Articles by Annie Tandy

New Ninja Warrior Challenge Course at Walker Park and Playground Renovation

Pleasant Dale Park District added a Challenge Course in the style of American Ninja Warrior, designed for kids 13 years old and up! They also renovated their 5-12 year old playground to include a Disc Net climber with double swoosh slide, tight-rope bridge, boogie board, and a sky rail climber. The mulch has also been replaced with poured-in-place rubber surfacing. …



Celebrate Spring by Visiting Tulip Fields

Whether it’s for photo ops or to enjoy the beauty of nature, tulip festivals and places known for their tulips are a great destination this spring! The colors are so beautiful and uplifting, so we rounded up some opportunities to stop and smell the flowers. Tulips usually bloom mid-April through mid-May, so check out the list below and don’t miss…


What Are Your Favorite Playgrounds and Trails?

Let’s share our favorite stomping grounds so we can all try something new! This time we are going to focus on playgrounds and trails. It’s time to vote… What are your favorite playgrounds? Best places to walk/rollerblade/ride bikes? Here’s your chance to contribute, help other parents, and honor the park districts and organizations that work hard to construct and maintain…


Family Photographers Who Serve the Western Suburbs

It’s so special to be able to capture memorable moments with you and your kids. I don’t know about you, but our pictures are often missing either me or my husband! That’s definitely one of the many reasons to hire a family photographer. Not to mention they are incredibly talented with a camera, lighting, and editing, which makes a big difference. All of the photographers…


Join in on the POP Box Fun for Easter and Spring

Local moms bring paper crafting and decor to the western suburbs and beyond with Pop of Paper co. If you are into paper crafting and seasonal decor, you will be in heaven with Pop of Paper co POP Boxes. My daughter and I spent the afternoon together doing all the projects included in the Easter POP Box and now get…


Walking Playground Tour in Oak Brook

We love walking around Central Park in Oak Brook, which is where the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center is. There are three playgrounds along the paths where you can stop to play as well as a disc golf course to enjoy. What a great area to do a walking playground tour! The longest loop is 1.29 miles and…


Winter Activities for Families in the Western Suburbs

This is the winter we’re all bundling up, heading outside, and searching high and low for fun wherever it may be found! We’ve been busy scoping out local activities for families and kids. This year, that means virtual options, at-home fun, safely distanced events, new drive-through experiences, and lots of layers to head outside and play! photo courtesy of local mom…


Bringing Kids to Immersive Van Gogh Chicago

This modern art installation combined with a post-impressionist painter creates a memorizing experience for art lovers.⁠ We were invited to Immersive Van Gogh Chicago before it officially opened and it was definitely a unique experience! Tweens and teens as well as adults that are into art would definitely appreciate it. Experimental electronic music with ethereal piano plays while Van Gogh…


2021 Summer Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

Time to think about summer camp! Some really great camps are now taking registrations, while others are still formulating their plans. Now is the time to start looking though, because these camps might sell out! We are looking forward to having our kids experience camp and have a great time together this summer. Kidlist has always been the place to…


10 Best Donut Shops and Where to Get the Best Paczki

There are so many amazing donut shops in the western suburbs, but you all managed to pick a Top 10! Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll to pick the Kidlist readers’ top choices for the best donuts in Chicagoland. While you’re here, check out spots where you can find paczki in time for Fat Tuesday, and be sure…


School Closings in Chicagoland and Ideas for a Snow Day

Will there be a snow day? That’s the question on everyone’s minds. The bigger question is: Do we get to stay in a pajamas, watch movies and drink hot chocolate all day (even though we’ve been doing that since last year? #askingforafriend)? Well, ever since remote learning became a thing, many school are switching to e-learning, which is noted in the…