Articles by Katie Mayle

2020 Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween in Chicago’s West Suburbs

The Kidlist team is beyond excited for Halloween this year! After seeing so many fun events and holiday celebrations canceled earlier in 2020, we’re so happy to see trick-or-treating happening for so many towns! The Illinois Department of Public Health put out a lot of information about keeping your family safe during Halloween festivities. Find your trick-or-treat hours listed below,…


Family-Friendly Weekend Events: October 23–25 and Beyond

This is the weekend for Halloween fun! We’ve got spooky drive-through events, silly trunk or treats, haunted walks and hayrides, fang-tastic festivals and parades, and more. There’s something for your littlest goblins, your tween monsters and even a Howl-O-Ween Dog Party in Roselle for your four-legged family members. Give those costumes are test run at one of many incredible family-friendly…


November 2020 Family-Friendly Events

We’re grateful for a full calendar this month! Our November family-friendly events list has us celebrating the upcoming holiday season with plenty of indoor and outdoor events. Arts and crafts, turkey shoots, story times, and more. There’s something here for every family. Before you go, make sure to click on the links for information about social distancing requirements, advance registration…


Winter Fun! Places to Go Skiing and Snowboarding Near Chicago

Even though the temperatures are dropping, the outdoor fun doesn’t have to stop. Bundle up and hit the slopes for hours of skiing and snowboarding family fun. My husband grew up loving winter sports, and is excited that this will be the year we finally get our two oldest on skis. I love that trying out skiing and snowboarding doesn’t…


All the Local 2020 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat and Drive-Through Events

Trunk-or-treat events are one of our favorite Halloween traditions! With little legs, our family can enjoy the fun of trick-or-treating without the worry of tiring too quickly. New this year, some organizations have decided to turn their events into a drive-through experience. Stay in the comfort and warmth of your car as you cruise through a parking lot full of…


Where Kids Eat Free in Chicago’s West Suburbs

By the end of our school and work day, dinner is the last thing we want to worry about. These restaurants are taking the stress out of meal time! Check out our list below for all your favorite local restaurants currently offering kids eat free promotions. Order a meal to-go or dine-in without the worry of a big bill. Most…


Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler: Activities for Kids 0–2

The first few years of parenting can be the most overwhelming, and sometimes the best thing for both you and your baby is a change of scenery. Climbing, dancing, playing and visiting animals are great ways to get out of the house and have fun with your little ones! Here’s our roundup of best places to go with a baby…


Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests Happening in 2020

Fall is our favorite season of the year, and fall festivals and Oktoberfests are the perfect way to celebrate it. This year, many are requiring advance registration, so make your plans early! Pumpkin carving, oompah bands, and hayrides are sure to get you into the fall spirit. Whether at an official event, or month-long festivities, spend as much time outside…


Peck Farm Park and Hawks Hollow Nature Playground in Geneva

If your family is anything like ours, you’ve spent a lot of time outside this summer. By mid-August, we’d exhausted all our usual stops, so we decided to venture out a little farther from home. A visit to Peck Farm Park in Geneva was exactly what we were looking for. There’s a wide variety of things to do with kids…


Find These Hidden Fairy Gardens in the Western Suburbs

One of my favorite aspects of parenting is watching my child’s imagination grow. Listening to their creativity blossom as they pretend play is truly music to my ears. Fairy gardens are a magical way for children to make believe. They explore nature, practice expressing their ideas, and create a world that is all their own. Three local homeowners have gone…


The Trains Are Running at 2Toots Train Whistle Grill

Lionel electric trains deliver food at 2Toots Train Whistle Grill, with special character cars to add extra excitement as they move around the tracks. Unfortunately, many train restaurants are closing, but 2Toots has locations in Naperville, Glen Ellyn, and Bartlett. Our family was invited for a dinner out (our first since March!) by the 2Toots location in Naperville, and we…


Kids Art Classes and Studios: Drawing, Painting, and More

Drawing and painting are wonderful ways for kids to express themselves! Creative kiddos of all ages can draw or paint during open studio time, classes, workshops, and summer camps. Take your little Picasso to a studio near you today and watch their inner artist shine through! This article is sponsored by the featured listings. Kids Drawing and Painting Studios in…