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Local Activity Kits and Subscriptions for Easy At-Home Fun

What are we going to do today? If you are like me, I am trying to keep my kids active this summer, both mind and body. Activity kits are available throughout the suburbs to pick up and take home. Crafts, summer school at home, cooking, art projects, and more . . . and the best of all, someone else prepares…


A Day at the Farm: Local Farms to Visit with Kids

If your children are anything like mine, some of their first words were “moo” and “neigh.” One of our favorite summertime activities is to visit local farms, and we’re hoping the circumstances of this summer won’t stop us! There are a lot of great options in the Chicagoland area for barnyard animal lovers. Along with animal visits, many of these…


Updated! In-Person and Virtual Summer Camps 2020

We are excited to announce that many summer camps are still happening this year! Our local businesses and park districts have been very busy reimagining summer with all the new guidelines and safety measures and we are overjoyed with what they came up with. I am so grateful for our community and everything it offers. Check out these great options…


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…


15 Parks with Paved Paths

We noticed that the forest preserve parking lots were fairly full last week, which is unfortunately not great for maintaining that six-foot distance from other people. If you want a change of scenery to get outside and take a walk, the park paths are open, too! We have checked out all of these paths over the years and they are…


Hop On Over to These 2020 Easter Egg Hunts

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EGG HUNTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED. This egg-ceptional list of Easter egg hunts in the west suburbs will have your little bunnies hopping with egg-citement. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor options for whatever weather comes our way this spring. You’ll even find late-night flashlight egg hunts and a few egg hunts in the shallow end…


Local Fish Fry Events for 2020: Kidlist Readers’ Top Picks

If you observe the Catholic tradition of avoiding meat on Fridays — or, like me, just love a good ol’ fashioned fish fry — you’ve got plenty of options in the west suburbs! We just put out a call on our Kidlist Facebook page for fish frys and you guys definitely delivered. Here are your suggestions for where to find…


St. Patrick’s Day with Your Lucky Little Leprechauns

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Around the western suburbs, you’ll find plenty of St. Patrick’s Day events for you and your lucky little leprechauns. With parades, Irish dancing, arts and crafts, and hunting for gold, the fun isn’t limited to March 17th. We’ve also included information about the legendary dyeing of the Chicago River and parades in the…



Chicagoland’s Top Kid-Friendly Restaurants You Won’t Want to Miss

These kid-friendly restaurants go way beyond coloring pages. Think ride-on trains, hula dancers, custom balloon twisting, a spy-themed spot where you need to know the passcode, and even a stroller valet. We’ve rounded up our favorites, from local gems to over-the-top theme restaurants, to help make your family dining experiences extra-special. We hope this list helps your family form memories…


100+ Places for the Best Kids Birthday Party + Party Entertainment

Looking for kids birthday party places? Need to hire entertainment? 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 party places, kid-friendly entertainers (which includes…