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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

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