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New Playgrounds

It’s so exciting when there are new playgrounds on the horizon! We have amazing parks systems and park districts in the west and southwest suburbs, many of whom are planning some great new spaces for our children. Here are the locations you can look forward to checkin out in the near future! We also included information from the past year…


Museum and Zoo Memberships: Are They Worth It?

Family outings to museums and zoos can get costly, especially when you add in parking and special exhibits. While admission and donations often go towards improving the organizations, most of us are still looking to get the most bang for our buck! Many museum memberships will pay for themselves after two or three visits, but some take longer. We’ve compiled…


Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Local Fishing Shops

Going fishing together is a time-honored family tradition that brings generations together. I remember my grandpa taking us down to fish from the little pond outside his condo — and while my grandparents’ condo association probably wasn’t too pleased, I’m happy to have those memories. The key to fishing is coming prepared. Here’s what you need to bring, a few…


Perfect Pairing: Local Coffee Shops with Parks Nearby

There are few things I love more than a great local coffee shop. I love the ambiance, the aroma of brewing coffee, and… oh yeah, the coffee. My toddler enjoys a good coffee shop visit, too! He’s more interested in the pastries than the java—and he’s good for about 10 minutes before he starts getting rowdy and catching side-eye from…


Celebrate Mom at These 2019 Mother’s Day Brunches and Events

Mothers Day brunches and other special events are being held in some really fun locations that will give you the chance to celebrate moms (or grandmas, or mommies-to-be, or dog-moms). If you’re a mom, forward this list to your partner or kids… and if you’re here for inspiration to celebrate the mom in your life, you’re in the right place!…


Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer 2019 in the West Suburbs

Vacation Bible School is a fun and interactive way for kids to explore religion and learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. Every summer, there are countless VBS opportunities all over the west suburbs! In general, VBS is for ages 4 through 12, although some churches welcome children younger. Most churches encourage anyone to attend, even if…


Get Ready for Summer with a Swimming Pool Membership!

Splash into summer with a new swimming pool membership for your family! Early bird rates are happening as we speak, with deadlines quickly approaching. Luckily, Kidlist has the inside scoop so you won’t miss out on a dreamy summer lounging poolside with your kiddos. Check out our list of pools near you and line up your family’s membership in plenty…


Birthday Party Giveaway! 2Toots Train Whistle Grill

All three 2Toots locations – Glen Ellyn, Naperville, and Bartlett – have the ability to accommodate most any size party. You only pay for the meals that are ordered. There is no minimum charge, which makes it a great party option for groups of any size! We are excited to introduce you to this great party option and give you…


2019 5k Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs

Spring and summertime in Chicago bring the perfect weather to get outside and enjoy these races and fun runs with your family. Set an active example by signing yourself up, too! Kids can sprint in a 100-yard dash, test their endurance in a 1-miler or push themselves to complete a full 5k. Along with the running, kids will love the…


Local Etiquette Classes? Yes, Please… and Thank You!

Raising kids is tough. Raising polite, confident and well-behaved kids is even tougher. But luckily for us, there are experts in Chicagoland who are willing to help us out. Consider enrolling your child in one of the etiquette training programs below, and you’ll have a little miss (or mister) manners in no time! Etiquette Classes for Kids in Chicagoland The…


Sensory-Friendly Chicagoland: Activities and Events for Special Needs

Children with special needs don’t need to miss out on all the special outings. As sensory-friendly events grow more popular, many facilities are adding more times and locations! These events are often limited to a smaller number of guests to help reduce noise and activity, while increasing engagement and the ability for kids to move about. This article is sponsored…


Pets Love Indie, Too! Local Pet Supply Stores and Shops

While there are a variety of national chain pet stores available to us in our communities, it can be a fun field trip for you and your dog to seek out local independent shops! These stores can range from standalone pet stores, to portions of locations that also offer grooming and other classes, to pet bakeries. Shopping local supports our…