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Clothes Pin People Nativity Scene

Create a cool clothespin people nativity scene. Tap into your imagination to fashion your version of the holy family, animals, and manger. Make a diorama using recycled materials, wood pieces, paint, straw, star charms, beads, buttons, pom poms, and more. Ages 6 and up. Please call or text to reserve your child’s spot.



Shimmering Winter Votive Candle Holders

Join us at the Kensington Arts Center to create a shimmering set of winter votive candle holders. Enjoy decoupaging with a lovely variety of decorative papers to fashion colorful glowing glass containers. Add a dash of glitter, pretty pine cones and ribbons to finish off your creation. Children ages 6 and up. Please call ahead or text to reserve a…



Insider’s Guide to Holiday Magic at Brookfield Zoo

Brookfield Zoo invited our family to the opening night of Holiday Magic so we could give you the inside scoop and we really enjoyed our time there! We spent several hours walking around the zoo, enjoying the special entertainment, model railroad, free exhibits, photo opportunities, and more. Keep reading for the breakdown of all you will find there and where…


8 Most Unique Holiday Experiences in Chicago and the Suburbs

Holiday events abound in and around Chicago, but what are the most unique holiday experiences? We rounded up experiences for a memorable December. Get the details on these one-of-a-kind family, friendly events and activities! Illumination November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 The Morton Arboretum’s Illumination is the most unique lights display we have ever seen. Where else can you…


Marvelous Mixed Media Angel

Join us at the Kensington Arts Center in La Grange to make a mixed media free-flying angel, 8″cotton doll to celebrate the season in style! Tap into your imagination and embellish your creation with tinsel, jewels, fancy fabrics, colorful feathers and more.



2018 Best Christmas Lights in the Western Suburbs

There are some truly amazing Christmas lights and displays in the western suburbs! Hop in the car to check out these magnificent light displays, or fill up some thermoses with hot cocoa and walk through together. We’ve updated all of the larger walk-throughs for 2018. We’ve also included the 2017 residential display information for all of you early birds, but…


Attitude Gratitude Felt Quilts

Join us at the Kensington Arts Center to create a mini felt gratitude quilt that shows what matters most. Design unique symbols with oil pastel on your quilt squares, then embellish with glitter and tempera paint. Hang your colorful design banner-style from a stick and attach a fringe of fancy flowing ribbons to give it that extra special touch.  Children…


Santa Sighting Alert! Where to See Santa in the Western Suburbs 2018

Santa Claus is coming to town! Kidlist is here to help you get ready to celebrate the season and spend time with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves at many family-friendly events. You’ll find tree-lighting ceremonies, parades, story times, holiday train rides, photo opportunities, and more. So grab your wish list, come meet Santa, and make it a holiday tradition!…


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

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 town. We recommend looking into a few that interest you and if time allows, schedule a visit to see the…