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5 Tips to Handle Bullying

Although October is National Bullying Prevention Month, the bullying doesn’t stop when October is over. Here are some tips from expert Philip Brown, PhD, on understanding and dealing with bullying. Dr. Brown works with Wear the Cape–a brand that aims to restore the power of kindness and good character.... 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

Is my child too sick to go to school?

Many parents have a hard time deciding if their kids are well enough to go to school. After all, what well-intentioned parent hasn’t sent a child off with tissues in hand, only to get that mid-morning “come get your child” phone call? But making the right decision isn’t as... 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 Friday Fun Five August 5, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Chicagoland Summer Festivals (August) This summer (August) Check it out! We’ve compiled a list of some of planned 2022 summer festivals... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five July 22, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Chicagoland Summer Festivals (July 22-28) This summer (July 22-28) Check it out! We’ve compiled a list of some of planned 2022... Read More

5 Ways to Ditch Technology for Family Bonding

Here are 5 ways to ditch technology in favor of intergenerational family bonding. No face-to-face contact is needed for massive communication to take place today! Children are text messaging, surfing their favorite websites and playing video games. Adults are looking at Facebook, Twitter and emails. These activities aren’t even... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five July 8, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Lake Michigan Beaches for Families This summer Lake Michigan has miles of beautiful shoreline with family-friendly beaches. Here are some of... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five July 1, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Fireworks displays to watch (July 1-4, 2022) July 1st – 4th Here are the fireworks displays planned throughout the suburbs to... Read More

Best Fireworks displays to watch (July 1-4, 2022)

Here are the fireworks displays planned throughout the suburbs to celebrate Independence Day: Friday, July 1 Des Plaines Fireworks: 7 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines. Bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch the fireworks extravaganza that kicks off Fourth of... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five June 17, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Coming Soon: Frontier Days Festival June 30th to July 4th Mark your calendars… Frontier Days Festival is coming from June 30th... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five June 3, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Chicagoland Water Park and Pools This Summer Don’t just stand there – go get wet and cool down this summer! Here’s... Read More

10 Tips to Stop Stressing Kids this Summer

Parenting expert Michele Borba says overscheduled, overwhelmed kids are missing out on the free play and downtime that develop their capacity to care about others. Here, she offers 10 tips to help us stop stressing the empathy out of our kids this summer. Summer, of course, once revolved around free... Read More

Chicagoland Water Parks Summer 2022

We’ve put together a list of Chicago’s suburban pools and water parks for you. All you have to do is add the swimsuits and sunscreen, and you’re good to go make memories! Elk Grove Park District* Rainbow Falls Waterpark 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd., Elk Grove Village Hours: Sat, Sun &... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five May 20, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Woodfield Summer Fling Carnival May 18 – 22 5:00 am – 9:00 pm North American Midway Entertainment’s Woodfield Summer Fling Carnival... Read More

6 Best Parks and Preserves to Picnic

1. Independence Grove, 16400 Buckley Road, Libertyville. Centered around a 115-acre lake, this Lake County Forest Preserve District property offers boat rentals, a swimming beach, dog park, cafe, visitors center, fishing, sand volleyball, and hiking and biking trails. Admission is free for Lake County residents with I.D.; nonresidents pay... Read More

Woodfield Summer Fling Carnival

North American Midway Entertainment’s Woodfield Summer Fling Carnival is open and runs through May 18th – May 22nd, in Parking Lot G of Woodfield Mall, at the corner of West Frontage and Woodfield roads in Schaumburg. Weekday hours are 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., and weekend hours are 1:30... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five May 13, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Glen Ellyn Carnival May 19 – 22 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm Just in time for an end of school celebration,... Read More

Why we Celebrate Memorial Day

The History of Decoration Day Three years after the Civil War ended, on May 5, 1868, the head of an organization of Union veterans — the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) — established Decoration Day as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war... Read More

Sign Up for 2022 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

Where to Observe Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who lost their lives serving our country. Services, observances, parades and ceremonies throughout the suburbs offer a chance to reflect on the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Friday, May 28 Memorial Day Pantry: 10 a.m. and noon Friday,... Read More

Mother’s Day Safety Resources

Oaklee’s guest post by Laura Nikolovska, Program Director for Kids In Danger, a Chicago-based nonprofit dedicated to improving children’s product safety. Moms are amazing and do so much for their children. This Mother’s Day, we want to repay the favor and do something special for them. Staying up to date... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five April 22, 2022

Here are our top five things to do with you and your family this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! “Winnie The Pooh”: The New Musical Stage Adaptation April 22 – June 11 Disney’s iconic Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and... Read More

Re-Build Girls’ Self-Esteem This Summer

Here are some tips from a unique wilderness camp that inspires self growth and teaches lifelong skills to young girls. Studies have shown that 53% of 13-year-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies. This number grows to 78% by the time girls are 17 years old. In today’s... Read More