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Open Gyms for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs: Times and Prices

My kids love going to open gym times! Winter in our home means lots of pent-up energy, and one of the best ways to get the wiggles out is some good ol’ fashioned running, climbing and jumping. When you’re checking out these open gyms, be sure to take a peek at the class schedule; if your kids love tumbling around,…


Tumble Into These Gymnastics Open Gyms in the Western Suburbs

Open gym time is a fantastic way for kids to get acquainted with gymnastics, check out area gyms to take classes, and just have fun! Your budding gymnasts will have the opportunity to run around and play on a variety of cool equipment, including trampolines and foam pits at some spots. Take advantage of this handy list of local gymnastics…


Live Theater for Kids: Spring – Summer 2019

A trip to the theater can be a fun outing for the entire family! Even the littlest guests will find themselves engrossed in the music and activity of these live action shows. Some of these shows feature an adult-only ensemble, while others are made up of children only. What a wonderful activity to explore and introduce your family to the…


Family-Friendly Destinations: Fun Restaurants for Kids

Dining out with the family has never been so fun! We have so many ideas for fantastic destination restaurants with your kids! Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or just looking for someplace that’s extra entertaining and kid-friendly, these restaurants are guaranteed for family dining fun! Some are specifically designed for kids, while others are just good spots recommended for the whole…


Local Dog Grooming Services and At-Home Tips

Our extremely fluffy pup, Elsie the Aussiedoodle, requires frequent grooming. In fact, she is the most frequent recipient of professional hair care services in our house! We quickly learned that there are many facets of grooming and several ways you can approach grooming your furry friend; the key is finding the method that works for you. Local Dog Grooming Services…


Kid-Parent Date Ideas: Time for the two of you!

Undivided, individual time with our children will always be time well spent. Kid-parent dates are the perfect way to connect, make long-lasting memories, and strengthen your bond. Here are some super special kid-parent date ideas! Some may take a bit of planning, while others you could do anytime. If nothing on this list piques your interest, try asking your child…


Maddie Rae’s Slime Bash is Coming to St. Charles!

Are your kids into slime? Then you won’t want to miss Maddie Rae’s Slime Bash at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles on March 30-31, 2019! It’s two days of slime fun and a celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit. This event is the 4th Slime Bash Team Maddie Rae has held and is the world’s largest slime convention, attracting slime…


Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, We Found Heart-Shaped Pizza for You!

Who doesn’t love eating heart-shaped food on Valentine’s Day?! Check out our awesome list for all the best places to eat everything heart-shaped… pizzas, donuts, bagels, pretzels and more! (If you are looking for some adorable and yummy treats to make at home, I love this great collection of Valentine’s Day recipes to share with your sweeties.) Heart-Shaped Food in…


The Winners are Here! 9 Best Free Nature Centers in Chicagoland

According to Kidlist readers (thanks, everyone!) these are the nine BEST free nature centers in Chicagoland! Nature centers are amazing destinations for kids to learn more about animals, native plants, geography, and more. Check them out, then let us know how many you’ve visited! 9 Best Nature Centers with Free Admission in Chicagoland 1. Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center 9800 Willow Springs…


Fun and Exciting Summer Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

It’s time to register for summer camps! In this guide you will find camps for all ages – toddler through teen – and activities, including dance, gymnastics, STEAM, cooking, theater, soccer, volleyball, baking, cake decorating, engineering, science, nature, art, crafts, reading, voice, music, games, field trips, and outdoor adventures. Choose from the best summer camps for kids in the western suburbs! There…



The Votes Are In: 10 BEST Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces

Thank you to all our readers who voted to help create this list of your favorites! Enjoy and explore a new play area with your kids this winter. If you would like even more indoor play places to choose from, check out our guides for Indoor Play Areas in the Western Suburbs and Indoor Play Areas in the Southwest Suburbs, which…