Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays just around the corner we are sharing some of our favorites with you and giving hints for Santa!

Wen’s Picks

I’m trying to be somewhat of a minimalist and since we try to follow the something to read, wear, need and want with stocking stuffers for my little, I figured I should ask Santa for the same.

Something to Read 📚

So this is a bit of a *read* stretch, but I will read it everyday. Every year under the tree I look forward to a new planner to start the new year fresh. As a busy working mom, a planner is a must for me. I’m a big fan of Erin Condren Life Planners and have already ordered my 2018. {Use the link and you’ll receive $20 off your first purchase!}

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Something to Wear 🧘🏼‍♀️

I’m eyeing the On The Fly Pant from Lululemon. Stretchy waistband, pockets, versatile to be worn on the go, to workout, or casual day at work.

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I’m in need of some new sneakers to wear to and from and have asked Santa for these. I love that they’re not a solid color.

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Something I Want 😴

This shirt really is me. I love to sleep {took a nap yesterday} and I love to be comfortable. Tees and sweatpants are my jam. {I love graphic tees right now}

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I don’ t take baths often, but when I do, I want it to feel like I’m at a spa. Music, candles, and bath bombs. This will be a perfect stocking stuffer.

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Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays just around the corner we are sharing some of our favorites with you and giving hints for Santa!

Jen’s Picks

I am always looking for cute boots. I HAVE to have my feet warm at all times. I recently picked up a super cute pair of Sperry’s that are perfect for running errands or rain and snow. My exact ones are sold out but similar ones here

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I am really picky about scents and a lot of them give me headaches but one of my all time favorites has to be Amazing Grace by Philosophy. It is clean and fresh and lasts all day long. I wouldn’t mind this set under the tree Christmas morning.

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What girl couldn’t use a little jewelry this holiday season? I have been eyeing these cute pieces from Kendra Scott. I wouldn’t mind this bracelet or this necklace (or if Santa is reading, maybe both 😉 ).

 

I have been wanting my own tablet for awhile now but I wasn’t willing to splurge on an iPad. I really wanted it for reading and movies etc while traveling. Given that I have an Amazon addiction and my kids have the Amazon Fire Kids tablets and I really like them I decided that Santa is bringing me a new Amazon Fire 10. Santa got a great deal during Black Friday but knowing Amazon I am sure another great deal will be just around the corner!

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MyBAB Local Spots for Coffee Dates

There’s something about coffee shops that are so inviting – the smell, the ambiance, the coffee itself – they’re great spots for coffee dates whether it’s with a girl friend or your spouse.

McHenry County has some charming local coffee shops that we wanted to share our top five places to grab a cup of java over good conversation.

Conscious Cup Coffee Roasters ~ Crystal Lake

“Thoughtfully sourced coffee grown by farmers committed to quality, sustainability and community” is a big part of what we love about Conscious Cup. The cafe is spacious, you’ll see people working over coffee or sitting in a comfy chair catching up with a friend. {Bonus: the drive-thru window for when you’re on the go but need to refuel}

Grounds Coffee Bar ~ Crystal Lake 

Also located in downtown Crystal Lake, at the train tracks and connected to Reclaimed {love to browse in there!} you’ll find a quaint coffee bar with Wen’s husband’s favorite cold brew. Serving up oatmeal and breakfast sandwiches this coffee shop is a commuters favorite.

Taste of Benedicts ~ Crystal Lake

Located in downtown Crystal Lake, and a compliment to Benedict’s La Strata {a brunch favorite!} it’s the perfect spot to meet before shopping or after Pilates. Aside from coffee you can also pick up a bite to eat {pastries, sandwiches & salads} before heading into the office.

Daily Projects Coffee Bar & Eatery ~ Algonquin

If you haven’t stopped into Daily Projects yet, make a point to soon! They use a semi-automatic espresso machine and high end grinders that shows in the taste of the coffee. Also available is loose leaf tea, smoothies, and delicious sandwiches. Open late and off Randall Rd, makes this a perfect spot for a night cap to end a date.

Ethereal Confections ~ Woodstock 

Coffee and chocolates! Situated on the historic Woodstock Square and allergy, gluten-free, and vegan friendly, you’ll find something you love while you warm up. Ethereal Confections has events such as beer and chocolates or wine and chocolates that are perfect for a date night!

