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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…


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…


July 2021 Family-Friendly Events

July might be my favorite month of the year! We start with 4th of July festivities and then cruise into weeks of summertime fun. Water parks, beaches, and splashpads will keep you cool until the sun goes down and you’re ready for campfires, outdoor concerts and movies in the park. In the list below, you’ll find countless opportunities for family-friendly…


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…


Movie Theater Rentals in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Are you looking for a unique birthday party venue or maybe just a surprise night out for your family? Movie theaters across the western suburbs are renting out their giant theater rooms! My family misses going to movies on the big screen with our giant bowl of buttery popcorn with candy on the side. Renting out the theater gives us…



2020 Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween in Chicago’s West Suburbs

The Kidlist team is beyond excited for Halloween this year! After seeing so many fun events and holiday celebrations canceled earlier in 2020, we’re so happy to see trick-or-treating happening for so many towns! The Illinois Department of Public Health put out a lot of information about keeping your family safe during Halloween festivities. Find your trick-or-treat hours listed below,…


Bump, Set, Spike! Volleyball Leagues, Classes, and Camps for Kids

Nothing encourages collaboration, communication and perseverance like team sports, so why not consider volleyball? Even if your child has never played before, there’s plenty of opportunities to give it a try! Check out these classes and clinics — as well as more competitive leagues. Ages range from preschool all the way into high school. Volleyball Clubs and Leagues in the…


Updated! Where to See 4th of July Fireworks This Year 2020

This article originally published on June 16, 2020 and we have received updated information included below. While most fireworks displays have been cancelled for this year, there are still a few happening in Chicago’s suburbs! The displays that are still moving forward seem to be planning to have the fireworks launched higher this year so they can be seen from…


Chicago Steel Live Strong As Steel Assembly

The Chicago Steel Hockey Team’s signature “Live Strong As Steel” program is presented to thousands of students annually. In partnership with Two by Two Character Development, each fun and educational assembly promotes character traits such as kindness, respect, responsibility, cooperation, empathy, citizenship, perseverance, and fairness all while helping students learn about the game of hockey. The “Live Strong As Steel”…


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…


The Votes Are In: 10 BEST Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces

Thank you to all our readers who voted to help create our second annual list of best indoor playgrounds! You would not believe how much has changed in a year. New places have been added and others have left, but the top 3 remain the same. If you would like even more indoor play places to choose from, check out…