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Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Current Restrictions

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…


2020 Pool Memberships: Early Bird Extensions and Opening Days

IMPORTANT NOTE: This article is no longer up-to-date. Many of the pools below have chosen to close for the 2020 season; please see our article on what’s open, closed, and rescheduled for more information. Many local spots have extended their early bird pricing due to the uncertainty around COVID-19. Check below for discount details and tentative opening days. Please note…


Let’s Go Fly a Kite! Making, Buying, and Celebrating Kites

There’s something so sweet and special about the image of a family flying kites together on a spring day. Maybe you’ve flown a kite before with your kiddos, or maybe it’s something that you’ve been wanting to try together. Right now is a great time to try to fly a kite — it’s an outdoor activity where you can’t get…


Best Games for Families + Games to Play Over a Video Call

My family has a game night once a week, and even more during this stay-at-home order. Family game nights give us the opportunity to turn off the TV, put the phones down, and spend time laughing and playing together. We’ve also started brainstorming games to play virtually with grandparents and friends to keep busy and stay connected during the coronavirus…


Local Restaurants with Easter Dinner Takeout and Delivery Options

Your Easter plans may have changed from your usual holiday celebrations, but these Easter dining options with curbside pickup and delivery will help you prepare a delicious holiday feast. Spiral ham, broccoli quiche, decadent desserts and so much more. Try a new place or support one of your local favorites with these special Easter menus. Ordering deadlines are rapidly approaching,…


How Do We Make Our Kids’ Birthdays Special Right Now?

For many of us parents who have kids with spring birthdays, we are scrambling to find new ways to make these occasions special during the coronavirus stay-at-home order. My daughter recently celebrated her 12th birthday, and in the end, it was nothing short of spectacular! In fact, she has asked for some of the new traditions we created at home…


Places to Bounce: Trampoline Parks and Inflatables

There’s no reason to feel couped up this winter. Get out of the house and jump around! Burn off all that extra energy at these indoor facilities that feature trampoline parks and inflatables. Our list below provides details about days and pricing, but don’t forget to call ahead to confirm. Indoor Trampoline Parks Sky Zone Elmhurst, Sky Zone Aurora and Sky…


Hop On Over to These 2020 Easter Egg Hunts

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EGG HUNTS HAVE BEEN CANCELED. This egg-ceptional list of Easter egg hunts in the west suburbs will have your little bunnies hopping with egg-citement. There are plenty of indoor and outdoor options for whatever weather comes our way this spring. You’ll even find late-night flashlight egg hunts and a few egg hunts in the shallow end…


Local Fish Fry Events for 2020: Kidlist Readers’ Top Picks

If you observe the Catholic tradition of avoiding meat on Fridays — or, like me, just love a good ol’ fashioned fish fry — you’ve got plenty of options in the west suburbs! We just put out a call on our Kidlist Facebook page for fish frys and you guys definitely delivered. Here are your suggestions for where to find…


Kids Eat Free Deals: The Ultimate List for Chicago’s West Suburbs

Have something in your family you’d like to celebrate? Home-cooked dinner not in the cards tonight? Look no further! Local restaurants have kids eat free promotions every day of the week. This is a great way to dine out together without breaking the bank. Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree to score the deal. Even though we’ve…


St. Patrick’s Day with Your Lucky Little Leprechauns

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Around the western suburbs, you’ll find plenty of St. Patrick’s Day events for you and your lucky little leprechauns. With parades, Irish dancing, arts and crafts, and hunting for gold, the fun isn’t limited to March 17th. We’ve also included information about the legendary dyeing of the Chicago River and parades in the…


Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Spring – Summer 2020

Sharing the arts with your kids is such a wonderful and memorable experience. And lucky for us, there are tons of amazing, family-friendly theater productions in the Chicagoland area! Kidlist has you covered with a fantastic listing of shows that include an adult ensemble, as well as ones with an all-kids cast. Line up your theater tickets for the coming…