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School’s Out: Things To Do on MLK Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 2020 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day! By honoring his life and achievements, these events help children learn about the impact Dr. King had on our world today. Even though my children are younger, I love that they can begin to understand his influence, rather than it being just another day off school. Keep reading for kid-friendly…


The Best of the Suburbs + Help Us Help You This Year

Your insight is crucial so we can serve you better in the coming year! Not only is is helpful to get your feedback, it’s also fun to hear everyone’s favorite places to go so we can compile Best Of lists and see what else you want to hear more about. Kidlist is full of lists of places to take your…


This week only: FREE Rhythm Kids Jam Sessions at Mattix Music Studio

If you’re looking for stomping-flying-climbing musical fun to beat the post-holiday winter blues, join Mattix Music Studio for FREE Rhythm Kids® Jam Sessions this week! We are big fans of Katie Mattix and her wonderful music studio in Western Springs. What is Rhythm Kids? Rhythm Kids® is a new music and movement program where children pre-K through second grade explore…


Kidlist Family Volunteering Event

You and your family are invited to decorate and fill Birthday Boxes and Sweet Cases for local foster kids with Kidlist through the charity organization Together We Rise! The Kidlist Team volunteered together decorating Sweet Cases last year and had so much fun that we wanted to create a family volunteering opportunity that is doable for all ages, hands on,…


6 Easy Ways to Support Kidlist

Annie Tandy, our fearless leader, started Kidlist out of Western Springs way back in 2011, when she had two little ones. She’s a natural list-maker (have you seen her camping checklist?!) and wanted to share her own research on local fun with other families. Though our team has grown, that’s still the heart of what we do! If you’re not…



Start 2020 Right with Free January Fun

After all the pomp and excess of the holidays, January helps my family settle back down to earth. Free, local events around town are just the right speed for us — especially since we overdid it on the big events in December! Here, we’ve rounded up all the free event on our calendar for January, as well as other tips…


Great Wolf Lodge Gurnee Review and Deals

Winters in Chicago can be long, and my children get so sad when I pack away our swimsuits for the season . . . so this year, we decided not to! We just celebrated our son’s 1st birthday with a mini-vacation to the newly renovated indoor waterpark at Great Wolf Lodge in Gurnee. We wanted lots of options for family…



Special NYE Events and Winter Break Specials at Enchanted Castle

Lombard’s Enchanted Castle looks like a holiday fairytale this time of year! They’ve decked the halls with beautiful trees, decorations and twinkling holiday lights throughout. And then there’s the FUN… You’re going to want to check out the holiday fun specials they are offering over winter break and the New Year’s Eve party they are having for the entire family to…


Water Safety and Swim Lessons at Superior Training

We’re excited to announce that Superior Training in Willowbrook will now be offering Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) lessons for self-rescue and water safety in addition to their swim lessons, swim team, and adult programs! I know two of their swim coaches personally and they are top notch. Superior Training opened in 2015, is a family-owned aquatic facility, and offers programs…


30 Wonderful Winter Break Activities in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

After the excitement of the holidays, we find ourselves faced with many long winter break days ahead! Luckily, we have a whole bunch of fabulous ideas to keep everyone entertained — whether you prefer to venture out around town, travel into the city, or just stay home. Get inspired with our lists for the very best activities to keep the family…