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The Votes Are In: 10 BEST Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces

Thank you to all our readers who voted to help create our second annual list of best indoor playgrounds! You would not believe how much has changed in a year. New places have been added and others have left, but the top 3 remain the same. If you would like even more indoor play places to choose from, check out…


Daddy Daughter Dances (and Valentine’s Events) in the West Suburbs

Nothing beats quality one-on-one time with your child, and these Daddy-Daughter dances provide girls with the perfect opportunity for a fun-filled night with the men in their lives. Dads, stepdads, grandpas, uncles, older cousins, or even close family friends can come bust a move on the dance floor. These events include dancing (of course), refreshments, crafts, keepsake photos, flowers, and…




Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins on Saturday!

The pumpkin smash is Saturday, November 2, 2019! What is a pumpkin smash, you ask? Communities all over are holding events to collect jack-o-lanterns and prevent them from heading to landfills. Instead, they’ll be composted, which helps decrease greenhouse gas emissions and provides soil with much-needed nutrients. It’s an annual event, held the first Saturday after Halloween. So go green…


2019 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Chicago Suburbs

Halloween is just around the corner! Easily find your town’s recommended trick-or-treat hours in this helpful list. Check out the easy to print graphics if you are traveling to neighboring towns and share them with your friends! You’ll find trick-or-treat hours for the western suburbs, far west, and southwest suburbs in this handy article. Trick-or-Treating Hours in Chicago’s Western Suburbs…


Sonny Acres Farm Fall Festival is under New Management

When the trees start to change and there is a chill in the air, that is my signal it is Fall Festival time. Heading to Sonny Acres Farm for their pumpkins and fall festival is a tradition from when I was a child, that I am happy to pass down to my children. Sonny Acres Farm is under new management…



Mexico Beyond Mariachi presents “SUGAR SKULL! A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure”

A one-hour joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of the holiday through music and dance. Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones until she finds herself on a magical, musical journey accompanied by Sugar Skull, a charismatic candy skeleton to unravel the true meaning of Día de los…


2019 Haunted Houses, Hayrides and Forest Walks

There’s a chill in the air . . . and little ghosts and goblins everywhere are on the hunt for a good scare! We’ve found all the haunted houses, hayrides and forest walks in our area with just-the-right-size frights for your skeleton crew. (Parental discretion is always recommended. If you’re unsure whether a particular event or venue listed below is…


Pumpkin Patches with Apple Picking Near Chicago

When is an orange not an orange? … When it’s a pumpkin! I absolutely love fall. I’m looking forward to pumpkin spice lattes, jumping in leaf piles, wagon rides, and heading out to find the perfect pumpkin. If you didn’t get a chance to go apple picking this fall, there are places near Chicago where you can do both! Happy…