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Amazing Experience at Brookfield Zoo: Backstage Adventures

Last week my son and I had an amazing experience at Brookfield Zoo! We went behind the scenes with a Backstage Adventure called “Swamp Things.” In The Swamp building we met Mark, a zookeeper at Brookfield Zoo and he brought us through the employee doors and into the backside of the exhibits… and you can do it too! They are…


Entrée Kitchen is Bringing Dinner Back to the Kitchen Table

I enjoy cooking most of the time, but sometimes there’s not enough time to go to the grocery store, I don’t know what to cook, or I’m just too tired to shop, chop, prepare, and cleanup. Entrée Kitchen solves all of those problems with their self-assembly, pickup, and delivery options. They are bringing dinner back to the kitchen table. No…


Weekend Events: February 3-5, 2017

This weekend, especially Friday, there are a lot of daddy daughter dances! Click here for the full list of Valentine’s Day events all month. There are also theater performances for kids, the Lunar New Year Parade in Chinatown, a couple winterfests, carnival, and more! You also might want to check out Destination Restaurants and Kid and Parent Dates for ideas to…


Train Restaurants for Kids in the Near Western Suburbs

For your train obsessed kiddo and an entertaining dining experience for all, take the family out to one of these great train restaurants! Keep in mind that they can get pretty crowded at peak times, so you may want to plan your outing at a less frequent hour of the day. It’s a kid favorite and a fun birthday tradition too! Local train…


Cute and Creative Valentines

Time to start thinking about Valentines for your kids to pass out to friends and during class! I’ve been a huge fan of Peaceable Kingdom games and products for a long time now and their Valentines are no exception. They come in packages of 28, so you only need to buy one for your child’s entire class. The quality of the…


28 Places for Free February Fun

February is full of free fun! Go to a museum in the city or suburbs on a free day, enjoy free admission at Brookfield Zoo, explore the world of physics at Fermilab, learn and play at the top nature centers, find a free indoor play area, visit your local library, go ice skating at a free outdoor rink, breathe fresh,…


Nominate Your Favorite Health Care Providers

How many times have you asked friends or Facebook groups for recommendations for pediatricians, dentists, and more?! Let’s help each other by sharing our favorites and having everything in one place! First, I am asking for nominations, then there will be a second round to vote so we can have a list of the top choices in our area. You…


Kids Birthday Party Locations and Entertainment

Planning a birthday party for your son or daughter? Look no further! This huge guide filled with all the best kids birthday party options will help you book a party to remember. Scroll through for great locations to host the party as well as entertainment that you can hire to make the celebration special! Photos, contact information, and descriptions of what they…


Weekend Events: January 27-29, 2017

This Friday many movies theaters across the country are having a MOANA sing-a-long. Scroll down to the end of this post to see locations in the Kidlist area where you can find the sing-a-long. This Saturday is the start of the Chinese New Year, so you will find many celebrations in the calendar below. This weekend is also the first daddy daughter…


Review: The Hundred Dresses from Chicago Children’s Theatre

We had the pleasure of seeing Chicago Children’s Theatre’s The Hundred Dresses, a musical with live music, great performances, and a valuable anti-bullying message. It opened last weekend and runs through February 12, 2017 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts. Before the performance started, the actors mingle with the audience, as well as sing and dance on stage…


Chicago Area Children’s Museums

The winter months are a perfect time for discovery and learning indoors at one of the many Chicago area children’s museums. We’ve put together a list of the offerings in the city and suburbs including best features, unique exhibit information, and our age recommendations. Some are ideal to spend a day, while others are suited to a shorter afternoon visit. Either…


Winter Car Seat Safety Tips to Keep Kids Safe AND Warm

When I told my husband our one-year-old shouldn’t wear his winter coat in the car, he looked at me skeptically. “Won’t he be, uh, cold?” he asked. “Why can’t he wear a coat?” I wasn’t entirely sure. So I called Jill Braselton, the Lead Outreach Specialist at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, for a better explanation of winter car seat safety. “In a car…