Small Business Saturday

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Do you remember when you were young and all the businesses around town were locally owned and operated? The ice cream shop at the corner, was owned by your friend’s father. The hardware store was owned by your neighbor. The pizza parlor at the train station was owned by your father’s best friend. And every single small shop in our downtown area knew everyone’s name. As far as we’ve come in life, losing stuff like this in our town makes me sad. I love knowing everyone around town.

Bigger and Better. They introduced us to bigger stores and better deals. The bigger stores carry everything you need at half the price. It all seemed great at first, until all the smaller stores and small businesses started going out of business. Not only did it hurt the stores, it hurt the people we knew. They had to move to other towns to find work. It broke up friendships and unity.

Bigger isn’t always better. Instead of using manufacturer in America, they are taking all these jobs overseas. Factory, after factory have had to close because they lost all their jobs to companies overseas. The reason everything is cheaper is because it costs them pennies to make. I’ve read and watched documentaries on what it’s like for people overseas who work at these factories. They’re barely making a few dollars a day. They must live in the dormitory owned by the company they work for, which in turn they must pay rent to the same company. Basically, since they can’t live outside the factory’s community, all the money they are making at these factories is taken back to pay for their stay. It’s sad.

We all want to save a few dollars when we purchase something. We need to learn of the repercussion of choosing larger stores, over a locally owned business. There are statistics of how the money spent locally, 63% stays local. Money spent on non-local business, only 43% stays local. Wouldn’t you rather help your community? You can’t blame it on anybody else, when the value of your community starts going down, when the value of your home starts depreciating. Have you driven down your main street? Or your downtown in your town? Are there a lot of empty store fronts? Is it too late to start helping the businesses in your community before they are all gone?

Small Business Saturday was started by American Express. It is the Saturday right after Thanksgiving. American Express realized the importance of small businesses and they knew how much power they had, so they decided to put it to good use. Small Businesses across America are grateful for the attention American Express has brought to all these locally owned stores. I might not be as big as American Express, but I will make a difference by spending my money at restaurants, shops, and stores that are locally owned in my community.

I love my community! I love the town I live in!

 

DIY THANKSGIVING DECORATIONS

Thanksgiving is crammed between Halloween and Christmas and hardly gets the attention it deserves. Décor often switches from cobwebs and pumpkins to garlands and Christmas trees, giving no thought to the holiday that lies in between. In reality, it’s impractical to spend lots of money on decorations that can only be used for a few weeks out of the year. Luckily there are a variety of things that can be done to reuse some of the decorations you already have (even ones you might not be aware of). There’s an abundance of unique, creative ideas floating around cyberspace, but we’ve saved you the hassle of searching by compiling this list of our top seven.

1.    Festive Candle Holders
Hollow out the center of your small pumpkins or apples (it’s done easiest with a drill). Use them to make candle holders, and embellish the base of the candle with leaves, berries, mini pine cones or whatever else you find lying around. Try grouping a few together and using them as a centerpiece for your big feast.

2.    Candy Corn Flower Pot
Fill a glass jar or trifle dish with a bag of candy corn, and use it as a base to arrange several flowers. The corn is a festive tribute to the Indians, and the plant will add a little greenery. Be creative when you plant selection – add some fall leaves, fresh flowers, or even an arrangement of twigs.

3.    Fall Leaf Lantern
Add a little ambiance to your room by creating a lantern with leaves you’ve gathered from outside. Start by pressing the leaves, to get them nice and flat.   Then glue them to a clean, glass jar using Modge Podge. Wait 20 minutes for it to dry and then layer another coat of Modge Podge on top of the leaves to seal them. Lastly, place a candle in the jar and your lantern is complete. Adding a variety of leaf colors looks best and adds a subtle, warm glow to any room.

4.    Metallic Pumpkins and Gourds
Give all your pumpkins, squash, and gourds a makeover by coating them in metallic or glitter spray paint. Shades of gold, bronze, and sunset orange are perfect for Thanksgiving, and the sparkly luster adds a regal air.   Arrange your finished beauties in a large glass tumbler, apothecary jar, or atop a cake stand to complete the look. If you’d like to take it a step further, paint pumpkin stems brown to really make them pop.

