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5 must-see locations for families new to the Southwest suburbs

Moving to a new town is both exciting and scary, especially for my family. We had been so comfortable in our old hometown with our favorite places to go and eat. As recent Southwest suburban newbies, we feel a little “lost” in our new ‘hood. Where do we go to play? What are some top family-friendly places to eat? Over the next few months, we hope to find the answers to these questions, as we are more than eager to explore the area and discover new family favorites.

Here are a few places that have caught our eye and are on our must-visit list:

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn

5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn

No doubt about it – we love children’s museums that encourage learning through play. A definite win-win for kids and parents. As the Chicago south side leader in play-based education, we have this museum high on our must-see list. With an art studio, water play area, the ability to climb a “treehouse” or build a construction project, I have a feeling my kiddos will be preoccupied for a few hours.

KidsWork Children’s Museum

11 S. White Street, Frankfort

Another children’s museum in the area? Score! As Will County’s first children’s museum in the area, who could resist two floors of hands-on fun … in a trolley barn?

Children’s Farm

12700 SW Hwy, Palos Park

With fall fun such as Pumpkin Days and Pumpkin Playland just around the corner, now would be a great time to see some of our favorite farm animals including cows, sheep, goats and chickens.

Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens

7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights

When we need a dose of nature, we hope to check out the park’s woodlands, prairie, wetlands, gardens and 10-acre lake. They even have a waterfall! Their nature center also offers a Little Explorers program with different nature-based themes. The kids would love this!

All Aboard Family Dining

20831 S LaGrange, Frankfort

As a mother to two train lovers, we were so excited to see a train restaurant close by. All Aboard Family Dining not only serves family favorites such as chili, burgers and fries by train, but the restaurant also has a playroom with fun things like trains and a chalkboard wall. The kids may not end up eating!

What other Southwest suburban activities or restaurants should we add to our list?

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