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Super Hero Halloween Breakfast Bash at Haunted Trails Joliet

Don’t be scared…join us for our Super Hero Halloween Breakfast Bash on Saturday, October 26th from 9 AM-Noon. Meet TWO of your favorite Super Heroes (from 9:30 AM-10:30 AM) and enjoy a Hot Breakfast of Scrambled Eggs, French Toast Sticks, Bacon and Sausage with Milk, Juice, Coffee and Tea. Admission also includes UNLIMITED Monster Hop, Bone Shaker and Tornado Rides,…


Pumpkin Patches with Apple Picking Near Chicago

When is an orange not an orange? … When it’s a pumpkin! I absolutely love fall. I’m looking forward to pumpkin spice lattes, jumping in leaf piles, wagon rides, and heading out to find the perfect pumpkin. If you didn’t get a chance to go apple picking this fall, there are places near Chicago where you can do both! Happy…


Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area

The crisp cool air and beautiful changing leaves signals one of our favorite outings of the fall season: pumpkin patches! 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 your family having fun at one of these awesome…


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. Choose one of these nearby orchards and pick your own delicious, healthy apples! The map below shows the locations of each orchard so you can easily find them…


Horseback Riding Classes for Kids

Saddle up and enjoy a beautiful afternoon horseback riding. Local farms offer activities that help children of all ages get outside for some fresh air, while fostering their love for animals. From introductory lessons and birthday parties, all the way to trail rides and scout badge programming, there are a lot of great opportunities below to connect your child with…


Kids’ Theater and Drama Classes in Chicagoland

Is your child a natural performer? Or do you just want to help him tap into his creative side? Theater and drama classes offer a unique opportunity for children to 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…


The Best Local Ice Cream Shops

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! There is something so sweet and wonderful about a family trip for ice cream in the summer! My family loves visiting our local, family-owned shops for sweet, creamy treats. Thank you to our readers for your Facebook and Instagram recommendations! There are so many on this list that we have…


Our 2019 Summer Bucket Lists are HERE! Soak in the Sun All Summer Long

The whole Kidlist team gets really excited about our annual summer bucket list. We start talking about it when there’s still snow on the ground (and that’s not even counting April snowstorms this year). The summer bucket list represents everything we’re about: giving local families ideas and tips for making amazing memories with their kids. This year, we decided to…



Splish Splash in these Splash Pads in the Southwest Suburbs

Splashing in the sun is one of the best summer delights! When my eldest daughter was a baby, I quickly learned that splash pads are an awesome summer water alternative! They are a great way to stay cool in the summer sun, practice fine motor skills of filling and dumping cups, and enjoy a relatively inexpensive, if not free, activity….


All of the 2019 Summer Music Series in the Southwest Suburbs

Here in Chicagoland, we like to soak up every bit of summer. One of the best ways to do that is by grabbing your lawn chairs, packing a picnic lunch (or dinner), and heading out to your favorite park with friends and neighbors to enjoy some live music. We’ve got a long list of outdoor concert series in the southwest…


2019 Farmers Markets in the Southwest Suburbs

There’s nothing like fresh produce straight from the farm at a local farmers market! Many markets feature things like baked goods, flowers, honey, meats, and cheeses in addition to your typical fruits and vegetables. (Some even have the occasional donut truck or face painting station!) So round up your family, grab a tote and some sunscreen, and check out these…