Articles by Annie Tandy

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…



Most Popular Content of 2020

Happy New Year! Curious to see what local families like you were most interested in during this crazy year? We did a little digging and put together a list of the most popular content of 2020! You’ll want to check these out if you haven’t already and maybe even bookmark the links because you might find yourself referencing them throughout…


WordScientists: Everything you need to teach language and early reading at home

When WordScientists reached out to us, we were excited to learn about such a great resource for early reading and language! Their mission is to ensure all children’s right to read, by providing educators and families with the means to teach language and early reading. The WordScientists Team is comprised of education and technology experts who translate scientific research into…


Stroll Through These 2020 Winter and Holiday Walks

‘Tis the season to get outside and celebrate the holidays. Store-front windows filled with snowmen, reindeer lining the streets, elves hidden in downtown shops, and rows of beautifully-decorated trees fill your neighborhood parks. Below you’ll find the list of winter and holiday walks to help your family socially distance while celebrating the holidays this December. Bundle up and enjoy these…


Is Your Child Ready for a Debit Card?

Kidlist welcomes Jason Dobrzynski, CFP®, RLP®, CMFC® and Maralynn Kearney, MBA of Corsalus Financial as guest contributors. We love their mission to teach kids about money! While piggy banks are traditional ways for saving allowances and birthday money, many older children also want the accessibility and convenience of a debit card. A huge thank you to Corsalus Financial for helping us make…



New Playground! Hope D. Wall Inclusive Playground in Aurora

Hope D. Wall School in Aurora, “Home of the Rockets” has a new playground and it’s amazing! This inclusive playground has so many opportunities for kids of all abilities to play and we thought it was so creative that their mascot was incorporated in this fun playground. Please note that it is open to the public outside of school hours…


Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins!

Saturday November 7, 2020 is the big day to smash your pumpkins! Every year, the Saturday after Halloween, SCARCE coordinates pumpkin collections. Locations all around the western suburbs will be accepting your no-longer-needed pumpkins for composting. Keep your pumpkin out of a landfill and provide rich-nutrients to the soil. Don’t forget to remove candles and any added decorations (paint is…


Free Halloween Bash in Western Springs

Western Springs Park District is hosting a FREE Halloween Bash on Halloween Day, October 31, 2020 from 10am-noon! Dress in costume if you would like to be entered into a costume photo contest. There will be a pathway maze with fencing, pumpkin patch, outdoor laser tag, skee ball, and family goodie bag! This article is sponsored by Western Springs Park…


New! DuPage Children’s Museum is Offering Hands-on Programs Virtually

DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is a Kidlist favorite, so we were excited to hear that they are now offering virtual hands-on programs. They are experts at making learning fun! Whether you’re looking to supplement school curriculum, add hands-on enrichment to the day, or keep your children busy while learning and having fun, they have an option to fit your needs….