5.         Colored Pine Cones
Nothing says fall quite like pine cones, and they can be a stunning decorative piece when given a coat of paint. A selection of contrasting fall-hued colors look beautiful on an entry table. Pick up a combination of small spray paint cans in maroon, gold, dark brown, sunset orange, mustard yellow, mossy green, or cream, and color pine cones to your heart’s content. Be creative with color combinations – you can’t go wrong! Cones can be displayed in a large bowl, glass vase, or even strung as a garland.

6.    Pressed Leaf Art
Display the beauty of the outdoors by creating focal pieces with colorful fall leaves. Press leaves between books, and wait until leaves are fully dry. Place the pressed leaves between double sided glass frames to accentuate their silhouettes and bold colors. The simplicity of this decoration creates a tranquil, relaxing environment.

 7.    Corn Wreath
There are a couple different options for corn wreaths, depending on the look you’re going for and the amount of money you want to spend. You can make your wreath out of candy corn or Indian corn.   The candy corn wreath is simply a Styrofoam wreath covered in black duct tape with candy corn attached by a hot glue gun. Hang the wreath with a giant brown or red ribbon to give a Thanksgiving vibe.   The Indian corn wreath is even easier. Purchase a straw wreath and hot glue the corn to a straw wreath with the husks pointing outward.

Decorating for Thanksgiving can be easy and frugal when you take advantage of items you already have around the house or the yard. What better way to celebrate the season of thanks than the beauty of the outdoors? So open your mind, take a walk around the block, and visualize what you can create.

Guest Contributor,

Article By Anastasiya Johnson
Anastasiya is an interior designer and smart home planner for http://hdhomeautomationsystems.com/. When she is not planning out smart homes she is spending time with her husband and two kids.

 

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19 STEPS TO GETTING YOUR HOME READY FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING GUESTS

Getting Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving

Are you having family and friends over for Thanksgiving? Did you forget to include cleaning in your schedule? Let me guess, you’ve been busy looking all over for perfect recipes. That is fine, we all do that. But, somewhere between now and Thursday morning, you need to clean your house from top to bottom. It’s not easy when you have kids, a husband who thinks everything magically cleans itself, and a puppy who is too busy barking at everyone that passes by your house (yes, my puppy sits on her throne by the window and barks at anything and everything).

I completely understand where you’re coming from. After working all day, it’s hard to have any energy left to tend to your home. Nobody is judging, I’m here to help.

Just to scare you, a made you a calendar of where we are today, and how quickly Thanksgiving is approaching.

Look around, how dirty is your house?

If you only have 30 minutes to Clean.

1.       Clean your main bathroom

2.       Clean your kitchen

3.       Clean your dining room

4.       Turn a few candles on

IF YOU ONLY HAVE 2 HOURS TO CLEAN.

1.       Clean your main bathroom and a guest bathroom

2.       Clean your kitchen

3.       Clean your dining room

4.       Clean your living room

5.       Clean your fridge

6.       Turn candles on

IF YOU HAVE 6 HOURS TO CLEAN.

  1. Clean all your bathrooms
  2. Clean your kitchen
  3. Make sure you scrub your oven, inside and out
  4. Clean the inside of your fridge
  5. Clean your dining room, make it inviting.
  6. Clean and dust off your living room. Make sure you dust everything. Your mother-in-law sure loves to check that mantel
  7. Clean the fire place
  8. Clean the bar area
  9. Clean the kids room
  10. Clean the bed rooms
  11. Clean the guest room
  12. Clean your office
  13. Walk around your house and dust off every curtain
  14. Clean the ceiling fans
  15. Clean the kids play area
  16. Clean the front and back of the outside of the house
  17. Add Holiday decorations
  18. Add fresh cut flowers throughout the house
  19. Add candles in every common area

 

You did everything you could. Don’t worry, it looks great.

 


DON’T FORGET TO MAKE A LITTLE BAR AREA.

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  • Wine, red and white
  • Champagne, please chill
  • Vodka
  • Whiskey
  • Scotch
  • Rum
  • Soda Water
  • Tonic
  • Coke/Diet Coke
  • Ginger Ale
  • Lemon wedges
  • Cherries
  • Orange Wedges
  •  Ice
  •  Wine Glasses
  •  Champagne Flute
  •  Rocks Glasses

Turn on some holiday music for ambiance.

If you have Comcast, it’s channel 741. They also have holiday music on On Demand. Or, turn on your Pandora for great Holiday tunes. Zero excuse for not having Holiday Tunes playing in the background.

If everything goes to plan, everyone will be having too much fun to notice anything you forgot or didn’t get to clean in time.

