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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…


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….



2021 Pool Memberships are Expanding with Phase 5 Guidelines

Pool memberships are a cost-effective way to maximize your summertime fun! In light of the new Phase 5 guidelines for Illinois, we recently revisited all the pools offering memberships and found lots more summer fun to be had. Check out all the offerings! Please note: This article was revised on June 11, 2021, to reflect new Phase 5 guidelines that…


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…


Where to See Waterfalls Near Chicago

Looking for a fun hike with breathtaking views? Check out these waterfalls in the Chicagoland area! My kids love hikes with a destination. Finding the hidden waterfall and then wading in the creeks below, is right up their alley. These waterfalls are so beautiful and peaceful, but can be a fun place to explore with kids of all ages. Remember…


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…


2021 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs

Summer is on its way, and we can’t wait to get in on the fun. Free fun happens all around the suburbs if you know where to look. These no-cost outings will help keep everyone engaged and enthusiastic, all with cash left over for the ice cream truck! This article is sponsored by Dixon Law Office. Grant Dixon is invested…


2021 Summer Concerts Are Here!

Anyone else miss outdoor concerts in the summertime? There’s simply nothing better than enjoying live music on a beautiful summer night! We’ve rounded up all the best family-friendly summer concert options locally for almost every day of the week. Get some of these concert dates on your summer calendar today and look forwards to the good vibes. Summer 2021 Outdoor…


Summer 2021 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs

Outdoor movies in the park is our favorite summertime activity. We pack up blankets, comfy chairs and snacks, ready to soak up a beautiful summer evening while watching a family-friendly movie. You’ll laugh and sing along to the music as you watch one of these outdoor movies in the western suburbs. Pro tip: If your family isn’t quite ready to…



Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids

Here in the Chicago suburbs, we’ve got the best of both worlds: city life and wide open spaces. We don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors! Not only is exploring our natural environment an incredible learning opportunity for kids, but it’s also one of the most entertaining and rewarding ways to enjoy a beautiful spring or summer…