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Splash Pads and Spray Parks in the Western Suburbs

The reason this Kidlist Mom loves splash pads is that my little kids are able to be more independent than at a pool. (It’s also a bonus that I don’t have to put on my bathing suit or bring life jackets!) Most splash pads and spray parks are opening Memorial Day weekend, with exceptions noted in the comments under each….


Summer 2019 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs

Pack some popcorn and your lawn chair to enjoy a beautiful summer evening with outdoor movies in the western suburbs. All of these free events feature family-friendly movies, and some may sell concessions or have pre-show entertainment. Click on the listing to see more information such as the specific location and suggestions on what you should bring. Oh, and don’t…


Make Your Next Party a Smash with These Bounce House and Party Rentals!

Having a party? Look no further! A bounce house, water slide, or inflatable obstacle course at a party really pumps up the fun. Many of these companies offer rentals of tables, chairs, and tents to make party day easier. Some even have concessions, games, and other outdoor fun! Check out one of these rentals for your next birthday party, graduation…


Get Ready for Summer with a Swimming Pool Membership!

Splash into summer with a new swimming pool membership for your family! Early bird rates are happening as we speak, with deadlines quickly approaching. Luckily, Kidlist has the inside scoop so you won’t miss out on a dreamy summer lounging poolside with your kiddos. Check out our list of pools near you and line up your family’s membership in plenty…


2019 5k Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs

Spring and summertime in Chicago bring the perfect weather to get outside and enjoy these races and fun runs with your family. Set an active example by signing yourself up, too! Kids can sprint in a 100-yard dash, test their endurance in a 1-miler or push themselves to complete a full 5k. Along with the running, kids will love the…


Pets Love Indie, Too! Local Pet Supply Stores and Shops

While there are a variety of national chain pet stores available to us in our communities, it can be a fun field trip for you and your dog to seek out local independent shops! These stores can range from standalone pet stores, to portions of locations that also offer grooming and other classes, to pet bakeries. Shopping local supports our…


Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

Here in Chicagoland, we’re pretty lucky. (Yes, I’ve been outside… but hear me out!) We’ve got an abundance of awesome museums and educational attractions just minutes away. But these visits can also be pretty expensive. Did you know that you can get free admission and discounts from your library when you check out the Museum Adventure Pass? Libraries have individual…


The Hunt is On! 2019 Easter Egg Hunts in the West Suburbs

We aren’t yolking with this egg-streme list! Spring has sprung and Easter is right around the corner. Make your kid’s day eggs-tra special and head out to an Easter egg hunt.  Inside, outside, in the dark, or even underwater, this list of Easter egg hunts in the western suburbs is… egg-stensive. Most event times listed are the time the egg…


All the 2019 Kids Eat Free Deals in the West Suburbs

Kids eat free deals make it more affordable for families to enjoy a special night out (and get a break from the pre-dinner scramble). This round-up of area restaurants with kids eat free specials will help you find a deal any night of the week! Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree to score the deal. Even though…


New Year’s Eve Family Party at Haunted Trails Burbank

Ring in the New Year at our New Year’s Eve Family Party on Monday, December 31st – from 8 pm to Midnight! Guests will enjoy our famous New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert plus each paid guest receives $17 in Game Play, 1 Lazer Frenzy Challenge, Hats & Noisemakers, Karaoke Entertainment, Games & Prizes, Grand Raffle for a…


Preschool and Daycare Guide for Families in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Updated! This guide originally published on November 6, 2018 but featured schools have been added since then. Looking for a preschool or daycare near you for your little one? You came to the right place! This guide is split into three sections: Preschool, Daycare, and Preschool with Extended Care (child care outside the hours of 9am – 3pm), then organized by…