Now go enjoy yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving

 

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Top Ways To Deal With Blocked Drains And Get Some Relief

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Top Ways to Deal with Blocked Drains and Get Some Relief

As the drain is an important outlet in your home, blockage can cause a great deal of inconvenience to any homeowner. With the condition of the blocked drains, even the sink and shower water drains slowly. Even the water in the toilet might rise when the toilet is flushed. The combination of these things might result in a foul smell throughout the home and the surrounding. Therefore, it is important to clear the blocks and clogs in the drain at the earliest. If you make efforts to clean your drain regularly, chances are that you will not have to face any inconvenience with your drain.

Causes of Blockage

Prior to anything, you will have to understand the cause of blocked drains.This in turn might help you to prevent those conditions in the drain.

·       Oil and greases are often the main cause for blockage. Unlike water, oils stick to the inside of the pipes, and over time these accumulate to cause blockage.

·       At times, foreign substances often get stuck into the drains causing a block. Hair is one of most common substance that might accumulate and block the drain.

·       If the drains are exposed, dry leaves often fall and get accumulated in the drain. This is also a source of blockage of the drain.

·       At times, the slopes of the pipes affect the flow of waste from the drain into the sewer line.

·       If the pipes are not installed correctly, the pipes might get misaligned resulting in poor drainage. In the course of time, it will result in blocking of the drains.

·       Sometimes, the pipes might break down and the drain might collapse completely.

Now that you know some of the common causes of blockage, you should try to prevent them, which will cause less hassle.

Clearing A Clogged Drain

As soon as, you notice the signs of blocked drains, you should try to clear them at your home.

·       If you find hair or any other foreign substance trapped in the drain, you can try using a wire or a plunger to remove the foreign substance. If you find corrosion in the fixture of the tap, you can put a bucket to hold water and disassemble the parts to get a new one.

·       There are some drain cleaners available in the market and these are known to work effectively. However, you should get the one suited for the specific type of blockage to get the best results.

In fact, if you have some knowledge along with some plumbing tools, you might try your hands on clearing the blocked drains. Otherwise, the best idea is to call a professional plumber. The professionals are highly skilled and experienced, and they can identify the cause to help you fix the problem. Therefore, you can be certain of getting a clean drain without any kind of foul smell from the drains.

Emergency Cleaning Service

However, in some situations, you might notice that the blocked drains have created huge mess. In such a situation, you will require emergency cleaning services. There is no point trying to self-clean the drain in such a situation because you might make more mess out of it. On the contrary, the best thing that you can do is to call a professional plumber to resolve the issue at the earliest. The plumber with their years of experience will not only clean the drains, but also give you some of the most effective tips by means of which you can maintain the condition of your drain in the course of time. Thus, you will benefit from it.

-Guest Contributor, Evan Javier

THINGS TO DO IN OCTOBER- PLUS A LIST OF ALL THE BEST PUMPKIN PATCHES AROUND

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Can you believe it’s mid-October? Where did this year go?

This year flew by, Summer came and went, with a blink of an eye. I know a lot of people who are disappointed we’re already in October, but I’m not going to lie, I love Fall. The weather is just perfect. The colors are spectacular. Bright yellow, red, orange, brown. The air is fresh and everyone seems to be in a good mood. Halloween decorations are everywhere to be seen. Kids and some adults, can’t wait to purchase or make their Halloween costume. Fall is the perfect time to throw on a sweater and scarf, and go enjoy anything outside.

·       Pumpkin Patches

·       Apple Picking

·       Wine Tasting

·       Pumpkin Carving

·       Visit the Arboretum

·       Go Fishing

·       Go Hiking

·       Make hot coco with the family

·       Watch Halloween movies outside

·       Go horseback riding

·       Visit a haunted house

·       Go to the zoo

·       Bake a pie on the grill

·       Build a scarecrow

If nothing in that list suits you, at least go visit a pumpkin patch. It’s tons of fun. Trust me, you’ll enjoy yourselves.

