In the past we’ve done a donut trail map, which you can check out below, but I think a vote is in order. Who has the best donuts?! We tried to include the shops people have mentioned before, but you are of course welcome to write in an option as well. Then we’ll announce the winners so we…




Stroll Through These 2020 Winter and Holiday Walks

‘Tis the season to get outside and celebrate the holidays. Store-front windows filled with snowmen, reindeer lining the streets, elves hidden in downtown shops, and rows of beautifully-decorated trees fill your neighborhood parks. Below you’ll find the list of winter and holiday walks to help your family socially distance while celebrating the holidays this December. Bundle up and enjoy these…



Family-Friendly December Events 2020

Our roundup of December 2020 family-friendly events is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Organizations in the western suburbs have gone above and beyond to ensure safety guidelines are being followed as you spend quality time with your family this holiday season. Of course, things may change, so be sure to check in closer to the event date!…


Thanksgiving at Home Ideas, Scavenger Hunt, Books, and Traditions

It’s turkey time! Without traveling this year, I have been brainstorming ways to keep everyone busy for our week at home together for Thanksgiving. There are tons of ideas in the list below that I’m excited about doing with my family, starting with the scavenger hunt! Don’t forget to check out our round-up of local restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners, too!…




Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins!

Saturday November 7, 2020 is the big day to smash your pumpkins! Every year, the Saturday after Halloween, SCARCE coordinates pumpkin collections. Locations all around the western suburbs will be accepting your no-longer-needed pumpkins for composting. Keep your pumpkin out of a landfill and provide rich-nutrients to the soil. Don’t forget to remove candles and any added decorations (paint is…


November 2020 Family-Friendly Events

We’re grateful for a full calendar this month! Our November family-friendly events list has us celebrating the upcoming holiday season with plenty of indoor and outdoor events. Arts and crafts, turkey shoots, story times, and more. There’s something here for every family. Before you go, make sure to click on the links for information about social distancing requirements, advance registration…