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2019 Guide to Holiday Theater and Nutcracker Performances for Kids!

Make magical memories this holiday season with a kid-friendly holiday theater performance! There are so many options to take advantage of during Christmastime in the Chicagoland area. Why not start a special new tradition with your family? We live in such a wonderful area that offers holiday classics, old favorites, and new productions. Check out all these great options, including…


Review and Giveaway: Beauty and the Beast at Paramount Theatre, Aurora

We were invited to the opening performance of Beauty and the Beast and were excited to make it a girls night. The Paramount Theatre has such high quality performances, talent, and sets and this time was no exception! Don’t miss the About Paramount Theatre section where you will find helpful information, such as where to park, why you should get…


Churches with a Live Nativity for Christmas 2019

As we prepare for cookie exchanges, holiday parties, and photos with Santa, it can be easy to lose sight of the reason for the season. My children love looking at our nativity scene at home, talking to me about Jesus and being excited for his birthday. These live nativity services are the perfect way to bring the miracle of Christmas…


Toy Review: Thinking Putty Puzzle, The Mind-Stretching Logic Game!

We recently received Thinking Putty Puzzle, a hot new game that my 11 year old daughter absolutely loved! To play the game, you need to select a beginner to expert level challenge card, and attempt to solve it by connecting the dots of 6 different putty colors on a puzzle grid. The trick is to create thinking putty paths that…


A Mom’s Review of Emerald City Theatre’s Holiday Show: Corduroy

With a preschooler in the mix, we don’t feel ready to tackle The Nutcracker or a symphony quite yet so I was excited when we were invited to attend Emerald City Theatre’s Corduroy, based on the classic children’s book about a teddy bear. It was my young son’s first time attending a play and it was a great first theater…



Kick Off the Holiday Season with The Fox Valley Nutcracker

Fox Valley Ballet is proud to present The Fox Valley Nutcracker on November 30 and December 1, 2019 at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. The production, now in its sixth year, is continuously described as the best Nutcracker in the Fox Valley area! With sold out shows every year, this beloved holiday classic features lavish sets, festive costumes, dazzling special…


Review: Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light Exhibits at MSI

Now through January 5, 2020 the Museum of Science and Industry is showcasing their Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light exhibits. We always love visiting the Museum of Science and Industry and the extra bonus of seeing beautiful Christmas lights, celebrating the season, and learning about world traditions makes it special. Being indoors while enjoying all of it…


Ways of Teaching Kids to Give Back

Kidlist welcomes Jason Dobrzynski, CFP®, RLP®, CMFC® and Maralynn Kearney, MBA of Corsalus Group as guest contributors to give practical advise on how we can teach our kids how they can use their time and/or money to give back. Both Jason and Maralynn are local residents, financial advisors, and parents (Jason of a 2 year- old daughter, and Maralynn of three…