Fall is finally here, which means it’s time to enjoy the crisp weather, falling leaves, and overall cheerful atmosphere. As the leaves begin to change this year, make sure you don’t forget to include these fun, family-friendly activities on your fall bucket list.
Go explore a corn maze. Throughout Illinois, there are an array of corn mazes you can head to for an afternoon of fun. Better yet, many of these corn mazes also have pumpkin patches, giving you the chance to enjoy a true autumnal experience.
Make your own fall decorations. Go all out decorating your house this year in an array of orange, yellow, and red. Instead of purchasing your decorations, though, consider making them yourself. For instance, you can make paper pumpkins with your kids to hang up in your window, or a creepy jack-o-lantern for Halloween. The options are endless!
Enjoy some apple picking. Fall is the perfect time to harvest some apples, so why not head out to your local orchard and give apple picking a go? The experience is one your family is sure not to forget — and you get plenty of delicious, fresh apples out of the adventure, too. Many orchards even have homemade cider to enjoy and hayrides to explore the local area.
To make sure your car is up to the demands of fall weather, schedule a maintenance check at Packey Webb Ford.
Chicago is a big place bursting with different cultures and more than two million people, which means there are a lot of Fourth of July celebrations taking place at the beginning of the month. Here are some of the most exciting Chicago Fourth of July events and festivals taking place throughout the city.
The Festival in Mount Prospect will be held from July 1st through the 4th and will include family activities, live music, food and drink vendors, and even a car show! You know where we’ll be that day. Frontier Days is another festival with a carnival and parade and will take place in Arlington Heights.
Oak Fest will also hold a car show on Sunday the 2nd at its four-day festival Oak Forest, and the Northwest Fourth-fest will feature a craft fair and daily concerts in addition to the fireworks display. These are just a few fireworks displays taking place around Chicago—there are 10 suburbs doing fireworks and festivals in the area, plus the city of Chicago’s fireworks at Navy Pier on July 4th.
These are just a few of the exciting Fourth of July events you can attend next month, so don’t miss it! The staff at Packey Webb Ford wishes you a great Independence Day.
Thinking about taking a family road trip this summer? There are some important things to remember, including the best road trip games. Kids can get especially bored on the highway, so it’s a good idea to come prepared. At Packey Webb Ford, we’ve listed some of our favorite games. While some are classics, others are some you may have never heard of before.
According to Parents magazine, one great one is the Alphabet Game. One person looks out the window on the right, while the other looks out the left. The goal is to spot the letters of the alphabet in order only by using signs, license plates, or objects out the window. The first person to go from A to Z is the winner.
Next, try the Theme Song Game. In this game, one person hums the theme song to a famous TV show and everyone takes turns guessing what it is. The first person to guess the correct answer wins, and they get to hum next. You can keep track of scores or simply see how many the group can get.
Finally, play the Restaurant Race. Each person chooses their favorite fast-food chain like Burger King, Taco Bell, or McDonalds. Players get points every time they see one, see a sign for one (like on a Fuel/Food sign on the highway), or when they hear it on the radio.
For each of these games, consider having small prizes. For example, the winner might get to choose the radio station. You can also bring snacks and other prizes. If all else fails, the Quiet Game has been a favorite among parents travelling everywhere.
Sometimes, you just don’t have the time to take a full week’s vacation. At times like these, it’s nice just to take a drive away from the city and relax in a new place. There are a number of fun day trips near Chicago, and we tried to compile the ones that are within an hour or two of driving distance.
Evanston, Illinois (15 miles): This nearby Lake Michigan beach is only a half hour or so from the city and offers posh bed and breakfasts.
Crystal Lake, Illinois (50 miles): Whether you like the idea of a fun downtown area brimming with shops and cafes or a relaxing spring-fed lake with a new recreation area, Crystal Lake has something for you.
Indiana Dunes (54 miles): Charming local restaurants, towering sand dunes, and easy bike trails await at this stretch of coastline along the waters of Lake Michigan.
Fox River Valley (60 miles): This historical town overlooks the winding, scenic Fox River, and offers a nearby shopping district in Geneva.
Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie (60 miles): 19,000 acres of wildflowers, regional fauna, and hiking trails await you at this restored prairie.
There are many more fun day trips besides these, but this is a great jumping-off point for anyone looking for a spontaneous one-day adventure outside of Chicago.