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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…


Winter Hikes, Snowshoe Rentals, and Cross-Country Skiing

My family usually spends our snowy winter days building a snowman or cruising down a sled hill. This winter, think outside the box and try an afternoon cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Explore your favorite summertime trails while they’re covered in a layer of fresh snow. Don’t have the equipment? Don’t worry! Stop at these scenic sights to rent what you…


Kids Eat Free and Other Scary Good Deals for Halloween 2020

Restaurants, websites, and stores offer special Halloween deals and offers that are too good to pass up. All of the details for the discounts are included, but please check before going because they are subject to change at the restaurant or stores discretion. Happy Halloween! Kids Eat Free and Halloween 2020 Discounts in Chicago’s Suburbs IHOPLocations in Aurora, Bloomingdale, Bridgeview,…


Use Our Map to Find 2020’s Best-Decorated Halloween Houses Near You

Each Halloween, my kids love driving and walking around the neighborhood looking at spooky Halloween houses. 2020 has been the year of drive-thru and walk through everything! This Halloween, our local families have put so much effort into their spooky Halloween displays for us all to safely enjoy! A great family outing could include a few cups of apple cider,…


All the Local 2020 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat and Drive-Through Events

Trunk-or-treat events are one of our favorite Halloween traditions! With little legs, our family can enjoy the fun of trick-or-treating without the worry of tiring too quickly. New this year, some organizations have decided to turn their events into a drive-through experience. Stay in the comfort and warmth of your car as you cruise through a parking lot full of…