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Maker Days at DuPage Children’s Museum

Come practice your problem solving skills and explore your creativity through a variety of “maker activities” at DuPage Children’s Museum. Create with unique materials alongside guest makers in The Studio’s Makerspace, write and craft your own book, tinker with Wild Little Machines, build with wheels in the Construction House, draw with 3D Doodle Pens, and more! Making is one of the strongest…


Maker Days at DuPage Children’s Museum

Come practice your problem solving skills and explore your creativity through a variety of “maker activities” at DuPage Children’s Museum. Create with unique materials alongside guest makers in The Studio’s Makerspace, write and craft your own book, tinker with Wild Little Machines, build with wheels in the Construction House, draw with 3D Doodle Pens, and more! Making is one of the strongest…


Gymnastics Open Gym Summer Schedule for the West Suburbs

Gymnastics open gym time is a great way for kids to have fun, test their gymnastics skills, and challenge themselves physically (with the comfort of foam mats and pads). These local gymnastics facilities all offer a summertime open gym schedule. On some of the websites, you’ll find a waiver to print and sign so you’re ready to play right when…


Enjoy These Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios (and Secret Menus!)

Summertime patios are here! But have you ever been curious if you could bring your dog along? There are many dog-friendly restaurant patio options across the western suburbs, so plan a doggy date today. Remember the rules of dog etiquette also apply to restaurant patios: keep dogs leashed and make sure they are well exercised and calm prior to your…


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…


$1 Summer Movies for Kids in the Chicagoland Area

Calling all movie buffs: $1 summer movies for kids are back in action! When the summer heat becomes all too much, cool off at your local participating movie theater for some really (really!) cheap children’s flicks. These movies discounts generally don’t come alone; bring some extra cash for heavily discount popcorn, candy, and soda combos. It’s hard to think of…


Classic Car Shows for Summer 2019

Classic car shows are the perfect reason to be outside on a beautiful summer night. You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to appreciate the detail and design of vintage or specialty cars. Mingle with the owners, and talk to your child about your (or your parents’!) first car. Bring the whole family to check out all the classic…


Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: DECORATING OVER 2,000 GRAVES OF VETERANS MEMORIAL DAY MORNING AT 7:45 AM: SERVICES AT VETERANS MONUMENTS     7:45AM- FLAG RAISING CEREMONY AT CITY HALL 8:15AM- SERVICE AT VETERAN’S PARK 8:35AM- SERVICE AT BURLINGTON SQUARE 9:00AM- SERVICE AT S.S. PETER AND PAUL CEREMONY 9:45AM- SERVICE AT G.A.R. MONUMENT MEMORIAL DAY MORNING AT 10:30 AM: THE PARADE CENTRAL…



Where to Kayak, Paddleboat, and Canoe (Including Rentals)

You don’t need to own a kayak or paddleboard to get your family in on the waterfront fun! These rental options will have you on the lake in no time. Whether you want to practice your tandem kayaking skills or get in on the stand-up paddleboarding craze, bring the family together for a day on the water with these rentals….


2019 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs

The only thing better than summer fun is FREE summer fun! Having a blast doesn’t have to break the bank. With classic car shows, outdoor movies, splash pads, nature centers, and more, there’s something for every family. Check out these great free summer activities all around the western suburbs. 2019 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs Here are a…


Splash Pads and Spray Parks in the Western Suburbs

The reason this Kidlist Mom loves splash pads is that my little kids are able to be more independent than at a pool. (It’s also a bonus that I don’t have to put on my bathing suit or bring life jackets!) Most splash pads and spray parks are opening Memorial Day weekend, with exceptions noted in the comments under each….