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STEAM Classes in the Western Suburbs

While STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) skills are increasingly important for the workplace, these classes offer more immediate benefits, too. Children learn critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and teamwork through these topics. Plus, they’re fun! Children create, design, reflect, and rebuild as they engage in individual and group activities. Some of these STEM and STEAM classes are open to…


Kids’ Tennis Lessons and Indoor Programs in the West Suburbs

This summer, my 4- and 6-year-old sons tried tennis for the first time . . . and loved it! Tennis offered my super-active guys the perfect combination of physical and mental exertion to keep them engaged and moving. After a few days of tennis camp, they were hooked! Tennis is an awesome sport for helping young athletes develop coordination, agility,…


Get Your Spook On! Family-Friendly Halloween Events in the West Suburbs

We have rounded up family-friendly Halloween events in the western suburbs for you and your family to enjoy this boo-tiful Halloween season. October is full of fun activities including hayrides, pumpkins, movies, stories, treats, games, and more. The Halloween events below are a great opportunity to use those costumes more than once and celebrate the season all month long! This…


Haunted Houses and Haunted Forest Walks in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Enjoy getting your spook on with these haunted hayrides, haunted walks, and haunted houses! We witch you a Happy Halloween! We have included websites for parents to check out; please make sure your fang-tastic activity is appropriate for your child’s age, and call the event planners if you have any questions. This article is sponsored by the Oak Brook Park…


Kids Basketball: Teams and Skill Building in the West Suburbs

Basketball is a wonderful team sport to play as a developing young athlete, and thankfully, there are many year round programs to play locally! From skill building classes to leagues and teams, kids as young as kindergarten can get involved with the opportunity to progress all the way through high school. Check out our comprehensive list that includes recreational leagues…


Indoor Swim Lessons in the Western Suburbs

Even though summer is ending, fun in the pool doesn’t have to! If your children are anything like mine, their confidence in the water grew exponentially over the summer. We’d love to keep that momentum going throughout the school year. These facilities in the western suburbs all offer indoor swim lessons. 6 months old seemed to be the most common…


Classes for Little Kids 0-5 Years Old

Parents with young children ages 0–5 years old are often looking for classes to keep kids active, learning, exploring and engaging with other children. With countless classes offered for children at this stage in life, there’s something for everyone! Children can make new friends, and parents can meet and connect with other parents in this same stage of life. Check out…


Chicagoland Children’s Choirs

Do you have a little songbird living in your house? If so, Kidlist has put together a list of great options all around Chicagoland for kids of all ages who love to sing. Being a part of a choir is an excellent way for children to artistically express themselves and be a part of group that fosters respect and cooperation,…


New Playground! Oak Brook Park District Sandlot

The new playground at Central Park in Oak Brook is open! The official grand opening of this universal playground, called the Oak Brook Park District Sandlot, is September 5 at 2:30pm, but you can start playing now. The playground has an overall baseball theme and spans two levels. There is something for every age and ability. The entire playground has…


2018 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Western Suburbs

As summer heat turns to crisp autumn air, fall festivals and Oktoberfests spring up across Chicago’s western suburbs! These family-friendly events usually feature seasonal fun (think hayrides, pumpkin patches, and cups of steaming cider) as well as fest favorites such as rides, live music, and food trucks. Oktoberfests add a German twist with traditional food, music, and the chance to…


Volleyball for Kids: Leagues, Classes, Camps

Is your child interested in learning more about volleyball? Whether kids are learning for the first time or improving fundamental skills, there are quite a few opportunities for kids to play volleyball! Check out these classes and clinics — as well as more competitive leagues. Ages range from preschool all the way into high school. This article is sponsored by…


Giveaway and New Playground! Oak Brook Family Aquatic Center + Universal Playground

There are two exciting announcements from Oak Brook Park District… The Family Aquatic Center Swim Pack giveaway, and the Universal Playground being built right now! Oak Brook Family Aquatic Center Giveaway We spent our Saturday playing disc golf at Central Park and cooling off at the Oak Brook Family Aquatic Center, and thought you would have fun there too! Oak…