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Gymnastics Open Gyms: Fall Through Spring Schedule

Open gym time is a great way for kids to try out their tumbling skills on a safer surface than your sofa. Some open gyms are for caregivers and younger kids to attend on weekdays, while others let families play together or offer supervision for older kids. Before you go, keep in mind that many open gyms only accept cash….





Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

Here in Chicagoland, we’re pretty lucky. (Yes, I’ve been outside… but hear me out!) We’ve got an abundance of awesome museums and educational attractions just minutes away. But these visits can also be pretty expensive. Did you know that you can get free admission and discounts from your library when you check out the Museum Adventure Pass? Libraries have individual…


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…


Dog Parks and Off-Leash Areas

We are very excited to bring you the official Kidlist Furry Friends Guide! Each month, we will be sharing posts that give you the inside track on dog-friendly places, dog parks, resources for pet owners, and more! This article is sponsored by Robert Hutchison, your Realtor for the western suburbs of Chicago. If you are looking to buy a home…


Fenced-In Parks for Toddlers

A Kidlist reader recently requested a list of fenced-in parks and playgrounds where she could bring her toddler to play. We thought it was a great idea! The following fenced-in parks are great spaces to take your little ones to play without worrying about them taking off or running into the street before you can catch them. It’s not very…


Kid-Friendly Bowling Alleys

There are many kid-friendly bowling alleys in our neck of the woods that offer great options. Bumper rails and rolling ramps are awesome ways to build confidence in young bowlers until their skills grow. Most of the options locally are very kid friendly, offering birthday parties as well as specials on select days of the week. Explore one near you…


Train Restaurants for Kids in the Western Suburbs

For your train obsessed kiddo and an entertaining dining experience for all, take the family out to one of these great train restaurants! Keep in mind that they can get pretty crowded at peak times, so you may want to plan your outing at a less frequent hour of the day. It’s a kid favorite and a fun birthday tradition too! Local train…