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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,…


Classic Car Shows are Revving Back Up for Summer 2021

Classic car shows are fun for even the youngest of car enthusiasts. Soak in a beautiful summer night while walking through rows of classic cars at these family-friendly evenings. Don’t be shy; most car owners love sharing about their classic cars and their history. (Your kids might get a kick out of hearing about your own first car, too!) Summer…


Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids

Here in the Chicago suburbs, we’ve got the best of both worlds: city life and wide open spaces. We don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors! Not only is exploring our natural environment an incredible learning opportunity for kids, but it’s also one of the most entertaining and rewarding ways to enjoy a beautiful spring or summer…


Bounce House Rentals, Inflatable Water Slides, and More!

Maximize the fun at your family get-togethers this summer with a backyard party rental. These companies will keep the fun going all day with bounce houses, water slides, obstacle courses, concessions, outdoor games, dunk tanks, and more. Start planning your summer festivities today with these endless opportunities for fun! Jumpin G’s Inc. Jumpin G’s Inc.9140 BroadwayBrookfield, IL 60513(708) 785-7643Facebook Jumpin…


Places to Bounce: Trampoline Parks and Inflatables

Jump for joy! These trampoline parks, inflatables, and bounce houses are open for business so kids can get some exercise, try some new moves, and stretch their legs. Many places to bounce require registration, so be sure to check before you go. A few also offer private rental options if that’s more your speed. Check them out! Places to Bounce…


How to Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

Did you know that you could take your family to the museum . . . for free? Yes! With a Museum Adventure Pass from your local library, you can visit dozens of Chicagoland museums, zoos, and other places of interest for free or at a discounted rate. How do you get the Museum Adventure Pass? Easy! Head to your local…


Where to Take Kids for Ear Piercing Near Here

My daughter became quite obsessed with the idea of getting her ears pierced at the age of nine, and quickly got her older sister on board with the hope of doing it together. The only ones left to get on board were her dad and me! This rite of passage for many is commonly paired with feelings of excitement and…


Where Kids Eat Free in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Are you looking at your schedule and wondering, “How am I going to fit in cooking dinner?” These restaurants are taking the stress out of meal time! Check out our list of all your favorite local restaurants currently offering kids eat free promotions, with options for both to-go and dine in. Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree…


Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Spring – Summer 2021

Sharing the arts with your kids is such an unforgettable, wonderful experience! And, thankfully, there are some amazing, family-friendly theater productions happening in the months to come throughout the Chicagoland area! Kidlist has you covered with an excellent listing of shows (both virtual and hopefully in-person, too) that include adult ensembles, all-kids casts, virtual puppet shows, and even audio adventures….


Local Fish Fry Events and Carryout for 2021

Having grown up in a Catholic home, I love a good fish fry on Friday. Keeping traditions alive during the pandemic has been tricky, but this is a great way to support local businesses. Restaurants, churches and VFWs throughout the western suburbs offer tasty fish options for families during Lent. Many have modified their menu or are limiting to carry-out…


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…


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…