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Horse-Drawn Carriage and Trolley Rides for Old-Fashioned Holiday Fun

If the hustle of modern-day Christmas is bringing out your inner Grinch, why not slow down with an old fashioned horse-drawn carriage ride or holiday trolley trip? Many festivals in the area are offering rides around town. There are also special ones where you can view decorated homes in your area! Grab your cocoa and bundle up with your loved…


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…


Where to Eat with Santa in the Western Suburbs 2018

Our recent cold weather has our family getting excited about the upcoming holiday season. What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to spend quality time and eat with Santa, Mrs. Claus or even the Grinch? Santa’s schedule fills up quickly in anticipation of the big day, so plan ahead if you hope to join him for breakfast,…


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,…


Classes for Little Kids 0-5 Years Old

Parents with young children ages 0–5 years old are often looking for classes to keep kids active, learning, exploring and engaging with other children. With countless classes offered for children at this stage in life, there’s something for everyone! Children can make new friends, and parents can meet and connect with other parents in this same stage of life. Check out…


2018 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Western Suburbs

As summer heat turns to crisp autumn air, fall festivals and Oktoberfests spring up across Chicago’s western suburbs! These family-friendly events usually feature seasonal fun (think hayrides, pumpkin patches, and cups of steaming cider) as well as fest favorites such as rides, live music, and food trucks. Oktoberfests add a German twist with traditional food, music, and the chance to…


Cheerleading for Kids in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Looking for cheerleading and tumbling classes for your child in the Western suburbs? There are lots of great choices in the area whether it be camps, classes or competitive cheer clubs. For your convenience, ages for each club is listed below.  Not all places have a direct number or address, so please see the website for additional contact information. Cheerleading…


Local Escape Rooms: Are You Up to the Challenge?

The first time I went to an escape room, I was pretty skeptical — I don’t love puzzles and I’m the kind of person who Googles a riddle to find out the answer. But when we emerged an hour later (victorious, might I add), I was buzzing with adrenaline and completely converted. Good escape rooms have a variety of puzzles and…


Miniature Golf Courses in the Western and Southwestern Suburbs

Summer is all about thrills big and small, so take the kids on a mini adventure close to home by exploring one of Chicagoland’s miniature golf courses. With themes ranging from ghosts and ghouls to outer space, there’s something to spark any kid’s imagination. And the best part about mini golf is that grown-ups don’t have to sit on the…


Outdoor Pools with Day Passes in Chicago’s West Suburbs

There are so many outdoor pools with day passes to stop by for a fun swimming outing! Before going, confirm their hours by calling ahead. Many pools vary their hours or close early due to swim team meets. This article is sponsored by the featured pools. Outdoor Pools with Day Passes in Chicago’s Western Suburbs Bensenville Water Park 1100 W….