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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

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five August 28, 2020

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!         First Chapter Fridays – Villa Park Public Library Friday, August 28 September 4,11,18,25,... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five August 21, 2020

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!         Virtual School Age Scavenger Hunts (grades K-3 w/adult) – Glenview Public Library Sunday,... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five August 14, 2020

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!         Super Saturday: Animal Quest – Mount Prospect Public Library Saturday, August 15, 11:00... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five August 7, 2020

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!         Escape Room – Morton Grove Public Library Tuesday, August 11, 4:30 pm –... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five July 31, 2020

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!         Kohl Kids Live: Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! July 30-31, August 1-2 We’re looking forward... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five July 17, 2020

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!         Summer Reading for All Ages – Northbrook Public Library This summer, when you... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five July 3, 2020

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!         Where to find July 4 Fireworks and Modified Parades The usual flag-waving, star-spangled... Read More

Best Fireworks Near Me – July 2020

The usual flag-waving, star-spangled spectacle of July 4 will be toned down quite a bit this year, the result of traditional parades, fests and many fireworks displays being canceled over COVID-19 concerns. That doesn’t mean, however, that your only option is staying home and watching “Yankee Doodle Dandy” on... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five June 26, 2020

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!         Kohl Kids Live: Friday Story Time and Wrap Up Friday, June 26, 10:30... Read More

Oaklee’s Friday Fun Five June 19, 2020

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!         Jammin’ With Jane – Team Test Truck Fundraiser Friday, June 19, 12:00 pm... Read More