Articles by Annie Tandy

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: September 20-22

This Friday at 6pm, Jason Dobrzynski is hosting a free event to give you resources and answer questions about raising financially aware kids! Your kids can decorate piggy banks while you find out about how to help your kids understand money, learn the value of saving, and figure out what you should do about allowance. Your whole family can then…


Fall Music Together Classes are Starting at Mattix Music Studio

Fall Music Together® classes at Mattix Music Studio are starting and you’ll want to join in on the singing, dancing, instruments, and fun with your little one! My daughter and I had a great time there and loved the sense of community. Katie Mattix creates a welcoming environment that encourages young children to explore and be engaged. The fall semester…


New Unique Birthday Party Venue! Parrot Stars Parties

My daughter and I recently had the pleasure of checking out Parrot Stars in Arlington Heights. It is truly a unique store and event space that we are excited to introduce you to! Their mission at Parrot Stars is to enhance aviculture through education, nutrition, conservation and a mutual love for birds and we definitely saw that when we went to…



All the 2019 Kids Eat Free Deals in the West Suburbs

Kids eat free promotions are the perfect way for families to get out and enjoy a dinner at local restaurants, without the worry of breaking the bank. Take the stress out of meal planning and check out these favorite places any night of the week! Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree to score the deal. Even though…


Only a Few More Weeks to Experience Bixbee Imagination Station

We were invited to check out Bixbee Imagination Station this weekend and couldn’t pass it up. It’s a unique pop-up experience that will be in the city until September 22, 2019. They call it a safari into the imagination and we would agree. Bixbee Imagination Station is on North Avenue near Sheffield around Crate & Barrel, Nordstrom Rack, Whole Foods…


New Mo Willems Exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier

The Pigeon Comes to Chicago! A Mo Willems Exhibit makes its debut at Chicago Children’s Museum on Saturday, September 21, 2019. Co-organized by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, the exhibition is inspired by the art and characters of the belovedchildren’s book author and illustrator, Mo Willems. Many familiar characters will be featured including best friend…


Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum in Lisle

We recently went to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University in Lisle and were so impressed! There are over 3,500 mammals, birds, sea creatures, reptiles, amphibians, insects, skeletons, and more to examine and learn about throughout the museum. When we arrived, the museum director Karly offered us a scavenger hunt sheet, clipboard, and pencil. It was a great way…


Your One-Stop Spot to Find Local Kids Classes and Teams

Between everyone on the Kidlist Team and the wide range of children all of us have, we have looked into every type of kids classes, teams, clinics, and lessons there are. So we decided to put all of our heads together to create a helpful resource for all of our fellow parents, grandparents, and caregivers! Below you will find four…


The Best Local Ice Cream Shops

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! There is something so sweet and wonderful about a family trip for ice cream in the summer! My family loves visiting our local, family-owned shops for sweet, creamy treats. Thank you to our readers for your Facebook and Instagram recommendations! There are so many on this list that we have…


Meet Katy Lynch, Co-Founder of Codeverse

We have so many unique locations in Chicagoland to learn, play, and experience! Codeverse is one of those places. I enjoyed talking with Katy Lynch when it first came to Naperville. Her and her husband live in the city (River West) and founded Codeverse together. They have a passion for making cutting-edge technology available to our kids, ages 6-13 years…


How to Talk to your Kids about Money

Kidlist welcomes Jason Dobrzynski, CFP®, RLP®, CMFC® of Corsalus Group as a guest contributor to give us tips on how we can talk to our kids about money. You will find some great games, activities, and books to make it easy and fun to raise our kids to be financially aware! Jason is a local resident, intelligent financial advisor, father…