My perfect summer Sunday: Southwest suburbs

For the longest time Sundays have always been reserved for our family fun days. While we lived in the Southwest suburbs, it was a blast trying to find things to do to fill those days. Here are a few of our favorites and hopefully they will become some of yours too!

A place to eat

All Aboard! Family Dining and Amusement

20831 S. LaGrange, Frankfort

Visiting this train-themed restaurant is always a hit with our kids. And who are we to argue when the kids happily scarf down the food brought to them by train? Waiting for food is no problem either–kids are kept busy in the train playroom. The hard part is trying to get them to leave!

A place to play

Centennial Park

15600 West Ave., Orland Park

We love exploring parks, so on a perfect day we would grab our bikes and explore a new trail. Centennial Park, with its lakefront trail, is easily one of our favorites. Even after a long bike ride, the kids usually still have energy so thankfully the park also has an awesome sports-themed playground.

A place for a rainy day

Odyssey Fun World

19111 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park

When we have to move the fun indoors, we stick to Odyssey Fun World. With arcades, games and a huge indoor playground, the kids can stay here for hours.

A place to grab a treat

Creative Cakes Bakery and Café


Plush Horse Ice Cream Shoppe

16649 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park and 7903 W. 171st, Tinley Park

We LOVE sweet treats, so it’s hard choosing just one. On a hot steamy Sunday, we’ll stop by Plush Horse for their deliciously rich homemade ice cream. With more than 60 flavors, the tough part is deciding what to get. If we’re in the mood for cupcakes, cakes and other sweets, Creative Cakes Café fits the bill. Plus, the kids love peering through the glass window and watching the bakers decorate.

A place to reconnect with nature

Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Garden

7402 W. Lake Katherine Dr., Palos Heights

Whenever we truly want to get a little one-on-one time with nature, we head to Lake Katherine. We love to “hike” to the top of the waterfall, then take a stroll around the perimeter of the lake to spot various wildlife.

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