PUMPKIN PATCHES

Southwest Suburbs

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm – 13341 W. 151st. Homer Glen, IL 708-301-3276

Butterprint Farm- 24936 S. 80th Ave Monee, IL 708-534-8801

The Children’s Farm- 12700 Southwest Hwy. Palos Park, IL 708-361-3650

Fawn’s Fall Fest & Pumpkin Farm – 24405 s. LaGrange Rd. Frankfort, IL 708-532-6668

Forest View Farms- 16717 S. Lockwood Tinley Park, IL 708-560-0306

Heap’s Giant Pumpkin Farm – 4853 Hwy 52 Minooka, IL 815-475-7373

Odyssey Fun Farm – 18900 S. Oak Park Ave Tinley Park, IL 708-429-3800

Northwest Indiana

Country Line Orchard – 200 Country Line Rd. Hobart, IN 219-947-4477

Garwood Orchards and Farm Markets – 5911 W. 50 South LaPorte, IN 219-362-4385

Western Suburbs

Abbey Farms – 850 Butterfield Rd. Aurora, IL 630-936-0034

Blackberry Farm – !00 S. Barnes Rd. Aurora, IL 630-892-1550

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm – 42W813 Reinking Rd. Hampshire, IL 847-464-5952

Honey Hill Orchards – 11747 Waterman Rd. Waterman, IL 815-264-3337

Johansen Farms – 710 W. Boughton Rd. Bolingbrook, IL 630-759-8711

Windy Acres Farm – 37W446 Fabyan Pkwy. Geneva, IL 630-232-6429

Go enjoy this weather. Carve a pumpkin, make some coco, or sit by the fire. Just go have some fun.

Kevin Szabo Jr

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Misconceptions About Garbage Disposals

GARBAGE DISPOSAL

We need to change the name of garbage disposals to something else, since a lot of people are confused by the meaning of it. There is a misconception that you could put whatever you’d like down the sink, and your garbage disposal will grind it and dispose of it. That is 100% False. Garbage disposals grind down food to tiny little pieces and dispose of it down the waste pipes. They are meant to make disposing of food easier. It doesn’t mean that it could actually take everything you want to feed it.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE NOT ALLOWED:

  •  BONES

  •  ANYTHING STRING-LIKE, SUCH AS CORN, CELERY STALK, OR THE INSIDE OF A PUMPKIN.

  •  PEELS, SUCH AS ONION PEELS, POTATOES PEELS, OR BANANA PEELS.

  •  STARCHY FOODS- PASTA OR BREAD.

  •  OIL OR ANYTHING GREASY

  •  METAL

  •  PAPER

  •  GLASS

  •  ALUMINUM FOIL

  •  PLASTIC

  •  CIGARETTE BUTT’S

  •  NUT SHELLS

  •  WOOD

**Never put your hand or fingers down the disposal**

GARBAGE DISPOSAL MAINTENANCE

We understand since it’s under your sink, you can’t see it and might not feel like cleaning it. Guess what? You need too. If you don’t, you’re just growing nasty mold and bacteria inches away from where you put your plates and silverware. Let’s not forget the smell. Yuck!

ONCE A MONTH: TAKE A 1/2 A CUP OF BAKING SODA & 1/2 OF VINEGAR. POUR IT DOWN THE SINK. LET IT SIT THERE FOR 15 MINUTES. IT WILL START TO BUBBLE UP. THAT MEANS IT’S WORKING.

NEXT, SLICE UP A LEMON, AND A CUP OF ICE. PUT IT DOWN THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL. TURN ON THE GARBAGE DISPOSAL AND LET IT GRIND.

FINALLY, TURN ON THE COLD WATER FOR A FEW SECONDS TO RUN EVERYTHING DOWN. IT SHOULD SMELL GREAT. REMEMBER, IF YOU MAINTAIN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL IT WILL LAST LONGER, AVOID NASTY SMELLS AND KEEP AWAY MOLD.

If you use your garbage disposal frequently we suggest you put lemons and ice down the disposal weekly.

Remember to always maintain

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7 NIGHTS OF BEACHFRONT RESORT ACCOMMODATIONS- GIVEAWAY!!!

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TOGETHER WE COPE- WINTER COAT DRIVE

Summer is over and you’re already dreading the Winter months. Well, I have the answer to your prayers: Kevin Szabo Jr Plumbing has teamed up with Together We Cope, to give away a 7 Night Stay at St. James Club Antigua.

Experience a private 100-acre tropical peninsula on Antigua’s southeastern coast where clear turquoise waters surround your own private oasis. Two magnificent white-sand beaches, six pools, four distinct restaurants, non-motorized water sports, tennis & fitness center, supervised kids activities, spa and nightly entertainment. St. James club will leave you with amazing island memories to last a lifetime.

