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 the year. We sure do!
10. Outdoor Fun Page
It’s no surprise that outdoor fun was where it was at this year. It was refreshing to spend more time outside this year and we’re looking forward to continuing that trend. Our outdoor fun page always changes, with more ideas added all the time!
9. Blueberry Picking: U-Pick Farms and Tips
Going to a blueberry farm makes a great day trip and some of them are even near Lake Michigan for a beach trip. Nothing beats fresh blueberries and making a day out of it is even sweeter!
8. Splash Pads and Spray Parks
We were so excited when splash pads opened up in July. What a treat! This is always a popular one, but it’s nice that it was able to make the list this year so our kids could splash this summer. Spray parks, splash pads, spraygrounds… no matter what you call them, this list will not disappoint! Split into free and fee, each splash pad is profiled with locations, descriptions, and some even have photos.
7. Halloween Trunk-or-Treat and Drive-Through Events
Since trick-or-treating was trickier this year, many families opted for trunk or treat events in parking lots or outside churches this year. It was a great way to extend wearing those costumes since many of the indoor events were cancelled, wasn’t it?
6. 6 Sunflower Fields Near Chicago to Brighten Your Day
This is the first year that we put together a list of sunflower fields to visit, pick flowers, and take pictures! And you guys showed up for it, which was awesome. We found six wonderful options nearby, so it’s funny that this ended up being sixth on the list.
5. Strawberry Picking: Farms Open for U-Pick This Year
Fresh-picked strawberries from a local farm are not only delicious, but it makes a great activity that naturally spaces people out! We continued our tradition of going strawberry picking and taking tons home to freeze and it was great to see that so many of you enjoyed the same!
4. Where to See 4th of July Fireworks
While all parades and most fireworks were cancelled this year, there were a handful that still made it happen. Among the solutions were sending the fireworks higher in the sky so everyone could see them from further distances.
3. The Weekend Planner
How amazing that so many of our local businesses and park districts were able to switch things up to continue to provide events. Virtual, socially distanced, registration even for free events to keep numbers down, we saw all kinds of creative solutions. As always, our weekend planner is the same link each week, so you can bookmark it and check back every week to see what’s going on!
2. Best Decorated Halloween Houses Near You
This list made a huge showing this year. Tons more people started taking their decorating up a notch and we received nominations from September through Halloween. My kids and I had a great time scoping them out and adding to the list.
1. Best Christmas Lights and Holiday Light Shows
Over 250,000 of you used our lights guide and map to see some breathtaking displays this year! We are so happy it brought joy to so many people. It’s incredibly fun and rewarding to talk with all the homeowners, verify the lights displays and enjoy them while doing it. Most of them are still up, so there’s still time to check them out!
We hope you enjoyed this sampling of content you will find on Kidlist throughout the year. Happy New Year from our families to yours!