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Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Spring – Summer 2021

Sharing the arts with your kids is such an unforgettable, wonderful experience! And, thankfully, there are some amazing, family-friendly theater productions happening in the months to come throughout the Chicagoland area! Kidlist has you covered with an excellent listing of shows (both virtual and hopefully in-person, too) that include adult ensembles, all-kids casts, virtual puppet shows, and even audio adventures….


Local Fish Fry Events and Carryout for 2021

Having grown up in a Catholic home, I love a good fish fry on Friday. Keeping traditions alive during the pandemic has been tricky, but this is a great way to support local businesses. Restaurants, churches and VFWs throughout the western suburbs offer tasty fish options for families during Lent. Many have modified their menu or are limiting to carry-out…


10 Best Donut Shops and Where to Get the Best Paczki

There are so many amazing donut shops in the western suburbs, but you all managed to pick a Top 10! Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll to pick the Kidlist readers’ top choices for the best donuts in Chicagoland. While you’re here, check out spots where you can find paczki in time for Fat Tuesday, and be sure…



Unique Igloo and Dome Dining Experiences in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Winter does not stop Chicagoans from dining outdoors anymore! Restaurants have created igloo and pod outdoor dining experiences to embrace the winter weather, without having to eat inside. Igloo dining gives families the opportunities to eat together while being secluded from other diners. Pods and igloos do require reservations, so make sure to call ahead. You may also want ask…


Kids Pottery Classes, Workshops, and Studio Time

There are loads of choices in our area for places that teach kids (from tots to teenagers) the fundamentals of pottery. Whether it’s hand-building, wheel throwing, or simply painting, there’s certainly a place nearby to discover the art of pottery with your kids! Local Pottery Studios in Chicagoland Our local businesses are doing an amazing job pivoting and adjusting to…


Bump, Set, Spike! Volleyball Leagues, Classes, and Camps for Kids

Nothing encourages collaboration, communication and perseverance like team sports, so why not consider volleyball? Even if your child has never played before, there’s plenty of opportunities to give it a try! Check out these classes and clinics — as well as more competitive leagues. Ages range from preschool all the way into high school. Volleyball Clubs and Leagues in the…



New Unique Birthday Party Venue! Parrot Stars Parties

My daughter and I recently had the pleasure of checking out Parrot Stars in Arlington Heights. It is truly a unique store and event space that we are excited to introduce you to! Their mission at Parrot Stars is to enhance aviculture through education, nutrition, conservation and a mutual love for birds and we definitely saw that when we went to…


Giddy Up for Arlington’s 2019 Family Days!

Family Fun Days will begin on Sundays from May 26 through September 1, 2019 at Arlington International Racecourse. We attended one year on Father’s Day and it was a blast! The kids loved watching the horses they picked race and really got into cheering them on. Additionally, there are all kinds of special activities geared towards family fun, including a…


2019 Spring and Summer Art Fairs and Festivals in Chicagoland

It’s springtime in Chicagoland, and there’s beauty all around us! It’s the perfect time to take a stroll through an outdoor art festival to find that special piece of art to decorate your home, or maybe just to spark your own creativity . . . especially if you’ve got a budding artist in the family. Whatever your fancy, we’ve got…