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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

Oaklee’s Fun Five August 2, 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 – Bobblehead Giveaway August... Read More

What is school readiness?

All parents are aware of the importance of school readiness. But, what exactly is it? And, how can you prepare your child? Teacher Perspectives on School Readiness In a recent study conducted by Bright Horizons, elementary school teachers shared their views on what they believe to be the most... Read More

Oaklee’s Fun Five July 26, 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 vs Cleburne Railroaders July... Read More

Oaklee’s Fun Five July 19, 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 vs Milwaukee Milkmen July... Read More

Oaklee’s Fun Five July 12, 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!           LEGO City: Report For Duty July... 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... Read More

Oaklee’s Fun Five July 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!           Grant Park Music Festival: Independence Day... Read More

Friday Fun Five June 28, 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 vs Winnipeg Goldeyes –... Read More

Best Fireworks Near Me – July 2019

Nothing says Fourth of July more than a patriotic fireworks display. But you don’t have to wait until Independence Day to enjoy one. Here’s a day-by-day list of where to catch fireworks in the suburbs through July 5 and beyond. Antioch 9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 4, on Main Street.... Read More

Friday Fun Five June 21, 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!           Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival 2019... Read More

Friday Fun Five June 14, 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!           Brickworld Chicago 2019—LEGO Exposition – Renaissance... Read More

Friday Fun Five June 7, 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 Bears – Bears100 Celebration Weekend... 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

Chicagoland Water Parks Summer 2019

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 COUPON 200 Rev. Morrison Blvd., Elk Grove Village Hours: Sat, Sun... Read More

Friday Fun Five May 31, 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!           Pirates’ Cove Children’s Theme Park Opens... Read More

Friday Fun Five May 17, 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 vs. Gary SouthShore Railcats... Read More

Friday Fun Five May 10, 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!           World Record Opening Day – The... Read More

Friday Fun Five May 3, 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!           Touch-A-Truck – Glen Ellyn Park District... Read More

Friday Fun Five April 26, 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!           Arlington Heights Bike Swap – Centennial... Read More

Friday Fun Five April 12, 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!           Spring Festival, An Arts & Crafts... Read More