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Kids activities in Carol Stream

The Carol Stream Park District offers a variety of activities for all ages this spring. For information, visit www.csparks.org. The park district’s Fountain View Recreation Center is located at 910 N. Gary Ave., and Simkus Recreation Center is located at 849 W. Lies Road. The digital guide has been... Read More

From zero to 100: How kids can reduce risk of injury

The COVID-19 pandemic made it unsafe for many children and teens to get the daily exercise they need. Gyms and playgrounds shut down. Group sporting events were canceled. But with loosening social distancing restrictions and warmer temperatures, young people are returning to soccer fields and neighborhood playgrounds. Meanwhile, pediatric... Read More

Sign Up for 2021 Summer Camps Now!

Actors Gymnasium Summer Camps 847-328-2795 https://www.actorsgymnasium.org Learn to Fly! Each day includes circus, drama, and movement. Students learn aerial and ground circus skills, take fun-filled field trips, and create their own circus-theatre show!  Ages 9-15 Blue Moose Sports Camp Western Springs: 708-829-1236 https://www.bluemoosesportscamp.com Blue Moose Sports Camp was created... Read More

Egg Hunt Extravaganza through April 11

Living Waters Lutheran Church, 1808 Miller Road in Crystal Lake, is hosting an Egg Hunt Extravaganza through April 11. Decorated wooden eggs are hidden throughout the woods on the church grounds — you’ll even find eggs in the trees! The rule sheet for this “seek & find but leave... Read More

Fun for all ages this Spring in Elgin

Celebrate spring with singing, dancing, exploring the wonders of nature and, of course, reading at Gail Borden Public Library. Register now for these upcoming events. Mr. Jon! live children’s music performance: Family favorites Mr. Jon and his puppet George return for more musical fun at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April... Read More

Spring Bunny Parade

The South Elgin Parks and Recreation will host a Spring Holiday Bunny Parade on Saturday, April 3. The bunny is back this year on his parade route. The times will be approximately 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will be done in one day this year so they will... Read More

“Egg Hunt on the Island” downtown Aurora

“Egg Hunt on the Island” is welcoming all ages downtown to search for artsy eggs placed in more than a dozen downtown storefronts. In March, the Aurora Downtown organization is partnering with Adventures in Scavenger Hunting to create an Easter scavenger hunt at 14 locations throughout downtown. The monthlong... Read More

Maple Syruping Traditions in March

Explore how tree sap is transformed into sweet maple syrup by attending DuPage Forest Preserve District’s March programs: “Maple Sugaring” at Kline Creek Farm or “DIY Maple Sugaring: The Basics” at Fullersburg Woods. Group size is limited to 10 in each session and will follow current health guidelines regarding... Read More

Local Indoor Pools this Winter

Oak Brook Park District Family Aquatic Center Oak Brook 630-990-4233 www.obparks.org 1450 Forest Gate Rd. Experience the best in indoor family aquatics all year! Features a waterslide, splash area with water features, adult spa, a 6-lane 25-yard lap pool and more! Pavilion Aquatics Center Elk Grove Village: 847-593-6248 www.elkgroveparks.org... Read More

Ice Fest in Downers Grove Feb. 13-14

The annual Ice Fest Downtown Downers Grove will be held Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13-14. This year, the Ice Fest will look a little different but it will still be a weekend of outdoor socially distanced fun. More than 40 ice sculptures will line the streets. Enjoy live ice... Read More

Best Sledding Spots in the Suburbs

Outdoor recreation has kept us going through the COVID-19 pandemic, and it doesn’t have to stop now that the weather is cold and snowy. Here are some of the best sledding spots in the suburbs. Caboose Park, Lake Villa Township, 27908 Fairfield Road • Hill available for sledding and... Read More

Bundle up for a visit to Cosley Zoo

Getting stir crazy indoors? Cosley Zoo in Wheaton remains open seven days a week this winter, offering families with a fun, safe, socially-distanced outdoor experience. On a footprint of approximately 5 acres, Cosley Zoo gives visitors an up-close interaction with nature right in the heart of DuPage County. The... Read More

Outdoor Skating and Sledding in Naperville

Naperville Park District staff has set up the outdoor ice skating rinks for the 2020-21 winter season, however, the final step depends on nature to provide the extended period of cold temperatures needed for the ice to form a good skating surface. Typically, the ice skating season runs from... Read More

Explore Kane County Forest Preserves by snowshoe

Whether you’re new to venturing out in the cold snowy months or a seasoned pro, join Kane County Forest Preserve District’s “Exploring by Snowshoe” programs to give you the skills you need to be comfortable snowshoeing. After mastering skills like stride length, heel-toe step, and climbing over obstacles, participants... Read More

Cosley Zoo’s annual Festival of Lights and Tree Sale

Cosley Zoo’s annual Festival of Lights and Tree Sale is a tradition for many families Visitors can stroll through animal-themed light displays and trees decorated by local families, businesses and organizations, as well as shop for trees, wreaths and decorations to deck their own halls. The festival began the... Read More

Aurora Festival of Lights

Aurora Festival of Lights opens free holiday light display The Aurora Festival of Lights — one of the largest free outdoor drive-through holiday light displays in Northern Illinois — opens for its 14th year on Friday, Nov. 27. It will feature even more dazzling displays that will delight both... Read More

Halloween Spooktacular in Schaumburg

The gym at the Community Recreation Center in Schaumburg was transformed into an alternate universe for Sunday’s family-friendly Halloween Spooktacular party. Guests enjoyed a Halloween-themed musical show. They received 3-D glasses, pumpkins with decorating supplies, goody bags for the kids, and photo opportunities with movie characters. And there was... Read More

DIY Halloween Costumes on a Budget

We got some great tips from a Consignment Expert to create and save on costumes this Halloween Do you remember your favorite Halloween costume as a kid? Mine was this long, flowing princess costume that my mother made out of green satin and chiffon. It had a vest with sequins... Read More

Drive-Thru Trunk-and-Treat

Chapelstreet Church Masterpiece Ministry, Chapelstreet Church and MyRecess Therapy will host a “Drive-Thru Trunk-and-Treat — Sensory Friendly and Allergy Free” from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, at the church’s Keslinger campus, 3435 Keslinger Road, Geneva. Dress up and drive through the row of decorated trunks for a... Read More

Halloween Hoopla at Lisle Park District

Lisle Park District has a festive line up of fall and Halloween themed excitement, adapted to fit state COVID regulations to ensure safety and fun is had by all. Feeling creative? Enter our new Pumpkin Carving Contest! Kids and adults are invited to share their carving skills for a... Read More

Best 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

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

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