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Thanksgiving at Home Ideas, Scavenger Hunt, Books, and Traditions

It’s turkey time! Without traveling this year, I have been brainstorming ways to keep everyone busy for our week at home together for Thanksgiving. There are tons of ideas in the list below that I’m excited about doing with my family, starting with the scavenger hunt! Don’t forget to check out our round-up of local restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners, too!…


2020 Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween in Chicago’s West Suburbs

The Kidlist team is beyond excited for Halloween this year! After seeing so many fun events and holiday celebrations canceled earlier in 2020, we’re so happy to see trick-or-treating happening for so many towns! The Illinois Department of Public Health put out a lot of information about keeping your family safe during Halloween festivities. Find your trick-or-treat hours listed below,…


Use Our Map to Find 2020’s Best-Decorated Halloween Houses Near You

Each Halloween, my kids love driving and walking around the neighborhood looking at spooky Halloween houses. 2020 has been the year of drive-thru and walk through everything! This Halloween, our local families have put so much effort into their spooky Halloween displays for us all to safely enjoy! A great family outing could include a few cups of apple cider,…


Local Haunted Hayrides, Walks, and Drives for Halloween 2020

There’s a chill in the air . . . and little ghosts and goblins everywhere are on the hunt for a good scare! While some events have been cancelled this year, others are moving ahead with a focus on advance registration, smaller groups, and other precautions. These open-air events are a great way to get those scares in more safely….


Halloween is Happening! 2020 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

IT’S ALIVE! (Halloween, that is.) Dust those cobwebs off your costumes, because Halloween is happening! The western suburbs have pulled out all the stops to ensure you and your little goblins have a spook-tacular time. After all the spring and summertime cancellations, we’re over the moon at the sight of so many family-friendly Halloween events. Creep through haunted forests, carve…


Updated Guide to the Best Kids Birthday Party Places, Ideas, Entertainment, Decor

Looking for kids birthday party places? Need to hire entertainment? Balloon decorations? Yard Signs? Bounce houses? We have all the options so you can plan a memorable party. What’s even better is that we have descriptions and contact information so you have everything in one place! Your one-stop-shop for kids party planning. You will find four sections below: kids birthday…


Fun Guide for Tweens and Teens 9+ in Chicago’s Suburbs

Have your kids reached a new stage where entertaining them has become more of a challenge? Suddenly, they are “too old” for all the usual spots that used to provide hours of amusement. Welcome to the tween/teen years! Thankfully, there are still plenty of awesome ideas out there to keep these older kids engaged, learning and happy. Enjoy this comprehensive…


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

Our local businesses, teachers, and coaches are getting creative to offer safe outlets for kids to explore athletics, arts, academics, and more! When our team started putting this guide together, we realized that even if some of the traditional options aren’t available, these spots are still amazing resources for parents to help their kids stay connected to the activities they…


Local Tutoring Services in the West Suburbs

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 help, these tutoring companies can help provide both academic…


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…


Local Wrestling Clubs and Academies for Kids

All I do is pin, pin, pin, no matter 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. Wrestling clubs teach weight training, cardio, flexibility, and sportsmanship. If you son or daughter is competitive, these clubs and academies have the coaching…


Kids Hockey Classes and Teams in Chicagoland

In addition to local rinks that offer kids’ hockey classes and teams, there are also quite a few traveling teams in the Chicagoland area. Some spots offer classes for kids as young as 3 years old! Check below to find hockey classes and teams for every age near you. Hockey Classes and Teams for Kids Many local teams are getting…