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Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area

Oh my gourd, I love fall! It’s time for one of our favorite outings of the fall season . . . picking the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch! You’ll find locations that not only offer pick-your-own pumpkins, but also all kinds of great attractions, children’s rides, and tasty fall treats. Spend a few hours or a whole day with…


Map of Fun Outdoor Places to Go with Kids During the Pandemic

The team here at Kidlist has been busy checking out safe outdoor destinations all around Chicagoland! We’ve put this map together to help inspire your family with a few fun, safe adventures in our local area. After all, it can all start feeling a bit Groundhog Day when we’re limited to certain activities and grow weary of the local park….


Apple Picking: U-Pick Apples Near Chicago and the Suburbs

Apple picking is one of the most popular fall activities for making family memories in the midwest. Lucky for us, there are quite a few orchards within a reasonable distance of Chicagoland. My kids love sitting on their Dad’s shoulders and picking the most red apple they can find. Our favorite part, of course, is sampling the product, as we…


Kids’ Theater and Drama Classes in Chicagoland

Theater classes help kids develop new talents, boost their confidence, expand their imaginations, and explore a colorful world outside of their own. Regardless of your child’s age or experience level, there’s a theater program in Chicagoland that will help your little star shine on stage! Many programs are offering online options, giving kids a creative outlet at home. Theater Classes…


Horseback Riding for Kids

If your child is anything like my girls, the pony rides are our first stop at any festival. These farms offering horseback riding classes give children the opportunity to deepen their love of horses and spend a beautiful summer day outside. A simple trail can ignite a life-long interest in horses. Whether you’re starting out with introductory lessons and camps,…


Bounce House Rentals, Inflatable Water Slides, and More!

This summer is the perfect time to bring the fun to your own home! Bounce houses, water slides, and inflatable obstacle courses will provide your kids with hours of entertainment. Even if you’re expecting a smaller crowd or just your own kids, check out these bounce house and party rentals to maximize the fun at your family get-together. Many of…


These Splash Pads and Spray Parks are Open Right Now

Splash pads are the perfect way for families to cool off in this summer heat. Young toddlers can explore the spouts and sprays, while big kids can drench themselves with dumping buckets. Some of these locations are even fenced in to contain your littlest runners. Click the links to confirm details about safety guidelines, modified hours or advanced registration requirements….


A Day at the Farm: Local Farms to Visit with Kids

If your children are anything like mine, some of their first words were “moo” and “neigh.” One of our favorite summertime activities is to visit local farms, and we’re hoping the circumstances of this summer won’t stop us! There are a lot of great options in the Chicagoland area for barnyard animal lovers. Along with animal visits, many of these…





The Best Frozen Events for Elsa and Anna Fans

When the original movie, Frozen, came out 5+ years ago, my girls quickly became captivated by the amazing storyline of two strong and loving sisters who would go to any length to protect one another. Couple the movie’s positive message with some incredibly catchy music, and soon we were listening to the new soundtrack for all of our lives as…