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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... 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... 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... 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 &... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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,... 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,... Read More