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Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five July 23, 2021

Here are our top five things to do for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! The eighth annual Junior Tour de Naperville August 14 Hosted by the Naperville Park District, the event gives kids,... Read More

The eighth annual Junior Tour de Naperville

The eighth annual Junior Tour de Naperville is returning to Commissioners Park on Saturday, Aug. 14. Hosted by the Naperville Park District, the event gives kids, ages 3 to 12, the opportunity to ride their bicycles, big wheels or tricycles around the 1.2-mile trail, cheered on by family and... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five July 9, 2021

Here are our top five things to do for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Taste of Chicago To-Go July 7-11 Taste of Chicago To-Go will return this summer with special events around the... Read More

Chicago Park District Pools and Water Play Areas

The city of Chicago has some of the best pools and water playgrounds so you can beat the heat this summer. This list will help you find one close by. Adams Water Playground Chicago: 312-742-7787 www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Adams-Playground-Park/#.U5CSYK79Xuc 1919 N. Seminary Ave. Archer Interactive Water Play Area Chicago: 773-284-7029 www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/parks/Archer-Park/#.U5CSvK79Xuc 4901... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five July 2, 2021

Here are our top five things to do for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Weekend’s Fireworks Displays July 2-5 Here’s a look at this weekend’s fireworks displays. Note: Details could change, so it’s... Read More

4th of July 2021 – Festivals & Parades

MainStreet Libertyville Lunch in the Park: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 2, at Cook Park, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy live music and food vendors. The event for July 2 will feature Jimmy Carroll. (847) 680-0336 or mainstreetlibertyville.org. Lakeside... Read More

Best Fireworks Near Me – July 2021

Here’s a look at this weekend’s fireworks displays. Note: Details could change, so it’s best to check before you go. IN GLENVIEW: • July 4 at Gallery Park, 2001 Patriot Blvd. This year the show will not be synchronized to music and there will not be a live musical... Read More

Have a great Birthday Party!

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, www.dpparks.org Party indoors and outdoors with our... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five June 19, 2021

Here are our top five things to do for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events! Woodfield Summer Fling Carnival June 18-20, 1:30 pm – 10 pm North American Midway Entertainment’s Woodfield Summer Fling Carnival... Read More

Woodfield Summer Fling Carnival

North American Midway Entertainment’s Woodfield Summer Fling Carnival is open and runs through Sunday, June 20, 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 p.m. to... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five June 11, 2021

Here are our top five at home things to do for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events!   Family Beaches on Lake Michigan All Summer We’ve put together a list of Chicago’s suburban pools... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five June 4, 2021

Here are our top five at home things to do for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events!   Water Parks in the Chicagoland Area All Summer We’ve put together a list of Chicago’s suburban... 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

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

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

Chicagoland Water Parks Summer 2021

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

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

How to Help Kids get into Golf

Golf is a game of skill that can take years, if not decades, to master. Many golfers find their time on the golf course both rewarding and relaxing, even on those days when the fairways seem impossible to find. Though many players never swing a golf club until they... Read More

Family-Friendly Chicago Area Museums

Whether you’re there to see a specific exhibit or just to escape the heat, museums are a great place to go! It’s nearly impossible to visit a museum and not learn something new. We have so many great museums in and around the Chicagoland area–large and small, international and... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five May 7, 2021

Here are our top five at home things to do for you and your family to enjoy this weekend! Make some memories! For more great family events, see Oaklee’s  calendar of events!   Kite Fly – Mike Rylko Community Park Saturday, May 08, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Join... 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

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