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20 Best Walking Paths: Parks with Paved Trails

Get a change of scenery and enjoy a walk at one of our beautiful neighborhood parks! We scoped out parks with paved paths; the fairly smooth surfaces are perfect for strollers, rollerblading, and more. All of these parks have playgrounds along the paved trail, so you can stop along the way and let your kids play too! Parks with Paved…


15 Best Parks for Toddlers in the Western Suburbs

Kidlist readers throughout the years have contributed to this list of the best playgrounds for toddlers. It’s a great list of options in the western suburbs! We checked out all of the following playgrounds so we could give you a sneak peek of what you will find there. Have another to add? We would love to hear your picks and…


Bounce House Rentals, Inflatable Water Slides, and More!

Maximize the fun at your family get-togethers this summer with a backyard party rental. These companies will keep the fun going all day with bounce houses, water slides, obstacle courses, concessions, outdoor games, dunk tanks, and more. Start planning your summer festivities today with these endless opportunities for fun! Jumpin G’s Inc. Jumpin G’s Inc.9140 BroadwayBrookfield, IL 60513(708) 785-7643Facebook Jumpin…


April 2021 Family-Friendly Events

We’re not fooling around, April is going to be a fun-filled month! We start the month celebrating all things Easter, but there is so much more to look forward to in April. Prepare your home garden, participate in a park clean-up, dust off your fishing pole, or celebrate all the other things that make our planet incredible this Earth Day….


Hop On Over to These 2021 Easter Egg Hunts

The hunt is on! We’re hopping with egg-citement to see so many great egg hunt events this spring. Get ready for outdoor, glow-in-the-dark, flashlight, and aquatic fun! Grab your baskets and make sure to arrive before the start times listed. In seconds, all the eggs are gone. Click on the dates and times within the description for more information on…


Where to Take Kids for Ear Piercing Near Here

My daughter became quite obsessed with the idea of getting her ears pierced at the age of nine, and quickly got her older sister on board with the hope of doing it together. The only ones left to get on board were her dad and me! This rite of passage for many is commonly paired with feelings of excitement and…


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…


Local Fish Fry Events and Carryout for 2021

Having grown up in a Catholic home, I love a good fish fry on Friday. Keeping traditions alive during the pandemic has been tricky, but this is a great way to support local businesses. Restaurants, churches and VFWs throughout the western suburbs offer tasty fish options for families during Lent. Many have modified their menu or are limiting to carry-out…



Local Activity Kits and Subscriptions for Easy At-Home Fun

What are we going to do today? We’re in the dog days of winter, and finding our usual resources for fun to be tapped out. Activity kits are available throughout the suburbs to pick up and take home. In the summer of 2020, Nicole rounded up this amazing list of crafts, cooking, art projects, and more. We’ve recently added a…


2021 Summer Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

Time to think about summer camp! Some really great camps are now taking registrations, while others are still formulating their plans. Now is the time to start looking though, because these camps might sell out! We are looking forward to having our kids experience camp and have a great time together this summer. Kidlist has always been the place to…