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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…


Chicagoland Outdoor Amusement Parks Open for Summer 2021

Oh yes, summer is finally upon us, and there’s no better time to hang out in the sun with the family to create some magical memories at one of Chicagoland’s outdoor amusement parks! Whether they’re a seasoned thrill-seeker or enjoying rides for the first time, your child will love a day spent on roller coasters, bumper cars, and more. Be…


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,…




Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing, Plus Local Shops

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…



10 Best Donut Shops and Where to Get the Best Paczki

There are so many amazing donut shops in the western suburbs, but you all managed to pick a Top 10! Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll to pick the Kidlist readers’ top choices for the best donuts in Chicagoland. While you’re here, check out spots where you can find paczki in time for Fat Tuesday, and be sure…


Indoor Play Areas Offering Private Reservations

Indoor play areas have always been a great way for kids to burn off extra energy in these cold winter months, but it’s been a tough year for these businesses. However, as COVID-19 guidelines are set to change in the coming weeks, you may even find that more places are able to safely open with extra cleaning procedures and limited…


New Year’s Eve Family Party at Enchanted Castle

Ring in 2020 at Chicago’s Greatest Family New Year’s Eve Bash on Tuesday, December 31st with 2 seatings to choose from – our 3 PM “Early Bird” seating and the “Grand Gala” seating from 8 pm to Midnight! Guests will enjoy our famous New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert plus each paid guest receives $10 in Game Play,…


Super Halloween Bash

Have a SUPER good time at the Enchanted Castle’s Halloween Party. TWO Super Heroes will be hosting this year’s party. Party package includes $10 in Game Play, UNLIMITED Catapult Rides, Bumper Cars and Quest II Kids Playland, a “Monster” slice of pizza and pop, Super Heroes Meet and Greet, plus costume parade, raffle prize entry, “Trick or Treat” candy stations…