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2021 Farmers Markets and French Markets

#Shoplocal! Local produce, products, and much more at farmers markets all around the Chicagoland suburbs. Head out with your children to pick out fruits and vegetables that are locally grown and products that are locally sourced. Kids often become adventurous eaters when they are part of the picking, planning, and preparing, too. Many farmers markets have live music, food for…


2021 Art Fairs and Festivals Happening in Chicagoland

With the lovely springtime season upon us, beauty is surrounding us everywhere! It’s also the perfect time to check out some unique artwork at one of the many art fairs and festivals popping up all around Chicagoland. Whether it’s just to browse with the kiddos, or if you’ve been searching for that special piece of art to update your home,…


August 2021 Family-Friendly Events

I’ll admit I always get a little sad when I see August on the calendar, as I know our time for summertime adventures are winding down. I can’t help but get excited when I see the fun ways that these local organizations will keep the fun going all the way to Labor Day! Pack a picnic, listen to an outdoor…


May 2021 Family-Friendly Events

May is full of events to get us all outside together! Story times in the park, hikes in the woods, touch-a-truck events, and more are happening all across the suburbs. You’ll also find indoor events at museums, libraries, and more. So check out the events below and be sure to sign up early; many events require registration, and you don’t…


These Local Spots Have Kid-Friendly Afternoon Tea Times

Let’s slow down time, get all dressed up, and have afternoon tea with kids at these elegant, yet kid-friendly establishments throughout Chicagoland. Afternoon tea is such a lovely experience to share with your children! These local, charming venues hold tea times specifically for children. The food, ambiance, and tea choices cater to kids. Afternoon tea would be a great way…


Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Making, Buying, and Celebrating Kites

Flying a kite is such a sweet and simple activity for kids. Practice problem-solving skills together as you test out the wind, run together to get the kite started, and cheer with excitement when your kite is finally off the ground. Practice at home and give it a try at one of the kite-flying events below. We’ve even included some…


10 Over-the-Top (Literally!) Milkshakes in Chicagoland

Milkshakes are a favorite treat in our house, and these extreme milkshakes are taking it to the next level. Cupcakes, donuts, and cookies piled high on top of these already delicious shakes are the added bonus you didn’t know you needed. Perfect for sharing, these over-the-top milkshakes are sure to be a crowd pleaser. I’ve also included a few fancy…


Sensory-Friendly Chicagoland: Activities and Events for Special Needs

We have the scoop on sensory-friendly events for children with special needs! These all-inclusive events are often limited to smaller group sizes to help reduce noise and activity, while increasing engagement and the ability for kids to move about. There are many new options of theaters, play places, museum times, and movie screenings that accommodate special needs. My whole family…


2021 Easter Bunny Sightings in the West Suburbs

Play a round of B-I-N-G-O, enjoy a delicious brunch, or hop on by for a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny at these family-friendly Easter events. We’re egg-cited to see so many options able to run with extra safety guidelines in place. Nearly all of these events require advance registration, so now’s the time to start hunting for your family’s…


Kid-Friendly Bowling Alleys in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Bowling is one of our favorite family-friendly activities. We all cheer as the ball rolls down the lane, anticipating even just one pin being knocked down. With bumpers and ramps offered at nearly all locations, even your littlest bowlers will have a ball! Check out local lanes near here. Local Bowling Alleys in Chicago’s West Suburbs Stardust Bowl37 E Lorraine…


St. Patrick’s Day with Your Lucky Little Leprechauns

It’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your lucky little charms. Hunt for a pot of gold, set leprechaun traps, and give Irish dancing a try! Don’t fret that St. Patrick’s parades are canceled in 2021, we’ve found plenty of ways to have fun and celebrate in green. We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day 2021…


Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Spring – Summer 2021

Sharing the arts with your kids is such an unforgettable, wonderful experience! And, thankfully, there are some amazing, family-friendly theater productions happening in the months to come throughout the Chicagoland area! Kidlist has you covered with an excellent listing of shows (both virtual and hopefully in-person, too) that include adult ensembles, all-kids casts, virtual puppet shows, and even audio adventures….