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Haunted Houses and Haunted Forest Walks in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Enjoy getting your spook on with these haunted hayrides, haunted walks, and haunted houses! We witch you a Happy Halloween! We have included websites for parents to check out; please make sure your fang-tastic activity is appropriate for your child’s age, and call the event planners if you have any questions. This article is sponsored by the Oak Brook Park…


Classes for Little Kids Age 0-5 in the Southwest Suburbs

It is that time of year again: back to school, and back to activities! With school back in session, there are many extra curricular activities starting again. If you have older children who are involved in activities, chances are your little ones have wanted to tag along or join in the fun. Here are some ideas to keep the littlest…


Polar Express Train Rides, Holiday Express, Santa Train, and Santa Trolley

Originally inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express, these rides can include everything from story times to caroling to meals with Santa. Many choose to wear pajamas to get in character, or feel free to don your most festive holiday sweater! Create a new holiday tradition for your family and take a magical ride to the North Pole! These events tend…


Palos POWER/PBO Diamond Day

Community event – sponsored by Palos POWER Softball and Palos Baseball Organization – featuring live music, wiffleball and bean bag tournaments*, a softball and a baseball Home Run Derby*, mechanical bull riding and a movie in the park. *Indicates activities that require pre-registration at http://diamondday.strikingly.com/.


Kid-Friendly Train Stops on the Southwest Service Metra Line

Spring is in full bloom, and there’s no better way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the southwest suburbs than by traveling via train. Round up the kids for a leisurely ride on the Southwest Service Metra line and explore all that your neighboring towns have to offer. On weekdays, kids ages 7–11 save half on one-way fares, and up…


Martial Arts Classes for Kids

Martial arts and karate classes for kids are a great way to boost self-confidence, work on discipline, and develop motor skills. Many of these dojos offer taekwondo, hapkido, jiu jitsu, martial arts, and karate classes for kids as young as 4 years old. Be sure to inquire about free trials at many of these locations. (Park districts are a great…


Dance Classes for Kids

Dance classes are a wonderful way to teach your children fundamentals of rhythm, good posture, core strength, and balance. These dance studios offer everything from tap and ballet to modern, hip-hop, and team competition. Dance classes are not just for girls—many offer classes specific to boys! Some also start as young as babies with mom/tot classes. There are also many…