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Volunteering with Kids

The season of giving is upon us! As parents, we have a responsibility to teach our children the importance of giving back in our communities. You needn’t look far to find opportunities for kids to serve and contribute—and have fun doing it. You’re only limited by your family’s creativity! Encourage your kids to help out a senior neighbor with yard work. Organize…



Kid-Friendly Halloween Guide for the Southwest Suburbs

We have a lot of great resources for your kid-friendly Halloween, but thought it would be helpful if you could find it all in one place! You’ll love these ideas for activities and events for Halloween, books to read with your kids, crafts to do together, ideas for creative costumes you can make at home, how to make Halloween fun…


2017 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Western Suburbs

Easily find your town’s recommended trick-or-treat hours in this helpful list! Trick-or-Treating Hours in Chicago’s West Suburbs Bellwood: 3-7pm Bensenville: 3-8pm Berwyn: 4-6:30pm Bolingbrook: 4-7pm Brookfield: 3-7pm Burr Ridge: 3-8pm Carol Stream: 3-7pm Clarendon Hills: 3-7:00pm Countryside: 3-7pm Darien: not regulated, recommended daylight hours Downers Grove: no mandated hours, recommended daylight hours Elmhurst: 3:30-7:30pm Forest Park: 3-7:30pm Glen Ellyn: 3-7pm Hillside:…


2017 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Southwest Suburbs

Who’s ready for some tricks and treats? If you’re heading out to brave the chilly weather this Halloween, make sure you take note of the designated trick or treat hours in your town. Don’t forget to plan a route in advance, wear comfy shoes, and stay well lit with flashlights or reflectors. And always check your candy before consumption. Stay…




What to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

Trick or treat… and treats and treats and treats! We love Halloween and all the fun this time of year has to offer, but sometimes we are left with lots of extra candy. So what to do with leftover Halloween candy after everyone’s picked their favorites out of the bowl? Read on for a couple opportunities to pay it forward…


Kids Eat Free on Halloween

Especially since Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, it’s an incredible day for kids eat free on Halloween! You’re in for a special treat. All of the details for the deals are included below. I have called each of these places and noted when there were inconsistencies across locations, but please check before going if you have your heart…


Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events

Trunk-or-Treat can be a great alternative to traditional trick-or-treating from door to door… or why not do both? We have rounded up opportunities for kids to trunk-or-treat! Know of any other trunk-or-treats in the west or southwest suburbs? Submit them to the Kidlist calendar and we would be happy to include them! Some of these mention the possibility of moving inside…


Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events

Trunk-or-Treat can be a great alternative to traditional trick-or-treating from door to door… or why not do both? We have rounded up opportunities for kids to trunk-or-treat! Know of any other trunk-or-treats in the west or southwest suburbs? Submit them to the Kidlist calendar and we would be happy to include them! Some of these mention the possibility of moving inside…


Dance Classes for Kids

Dance classes are a wonderful way to teach your children fundamentals of rhythm, good posture, core strength, and balance. These dance studios offer everything from tap and ballet to modern, hip-hop, and team competition. Dance classes are not just for girls—many offer classes specific to boys! Some also start as young as babies with mom/tot classes. There are also many…