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BTS Series: Get In Style With Gymboree

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We can’t believe we’re already talking about back to school – didn’t Summer just start? We’re not ready for Summer to end quite yet, but kindergarten is right around the corner for two of our littles! It’s an exciting time, but we’re fully expecting some tears — from us, not the kids — on that first day. Since this is a big year, we have some #KidGoals for our littles – be brave, have fun, and meet new friends, while the #MomGoals are to not cry {much}and only follow the school bus once {or twice}.
As we approach the end of July, school supplies and new shoes have been purchased, next up are clothes. The back to school clothing sales are beginning and over the next few weeks we’re going be posting our favorite looks from a few of our go-to brands.

Gymboree has been a staple in our wardrobes and this year we expect to have a few items in rotation. Trendy, age-appropriate, and affordable are what we love about this line.

The space loving, future astronaut picked the Galaxy tee with the Super Skinny Moto pants and the Twofer dress with the shooting star. Getting her in a dress these days requires fun prints and bribes.

Cool and comfy is all we need and we’re in love with these Cargo Joggers. Since they have a real drawstring, they’re adjustable and we know they’ll fit. Paired with a Cool Monster tee and we’re set for the first day.

You can find shoes, backpacks, and several Gymboree pieces can be mixed and matched to maximize the littles looks and make getting ready in the morning a flash. #KidGoals #MomGoals

What are some of your favorite looks from Gymboree for Back to School? Do you have any #KidGoals for this school year? We’d love to hear yours!

Happy Shopping!

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

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Ok ladies, I know that some of you are still recovering from Amazon Prime Day but today is what we prep for all year! The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale!! Cardholders have access beginning today. Non cardholders the sale starts on July 20th but most of the must have items sell out fast so being a cardholder definitely has its advantages.

A few notes:

  • You can view the entire sale here.
  • One of the best things about the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale is that the products are all new arrivals for fall.
  • Remember Nordstrom offers free shipping and returns, so you may want to order two different sizes or two different colors. Return what you don’t want.
  • We’ll be sharing a few posts over the next few weeks on the #NSale, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook.

Jen’s Picks

This sale is a great time to stock up on items for fall. I know, it is humid and hot and JULY but trust me when I say that these deals are great on items come fall and winter!

  • Free People Sweater: I am always looking for comfy and warm clothes. Living in Chicago I can wear a sweater for at least six months. This one looks cozy and put together.                                                          nsale1
  • Halogen V-Neck Tunic: With fall  being the official season of leggings I am always looking for shirts that I can wear with leggings. This shirt is a nice staple to have in your wardrobe.                                                   nsale2
  • Bobeau Ruffle Neck Babydoll: Ok, so this is my attempt to branch out a bit. I think this top will work really well in the fall and I can wear it to work and out for date night. Plus, the cold shoulder is totally on trend. nsale3
  • Caslon Space Dye Tunic: So clearly I have a theme: comfy. But when you work from home 4 days a week it becomes essential. I always want to look put together but at the same time be able to feel relaxed at home. And bonus, I can wear with leggings.nsale4
  • Zella Hatha Leggings: See, I have a problem….but I do need another pair of leggings. These ones look so cute.                         nsale5
  • Betsy Johnson Forever Perfect Tshirt Bra: I had to go to Nordstrom a few weeks ago for a new strapless bra and while I was getting fitted the sales lady had me try on this bra and it was comfy. She let me know it was going to be on sale during the anniversary sale so here it is. nsale6
  • Under Armour WarmUp Pants: My son is 5 and he only wears comfortable clothes (gets it from his Mama!) and Under Armour is the hot brand that him and all of his friends want to wear. These will be perfect for him when he starts Kindergarten this fall.                                  nsale7
  • The North Face Glacier Fleece: My 3 year old daughter wants to be warm and could care less about being cute or girly. She wants to match her brother. This jacket would be perfect for the fall and spring. nsale8
  • Vineyard Vines Quarter Zip: To not forget my husband, here is a cute half zip that he could take from work to the weekend. nsale9

Wen’s Picks

Welcome to Christmas in July where it’s more than appropriate to treat yourself! I needed some basics, but threw in a few wants and added an outfit for the little and the husband.

  • Lush White Tee: My *mom* uniform is jeans and a white tee. I love the slits and at $15, it’s a steal!

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  • Ruffle Sleeve T-Shirt Dress: This jersey dress is $30 and darling! It’s simple, but the sleeves dress it up a bit. The shape is flattering and the material is so soft. Pair with leggings as the weather cools down. ruffle sleeve t-shirt dress
  • Lace Top: I’ve been wanting a lace top to pair with jeans for a night out, so I snagged this one in ivory.
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  • Pocket Tee: This is a must have and I think it will be a sell out. It’s super soft and perfect for layering. Comes in six colors, I love the stripes.

