Articles by Annie Tandy

Daddy Daughter Dances (and Valentine’s Events) in the West Suburbs

Nothing beats quality one-on-one time with your child, and these Daddy-Daughter dances provide girls with the perfect opportunity for a fun-filled night with the men in their lives. Dads, stepdads, grandpas, uncles, older cousins, or even close family friends can come bust a move on the dance floor. These events include dancing (of course), refreshments, crafts, keepsake photos, flowers, and…


Giveaway! Family Open Swim Packs

We love the Oak Brook Aquatic Center! Going to the indoor pool is like a vacation with the water slide, whirlpool, indoor splash pad, and pool rock climbing wall. And in the summer you can cool off outdoors too at Splash Island with slides and sprays in their zero-depth pool! An Oak Brook Aquatic Center membership is handy year round….


Insider Tips for the Skating Ribbon at Maggie Daley Park

Maggie Daley Park offers a unique ice skating experience in the heart of downtown Chicago! It’s pretty special to skate with the skyline as a backdrop. But what about parking? Is it crowded? Do we need to bring our own skates? When is the best time to go? We have tips for the Skating Ribbon to answer these questions and…



School’s Out: Things To Do on MLK Jr. Day

Monday, January 20, 2020 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day! By honoring his life and achievements, these events help children learn about the impact Dr. King had on our world today. Even though my children are younger, I love that they can begin to understand his influence, rather than it being just another day off school. Keep reading for kid-friendly…


The Best of the Suburbs + Help Us Help You This Year

Your insight is crucial so we can serve you better in the coming year! Not only is is helpful to get your feedback, it’s also fun to hear everyone’s favorite places to go so we can compile Best Of lists and see what else you want to hear more about. Kidlist is full of lists of places to take your…


This week only: FREE Rhythm Kids Jam Sessions at Mattix Music Studio

If you’re looking for stomping-flying-climbing musical fun to beat the post-holiday winter blues, join Mattix Music Studio for FREE Rhythm Kids® Jam Sessions this week! We are big fans of Katie Mattix and her wonderful music studio in Western Springs. What is Rhythm Kids? Rhythm Kids® is a new music and movement program where children pre-K through second grade explore…


Kidlist Family Volunteering Event

You and your family are invited to decorate and fill Birthday Boxes and Sweet Cases for local foster kids with Kidlist through the charity organization Together We Rise! The Kidlist Team volunteered together decorating Sweet Cases last year and had so much fun that we wanted to create a family volunteering opportunity that is doable for all ages, hands on,…


Start 2020 Right with Free January Fun

After all the pomp and excess of the holidays, January helps my family settle back down to earth. Free, local events around town are just the right speed for us — especially since we overdid it on the big events in December! Here, we’ve rounded up all the free event on our calendar for January, as well as other tips…


Special NYE Events and Winter Break Specials at Enchanted Castle

Lombard’s Enchanted Castle looks like a holiday fairytale this time of year! They’ve decked the halls with beautiful trees, decorations and twinkling holiday lights throughout. And then there’s the FUN… You’re going to want to check out the holiday fun specials they are offering over winter break and the New Year’s Eve party they are having for the entire family to…


Water Safety and Swim Lessons at Superior Training

We’re excited to announce that Superior Training in Willowbrook will now be offering Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) lessons for self-rescue and water safety in addition to their swim lessons, swim team, and adult programs! I know two of their swim coaches personally and they are top notch. Superior Training opened in 2015, is a family-owned aquatic facility, and offers programs…


Grab Your Sled and Find the Best Place to Go Sledding in the Western Suburbs

The first snowfall of the season (on Halloween!) got us excited for winter fun, and what’s more exciting than sledding? My 6- and 4-year-olds have never been sledding, and they’re excited to give it a try this year. Grab your snow gear and head to one of these local sledding hills. Most locations will be open with at least two…