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The North Pole Holiday Spectacular

The North Pole Holiday Spectacular The magic of Santa and the North Pole lands at Schaumburg Park District’s “The North Pole Holiday Spectacular.” “The North Pole Holiday Spectacular,” sponsored by Amita Health, is set for 1-3:30 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, at the Community Recreation Center, 505 N.... Read More

Tree Lighting in Chicago Suburbs 2019

Tree Lighting in Chicago Suburbs 2019. You can visit with Santa at these neighborhood tree lighting ceremonies and holiday festivals. Nov. 28, 8-11am Chicago Thanksgiving Parade Chicago: www.chicagothanksgivingparade.com, State St. Nov. 29, 6:30-9pm Christmas Parade & Christmas Tree Lighting Antioch: https://www.antioch.il.gov, downtown to Village Hall. Nov. 29, 4-9pm Tree... Read More

6 Best Places to Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree

Why cut your own tree? It’s a good way to experience the countryside and support a local family farm. The trees are recyclable and sustainable, rather than made from oil-based petroleum products. The smell of fresh pine instantly creates a holiday atmosphere in your home. Just be sure to... Read More

Holiday Express Train at Blackberry Farm

Family Fun – Holiday Express Train at Blackberry Farm The Holiday Express train at Blackberry Farm in Aurora is welcoming all aboard throughout the month of December. Blackberry Farm will be transformed into a winter wonderland, featuring thousands of twinkling lights, festive holiday decorations and holiday music. New this... Read More

Best Breakfast with Santa in Chicago

Best Breakfast with Santa in Chicago 2019 Dec. 1 and 22 Brunch with Santa: Seatings at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 22, at Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Includes brunch, visits and photos with Santa, a face-painter, balloon artists... Read More

Top 6 Tips when finding a Babysitter

Top 6 Tips when finding a babysitter Babysitting services today have changed from the days of ringing the resident babysitter and asking if she was free for the evening. Rising rates and technology have changed the face of babysitting. According to UrbanSitter’s 2019 National Childcare Rate Survey, babysitting can... Read More

Top 4 Safety tips when Buying Toys

Top 4 Safety tips when buying toys for tots Toys play a pivotal role in the lives of young children. While fun is always a consideration when buying toys for kids, toys can do more than entertain. The National Association for the Education of Young Children notes that toys... Read More

Oaklee’s Fun Five October 4, 2019

Here are our top five favorite events for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Get out there and make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s Digital Edition, or search our calendar of events!           Autumn Drive October 18-20 in Woodstock... Read More

Why Children Need Character Education

Why Children Need Character Education Character education matters. We live in a world where teaching children to grow up to be caring, feeling adults is sorely needed. At Kiddie Academy®, character education is one of the fundamental principles and should begin with the youngest learners. In early childhood education,... Read More

Oaklee’s Fun Five September 27, 2019

Here are our top five favorite events for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Get out there and make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s Digital Edition, or search our calendar of events!           Johnny Appleseed Festival September 28 in... Read More

Oaklee’s Fun Five September 20, 2019

Here are our top five favorite events for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Get out there and make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s Digital Edition, or search our calendar of events!           Pumpkinfest – Didier Farms September 21... Read More

How to Carve a Pumpkin

Think you know the latest tricks for carving a creepy pumpkin? The pros continue to push the barriers. A handful of people become professional pumpkin carvers each fall, specializing in fantastical designs. Among them are Alex Wer, self-styled “Pumpkin Geek,” who lives near Sacramento, Calif.; Scott Cummins, a Perryton,... Read More

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

Oaklee’s Fun Five August 30, 2019

Here are our top five favorite events for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Get out there and make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s Digital Edition, or search our calendar of events!           Septemberfest August 31 – September 2... 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

Oaklee’s Fun Five August 16, 2019

Here are our top five favorite events for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Get out there and make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s Digital Edition, or search our calendar of events!           Chicago Dogs Baseball – Star Wars... Read More

Top 5 Back-to-School Bus Safety Tips

It’s back-to-school season, which means yellow buses are back on the roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, school buses are 23 times safer than passenger cars and 10 times safer than walking. First Student , a leading school transportation provider, offers the following back-to-school safety tips to... Read More

Back-to-School Germs

It seems like the kids always get exposed to new germs the first month they’re back in school. Boogie Wipes surveyed parents with school-age children and found that 67% reported their kids were sick within the first month of returning to school in the fall. What can you do to... Read More

Oaklee’s Fun Five August 9, 2019

Here are our top five favorite events for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Get out there and make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s Digital Edition, or search our calendar of events!           Teacher Appreciation Month – LEGOLAND Discovery... Read More