Articles by Annie Tandy

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…


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…



Family-Friendly Weekend Events: November 15–17

If the just-above-freezing temps this weekend put you in a holiday mood, you’re in luck. This weekend is packed with Thanksgiving and Christmas events, starting with Friday night, when you can go shoot free-throws as a family at Turkey Hoops in Lombard or head to Burr Ridge for the annual Jingle Mingle. On Saturday, the Promenade in Bolingbrook will be…


Christmas Truck Minis by EsteeG Photography

Esther Jula from EsteeG Photography is doing vintage gray truck mini sessions at a tree farm and they are gorgeous! With a matte grey finish and Christmas props in and around the wooden truck bed, this vintage truck makes the perfect setting for family photographs and holiday cards. Christmas Truck Mini Sessions are great for your immediate family or just…



New Pop-Up Experience: Toys R Us Adventure Chicago Review

We were invited to experience the newest pop-up in Chicago this afternoon: Toys R Us Adventure. Having grown up with Toys R Us and being sad that the childhood icon went out of business last year, I was excited to check it out! Toys R Us partnered with Candytopia to make this pop-up possible and it will be in the…




Jack’s Pumpkin Glow: A Spectacle of Halloween Lights

My family was invited to experience Jack’s Pumpkin Glow and thought is was pretty cool that they chose to bring their displays to the Sensory Garden Playground in Lisle! Life-sized sculptures, classic Halloween characters, princesses, superheroes, dinosaurs, pirates, musicians, and movie stars line the trail, which makes a loop through the wooded area. Get the inside scoop on this new…


Special Halloween-Themed Movie Screening and Pre-Party

We are excited to announce that Kidlist is partnering with MGM to host a free movie screening of The Addams Family and pre-party at Hollywood Blvd Cinema in Woodridge on Wednesday, October 9! The Addams Family hits theaters on October 11, 2019, just in time for Halloween, and we are giving you the opportunity to be one of the first…


Two Unique Family Shows This Fall at Waubonsee

You won’t want to miss these unique family-friendly shows at Waubonsee Community College this fall! Children of Eden, a musical about parents, children and faith, will be at the Sugar Grove Auditorium from October 11-20, 2019 and Ventriloquist Steve Brogan will be there on October 26, 2019 and will surely make you laugh. Get the details below! This article is…