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A Day at the Farm: Local Farms to Visit with Kids

Brainstorming ways to a-MOO-se your kids? Take a day trip to a local farm! There are a lot of great options in the Chicagoland area for barnyard animal lovers. Along with animal visits, many of these local farms help educate kids about nature, growing food, and history. (If you’re looking for a hands-on activity right now, check out local U-Pick…



2021 Pool Memberships are Expanding with Phase 5 Guidelines

Pool memberships are a cost-effective way to maximize your summertime fun! In light of the new Phase 5 guidelines for Illinois, we recently revisited all the pools offering memberships and found lots more summer fun to be had. Check out all the offerings! Please note: This article was revised on June 11, 2021, to reflect new Phase 5 guidelines that…



Go Retro With These Summertime Drive-In Movies in Chicagoland

Drive-in movies are up and running around the western suburbs. They’re the ideal option for families that want to see an outdoor movie with built-in social distancing. Enjoy an exciting movie from the comfort and safety of your own car. Pack the pillows, pop open your trunk, and enjoy the show at these drive-in movie theaters. photo courtesy of Fairfax…


August 2021 Family-Friendly Events

I’ll admit I always get a little sad when I see August on the calendar, as I know our time for summertime adventures are winding down. I can’t help but get excited when I see the fun ways that these local organizations will keep the fun going all the way to Labor Day! Pack a picnic, listen to an outdoor…


July 2021 Family-Friendly Events

July might be my favorite month of the year! We start with 4th of July festivities and then cruise into weeks of summertime fun. Water parks, beaches, and splashpads will keep you cool until the sun goes down and you’re ready for campfires, outdoor concerts and movies in the park. In the list below, you’ll find countless opportunities for family-friendly…


Hop On Over to These 2021 Easter Egg Hunts

The hunt is on! We’re hopping with egg-citement to see so many great egg hunt events this spring. Get ready for outdoor, glow-in-the-dark, flashlight, and aquatic fun! Grab your baskets and make sure to arrive before the start times listed. In seconds, all the eggs are gone. Click on the dates and times within the description for more information on…


Giant Map of Fun: Outdoor Places to Go with Kids

With the weather thawing out even a little bit, I’m so excited to be out and about again! These outdoor places to go with kids help alleviate my kids’ cabin fever like nothing else. We all know Chicagoland weather can be . . . temperamental . . . so we’ve got ideas for snowy days and those glorious afternoons when…



March 2021 Family-Friendly Events

Spring is coming! As we move through these cold winter months and are finally able to comfortably be outside again, we’re excited to see so many fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day and Easter celebrations back on the calendar after having been canceled in 2020. Find all the details about these March family-friendly events below. The March calendar page is sponsored by…


Indoor Play Areas Offering Private Reservations

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…