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  • Ripped Jeans: Since I wear jeans a lot and can wear them to work on Fridays, I need a new pair of *non-work* jeans. Pair with the new white tee or the striped tee and I’m set for soccer mommin’ it!
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  • Zella Sweatshirt: Cozy and comfy as I run around town, to and from pilates, and chauffeuring the little to activities. zella
  • Reversible Long Sleeve T-Shirt: My husband likes the Original Penguin brand and could use a new long sleeve tee or two for after work and weekend wear.
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    One of my favorite things to do is shop for my little {her closet is way better than mine!}. I’m excited for her to start kindergarten and for us to start some back to school traditions — including back to school shopping!
  • Ripped Jeans: To match her mama!
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  • Rainbow Sweater: We picked this sweater for the design and it looks soft. rainbow

Whew, that was fun! This is just a snippet of the sale, there are so many great items! Happy Shopping!

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Friday Favorites – July edition 

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Good morning, it’s (almost) the weekend! We’re kicking off the first Friday of July with Erika, Narci and Andrea and some of our favorite things. You never know what’s going to pop up on this list, so let’s get to it!

Jen’s Favorites

  • Younger: How the heck am I just discovering this show now?? I was looking for a show to watch the other day and came across this On Demand. I am almost through Season 2 and Season 4 just premiered. It is Sex in the City esq but a little cleaner 😉 Plus, I love Sutton Foster and Hilary Duff!!younger
  • Jean Jacket: Again, I know I am late to the party but a few weeks ago I was texting with Wen and saying I was wanting a jean jacket after she said she was on the hunt for one. So, I finally took the plunge and I am officially OBSESSED! I wear it at least 3 times a week so I apologize to everyone who always sees me. I wear it was my summer dresses, or cute shorts and a top. It is great because it is light weight and stretchy. Also, I know many people probably don’t regularly shop at New York and Company but I have found their online sizing tool extremely accurate for sizing! And right now it is on sale for less than $50!jean jacket
  • Coola Face Sunscreen: Ok, by now you all probably know I am sunscreen obsessed because I have very fair skin and get burned. I never get tan and with a recent skin scare I am more cautious than ever (plus, no one wants wrinkles!!). I hate face sunscreen that leaves your face all shiny and oily looking. I got a sample of this stuff and it was amazing. It goes on all silky and smooth and has NO smell and gives a great matte finish. I immediately ordered it after using the sample. Definitely put this in your summer rotation. I have also used it as a makeup primer and it works great. coola

Wen’s Favorites

  • Ray-Ban sunglasses: these cute little things get complimented daily, even as I’m sitting at Starbucks writing this post. I love the size,style and color. I use to have several pairs of sunnies but in my quest to declutter and capsule wardrobe, I’m down to two. You can snag a similar pair for yourself here
  • Parmesan crisps: I think I’m late to the game here, but these little crunchy bites of cheese are fantastic. I have been look for a snack that would take the place of chips, but also work well with a glass of wine. Zero carbs, no guilt, full of protein and flavor that are essentially just cheese and air that’s baked..eat up my friends!capture crisps.PNG
  • My little soccer player: Yep, I think I’m officially a soccer mom! It took a few weeks of warming up and getting the hang of it, but she’s all in now. We did six weeks of Spring soccer, where we ended with her first goal! Next up was a week long summer camp (at 8 a.m. ~ yawn) with Chicago Fire and now we’re half way through summer soccer. She’s loving it!

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Jen’s Birthday Wish List

With my birthday coming around the corner (July 3rd for anyone looking to get me something!) I thought I would share with you some of the items on my wish list.

This first one may seem a little strange for a birthday present but I just have not had the time to really clean my house (I mean it is tidy and respectable but dang its dusty!) and so I told my husband that for my birthday I want a cleaning service to come deep clean the house. He was like “that is what you want? that isn’t really a present” and while I would love to think I am a working Mom who always has her act together the fact is I don’t have time to scrub the toilets and that is stuff that just needs to get done! Wen has a great cleaning she recommends so hopefully this is something that will actually happen!!

Workout clothes. I am trying to be better about working out more regularly but also I work from my home four days a week so I want to wear comfy clothes while at home but still look somewhat cute for running errands and picking up the kids etc. I really like Old Navy for active wear because it isn’t expensive and holds together nicely.