The package includes 7 nights accommodation at St. James Club & Villa, Antigua, dinning, beverages, resort facilities, activities, service charges & gratuities. Winner is responsible for airfare and taxes.

All you have to do to enter a chance to win 7 Nights in St. James Club in Antigua is contribute to Together We Cope’s Winter Coat Drive. Follow the GoFundMe link below. Every person that donates towards their Winter Coat Drive will enter to win. If you have any questions regarding the trip please contact our marketing manager at Rona@kevinszabojrplumbing.net.

Together We Cope is a non-for profit organization based out of Tinley Park, Illinois.

Every year before Winter, Together We Cope gathers gently used coats and funds to purchase Winter Coats for families that unfortunately don’t have the funds to get a Winter coat for their kids. Could you imagine dealing with our Chicago Winter without a coat? Now, imagine a small child having to put up with this year’s freezing and insane Winter. Nobody should have to go through that, especially a baby or a kid.

We aren’t asking for much. Whatever you could spare would be appreciated. If you can’t donate, we ask you to share our post. Our mission is to be able to help Together We Cope as much as possible. They do so much for our community, they deserve the same in return.

Together We Cope’s main focus has always been to help: Recently unemployed workers, elderly and disabled people on fixed incomes, grandparents raising children, victims of fire and other disasters, single parents trying to make ends meet, people facing catastrophic medical expenses,  and underemployed workers without benefits.

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-If you know someone in need please send them to Together We Cope.

 

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BACK TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST IDEAS

Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Mornings trying to get kids out the door are hectic enough, especially the first few weeks back to school. Breakfast shouldn’t be hard; it should be simple.

Wake up, make coffee, drink coffee, ponder life questions, get dressed, think about the kids mess in the living room, wake up the family, make breakfast, gather the children’s clothes, put all their school stuff together, yell a few times, make sure everyone is dressed, eat breakfast, ask your husband for help with the kids, drink more coffee, brush teeth, feed the puppy, and gather all belonging and out the door before 8:10 AM to make it to school at 8:30 AM.

In all that chaos you are supposed to feed your family a nutritious well balanced breakfast. I’m a huge fan of wraps, everyone enjoys them, and it’s not so messy. To make breakfast easier here are a few ideas that I have put together.

Back to School Breakfast Ideas

Scrambled Eggs, Potatoes and Cheese in a wrap

Scramble eggs and potatoes, top with cheese, put it in a wrap. No mess, and it’s a hit.

Left Over Breakfast Wrap

If you have either beef, pork, or chicken and spring veggies from last night’s dinner: cut it up, or shred it and cook it in a skillet with eggs. Put it in a wrap. BAM, delicious gourmet breakfast.

Granola, Yogurt, and Fruit

Smash a Natural Valley Crunchy Granola bar, layered with vanilla yogurt, topped with berries & strawberries.

Eggs, Avocado, Hummus Wrap

Cook eggs to your liking. Slice up a few pieces of avocado. Put eggs and avocado in wrap with a spoon of hummus, roll it up and enjoy.

Bacon, Egg’s and Cheese Wrap

Cook Bacon. Scramble eggs, top with cheese. Spread a tiny bit of mayo on your wrap, add scrambled eggs and cheese, then top it with crispy bacon. Roll it up and enjoy.

Egg Whites, Tomatoes, Basil & Goat Cheese

Scrambled egg whites. Place in wrap, top with: Fresh tomatoes, Fresh Basil and goat cheese. Roll it up and enjoy. (If you have time, roast the tomatoes before placing them in wrap. It will give the wrap and extra kick)

Peanut Butter & Jelly, Fresh Fruit Wrap

Spread your favorite type of peanut butter and jelly over a whole wheat wrap. Top with Bananas and Strawberries. Roll it up and Enjoy.

-Everything is cooked in extra virgin olive oil, no butter, no vegetable oil.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You have to make it enjoyable for you and the kids. They have to go out there and conquer the world, make it a little easier by making them a breakfast they could enjoy before school.

Plumbing Fact: Over $100,000 were spent on a study to determine whether most people put their toilet paper on the holder with the flap in front or behind.

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Don’t Make The Toilet The Star of the Show!

The Star of the Show Shouldn't be the Toilet

You woke up this morning and decided to remodel your bathroom. I would love to tell you that it’s that easy. It usually takes time, money and lot’s of planning.

When remodeling a bathroom, you’re able to start fresh.  When entering a bathroom, you want your eyes to focus on the tub/shower/vanity/chandelier, not your toilet. Unless, you really are trying to make your toilet the main focus, because you’re purchasing: a custom, historic, or extremely futuristic piece.

