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25 Things To Do When School is Closed in the Southwest Suburbs

The weather outside is frightful, extremely frightful! With record breaking lows and mounds and mounds of snow, our time stuck indoors and at home is about is to set cabin fever into full effect—but not to fear, Kidlist is here! We have some great ideas of things to do to keep yourself and the kids occupied during these long, cold…



Local Escape Rooms: Are You Up to the Challenge?

The first time I went to an escape room, I was pretty skeptical — I don’t love puzzles and I’m the kind of person who Googles a riddle to find out the answer. But when we emerged an hour later (victorious, might I add), I was buzzing with adrenaline and completely converted. Good escape rooms have a variety of puzzles and…


Kid-Friendly Nail Salons in the Southwest Suburbs

If your daughter is already sneaking into your makeup bag and trying on your high heels, it might be time to go on a mother/daughter trip to the nail salon. These salons offer children’s services and many even have small child sized pedicure chairs to ease the fear of their first visit. This is a great way to spend some…


10 Unique Experiences for Teens in the Chicagoland Area

Looking for a unique experiences for teens? Whether your want to join in on the fun as a parent or send your teenager off with friends, there are great options all over the Chicagoland area of experiences that any teen would enjoy. Use these ideas as jumping off points for gifts, bonding time, birthday parties, or social outings for a…


Kid-Friendly Train Stops on the Southwest Service Metra Line

Spring is in full bloom, and there’s no better way to enjoy the sights and sounds of the southwest suburbs than by traveling via train. Round up the kids for a leisurely ride on the Southwest Service Metra line and explore all that your neighboring towns have to offer. On weekdays, kids ages 7–11 save half on one-way fares, and up…


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…



Santa’s Mistletoe Market

SANTA’S MISTLETOE MARKET Santa’s Mistletoe Market! Join the Hampshire Area Chamber of Commerce for this newly revamped event! A fun festive event you don’t want to miss! Craft show, kids activities and games, visits with Santa, live entertainment, food vendors, caroling and more! Sunday December 3rd 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Hampshire Middle School 560 S. State St., Hampshire, IL 60140…


Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn + Giveaway

I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon at the Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn yesterday. What a pleasant space with tons of fun for kids! Even though it was chilly and gray outside, the colorful exhibits and natural light coming through the huge windows brightened my day. I wanted to give all of you a preview of what you…


All Inclusive Playground Groundbreaking

The Oak Lawn Park District will be breaking ground for the All Inclusive Playground at Columbus Manor on September 11, 2017 at 6:00 pm! An inclusive playground will help the Park District to continue the mission of enhancing recreational opportunities, not only for people with disabilities, but for the entire community. In addition, it is the Park District’s hope that…


Chicago Area Children’s Museums

The winter months are a perfect time for discovery and learning indoors at one of the many Chicago area children’s museums. We’ve put together a list of the offerings in the city and suburbs including best features, unique exhibit information, and our age recommendations. Some are ideal to spend a day, while others are suited to a shorter afternoon visit. Either…