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Shorts / Tank / Sports Bra

I have been on the hunt for some cute tops that I can wear to work or on a night out with friends. The Loft is usually a hit or miss for me depending on the season, but right now I am finding a lot of cute things. Some (or maybe all) of these items might have been ordered after a few glasses of wine 🙂

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Striped Tie Tank / Summer Sweater / Floral Top

I have been seeing Barrington Bags all over on my favorite bloggers sites. It seems like the perfect tote to carry not only all of my stuff but the kids stuff as well. Not to mention it can double as a pool bag. The best part is you can totally customize your bag, you choose the pattern, leather trim and if you want a monogram (who doesn’t love a good monogram?) Below is one that I designed on their site just to give you an idea of how you can customize.

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I have been wanting to try getting some fun earrings, I am not typically a fun earring kind of girl. I know the big trend are fun and bright tassel earrings so I found these beauties on Nordstrom’s site and thought they would work great for the summer or even the wedding I get to attend in Hawaii in August!

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I would love to know any of your favorites or if you have any of these items so please comment on the blog or our Instagram account!!

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MyBAB Mother’s Day

It’s that time of year for us mom’s to get spoiled, amiright? But why is it so hard to come up with gift ideas and the day becomes a default plan of mediocre brunch that is overpriced with over-juiced mimosas {I’ll have a mimosa, hold the juice} and overly tired whiny kids.

Here at MyBAB we decided a few weeks ago we both wanted a spa day for our gift and what will make it more fun than spending the time together! Since we’ll be spending the actual Mother’s Day with our families, we have this planned for a week later. Our husbands have had several hours of golfing, beer festing and the like, it’s time we cash in. We’re going to start our day having brunch, then hit the spa for some much needed and long overdue pampering. We can already taste the champagne and cucumber water and smell the fresh clean scents.

If you’re still in need of ideas of what you can forward to your significant other, here are some other ideas we love!

 1. LayeredAndLong : while your order will not arrive by Mother’s Day, these dainty necklaces are on our wish list. As you can see, they can be worn alone or together for a layered, long, and trendy look.

2. Mornings Are For Mimosas : you can’t go wrong with adding a little sparkle to your Sunday mornings with this stemless glass. This shop has darling items!

3. Spa Day : every one of us deserve some pampering. Take time out for yourself, get a pedicure or a massage, relax, and recharge. Mommin’ ain’t easy. 😉

4. Weekender Bag :  If you don’t have a weekender bag you’re in love with we recommend a Catalina from Lo & Sons. The price {on sale for Mother’s Day for $84} makes it worth a look. Wen has the OG bag, but is highly considering snagging this as well – love the bottom pocket!

5. Tieks : Wen fell in love with Tieks when Oprah featured them on her O List in 2011, then again in 2012 on her Mother’s Day list. It took awhile to click the order button due to the price tag, but seeing as flats are the only shoes she wears, it has been worth it! {Tip: order two sizes to try since they are in whole sizes only – free shipping and returns}

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We are all a little crazy

Our friend Erika over at A Little Bit of Everything has a series where her and other bloggers Own It and claim their crazy. Basically, they talk about all their crazy quirks.

We thought it would be fun to do this as well, so here is a sneak peek into Jen’s crazy!

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  1. I have a very weird thing where every night before bed, the absolute LAST thing I do before getting into bed is go to the bathroom. So, lets say I get ready for bed, go to the bathroom and then walk into the kids room or run downstairs to grab something, yep I have to go back to the bathroom before I get in my bed. It is totally weird I know, but I can’t fall asleep and relax if I don’t.
  2. Speaking of night time routines, I do not like being the last person in the house to go to bed. It freaks me out. I would much rather go to bed knowing my husband is up, it is just cozier to me.
  3. Pickle juice= EWWWWWWWWW. If I am ever at a restaurant and they serve a pickle on the plate next to the fries and burger my husband knows it is his immediate job to remove it from my plate. The juice soaks into the fries and bun and NOOOOO it ruins everything. And it doesn’t even smell good. EEEWWW. I don’t even want to get into how if I am in a drive-thru line and they screw up my order and put pickles (or mustard for that matter) on it, it totally ruins my entire meal.
  4. I am known for leaving half drank beverages all around the house. I am basically the girl from Signs (ya know the movie from way back). Especially cans of pop (which I rarely drink) I will NEVER finish. But everyone knows I will most likely leave your house with a half drank glass.
  5. I cannot stand having dirty dishes on the right side of the sink, yet I have no problem leaving clean dishes on the left side of the sink for days……. like what is that about?
  6. I cannot stand my feet being cold. I wear socks ALL THE TIME and I wear slippers year round in my house. I definitely won’t wear no socks from the months of November-March. I do wear socks to bed but once my bed is warm I take the socks off.
  7. I don’t like having unread messages on my phone. If I see a little number in the corner of that icon, I have to check it. I may not reply right away, but I will read it 🙂
  8. I do not drink any hot beverage. No hot chocolate, no tea, no coffee. Beverages should be refreshing, warm drinks are weird. Speaking of coffee, I don’t drink that at all, in any form. Gross.
  9. I don’t like things on my feet that aren’t shoes. This means no skiis, rollerblades, ice skates etc. I don’t feel in control and I don’t like it.

