Chocolate Festivals and Dessert Events

For the chocolate loving family, wouldn’t it be fun to visit a whole festival dedicated to chocolate? We’ve found some really cool events coming up this spring through the end of the year that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth! Most of these chocolate festivals are in Chicagoland… a few would be more of a day trip. Depends on how far you…

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Best Libraries for Kids in the Western Suburbs

We asked Kidlist readers: What are the best libraries for kids in the western suburbs? And wow, there are some incredible libraries nearby, all with free, educational fun. Remember that at most libraries, you can use any local library card to check things out, so don’t be afraid to check out a new spot. Downers Grove Public Library • 1050 Curtiss Street • Downers Grove The Downers Grove…

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Weekend Events: March 24-26, 2017

A kite flying workshop, bunny necklace making, Pokemon fun, STEM time, tot time, story times, and other family events going on this weekend… Check out the list below! Going away for spring break? We have tips for traveling with kids, including ways to keep your kids occupied during travel, tips for motion sickness, things to avoid, and good toys for…

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Safety Villages and Safety Towns

Safety towns and safety villages have kid-sized buildings lining streets for them to navigate and learn about different facets of pedestrian, passenger, and at-home safety! Find a safe place for your kids (ages 4 through 10) to explore and ride along safety town roads in the great list below, sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District. Glen Ellyn Safety Village Spring Avenue Recreation Center, 185 Spring…


Indoor Water Parks

Indoor water parks are a welcome splash of summery fun in the middle of a long winter. They’re especially great for spring break, when everyone’s ready for some fun in the sun, but the weather may not be cooperating. We put together a list of indoor water parks for families in Chicagoland. Whether you’re looking for an afternoon out, a…


Calling all young athletes! The Nike CHI Air Workshop is next weekend

It’s the 30th anniversary of Nike Air Max and young athletes (ages 6-12) are invited to the free CHI Air Workshop on Saturday, March 25, 2017. The event will consist of 5 air-themed science experiments that use hoverboards and air cannons to teach kids about Nike Air technology and innovation. The new Air Max Zero will be unveiled and the kids…


Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen 2017

  Monday, March 20, 2017 is Free Cone Day at Dairy Queen! Limit one small vanilla soft-serve cone with the signature curl on top per person. The following Dairy Queen locations participated in Free Cone Day last year and I will be updating this information as it becomes available. DQ / Orange Julius 695 N Cass Ave Westmont, IL 60559 (630) 522-3187…


Races and Fun Runs in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Whether your kids are ready for a full-blown 5K or a short and sweet fun run, the western suburbs are packed with local running events. Many of these races are full-blown community parties with live music, food, and games for kids. Check out our round-up of races to run together—or just show up and cheer! This post is brought to you by…