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Dog Parks and Off-Leash Areas

We are very excited to bring you the official Kidlist Furry Friends Guide! Each month, we will be sharing posts that give you the inside track on dog-friendly places, dog parks, resources for pet owners, and more! This article is sponsored by Robert Hutchison, your Realtor for the western suburbs of Chicago. If you are looking to buy a home…



Summer Festivals in the Southwest Suburbs 2018

There are so many great summer festivals in the southwest suburbs this year! Bookmark this list and you can visit a different fest every single week this summer… or whenever you wake up looking for something fun to do as a family. Live music, rides, festival food, and more abound at these events, making them a great choice for a…


Bounce House Rentals in the Chicagoland Area

Bounce house rentals pump up the fun at kids’ birthday parties, graduations, or any event that a bunch of kids are expected to attend. Our guide lists some of the popular bounce house rental companies in the greater Chicagoland area. Many of these companies also rent tables, chairs, and other necessary items for party planning. Scroll through to find a…


Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer 2018

Vacation Bible School is a fun week for kids to learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. There are VBS events happening all over the west suburbs! You do not have to attend church to send your kids to VBS. In general, VBS is for ages 3 through 12. Registration starts soon and often fills up, so…


Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the Southwest Suburbs

Vacation Bible School is an inexpensive (often free) way to keep the kids busy this summer and raise an interest in religion and faith. The churches plan numerous activities over the course of the week to get the kids involved in learning about God, all while keeping them entertained and having fun! You do not have to be a member…


25 Rainy Day Activities in the Southwest Suburbs

Rain, rain go away! Come again another day! It’s raining, it’s pouring, staying inside is getting boring! Rainy days offer just another challenge in the life of a parent. Cabin fever can set in fast and before you know, it the kids are bouncing off the walls and complaining that they are bored. With a little help from this list of…


Catholic Schools Week in the Southwest Suburbs 2018

Are you interested in sending your children to a Catholic School? Catholic Schools Week is January 28 through February 4 and it is an ideal time to explore the Catholic Schools in your area. Most Catholic Schools kick off the week by hosting a mass and open house that everyone is welcome to attend. You can tour the school and…


Library Story Times in the Southwest Suburbs

The library is a great place to take your little one to get out of the house and jump start their imaginations. Almost all libraries offer story times for babies and toddlers. Furthermore, most of the local libraries offer puzzles, small tables for activities, and building blocks. Others have iPads, small theatre set-ups and more. Story times can vary by…


Free Photos with Santa in the Southwest Suburbs

If you have a desire to document some memories during the holiday season, head on out to these events to snap a few free photos with Santa! Be sure to bring your camera, as most of these events don’t provide a photographer, but rather an opportunity to take photos with St. Nick without the pressure to purchase. Whether you want…


Dance Classes for Kids

Dance classes are a wonderful way to teach your children fundamentals of rhythm, good posture, core strength, and balance. These dance studios offer everything from tap and ballet to modern, hip-hop, and team competition. Dance classes are not just for girls—many offer classes specific to boys! Some also start as young as babies with mom/tot classes. There are also many…


Kids Art Classes

This list of art classes in the southwest suburbs is sponsored by PrairieArt Studio. PrairieArt Studio offers drawing classes and art workshops where artists of all ages can be proud of what they create.  In our fast-paced, technological world, students need to unplug and develop their problem solving and visual thinking skills. Art promotes critical thinking and concentration, which benefit all areas of…