Aug 262014
Photo by Alexxis, Flickr Creative Commons

Photo by Alexxis, Flickr Creative Commons

Looking to meet other moms and get your kids together? I think that’s what we are all looking for, especially with little ones, so I put together a list of groups you could join to meet moms and have your kids play! If you know of another group, please comment below or email me at I would be glad to add more to the list… We are all in this together! (I don’t want to leave out dads, but wasn’t able to find any dad groups. If there are dads out there that know of groups to get the dads and kids together, please let me know.)

GLAM – Greater La Grange Area Moms Club
MOPS – Mothers of Preschoolers (meets in Clarendon Hills)
Christ Church of Oak Brook MOPS (Mothers Of Preschoolers)
Dupage Mothers & More
Naperville Strollers
Downers Grove Area Moms (DGAM)
Moms of Brookfield (The MOB)
Western Springs Newcomers Club
West Suburban Mothers of Multiples
La Grange Area Newcomers and Neighbors Club
Downers Grove Area Newcomers
Westmont Public Library (play group after their weekly storytime)
Elmhurst Neighbors & Newcomers Club
La Leche League at the following locations

  • Glen Ellyn/Wheaton at The Glen Ellyn Public Library
  • La Grange Park at La Grange Park Public Library
  • Lombard at First United Methodist Church of Lombard
  • Naperville at Grace UMC
  • Oak Park/River Forest PM at Pilgrim Congregational Church
  • Oak Park/River Forest Baby & Me Drop in at Buzz Cafe

And if you are interested in getting a good workout while meeting other moms, check out this Mom and Me Exercise list.

 Posted by at 8:08 pm
Aug 192014

photo courtesy of Kidlist reader, Melissa

There are so many apple orchards that I decided to make a list of just the orchards less than an hour and a half from our area. Some have activities, stores and food and others offer a more calm, farm experience so check out their websites and/or call to find what you are looking for.

I have made notes next to each orchard about when the picking starts. Please call before you go to check picking conditions and hours. I also noticed this year that many orchards are announcing an opening date, but u-pick doesn’t always start at the same time… so again, please call to make sure before you go! Continue reading »

 Posted by at 7:39 pm
Aug 182014

Griffin's first class at Lil' Kickers

Do you have young kids interested in soccer? The fall session at Lil’ Kickers starts on September 2, 2014 and runs through November 23 and new player registration is now open for children as young as 18 months! If more than one child signs up per family, a sibling discount of $15.00 for each additional child registered applies. You can register online at this link: Lil’ Kickers Chicago Registration.

Lil’ Kickers Chicago started in 2005 and has programs in six indoor and six outdoor locations with a weekly enrollment more than 3,600 kids. They are a child development program that helps children mature at all levels. Children build physical, intellectual and emotional skills that apply both on and off the soccer field. Lil’ Kickers offers a place for children at any level. You won’t see adult-like skill drills, but rather creative and fun teaching methods that are tailored to their age group and skill level.

Each coach at Lil’ Kickers goes through a background check and a rigorous training process, which includes child development training. The coaches work with your child for 50 minutes of high energy, age-appropriate activities to introduce them to soccer. They have a great FAQ section of their website to answer questions you may have and feel free to call the location you are interested in.

lil kickers girls group

Classes are available for children 18 months to 9 years old:

  • Bunnies (18-24 months)
  • Thumpers (2-3 years)
  • Cottontails (2.5-3.5 years)
  • Hoppers (3-4 years)
  • Jackrabbits (3-4 years)
  • Big Feet (5-6 years)
  • Micro 4/5 (4-5 years)
  • Micro 6/7 (6-7 years)
  • Micro 8/9 (8-9 years)


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McCook/La Grange
4750 S. Vernon Ave.
McCook, IL 60525
Seven Bridges Ice Arena
6690 Illinois 53
Woodridge, IL



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 Posted by at 7:48 pm
Aug 142014

My kids absolutely adore Wild Kratts, so we were ecstatic to hear about this event!

kratt brothers brookfield zoo

Fun-Filled Wild Kratts Adventure to Take Place August 23 and 24

Popular wildlife experts and entertainers Chris and Martin Kratt from the Emmy-nominated PBS show “Wild Kratts” will teach kids of all ages about rare wildlife behaviors during two fun days at Brookfield Zoo. The Amazon Adventure Shows will take place on the zoo’s West Mall on Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and 24, at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Prior to each show, members of the zoo’s Animal Programs staff will present informal Zoo Chats featuring a wallaby, a tamandua (a small anteater), and a boa constrictor. After the show each day, the Kratt Brothers will sign autographs from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
The shows, which are sponsored by McDonald’s Owners/Operators of Chicago and Northwest Indiana, are free with regular zoo admission of $16.95 for adults and $11.95 for children ages 3-11 and seniors age 65 and over. Children 2 and under are free. Parking is $10.

Due to the Kratt Brothers’ popularity, those planning on visiting the zoo on August 23 and 24 should consider taking public transportation including the new Brookfield Zoo Express from the CTA Red, Pink, Green and Blue Lines. Visit for schedule and route information. For further information, visit or call (708) 688-8000. It is also recommended that you arrive at the zoo early and park in the South Lot.

The mission of the Chicago Zoological Society is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. The Chicago Zoological Society is a private nonprofit organization that operates Brookfield Zoo on land owned by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The Society is known throughout the world for Brookfield Zoo’s innovative, naturalistic, multispecies exhibits and for its international role in animal population management and wildlife conservation. For further information, visit

 Posted by at 8:46 pm