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Kid-Friendly Summer Events at Burr Ridge Village Center

Burr Ridge Village Center has some great kid-friendly summer events coming up! We welcome them as one of our amazing Kidlist sponsors and are honored to have such a convenient and fun place to hang out and shop on the site. Besides their weekly summer music series on Fridays and yoga on Saturdays, Miss Jamie’s Farm and Petting Zoo will be there in…


Family-Friendly Weekend Getaways from the Chicago Suburbs

There are so many weekend getaways within driving distance from the Chicago suburbs that it can be hard to narrow down your options! We asked our readers for their recommendations of favorite spots for a short, but sweet vacation. Check out our list, then let us know if we missed your favorite spot in the comments (or on our Facebook…


Free Ice Cream Bars at Mars 2017

Starting Thursday, July 6, 2017 the Mars Chocolate factory in Burr Ridge is giving away free ice cream bars on weekdays from 3:00 – 5:00 pm! Free Ice Cream Bars Here’s the scoop: You can go to the plant Monday through Friday, July 6-28 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and there is a cooler in the entry filled with Dove,…


Summer Activities for Babies and Toddlers

Summer activities for babies and toddlers look a lot different than what’s fun for bigger kids. I still remember taking our then-nine-month-old to a pool play area last summer… and dashing to snatch him out from under a giant water-dumping bucket. A year later, he still seems to toddle right in the path of the big kids running around, and those kids are a whole…


Weekend Events: June 16-18, 2017

This summer, experience Centennial Beach – one of Naperville’s most unique facilities. Jump into summer as you swim in Centennial Beach’s historic stone quarry. It’s not a swimming pool, it’s not a lake, but rather it’s a swimming experience like no other. Wade into the zero-depth entry and swim to depths of 15 feet. Also enjoy the shallow-end slide and…


Movie Review: Cars 3

My husband and I accompanied our 3 sons (ages 11, 7 and 5 1/2 years old) to see Cars 3, and we all loved it! I was really pleased by the overall theme of the movie and the positive message it sent to the audience. The movie centers on Lightning McQueen realizing that he will be expected to retire and…


How a Postpartum Doula Can Help You

We are excited to announce a new Kidlist sponsor: Chicago Family Doulas! They have a lot to offer moms and families, including labor support, placenta encapsulation, postpartum support, and classes. Kidlist welcomes Anna Rodney, Owner and Founder of Chicago Family Doulas, as a guest contributor to shed some light on what a postpartum doula is and how they can help support you during…


2017 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Near Western Suburbs

It’s almost time for 2017 4th of July fireworks and celebrations! There’s nothing like spreading out a blanket with family and friends to watch fireworks burst in the sky or lining up lawn chairs to cheer on the local parade. Check out our round-up of celebrations, big and small, in the near Western suburbs. (The list is organized alphabetically by town.) 2017…


Best Parks for Toddlers

Thank you to everyone who contributed their picks for the Best Parks for Toddlers! It’s a great list of options… why not visit them all?! We checked out all of the following playgrounds so we could give you a sneak peek of what you will find there. Have another to add? We would love to hear your picks and explore those…


Kids Obstacle Challenge and Mud Run

An obstacle challenge and mud run designed specifically for kids. The Kids Obstacle Challenge is coming to Chicagoland! On Saturday, June 25, 2017 your kids can conquer 10-15 fun and challenging obstacles and have a blast at this mud run. Rope swing into a giant mud pit, army crawl through tough terrain, scale up rugged cargo nets, and slide into…


Outdoor Amusement Parks in Chicagoland

Outdoor amusement parks are the perfect day trip for some wonderful summer memories! Many of the parks are open daily during the summer months, but also have weekend and other availability in their off-seasons. Check out our list of all the local parks in the Chicagoland area with descriptions and age recommendations. Outdoor Amusement Parks in Chicagoland Donley’s Wild West Town…


Weekend Events: June 9-11, 2017

Kidlist will be at Gathering on the Green this Friday in Western Springs with chalk, bubble machines, and ride-on toys. Come by with your kids and hang out with us- we would love to meet you! It’s a great festival with food, drinks, and all kinds of entertainment for kids and adults! Click here to read more. This weekend is…