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October 05, 2015

Not-So-Spooky Haunted Houses

Kids of all ages can enjoy these haunted houses when they turn on the lights and turn down the scare.

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September 25, 2015

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patches

Find your perfect pumpkin at one of these local pumpkin patches.

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September 18, 2015

2015 Chicago Fall Fun and Festivals

Our picks for the season's best family friendly fall festivals and activities.

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September 14, 2015

Family Friendly Fall Hikes

Immerse yourselves in the colors of the season with a fall hike through one of our favorite nature spots in the Chicago area.

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September 08, 2015

Must-See Fall 2015 Children's Theater picks for must-see Children's Theater Productions.

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September 01, 2015

2015 Apple Orchards and Apple Picking Near Chicago picks for the best apple orchards and apple picking near Chicago.

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August 24, 2015

Hot Climbing Spots for Kids around Chicago

Hot spots for kids climbing, from rock climbing to bouldering to wall climbing and more.

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August 12, 2015

2015 Fall Class Guide

Highlights of some of the great Fall classes available for kids.

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July 15, 2015

Family Friendly Weekend Getaways Near Chicago

Find a destination for a weekend getaway with kids that's driving distance from Chicago.

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June 01, 2015

Best Ice Cream Spots for Kids in the Chicago Area

Summer's here and the time is right to indulge with a tasty ice cream treat.

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May 28, 2015

Best Chicago Area Outdoor Nature Destinations

Find an outdoor Nature destination in the Chicagoland area where you can hike, explore and spot native animals.

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May 22, 2015

Superhero Birthday Parties

These Superhero themed birthday parties will make your little ones feel like true heroes.

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February 18, 2015

Robot and Science Birthday Parties

We've got a hot list of the best robotic and science birthday parties in the Chicagoland area, either in your home or on-site.

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January 08, 2015

Indoor Play Cafes and Play Spaces

These play cafes and spaces offer little ones a great atmosphere to expore while moms can sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee or snack.

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