The Best Local Ice Cream Shops

 Posted by on May 30, 2016
May 302016
The Best Local Ice Cream Shops

It’s ice cream season – hooray! We love ice cream of every kind…but isn’t there something extra special about the family-owned, smaller shops and parlors around town? Our family has already decided to try every place on this list – sounds like an easy and fun goal for summer! Support your neighborhood shops and satisfy your sweet tooth. WIN, … Read on »

Let’s Go Strawberry Picking!

 Posted by on May 27, 2016
May 272016
Let's Go Strawberry Picking!

Strawberries signify summer! They are sweetest and ready for picking typically in early to mid June. This year the earliest picking date looks like it’s going to be June 1 and many start the first week of June 2016. We’ve gone blueberry and apple picking in the past, but this year will be our first time … Read on »

May 262016
Outdoor Movies in Chicago's Near Western Suburbs

Now presenting all the outdoor movies being shown in the near western suburbs for Summer 2016! All of the movies seem to start at dusk, although most specified a starting time as well. Click on the listing to see more information such as the specific location, what is provided and what you should bring. Some … Read on »

May 252016
Splash Pads in the Near Western Suburbs of Chicago

The splash pads and spray parks are opening this Saturday, May 28, 2016 with two exceptions: Splash Island in Oak Brook opened May 21 and Splash Harbor in Hodgkins opens on June 1. Splash around, cool off and enjoy the sun! Looking for other water play options? Local Water Parks Pools That Offer Day Passes … Read on »

May 252016
Family-Friendly Weekend Events: May 27-29, 2016

Memorial Day weekend barbecues, races, Family Field Day, cruise nights, and more this weekend! And click here to get the details for all the parades and events for Memorial Day on Monday.   Family-Friendly Events This Weekend All of the event titles, dates, times, and towns are listed. If you would like more information, simply click on … Read on »

Gymnastics Open Gym Schedule

 Posted by on May 24, 2016
May 242016
Gymnastics Open Gym Schedule

At Gemini Gymnastics Academy, summer offers SO MANY choices with maximum flexibility for fitting gymnastics into your family’s summer plans. Drop in for Open Gym on Thursday afternoons from 1-3pm! Three-five year olds love gymnastics, games and crafts during Campapalooza on Monday afternoons! Themed camps for first graders and up on Wacky Wednesday afternoons include: … Read on »

Memorial Day Parades 2016

 Posted by on May 23, 2016
May 232016
Memorial Day Parades 2016

Memorial Day is always the unofficial start to summer. More importantly, it is a federal holiday to honor all men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country. Did you know that the holiday was established in 1868 in Decatur, Illinois by an organization of Union Veterans?   Memorial Day Parades The Chicago … Read on »

LEGO Events Summer 2016

 Posted by on May 22, 2016
May 222016
LEGO Events Summer 2016

LEGO bricks have been a very favorite toy for my kids since they were old enough to begin playing with Duplo sets. My older boys have grown beyond these to LEGO bricks and I am utterly amazed at what they can create in one afternoon. LEGO is such a great activity for so many reasons, teaching lifelong skills such … Read on »