The bathroom is the number one used room in the house, they are a necessity, you should put effort in the design. If you’re remodeling your bathroom, are you remodeling the bathroom: to increase value to your home? To add space? Improve layout? To update it? Because you have to sell the house? Add technology? Or, because you’re bored?

Which bathroom in the house are you remodeling? Each bathroom is different.

This is where you should focus in the bathroom…..

Hall Bathroom- Wall Design, Lighting, Chandelier

Master Bathroom– Tub

Kid’s Bathroom- Wall Decor

Bachelor/Bachelorette Bathroom- Tile Design or Wall Paper…. Flap Screen/Touch Screen Computer….  LED lights

Guest Bathroom- Vanity & Mirror

As a plumbing contractor, I’m able to move your plumbing (of course you have to be reasonable on where you want it moved). If you have the time, we are able to start from scratch. We could redesign your bathroom not just remodel the bathroom.

Here are some very unique toilets for your enjoyment.

86 Ways To Enjoy The Summer With Your Kids

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SUMMER FUN

1.       Play in the pool outside.

2.       Visit your local community pool.

3.       Go running around your neighborhood.

4.       Camp out in your backyard.

5.       Have a BBQ

6.       Have a Hot Dog party.

7.       Learn new recipes.

8.       Visit your local Farmer’s Market.

9.       Enjoy Tinley Park’s Cruise Nights every Tuesday night on Oak Park Ave.

10.   Play Pokemon Go, go around town catching them all.

11.   Visit your local Library.

12.   Go hiking.

13.   Free Family Night at Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier (Thursday Evenings and First Sundays)

14.   Visit Maggie Daley Park

15.   Splash around at Millennium Park Crown Fountain.

16.   Tinley Park’s Music in the Plaza, every other Saturday night (Zabrocki Plaza).

17.   Visit Lincoln Park Conservatory.

18.   Visit Lincoln Park Zoo.

19.   Visit Brookfield Zoo.

20.   Buckingham Fountain.

21.   Go swimming at Montrose Beach.

22.   Family Kite Festival in Elmhurst 8/6/2016.

23.   Chicago Air & Water Show 8/20 & 8/21.

24.   Robotics Day Camp in Tinley Park.

25.   Watch a kid’s movie at Marcus Cinema in Orland Park.

26.   Odyssey Fun World in Tinley Park.

27.   Go Bowling.

28.   Biking in Forest Preserve

29.   Play softball with your neighbors.

30.   Eat ice cream at your local ice cream shop.

31.   Listen to music.

32.   Dance around to music.

33.   Have a water balloon fight.

34.   Watch a fireworks show.

35.   Have a block party.

36.   Plant flowers.

37.   Play Laser Tag.

38.   Take a bubble bath outside.

39.   Go bird watching.

40.   Stage a play.

41.   Build a fort.

42.   Invent something with old parts in the garage.

43.   Collect lightning bugs.

44.   Go on a picnic.

45.   Bake cookies.

46.   Visit your local Firehouse for a tour.

47.   Play board games.

48.   Make instruments out of junk around the house.

49.   Lay out and look at the stars.

50.   Visit an animal shelter.

51.   Play Hide & Seek.

52.   Make funny skits.

53.   Make a movie with your friends.

54.   Ask your neighbors if they need their pets walked.

55.   Visit your local park.

56.   Play card games.

57.   Cook a meal with your kids.

58.   Make a fun homemade pizza.

59.   Have a movie night at home.

60.   Make a painting.

61.   Visit grandma & grandpa.

62.   Learn magic tricks.

63.   Make s’mores.

64.   Eat popsicles.

65.   Blow bubbles.

66.   Build paper air planes.

67.   Tell stories with a flashlight.

68.   Visit a lake.

69.   Make tacos.

70.   Eat frozen yogurt.

71.   Build sandcastles.

72.   Have a video game party.

73.   Open a lemonade stand.

74.   Have a talent show with your friends.

75.   Run through sprinklers.

76.   Go to a carnival.

77.   Draw with sidewalk chalk.

78.   Wash the car.

79.   Build a Lego tower.

80.   Play I spy.

81.   Learn a new language.

82.   Volunteer.

83.   Read a book.

84.   Build a campfire.

85.   Create a scrapbook.

86.   Take a nap.

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