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Planned Openings, Closings, and Reschedulings for Summer 2020

As Illinois begins to head into Phase 3 of the “Restore Illinois” plan, we’re keeping you up-to-date on what’s open, what’s cancelled, and more. We’ll continually update this article as more information becomes available. We’ve only included events and venues that have recently provided updated information. If you know of a closure or opening, please email Annie (annie@mykidlist.com). Thanks! Restore…


Oak Park Family Recreates Famous Works of Art and It’s Brilliant

Katie Bridge, her husband Nick, and their three kids took a teacher’s suggestion and ran with it this spring! During e-learning, their elementary school’s art teacher, Jenny Raia, inspired their daughters to kick off the project. The girls had so much fun recreating The Parasol by Francisco Goya that they asked their parents to do it again, but with the…


Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Current Restrictions

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…



Porch Sessions by Pamela Pastorek from Kissed by the Sun Photography

We are excited to announce Safe at Home 2020 sessions, which are porch sessions by Pamela Pastorek from Kissed by the Sun Photography! Her gorgeous photographs stop a moment in time and despite the current situation, there’s a lot of beauty in family togetherness. Kidlist welcomes Pamela as a guest contributor to describe what her porch sessions include and share…



Local Kids Create a Memorable Date Night for Their Parents

Kidlist welcomes Lauren Petty Stoltz, mother of three and reporter for NBC 5, as a guest contributor. Her girls prepared a date night for her and her husband and it’s inspiring! Read on for all the details and how we could recreate it in our own homes. After a month of staying at home, we were all getting a little…



Need Help? You’re Not Alone. Here’s How to Get It.

In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, we’re all adjusting to life as it’s never been before — and for many of us, that means needing help we’ve never needed before. Help is out there, but it can feel overwhelming reaching out for the first time. To help us all take those first baby steps, we’ve put together a list…


Where to Buy Meat, Produce, and Eggs from Local Farms

We are all looking at things a bit different lately. There is talk of a meat shortage and the supply chain is strained with everyone cooking more and buying larger quantities to stock up. While some families have been buying directly from farms for years, it makes sense that more are considering it. We thought it would be helpful to…


New Birthday Yard Sign Service!

My mom and dad, Janet and Jim, were thinking about how to make birthdays special during this time at home and wanted to bring joy to families, so they decided to create a business called Birthday Letter Signs! With years of experience as a graphic artist, my dad designed and created bright and colorful birthday signs out of sturdy, weather-resistant…


20 Ideas to Make Your Backyard the Ultimate Summer Oasis

Backyard fun is starting to sell out everywhere, so we thought it would be helpful to put together some ideas before it’s all gone. I sent a friend a link to a trampoline because she was looking for one, then five minutes later it was sold out. First toilet paper, then eggs, now trampolines! I also heard that Slackers zipline…