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The BFG Movie Review for Parents

Based on the book written by Roald Dahl, The BFG movie opens in the theaters today. It’s the story of a girl named Sophie and a giant that Sophie names The Big Friendly Giant (BFG). The story is about the friendship between the two and my kids really enjoyed it. The dialogue takes some getting used to because the giant…


Hamill Family Play Zoo 15 Year Birthday Celebration

The Hamill Family Play Zoo at Brookfield Zoo is turning 15 years old on June 15, 2016 and they are having a big birthday party featuring live music and entertainment, craft activities, multiple experts who will teach kids about their jobs, a plush animal clinic that your children can bring their plush pals to for some tender loving care, a…


Kids Activities in Burr Ridge Every Tuesday

Burr Ridge Village Center is hosting free weekly activities for kids on the Village Green on Tuesdays this summer! Following each activity, there will be Story Time at Barbara’s Bookstore and the water fountain will be on for some splash time. Have you ever gone to the Burr Ridge shopping area and let your kids run and play in the fountain?!…


Visit the Zoo or an Aquarium

I love taking my children to the zoo. Visiting and observing the animals and learning about their habitats is a interesting and fun way to spend time as a family! Here are some great zoos and an aquarium with the main information for each. Please visit their websites for current special events and hours.   Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo Adults…


New at Jo’s Footwork Studio and Upcoming Events

You are going to want to read all the way to the end on this one because there are great things happening at Jo’s Footwork Studio! Jo’s is launching a new Mini-Ensemble Company for ages 6 to 9: Strengthen and encourage your young dancer to broaden their interest and performance. This company is not competitive, it’s enrichment and technique-based. The Mini-Ensemble Company will…


Are We On Track?

kidlist welcomes Lauren Hunt, CFP® as a guest contributor Do you know your household net worth? Are you saving enough to cover the cost of college? What about retirement? Sometimes as a parent it feels like the list of things we are tracking is never ending. We get busy and it’s easy to set aside some of the less black &…


Movie Review: The Jungle Book

My 10 year-old son and I had the opportunity to see The Jungle Book earlier this week and we were both amazed and captivated. My son and I were quickly drawn into the rich, vibrant scenery, with a classic story that was incredibly well-told. This movie is based off of Rudyard Kipling’s collection of short stories and draws inspiration from the…


Adventure Stage Presents SIGHT UNSEEN

What do you think Courage means? This poignant question led my nine-year old son and I into a riveting play that addresses “issues of social inequality and familial, generational and environmental responsibility”. Characters Zeph and Kegan are brothers that are struggling to keep their family together in an area known as Shambles while their father, Mel, works in a mine…


iFLY Lincoln Park Now Open + Suburban Locations

iFLY is now open in Lincoln Park in addition to their Rosemont and Naperville locations! I took my kids to the Naperville location when they were 4 and 6… then my son asked to celebrate his birthday there when he turned 7 because he loved it so much. It’s definitely a memorable experience that we all still talk about! The following is…


Max Aquatics Grand Opening

The Grand Opening of Max Aquatics is Saturday, March 12! Max Aquatics is hosting an open house from 1-4pm for their Grand Opening with door prizes for the first 50 visitors, raffles, snorkel demonstrations, water aerobics clinics, and games for children, including an Easter egg hunt for children 6 and under and deep sea diving for treasure coin toss for children 7+….


Literacy Activities for Preschoolers

There can be a lot of pressure on parents to teach toddlers and preschoolers letter names, sounds and even how to read and write and it can be overwhelming to plan activities that are fun and educational! While there are many fantastic apps for young children, the amount of screen time can become a factor. Here are some literacy based activities that are appropriate…


Xcel 2 Fitness: Let’s Support Our Boys

Does your son like to be active? Xcel 2 Fitness is a non-profit organization that uses the fundamentals of fitness to develop character and confidence through fun speed/agility, balance, strength, and cardio challenges while teaching the importance of teamwork, leadership, and goal setting in an exciting team based atmosphere. This program is growing quickly across the country and is just…