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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…


Best Libraries for Kids in the Western Suburbs

We asked Kidlist readers: What are the best libraries for kids in the western suburbs? And wow, there are some incredible libraries nearby, all with free, educational fun. Remember that at most libraries, you can use any local library card to check things out, so don’t be afraid to check out a new spot. Downers Grove Public Library • 1050 Curtiss Street • Downers Grove The Downers Grove…


Amazing Experience at Brookfield Zoo: Backstage Adventures

Last week my son and I had an amazing experience at Brookfield Zoo! We went behind the scenes with a Backstage Adventure called “Swamp Things.” In The Swamp building we met Mark, a zookeeper at Brookfield Zoo and he brought us through the employee doors and into the backside of the exhibits… and you can do it too! They are…


Hamill Family Play Zoo 15 Year Birthday Celebration

The Hamill Family Play Zoo at Brookfield Zoo is turning 15 years old on June 15, 2016 and they are having a big birthday party featuring live music and entertainment, craft activities, multiple experts who will teach kids about their jobs, a plush animal clinic that your children can bring their plush pals to for some tender loving care, a…