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Brookfield Zoo Sensory-Friendly Family Room and New Resource Center for Guests with Autism and Other Disabilities

The Chicago Zoological Society (CZS), which manages Brookfield Zoo, announced today that they are opening of a sensory-friendly family room as well as a new inclusion resource center at its Hamill Family Play Zoo that will help to make every family’s trip to the zoo a positive and inclusive one! The new low-sensory room offers a quiet environment for children…


Kid-Friendly Ear Piercing Places

Last week, my niece summoned all her courage and marched home from school to ask her parents the question they’d been anticipating since she started Kindergarten:  Can I get my ears pierced? It’s a rite of passage for many little girls, and it can bring both excitement and apprehension—for both the piercee and the parents! To help make your child’s…


Arcades, Game Rooms, and Laser Tag in the Western Suburbs

Press PLAY to start, and get your game on! We’ve rounded up the best local arcades, laser tag and game rooms for kids (or kids at heart) in the western suburbs of Chicago. For those of you new to the options, “game room” refers to places with arcade-type games where the player can redeem tickets for prizes after playing. This article…


Giveaway: Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians

Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians is perfect for infants and toddlers! They will smile, wiggle, dance, and sing at Ms. Clara’s classes and you can meet other moms and dads in the area at the same time. And she is offering to give away a $100 gift certificate to Ms. Clara’s Mini Musicians, which is good towards music classes, retail items,…


The 30th Annual Forest Road Used Toy Sale

The 30th Annual Forest Road PTO Used Toy Sale will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 8 am to 1 pm at Forest Road School, 901 Forest Road, La Grange Park, IL 60526. The sale will offer toys for all ages, books and games, sporting equipment, costumes, video games, and much more! For more information, please visit our Forest…


Summer Nights at Brookfield Zoo

From 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays now through August 12, guests of all ages can enjoy a variety of live music and roaming kids’ entertainment, as well as enhanced dining experiences, a beer and wine garden, animal encounters, and a spectacular laser light show closing out each evening at Summer Nights. We found it to be a…


Free or Inexpensive Places to See Animals

Do you have an animal lover in your house? Then this list is for you! We’ve gathered all of the free or inexpensive places to see animals in our area. Nature centers, farms, smaller zoos, and pet stores… we’ve scoped out all the possibilities for you! Are your kids into something that we can look into for you? Email us…


Feed Giraffes and Meet Penguins at Brookfield Zoo

If you’ve ever wanted to mingle with penguins or see a giraffe up close, now is your chance! The Chicago Zoological Society, which manages Brookfield Zoo, is giving zoogoers the opportunity to meet their favorite feathered and lanky friends at its new Penguin Encounter and Giraffe Feeding programs. We had the pleasure of feeding the giraffes and it was a…


Best Doctors in the Near Western Suburbs of Chicago

Finding a healthcare provider can be so daunting! It’s a question that comes up quite a bit, so a few months ago we asked you to nominate your favorite doctors in eleven categories, including pediatrician, primary care physician, eye doctor, allergist, pediatric dentist, orthodontist, dermatologist, chiropractor, OB/GYN, midwife, and doula, then voting followed in April. The results are in – the best doctors…


Preview of Dinos and Dragons at Brookfield Zoo

Today my kids and I had the privilege of previewing Brookfield Zoo’s newest temporary exhibit: Dinos and Dragons, opening this Saturday, May 6 and running until September 17, 2017. Real, live dragons along with kid-friendly interactive exhibits can be found in the large tent at the entrance and you will spot large, animatronic dinosaurs as you walk down a winding…


Fenced-In Parks for Toddlers

A Kidlist reader recently requested a list of fenced-in parks and playgrounds where she could bring her toddler to play. We thought it was a great idea! The following fenced-in parks are great spaces to take your little ones to play without worrying about them taking off or running into the street before you can catch them. It’s not very…


Dinos & Dragons Coming to Brookfield Zoo on May 6

This summer at Brookfield Zoo, dinosaurs are roaring back to life along with some mythical dragon friends! From May 6 through September 17, guests of all ages can explore the new multisensory Dinos & Dragons exhibit, which re-creates a time when dinosaurs roamed the Earth, while discovering interesting facts about dinosaur history and learning about dragon legends through culture and…