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Visiting Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory 300 N. Central Park Ave. Chicago, IL 60624 Phone (312) 746-5100 Daily Hours: 9:00am – 5:00pm Wednesdays: 9:00am – 8:00pm Recently, my children and I visited the Garfield Park Conservatory for the first time. Wow, were we in awe of the beautiful, colorful, lush surroundings! It is especially inspiring leading up to spring as the colors, textures…


Afternoon Tea with Kids

Step into Suzette’s French Country Dining Room and enjoy a three-course tea with your daughter or son. White table linens, Fine China, water goblets and Christofle silverware set the mood for tea. Suzette’s offers a choice between an English Tea and French Tea. English Tea begins with tea sandwiches. French Tea begins with a choice of Crepes or Quiche with…


What Are Your Favorite Parks and Playgrounds?

Share your picks for park and playground below, including Best Parks for Toddlers, Best Mulch-Free (Mud-Free) Playgrounds, Best Parks with Walking Paths, Best Parks for Elementary School Aged Kids, and Most Unique Parks and Playgrounds! In the past we compiled a list of everyone’s favorite all around parks and playgrounds (click here to see that list), but this time thought…


Tips for Taking Kids to a Baseball Game

Baseball season is here, and a family trip to the old ballgame makes for a memorable day out. We just got back from taking our 18-month-old to his second Cubs game (he waited so long for that championship), so I did some research on how to make a trip to a baseball game with kids as smooth as possible. 1. Decide where you’re…


Weekend Events: April 21-23, 2017

Saturday is Earth Day and there are a lot of nature-related activities and events this weekend to celebrate! The Week of the Young Child starts this Friday and the Wheaton Park District is offering a tons of fun. It starts off with the Night at the Museum Party on Friday. Fun Run in Color is on Saturday and you can…


Pajama Party at Jo’s Footwork Studio

The next Pajama Party at Jo’s Footwork Studio is on Friday, April 28, 2017. Your kids can eat pizza and make ice cream treats in addition to watching a movie in their pajamas with pillows and blankets with their friends! We invited my daughter’s entire grade of girls for the last pajama party and it was a great way to include…


5 Tips To Make Your Next Photo Session a Success

Kidlist welcomes Kristin Janiszewski of Kristin Janiszewski Photography as a guest contributor. Getting family photos can be overwhelming! Parents want everything to look right, the kids to behave, the weather to be perfect, and it can be daunting.  I completely get it!  I’ve been on both sides of the camera and it’s always more stressful having photos taken than being the…


New Park! Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground

Adjacent to Schaumburg Park District’s Spring Valley Nature Center, Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground is a unique park made with natural materials, including logs, boulders, sand, and water, as well as nature-themed play structures. There is a stream that flows around the park, starting with a waterfall by the large treehouse-like play area and emptying out to a pond with rocks to walk across,…


Outdoor Fun for Kids in Chicago’s Near Western Suburbs

When the weather is nice, nothing beats spending some time outside. There isn’t a shortage of outdoor fun for kids in our area! This list is organized by season so it’s easy to look through and a great page to bookmark when you need some ideas. Click on any of the activity headings to get location options and also don’t…


Celebrate Arbor Day at The Morton Arboretum

Curious George will be making an appearance at The Morton Arboretum Arbor Day celebration, in addition to other kid-friendly activities. Keep reading for details! Established by the Morton family, Arbor Day dates back to 1872 and is celebrated the last Friday of April—this year it falls on April 28. The day is an opportunity to learn about the critical role…


Blue Moose Sports Camp This Summer

Registration is open for Blue Moose Sports camp for all incoming first through sixth graders! Blue Moose Sports Camp for incoming 1st through 6th graders Blue Moose was created to give children a place to stay active and play during the summer and gives them the chance to enjoy simple games in a safe and fun environment. The camp focuses on…


Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer 2017

Vacation Bible School is a free (or inexpensive) camp where children learn about God through fun activities and songs over the summer. You do not have to be a member of the church or even attend church to send your kids to VBS. In general, VBS is for ages 3 through 12. Registration starts soon and often fills up, so…