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Santa’s Workshop at Wilder Mansion

A holiday store just for kids! Santa’s Secret Workshop is a special place just for children where they can purchase inexpensive holiday gifts for those they love. Items are kid-priced and kid-friendly.


Tree Lighting in Wilder Park

Join the Elmhurst Park District as we kick off the holiday season with the annual Tree Lighting in Wilder Park! Featuring holiday entertainment, a special visitor from the North Pole and children’s activities, the evening will put you in the spirit of the season.


Santa Sighting Alert! Where to See Santa in the Western Suburbs 2018

Santa Claus is coming to town! Kidlist is here to help you get ready to celebrate the season and spend time with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves at many family-friendly events. You’ll find tree-lighting ceremonies, parades, story times, holiday train rides, photo opportunities, and more. So grab your wish list, come meet Santa, and make it a holiday tradition!…


Preschool and Daycare Guide for Families in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Looking for a preschool or daycare near you for your little one? You came to the right place! This guide is split into three sections: Preschool, Daycare, and Preschool with Extended Care (child care outside the hours of 9am – 3pm), then organized by town. We recommend looking into a few that interest you and if time allows, schedule a visit to see the…


Toy Drives and Donations in the Western Suburbs to Spread the Cheer

It’s holiday time and teaching children ways to give is especially meaningful around the holidays. We have an extensive list of toy drives and donations throughout the western suburbs. Participating in toy drives or making donations can be a wonderful way for children to spread goodwill to others. There are many organizations accepting new, unopened toys, as well as monetary…



Tackle These Indoor Rock Climbing Walls in Chicagoland

Indoor rock climbing is great for kids! It helps develop physical skills, cognitive skills, courage, and confidence. Not to mention, climbing things is all sorts of fun. That’s why we rounded up all the indoor rock climbing destinations in Chicagoland, from the city proper to the suburbs. It’s never too early to start rocking climbing: many locations accept children as…


2018 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events in the Western Suburbs

Have a toddler who won’t make it around the neighborhood on Halloween? Trunk-or-Treat is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit before the big day! Families can choose to decorate their car and pass out goodies as excited children practice trick-or-treating around the safety of an enclosed parking lot. Some of these events include fall festivals, indoor games,…


Family Fall Fest

Dress in your Halloween best and take in the sights and sounds of autumn at the Elmhurst Park District’s Family Fall Fest. Bring the family to Wild Meadows Trace Park for Safety Town trick-or-treating, fall games, food trucks and more!


Glow Golf at The Hub

Experience mini-golf in a whole new light at Glow Golf, taking place at The Hub at Berens Park. Play a round of golf with glow-in-the-dark balls and glow sticks. Fee is $6 Elmhurst residents/$7 non-residents. Call (630) 782-4955 for more information.


The Biggest, Best Guide to Indoor Play Areas in the Western Suburbs of Chicago

Every year, this is one of our most popular lists — and for good reason! The western suburbs are full of indoor playgrounds if you’re looking for some relief from the heat, rain, or cold. We’ve got them all here! This ultimate list of indoor play areas includes indoor playgrounds, inflatable, and restaurant play areas. Whether you want information on an old favorite…


Kids’ Tennis Lessons and Indoor Programs in the West Suburbs

This summer, my 4- and 6-year-old sons tried tennis for the first time . . . and loved it! Tennis offered my super-active guys the perfect combination of physical and mental exertion to keep them engaged and moving. After a few days of tennis camp, they were hooked! Tennis is an awesome sport for helping young athletes develop coordination, agility,…