Kidlist Park Playdate Series brought to you by Springdale Eye Care

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We are overjoyed to announce that the Park Playdate Series is back! It was such a great time last year that we can’t wait to do it again. Join us at some of our favorite parks over the summer to enjoy free entertainment, snacks, crafts, and connecting with other families in the community.

Who made this all possible? Springdale Eye Care in Western Springs! They are our headline sponsor and we’re excited to partner with them to bring you loads of fun!

Springdale Eye Care is a family-owned business in a gorgeous space on the corner of Wolf Road and 55th Street in Western Springs. They offer comprehensive and personalized family eye care with the latest technology and stylish eyewear.

Dr. Tanya Halikias graduated from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in 1999 with a bachelor of science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology. She received her doctorate at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2007 graduating Magna Cum Laude. Dr. Halikias then went on to complete a post-doctoral residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois Eye Institute. Adding to her vast experience, Dr. Halikias is a rare member of a select group of only approximately 10% of optometrists to complete a residency. She also is a clinical faculty member at the Illinois College of Optometry, training new generations of optometrists to provide better eye care for all.

Springdale Eye Care
5450 Wolf Road
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 820-2020
Website | Email | Instagram

If you don’t follow Springdale Eye Care on Instagram, you definitely should. We love Dr. Halikias. Not only is she intelligent and a wonderful optometrist, Tanya and her staff are fashionable and so helpful in choosing glasses and/or sunglasses.

We also partnered with some amazing local businesses and kid-friendly organizations to bring you great entertainment. So check out the overview below and mark your calendars!

Please note that these are not a drop-off events. We want to bring people together to make friends and have your kids play with parent/caregiver supervision.

Sunday, June 26, 2022 | 3:00-4:30 pm at Memorial Park in La Grange Park

Memorial Park has a variety of playground equipment for all ages and a small splash pad that you can enjoy for free. We’re big fans of the trough with water flowing down. So fun! There is also a nice covered picnic area with bathrooms that we appreciate. This will be the first full year of enjoying all the new features of the park too! Re-finished tennis courts, 3 new pickleball courts, a National Fitness Court, and playground games were added towards the end of last year, including a mini-race track, tetherball, and gaga ball.

Community Park District of La Grange Park has generously offered to let us host the first playdate at their flagship park and we’re excited about it!

  • Glitter tattoos and balloon sculptures from the talented artists at Sparkles Entertainment
  • Enjoy a snack from GoGo SqueeZ
  • Meet a character from Princess Party by MC

Thursday, July 14, 2022 | 10:00-11:30 am at Spring Rock Park in Western Springs

Spring Rock Park has gone through major renovations in the last few years! All of the playground equipment was replaced in 2018 to include a climbing web, two zip lines, and layered climbing structure, along with many slides and play equipment. In 2020 they added a treehouse deck and last year they built a now popular splash pad! The park also has great walking paths and indoor restrooms.

We love working with the Western Springs Park District and are thrilled to be able to host a park playdate at this huge, amazing park.

  • Your kids will love dancing and playing games with the DJ from Sparkles Entertainment
  • Enjoy a snack from GoGo SqueeZ
  • Take home a craft activity bag from Thomas Ford Memorial Library

Tuesday, August 9, 2022 | 3:00 – 4:30 pm at Soehrman Park in Countryside

Soehrman Park has a wonderfully colorful and fun splash pad right next to the playground and grassy areas that will be a perfect space for our playdate. The trees and covered picnic area provide great shade while you are enjoying the park. Although this park is located in Countryside, right on the border of La Grange, it’s managed by Pleasantdale Park District.

A huge thank you to Pleasantdale Park District for the use of their playground and splash pad for this playdate!

  • Watch a juggling show from a Sparkles Entertainment DJ
  • Enjoy a snack from GoGo SqueeZ
  • Snag some swag

Saturday, August 27, 2022 | 10:00 – 11:30 am at Ty Warner Park in Westmont

Ty Warner Park is a phenomenal park with many different areas. There are two playgrounds: one with sand and equipment for smaller children, and one with a larger slide and climbing structures. There is also a zip line and popular splash pad (with an admission fee) to enjoy. We also like walking the paths around the park that go past the many sports fields, concession stand, bathrooms, and gardens.

A huge thank you to Westmont Park District for offering their park for the finale!

  • Magic show with animals hosted by Sparkles Entertainment
  • Stop by the Westmont Library table for craft time
  • Enjoy a snack from GoGo SqueeZ

Find out more about the businesses providing entertainment, snacks, and swag!

Sparkles Entertainment is providing one unique show at each park, including a kid-friendly game show, magic show, characters from the movie Trolls with a DJ providing music, a juggling show, and a balloon artist. They have been providing professional performers for over 20 years and we have worked with them for a long time- almost since Kidlist started! Sparkles is happy to work with you to plan gatherings and parties either at home or at a venue of your choice. (708) 301-7991 | Website | Email

GoGo squeeZ will also be at each park playdate to provide snacks for everyone! Their healthy snacks are 100% natural, gluten free, and nut and allergen free. The resealable pouches are perfect for on the go so you can enjoy the snacks at the park or take them with you for the car ride home! We’re excited for them to have a table at our events so you can connect with them since GoGo squeeZ has been a family favorite of ours forever.

Princess Party by MC is a family owned, mother-daughter team, that provides incredible attention to your child’s events. Their combined expertise in performing arts and party planning creates a truly magical experience.  They bring the highest level of detail to our characters/princesses and we are excited to have them at our June 26 park playdate at Memorial Park. 

Our site sponsors will also be there so you can connect with them and meet who we partner with to make Kidlist possible!

Kidlist reserves the right to photograph and/or video this event and its participants. Photos and videos may be used on our website, in promotional material, and on any of our social media accounts. By attending this event you are giving permission for your likeness to be used.

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