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Your Guide to Summer 2021 Fun in the Suburbs

After a quieter summer in 2020, it’s no surprise that we cannot contain our excitement for what’s in store in 2021. Strawberry picking, water parks, children’s museum, fishing, outdoor concerts, the list goes on and on. We’ve created one HUGE summer guide for all your family-friendly fun, so don’t forget to bookmark this page. We’ve linked to all of our…



2021 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs

Summer is on its way, and we can’t wait to get in on the fun. Free fun happens all around the suburbs if you know where to look. These no-cost outings will help keep everyone engaged and enthusiastic, all with cash left over for the ice cream truck! This article is sponsored by Dixon Law Office. Grant Dixon is invested…


Summer 2021 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs

Outdoor movies in the park is our favorite summertime activity. We pack up blankets, comfy chairs and snacks, ready to soak up a beautiful summer evening while watching a family-friendly movie. You’ll laugh and sing along to the music as you watch one of these outdoor movies in the western suburbs. Pro tip: If your family isn’t quite ready to…


Exciting New Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs

I am always blown away by the wonderful parks and playgrounds that our park districts provide for us! They are always renovating and reimagining spaces and we are so grateful for that. Check out the new playgrounds that were just completed as well as those that will be ready for play in the coming months. We also included information from…



20 Best Walking Paths: Parks with Paved Trails

Get a change of scenery and enjoy a walk at one of our beautiful neighborhood parks! We scoped out parks with paved paths; the fairly smooth surfaces are perfect for strollers, rollerblading, and more. All of these parks have playgrounds along the paved trail, so you can stop along the way and let your kids play too! Parks with Paved…


15 Best Playgrounds for Elementary School-Aged Kids

Scope out some new spots for your family! We asked all of you for the best playgrounds for elementary school kids and you answered . . . with all of these great parks. There are special stories behind some of these play areas, so check them out and have fun! This article is sponsored by Battistoni | Beam | Polivka…


Virtual VBS, Kits, and In-Person Options for Vacation Bible School 2021

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is an exciting way for children to gather together, explore religion and learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. Many churches that offered virtual VBS in 2020 have found ways to safely gather in 2021, but you will also find some virtual programming this upcoming summer, too. Registration is already opening, so make sure…


2021 Farmers Markets and French Markets

#Shoplocal! Local produce, products, and much more at farmers markets all around the Chicagoland suburbs. Head out with your children to pick out fruits and vegetables that are locally grown and products that are locally sourced. Kids often become adventurous eaters when they are part of the picking, planning, and preparing, too. Many farmers markets have live music, food for…