All posts by Nancy Stevens

Fall Fun & Pumpkin Patches

Fall is here and Halloween is on the way, so get out your carving tools and go find the perfect pumpkin. Here are some of our favorite pumpkin farms and fests for the season. Abbey Farms Aurora: (630) 966-7775, abbeyfarms.org 2855 Hart Road: Beyond a pumpkin patch, the farm’s Pumpkin... Read More

Find Family Fun: Apple Picking

Nothing says fall like fresh midwestern apples picked right off the tree and made into delicious apple pies. Here’s a list of apple orchards within an easy drive from Chicagoland.  All Seasons Orchard Woodstock: 815-338-5637   www.allseasonsorchard.com 14510 IL Route 176. All Seasons offers apple picking, pumpkin, pumpkin patch... Read More

4th of July Fireworks 2017

Fireworks are our favorite part of the 4th of July, along with barbecues, bike parades, and waving the flag. There are so many festivals and activities to choose from on the holiday weekend. June 30 Cary Dusk Friday, June 30, at Cary Summer Celebration, Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake... Read More

Spring Clean like a Green Machine

Want to make your own green cleaners to keep your house fresh the non-toxic way? Here are the basic supplies you’ll need: Distilled white vinegar (sold in the cooking section of most supermarkets) Baking soda Olive oil Borax (sold in a box in the laundry aisle) Liquid castile soap... Read More

Valentine Events 2017

February 4, 6-8 p.m. Daddy Daughter Hoedown Grand Oaks Rec Center, 1401 W. Route 176, Crystal Lake www.crystallakeparks.org Yeeehaw! Girls, grab your boots and favorite cowboy, and mosey on over to the Daddy Daughter Hoedown! February 10, 4-5:30 p.m. Cool Science: Let’s Do Some Valentine Science 2244 West 95th... Read More

Have a great Birthday Party!

Sponsored by: Taste Buds Kitchen   Here’s a look at some facilities and services to help you make the most of your special events. Many facilities and services book well in advance, so start booking your winter and spring parties now.   Des Plaines Park District Des Plaines: 847-391-5700,... Read More

Holiday Light Displays 2016

            Since the sun tends to hide in December, here are some places you can find wonderful holiday light displays to brighten up your holidays. Lincoln Park ZooLights in Chicago on Nov. 25-27, Dec. 2-4, and nightly from Dec. 9 until Jan. 1 (except Dec. 24 &... Read More

6 Tips for a Healthier Holiday

                With so many festive parties that include desserts, candies, and fat-laden foods, denying your child sweet treats is easier said than done. It’s better to teach your child moderation and how to make healthy choices. Dr. Dyan Hes, Medical Director of... Read More