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The Winners are Here! 9 Best Free Nature Centers in Chicagoland

According to Kidlist readers (thanks, everyone!) these are the nine BEST free nature centers in Chicagoland! Nature centers are amazing destinations for kids to learn more about animals, native plants, geography, and more. Check them out, then let us know how many you’ve visited! 9 Best Nature Centers with Free Admission in Chicagoland 1. Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center 9800 Willow Springs…


Spring Children’s Resale Guide 2019

Spring resale season is approaching! It’s a great time to not only clean out your closets to sell or donate, but also shop all the great sales. Here are some of the best sales, along with sales listed by date. Some have admission fees and pre-sales for volunteers, members, or an extra fee, so check their websites for more information….


Daddy Daughter Dances (and Valentine’s Events) in the West Suburbs

Daddy daughter dances are a great way for girls to enjoy a special night out with the men in their lives. Whether attending with dad, grandpa, uncle or another special someone, your daughter will love these events filled with dancing, dinner, crafts, games, desserts, photo booths and more! Most of the daddy daughter dances have registration deadlines, so I suggest checking…


STEAM Classes in the Western Suburbs

While STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) skills are increasingly important for the workplace, these classes offer more immediate benefits, too. Children learn critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and teamwork through these topics. Plus, they’re fun! Children create, design, reflect, and rebuild as they engage in individual and group activities. Some of these STEM and STEAM classes are open to…


Haunted Houses and Haunted Forest Walks in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Enjoy getting your spook on with these haunted hayrides, haunted walks, and haunted houses! We witch you a Happy Halloween! We have included websites for parents to check out; please make sure your fang-tastic activity is appropriate for your child’s age, and call the event planners if you have any questions. This article is sponsored by the Oak Brook Park…


Fall Resale Guide 2018: Children’s Resales Across Chicagoland

Back to school shopping season is upon us! The cost of all those new clothes, backpacks and school supplies adds up quickly. Children’s resale events are a great way to save. Make room for all your new items by cleaning out your closets to sell or donate items you no longer need, too. (You may even find that by signing…


A Visit to Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia

Red Oak Nature Center in Batavia was a great new find for our family, and one we will definitely venture back to again this summer. There are plenty of exhibits that bring your children up close and personal with native animals. We were all ears while walking through the trails as we heard woodpeckers and various ground animals searching for…


Dog Parks and Off-Leash Areas

We are very excited to bring you the official Kidlist Furry Friends Guide! Each month, we will be sharing posts that give you the inside track on dog-friendly places, dog parks, resources for pet owners, and more! This article is sponsored by Robert Hutchison, your Realtor for the western suburbs of Chicago. If you are looking to buy a home…



DCM Express

All Aboard The DCM Express! Trains have rolled into DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM)… Roll them fast, roll them slow, roll them around the curve and watch them go! It’s no secret that kids love trains. But what may not be as visible are the vast learning opportunities that take place within train play. Problem solving, creativity, imagination, spatial reasoning, fine…



Easter Egg Hunts in the Western Suburbs

Kids love Easter Egg Hunts! It’s probably the fastest activity that they will ever do, but if your kids are anything like mine, they really look forward to it and have loved Easter Egg Hunts for years. Just remember to arrive early! We’ve gathered all of the egg hunts in the western suburbs to scope out! It’s an extensive list,…