I am sure there are a million other weird things about me but I can’t think of anymore. I will say that it was a dangerous game I played when I asked my husband to help me come up with this list 🙂

Spring Break Staycation & Activities

With Spring Break approaching, we are ready for some warm weather and some fun! While many are planning to escape the winter temps and head to warmer destinations, if you’re like us, we’ll be staying home (and working). A Staycation is a fun way to explore your local area and make some memories. Whether you have time for an overnight, a day trip or need a day camp while you work, we put together some Staycation ideas and Activities for your littles to enjoy in Chicagoland.

Overnight Locations

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If you’re looking to stay downtown Chicago, we recommend the Swissotel. The hotel has Kids Suites (with video games, kid-sized furniture, coloring books, dvds), an indoor pool, includes four museum passes and is steps away from everything Chicago has to offer.

A less pricey option for an overnight is the Embassy Suites in River North. The two-room suites are spacious with a separate living room area. Enjoy free breakfast, nightly reception with snacks and beverages, an indoor heated pool and the city outside the door.

Just over the border and less than an hour drive, Lake Geneva’s Timber Ridge Lodge offers a perfect getaway for families. Packages include one or two bedroom suites with water park passes included. The water park is a blast for kids 10 and under with swings, slides, mushroom waterfall, activity pool, and a lazy river. The Abbey Resort in Fontana has a full list of spring break activities from Moana’s Quest to Minute To Win It Games to Splash & Glow Pool Time, there’s sure to be something for your kids to enjoy!

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Located three hours from Chicagoland, the Wisconsin Dells is the Water Park Capital of the World. Make a splash at one of the indoor water parks, jump around at the trampoline park, or race around the arcade, there’s fun for all. MyBAB are big fans of the Wilderness Resort with several lodging options (including villas, condos and cabins), four indoor water parks that are exclusively for the guests of the resort (no day passes), and Sundara spa is right down the road.

Make it a Day Trip 

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Hop aboard the metra to The Choo Choo Diner in Des Plaines. The restaurant is located one block from the Lee St. Metra Station. Sit along the counter and model train will deliver your food. The menu has hamburger, hot dogs, and cupcakes topped with a train whistle. Before boarding the train back, spend some time in the Des Plaines Public Library – the kids area on the second floor is great for all ages.

Make the drive to Glenview for a day of fun starting with interactive fun at the Kohl Children’s Museum, grab lunch at The Glen (the Yard House is our favorite) and let the kids burn off energy at Funtopia as they climb, jump and slide.

Local Attractions

Make the most of your visit to the city with the CityPASS. You’ll get VIP admission to Shedd Aquarium, Skydeck Chicago, The Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Adler Planetarium or Art Institute of Chicago.

While not included in the CityPASS, Navy Pier’s Children Museum is hands-on fun. Dig for dinosaur bones, splash in the water playground, or paint in the art studio, Through May 14, kids can create their own kingdom with the Once Upon A Castle exhibit.

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Who doesn’t love LEGO’s®? There are plenty of things to do at Legoland in Schaumburg. The ultimate indoor LEGO® playground is exciting and interactive family fun with the 4-D cinema, two rides, Pirate Island Adventure and more!

Spend a day at Chicagoland’s largest zoo –Brookfield Zoo. Meet Nan the polar bear and the new Amur leopard cub that was born over the summer, feed the goats, and if it’s a cold day, play inside at the Hamill Play Zoo.

Day Camps & Activities

If you are like us and will be working during Spring Break, but need to keep the kids busy, Sage YMCA and Health Bridge are offering day camps for the week of March 27th – 31st. Full Day, Half Day or individual day options available. Swimming, field trips, yoga and more!

Bear Paddle, the new swim school located in Lake in the Hills, will be offering Swim Camp the week of March 27th.

Drop in for some craft or LEGO® fun at the Crystal Lake Public Library, or participate in a life-size game of Candyland!

If you can’t get the heck out of Dodge this spring break, with all the fun the area offers hopefully your kids will have a blast!

Note: Some residency restrictions may apply. Please check hours and dates before heading out.

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