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Children Who Swim Start Smarter

by Chicago Swim School


Talk to any parent that has had their child in swimming lessons at a very early age, and you’ll likely find a passionate parent who can quickly list examples of mental, physical, emotional, developmental, and social benefits that resulted in having teaching their child to swim at a very early age.  

Something we have always known at Chicago Swim School is that early childhood swimming lessons exceed just ‘learning how to swim’. Researchers have documented that the effect of child-paced infant/toddler swimming lessons has the potential to increase inte ...

National Night Out

National Night Out, designed to shed light on awareness for crime and drug prevention, has been held for 29 years across the country. The event has evolved into a FREE night of family fun with local police officers and crime prevention groups.  
Most of the National Night Out events this year will take place on August 2nd, but there are a few exceptions, which are indicated with a red date.
Chicago area communities participating in this year's National Night Out on August 2nd (except where indicated) include:

Antioch -7pm - 9pm - Safety information provided.  There will also be FREE food and music provided by a DJ.


Arlington Heights - 5:30pm - 8:30pm - Foo ...

Kids Eat Free Deals - Chicago & Suburbs


You may be surprised to learn just how many restaurants offer Kids Eat Free Deals in Chicago and the suburbs.  Many are restaurants parents will enjoy too. 

Click on the day of the week to see which restaurants are offering Kids Eat Free Deals


View All Kids Eat Free Deals (68)

    Tip - Click on MAP VIEW tab to see where each restaurant is located to find the ones closest to you.

Kids Eat Free Mondays (25)

Kids Eat Free Tuesdays (11)

Kids Eat Free Wednesdays (3)

Kids Eat Free Thursdays (2)

Kids Eat Free Saturdays (2)

Kids Eat Free Sundays (14)

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Water Fun Guide for Chicago Kids

It's summer in Chicago, which means it's going to get hot and steamy.  Look no further than our Water Fun Guide to keep your Chicago kids cool and happy!  Our sponsors below are all offering discounts, so give them a try!  

Keep scrolling for many more options for Chicago area summer water fun, including water parks, swimming pools, splash pads and more.

BOGO Coupon - Caribbean Paradise Waterpark

BOGO Coupon - Rice Pool & Water Park

BOGO Coupon Oak Brook Park District Family Aquatic Center

 $2 Off Admission - Mystic Waters 

BOGO Coupon - Hidden Creek AquaPark
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Coolest Kids Birthday Party Places

Looking for something a little different for your child's next birthday party?  Be the coolest mom (or dad) on the block.  Scroll down to check out our 10 Coolest Birthday Parties for Kids and you will find skydiving, kart racing, circus party, robot party, water park......

Make sure you check out our sponsors - many are offering coupons.

BOGO Laser Tag - Adventure Realm


Birthday Party Coupon - Niles Family Fitness Center

2-For-1 Admission - CAKE Village

Birthday Party Coupon - Knockerball Chicago


Birthday Party Coupon - Party Time Palace

10 Coolest Birthday Party Places for Kids
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Trains, Trains & more Chicago area Trains

Kids love trains.  They love to ride trains, they love it when a train delivers their lunch, they love to watch trains.  Scroll down to find Train Rides, Train Events, Train Gardens, Train Restaurants and more.


In no particular order - click through for details of each location and to read parent reviews or add your own review to the places you have visited.
Train Rides
The Great Chicago Kiddie Express Train Co. - Train rental - great for kids parties.  All battery electric trains, seats 16 kids & adults, runs indoors and out.  Great for parties, promotions, seasonal events, park districts - anywhere you want to make k ...

Summer Movie Series for Chicago Kids

Many Chicago area movie theaters, park districts and cities host summer movie series for kids that are either free or very cheap ($1 or so).  They are generally second-run films and rated G or PG.  Here's our list of Chicago area summer movie series for kids in 2017.  We add to this list all summer, so you may want to bookmark this post.

   -  Here's our list of  Chicago area summer kid-friendly movie programs which includes many local movie nights put on by park districts, etc.  We add to this list all summer.  (Hint: click on the Map View tab at the top of the search results to see points on ...