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August Bucket List: 31 Ways to Celebrate the Last Month of Summer

Still excited about summer but running out of energy to plan outings for your kids? Never fear, Kidlist is here! We have curated an entire month’s worth of family-friendly events and activities so you can squeeze the last precious drops out of the season. Let’s turn up the heat with extra fun in the sun and send those back-to-school blues…


Kid-Friendly Stops on the BNSF Metra Line

All aboard! I know my kids aren’t the only ones who squeal at the sight of a train. The BNSF Metra line, which runs through the western suburbs, has many kid-friendly stops along the route. You’ll find toy stores, beautiful parks, ice cream shops and more! Many towns operate their farmers markets near their train stations. Be sure to check…


Nature Centers in Chicagoland: Bring the Outdoors Inside

Nature centers are the perfect stop for any wildlife lover. These family-friendly stops are a win no matter what the weather. Bundle up to go outside in the winter, cool off inside during the summer or do both. They’re a hit year-round. No matter what mother nature has in store for us, you can stop in to one of these…


Fall 2021 Children’s Resale and Consignment Sales

With three kids at home, we are constantly rotating what’s in our closets and toy bins. Thanks to these great resales, it’s out with the old and in with the new (to you!) You’ll find great deals on new or gently used children’s clothing, gear, toys, books and more. You may even decide to consign things you no longer need….


Kids Reach New Heights at These Indoor Rock Climbing Walls in Chicagoland

Rock climbing is an amazing workout for kids’ minds and bodies alike! These local spots give them a chance to safely scale the walls. From rock climbing walls inside local gyms to dedicated facilities offering lessons, parties, and more, we’ve got the scoop on spots where kids can rock climb all over the Chicagoland area. Indoor Rock Climbing Walls in…


Summer 2021: Water Parks and Beaches are Back!

It’s hot out there! Are your kids begging to go to the beach or water park? Mine sure are, so we’ve compiled and updated our list so you can cool off at your favorite spot! Unlike the difficult-to-navigate 2020 summer season, the region’s transition into/towards Phase 5 has brought many happy developments — not least of which is that our…



2021 Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks to Light Up the Sky

Keep your eyes on the sky this Fourth of July! The western suburbs have quite a few 4th of July fireworks displays returning in 2021, and even a few parades, too! Watch marching bands stroll the streets of downtown neighborhoods, then pull up your lawn chair to oooohhh and aaaahhhh over the colorful firework displays. We’re grateful to be able…


Your Guide to Summer 2021 Fun in the Suburbs

After a quieter summer in 2020, it’s no surprise that we cannot contain our excitement for what’s in store in 2021. Strawberry picking, water parks, children’s museum, fishing, outdoor concerts, the list goes on and on. We’ve created one HUGE summer guide for all your family-friendly fun, so don’t forget to bookmark this page. We’ve linked to all of our…


Our Epic Summer 2021 Bucket List is HERE

Every year, the whole Kidlist team gets excited to put together our annual summer bucket list. This year, we were extra excited for outdoor fun, amazing summer camps, making memories at home, local museums opening up, free events, and more. We hope this guide helps inspire your family to make your own bucket list together; use our #sharekidlist tag on…


Kids’ Summer Movie Deals are Back for 2021!

Summertime movie deals are back! After being closed for much of 2020, movie theaters will certainly need a spot on your summer bucket list. Take a break from the heat and cool off at these heavily-discounted family-friendly movies. Will you get tickets to one of your favorites, or a new-to-you movie? Either way, don’t forget the popcorn. New this year,…


Classic Car Shows are Revving Back Up for Summer 2021

Classic car shows are fun for even the youngest of car enthusiasts. Soak in a beautiful summer night while walking through rows of classic cars at these family-friendly evenings. Don’t be shy; most car owners love sharing about their classic cars and their history. (Your kids might get a kick out of hearing about your own first car, too!) Summer…