Articles by Claudia Coyne


Horse-Drawn Carriage and Trolley Rides for Old-Fashioned Holiday Fun

If the hustle of modern-day Christmas is bringing out your inner Grinch, why not slow down with an old fashioned horse-drawn carriage ride or holiday trolley trip? Many festivals in the area are offering rides around town. There are also special ones where you can view decorated homes in your area! Grab your cocoa and bundle up with your loved…


Churches with a Live Nativity for Christmas 2018

Often, the true meaning of Christmas gets lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Take some time out from the shopping and gift wrapping to remember the miracle of the first Christmas at a live nativity. Volunteers from all around join live animals to reenact the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey to the manger where they…



2018 Hours for Trick-or-Treating in the Southwest Suburbs

Who’s ready for some tricks and treats? If you’re heading out to brave the chilly weather this Halloween, make sure you take note of the designated hours for trick or treating in the southwest suburbs. Don’t forget to plan a route in advance, wear comfy shoes, and stay well lit with flashlights or reflectors. And always check your candy before…



Review: Shrek The Musical

Shrek The Musical is at The Marriott Theatre in Lincolnshire! Yes, I know we’re talking about a theater outside the typical Kidlist area, but this theater is worth the drive. With “theatre in the round” seating and a live band, it’s the perfect place to take the kids for their first show or to revisit on a regular basis. Keep…


2018 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events in the Southwest Suburbs

If your kids are anything like mine, you’ll hear, “I’m so tired!” or “My legs hurt!” about six minutes into trick-or-treating. Going out on Halloween with small children can be rough. Trunk-or-Treat events are a great alternative to traditional trick-or-treating because you can stop by a variety of car displays in a matter of minutes. That means happy kids (and…


Kids Hockey Classes and Teams

Kids hockey has become such a popular sport in Chicagoland over the past few years! Though there isn’t much opportunity to play through park districts, there are many great rinks offering hockey classes around us. If your child is interested in trying it out, we’ve put together a great list to help you get started! Hockey Classes and Teams for Kids in the…


Indoor Swim Lessons in Chicago’s Southwest Suburbs

Summer has come and gone, but water safety never goes out of season. There are many locations throughout the southwest suburbs that offer indoor swim lessons, including private lessons, group lessons, or parent-tot classes for children. Many of these facilities even offer adult classes if you want to learn to swim or just brush up on technique. Fall and winter are…


Polar Express Train Rides, Holiday Express, Santa Train, and Santa Trolley

Originally inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express, these rides can include everything from story times to caroling to meals with Santa. Many choose to wear pajamas to get in character, or feel free to don your most festive holiday sweater! Create a new holiday tradition for your family and take a magical ride to the North Pole! These events tend…


Kid-Friendly Nail Salons in the Southwest Suburbs

If your daughter is already sneaking into your makeup bag and trying on your high heels, it might be time to go on a mother/daughter trip to the nail salon. These salons offer children’s services and many even have small child sized pedicure chairs to ease the fear of their first visit. This is a great way to spend some…