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Making Valentine’s Special for Kids: Kits to Go, Daddy-Daughter Dances, and More

Valentine’s Day is almost here, and so are daddy/daughter dance events! Some events are specifically for kits to take home, so be sure to read the details when you register. Registration deadlines for these dances, and other Valentine’s Day events, are fast approaching, so sign up today. Valentine’s day is all about spending time with the one’s you love. So…


Winter Hikes, Snowshoe Rentals, and Cross-Country Skiing

My family usually spends our snowy winter days building a snowman or cruising down a sled hill. This winter, think outside the box and try an afternoon cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Explore your favorite summertime trails while they’re covered in a layer of fresh snow. Don’t have the equipment? Don’t worry! Stop at these scenic sights to rent what you…



Stroll Through These 2020 Winter and Holiday Walks

‘Tis the season to get outside and celebrate the holidays. Store-front windows filled with snowmen, reindeer lining the streets, elves hidden in downtown shops, and rows of beautifully-decorated trees fill your neighborhood parks. Below you’ll find the list of winter and holiday walks to help your family socially distance while celebrating the holidays this December. Bundle up and enjoy these…


Family-Friendly December Events 2020

Our roundup of December 2020 family-friendly events is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Organizations in the western suburbs have gone above and beyond to ensure safety guidelines are being followed as you spend quality time with your family this holiday season. Of course, things may change, so be sure to check in closer to the event date!…


Thanksgiving at Home Ideas, Scavenger Hunt, Books, and Traditions

It’s turkey time! Without traveling this year, I have been brainstorming ways to keep everyone busy for our week at home together for Thanksgiving. There are tons of ideas in the list below that I’m excited about doing with my family, starting with the scavenger hunt! Don’t forget to check out our round-up of local restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners, too!…


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,…


A Picture-Perfect Trip to Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva

Leaves are changing color and fall has begun, but the sun still keeps us warm enough to be outside enjoying scenic adventures. Fabyan Forest Preserve was a beautiful fall adventure for my family! This picture-perfect spot offers paths for hiking and biking, gardens for exploring, a river for kayaking, and plenty of photo opportunities along the way. Pack a picnic…


Local Haunted Hayrides, Walks, and Drives for Halloween 2020

There’s a chill in the air . . . and little ghosts and goblins everywhere are on the hunt for a good scare! While some events have been cancelled this year, others are moving ahead with a focus on advance registration, smaller groups, and other precautions. These open-air events are a great way to get those scares in more safely….


October 2020 Family-Friendly Events

October is sure to be a spooky month (but hopefully only in a good way)! Creep through the halls of a haunted mansion, or take a scary stroll through a local forest. Bring your little ghosts and goblins out to one of these many fun and frightful, family-friendly events. Don’t forget your costume! Before you go, make sure to click…


Halloween is Happening! 2020 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

IT’S ALIVE! (Halloween, that is.) Dust those cobwebs off your costumes, because Halloween is happening! The western suburbs have pulled out all the stops to ensure you and your little goblins have a spook-tacular time. After all the spring and summertime cancellations, we’re over the moon at the sight of so many family-friendly Halloween events. Creep through haunted forests, carve…


September 2020 Family-Friendly Events

Fall is here! Get ready for cooler temps, pumpkins everywhere, and lots of family fun. We’ve got you covered for September family-friendly events, as well as ways to soak in the beautiful fall colors or enjoy an apple picking farm. A crisp fall night is perfect for a fall family campout (complete with s’mores, of course!). Best of all, many…