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Pumpkin Palooza at DuPage Children’s Museum

Families are encouraged to come in costume and celebrate the colorful fall season during Pumpkin Palooza at DuPage Children’s Museum. This family-favorite event includes musical performances, unique creation stations, a touch-a-tractor, and more! • Scoop and squish in gooey pumpkin guts • Build a FrankenBuddy • Bring your own pumpkin to the DIY pumpkin makerspace • Pump up your hairdo…


2019 Haunted Houses, Hayrides and Forest Walks

There’s a chill in the air . . . and little ghosts and goblins everywhere are on the hunt for a good scare! We’ve found all the haunted houses, hayrides and forest walks in our area with just-the-right-size frights for your skeleton crew. (Parental discretion is always recommended. If you’re unsure whether a particular event or venue listed below is…


Fun Guide for Tweens in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Kids eventually hit a stage where they are “too old” for many of the places that you have frequented regularly to keep them entertained. Luckily, we have a whole bunch of fabulously fun ideas all geared specifically for the tween years! Check out our list for every type of tween out there, from the adventurous to the artsy. There are…


Your One-Stop Spot to Find Local Kids Classes and Teams

Between everyone on the Kidlist Team and the wide range of children all of us have, we have looked into every type of kids classes, teams, clinics, and lessons there are. So we decided to put all of our heads together to create a helpful resource for all of our fellow parents, grandparents, and caregivers! Below you will find four…


Cooking Classes, Baking Lessons, and Foodie Fun for Kids

Cooking is many things: a life skill, a real-time science experiment, a creative outlet, and — in the right atmosphere — a whole lot of fun. While involving our kids in dinner prep is a great goal, it’s not always possible . . . especially when it’s 6:00 p.m. and everyone’s hangry. At a cooking class, kids get the chance…


Kids Hockey Classes and Teams

Thanks to the excitement of pro hockey teams in the area, kids hockey is bigger than ever in Chicagoland! Use our list below to find a nearby rink that offers introductory skating classes or hockey basics. Does your child already have the fundamentals down? He or she may want to try out for a traveling team to put his or…


Ninja Classes in the West and Southwest Suburbs

Kids’ ninja classes are popping up in gyms all over the western suburbs, and it’s not hard to see why. Little boys and girls love letting loose in this high-energy environment where kicking, punching, swinging, and jumping are actually encouraged! Part martial arts and part gymnastics, ninja training programs offer young athletes the best of both worlds. Ninja Classes BIG…


Local Tutoring Services

The new school year doesn’t have to mean frustration. Tutoring services offer a big help, especially when tutors tailor learning to your individual child’s needs and interests. That might mean bridging gaps or extending content further than classroom curricula. If your child struggles to stay organized, needs to know how to prepare for an upcoming test, or just wants homework…


Local Wrestling Clubs and Academies for Kids

All I do is pin, pin, pin, no matter what, what, what! Does your athlete have an interest in joining a wrestling club or trying out the sport? Check out one of these wrestling clubs in the western suburbs. There are a ton of clubs and academies where kids can get coaching and practice their moves on the mat. Wrestling…




Gymnastics Open Gym Summer Schedule for the West Suburbs

Gymnastics open gym time is a great way for kids to have fun, test their gymnastics skills, and challenge themselves physically (with the comfort of foam mats and pads). These local gymnastics facilities all offer a summertime open gym schedule. On some of the websites, you’ll find a waiver to print and sign so you’re ready to play right when…