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Toy Drives and Donations

Teaching children to give is especially meaningful around the holidays, and participating in toy drives or making donations can be a wonderful way for children to spread goodwill to others. There are many organizations accepting new, unopened toys, as well as monetary donations, gift certificates and gently used toys to give to children and families in need.  At this time…


Toy Drives and Donations

The holidays are a great time to teach children the valuable lesson of giving. There are many toy drives in the area for donating new or gently used toys so that every child can celebrate the holiday season with a gift. Now is a great time to start making these events annual traditions with family and friends! Toy Drives and…


Veterans Day Events 2017

Veterans Day is dedicated to all veterans of the American military. It was originally knows as Armistice Day, but in 1954, the name was officially changed. Teach your children that it’s not just another day off from school, but an important way to honor the brave men and women who defend our country. Here are some local events to celebrate…


Martial Arts Classes for Kids

Martial arts and karate classes for kids are a great way to boost self-confidence, work on discipline, and develop motor skills. Many of these dojos offer taekwondo, hapkido, jiu jitsu, martial arts, and karate classes for kids as young as 4 years old. Be sure to inquire about free trials at many of these locations. (Park districts are a great…


Grand Avenue Preschools Open House

Grand Avenue Preschools is hosting open houses at their Western Springs and La Grange Highlands locations on Saturday, November 11 from 10am-Noon. You will have the opportunity to meet teachers, tour the large, sunny classrooms and learn more about the curriculum. Grand Avenue’s program focuses on the development of the whole child, fully preparing them academically, socially and emotionally for…


Reader Recommended: Best Birthday Cakes

We asked both the Kidlist Facebook page and email subscribers to share their favorite places to get a birthday cake (or cupcakes) and all of the responses were awesome! So here’s the compiled list of the reader recommended best birthday cakes. Please note that we were not able to include home-based bakers in this list.* Reader Recommended: Best Birthday Cakes and…


Where to Eat with Santa in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs

Have you ever wanted to share a meal with jolly old St. Nicholas? We have put a list together that would impress even the most cheerful elf at the North Pole! Whether it’s pizza, pancakes, or a full buffet you desire, these opportunities to eat with Santa are guaranteed to entertain and jump start your holiday season! Where to Eat…


Where to Eat with Santa This Year

What better way is there for your kids to celebrate the holiday season than to eat, drink and be merry with Jolly Old St. Nick himself? Here at Kidlist, we’re tracking Santa’s whereabouts within the western suburbs from now until Christmas. We’ve compiled a lengthy list of the best places to grab a bite to eat while hanging out with…


Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn + Giveaway

I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn yesterday. What a pleasant space with tons of fun for kids! Even though it was chilly and gray outside, the colorful exhibits and natural light coming through the huge windows brightened my day. I wanted to give all of you a preview of what you…


What is the Suzuki Method and How Can It Benefit My Child?

Kidlist welcomes the Western Springs School of Talent Education and the Naperville Suzuki School as site sponsors! They offer violin, viola, cello, and bass instruction for children and are here to answer the question, “What is the Suzuki Method?” Learn how it can benefit your kids, not only to learn an instrument, but child development as a whole! Today, Edward Kreitman,…


Holiday Theater for Kids: 2017 Shows and Performances

What could be more magical than a special holiday outing to see a live show? With tons of holiday theater for kids going on around Chicago and the suburbs, it’s a perfect chance to make a memory (or start a new tradition). Check out our round-up of kid-friendly Christmas and holiday shows, plus The Nutcracker performances happening in our area. Holiday Theater…


Volunteering with Kids

Volunteering with kids is such a meaningful way to connect, all while helping the people who need it most. It’s a time to foster bonds, teach lifelong values and enrich the lives of others…now that is true quality time! We are surrounded by many fantastic organizations locally that are changing lives for the better daily. Check out a few of…