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How Do We Make Our Kids’ Birthdays Special Right Now?

For many of us parents who have kids with spring birthdays, we are scrambling to find new ways to make these occasions special during the coronavirus stay-at-home order. My daughter recently celebrated her 12th birthday, and in the end, it was nothing short of spectacular! In fact, she has asked for some of the new traditions we created at home…



Places to Bounce: Trampoline Parks and Inflatables

There’s no reason to feel couped up this winter. Get out of the house and jump around! Burn off all that extra energy at these indoor facilities that feature trampoline parks and inflatables. Our list below provides details about days and pricing, but don’t forget to call ahead to confirm. Indoor Trampoline Parks Sky Zone Elmhurst, Sky Zone Aurora and Sky…


Top 10 Best Local Libraries for Kids: Your 2020 Picks!

We asked Kidlist readers: What are the best libraries for kids in the western suburbs? These are the top 10 libraries for 2020, as voted on by our readers! They’ve got play areas with kitchens, dollhouses, STEM toys, puppet theaters, games, puzzles, and more.Many libraries in our area allow you to use any local library card to check things out, so don’t be…




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…


Your Guide to 2019 Summer Music Concerts in the Western Suburbs

As you work on your summer bucket list, don’t forget an outdoor concert as a part of a summer music series in the western suburbs. (After all, we endure winters in Chicago in order to be able to enjoy summertime fun outside!) Whether you’re taking in a children’s performance or a sunset serenade, get your family and friends together to…


Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

Here in Chicagoland, we’re pretty lucky. (Yes, I’ve been outside… but hear me out!) We’ve got an abundance of awesome museums and educational attractions just minutes away. But these visits can also be pretty expensive. Did you know that you can get free admission and discounts from your library when you check out the Museum Adventure Pass? Libraries have individual…


Local Escape Rooms: Are You Up to the Challenge?

The first time I went to an escape room, I was pretty skeptical — I don’t love puzzles and I’m the kind of person who Googles a riddle to find out the answer. But when we emerged an hour later (victorious, might I add), I was buzzing with adrenaline and completely converted. Good escape rooms have a variety of puzzles and…


Meal Prep at Entrée Kitchen: Our Review

We recently had the pleasure of going to Entrée Kitchen in Carol Stream for meal prep with our kids and had a wonderful time! We found the entire process to be easy from their online ordering, meal assembly, and cooking the dinner at home. Entrée Kitchen does all the shopping, chopping, and cleanup so you can have delicious dinners in your…


“Kindness Rocks” and Local Rock Painting Groups

Have you heard of The Kindness Rocks Project? Per their website, their goals are to “inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way” and to “recruit every person who stumbles upon it to join in the pursuit of inspiring others through random acts of kindness.” How to Make a Kindness Rock Find a smooth stone and paint with acrylic…