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New Playgrounds

It’s so exciting when there are new playgrounds on the horizon! We have amazing parks systems and park districts in the west and southwest suburbs, many of whom are planning some great new spaces for our children. Here are the locations you can look forward to checkin out in the near future! We also included information from the past year…


Meet Abigail Joyce Photography: Award Winning Local Photographer

Kidlist welcomes Abigail from Abigail Joyce Photography as a guest contributor. Abigail is an award winning photographer who offers sessions on location, at her gorgeous Oak Park Studio, and in your home. Keep reading to see samples of her work and get her contact info! Hi, I’m Abigail from Abigail Joyce Photography, now located in Oak Park, IL. I founded…


Perfect Pairing: Local Coffee Shops with Parks Nearby

There are few things I love more than a great local coffee shop. I love the ambiance, the aroma of brewing coffee, and… oh yeah, the coffee. My toddler enjoys a good coffee shop visit, too! He’s more interested in the pastries than the java—and he’s good for about 10 minutes before he starts getting rowdy and catching side-eye from…


Celebrate Mom at These 2019 Mother’s Day Brunches and Events

Mothers Day brunches and other special events are being held in some really fun locations that will give you the chance to celebrate moms (or grandmas, or mommies-to-be, or dog-moms). If you’re a mom, forward this list to your partner or kids… and if you’re here for inspiration to celebrate the mom in your life, you’re in the right place!…


Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer 2019 in the West Suburbs

Vacation Bible School is a fun and interactive way for kids to explore religion and learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. Every summer, there are countless VBS opportunities all over the west suburbs! In general, VBS is for ages 4 through 12, although some churches welcome children younger. Most churches encourage anyone to attend, even if…


Get Ready for Summer with a Swimming Pool Membership!

Splash into summer with a new swimming pool membership for your family! Early bird rates are happening as we speak, with deadlines quickly approaching. Luckily, Kidlist has the inside scoop so you won’t miss out on a dreamy summer lounging poolside with your kiddos. Check out our list of pools near you and line up your family’s membership in plenty…


2019 5k Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs

Spring and summertime in Chicago bring the perfect weather to get outside and enjoy these races and fun runs with your family. Set an active example by signing yourself up, too! Kids can sprint in a 100-yard dash, test their endurance in a 1-miler or push themselves to complete a full 5k. Along with the running, kids will love the…


Pets Love Indie, Too! Local Pet Supply Stores and Shops

While there are a variety of national chain pet stores available to us in our communities, it can be a fun field trip for you and your dog to seek out local independent shops! These stores can range from standalone pet stores, to portions of locations that also offer grooming and other classes, to pet bakeries. Shopping local supports our…


Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

Here in Chicagoland, we’re pretty lucky. (Yes, I’ve been outside… but hear me out!) We’ve got an abundance of awesome museums and educational attractions just minutes away. But these visits can also be pretty expensive. Did you know that you can get free admission and discounts from your library when you check out the Museum Adventure Pass? Libraries have individual…


Bunny Breakfasts and Other Easter Meal Options in the West Suburbs

The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance at these breakfast and lunch events. Enjoy delicious food, join in on the Easter fun, and don’t forget your photo hop-portunity. Nearly all of these bunny breakfasts require advance registration or reservations, so please click on the links for more details. 2019 Bunny Breakfasts and Easter Meals in the West Suburbs Breakfast With…


All the 2019 Kids Eat Free Deals in the West Suburbs

Kids eat free deals make it more affordable for families to enjoy a special night out (and get a break from the pre-dinner scramble). This round-up of area restaurants with kids eat free specials will help you find a deal any night of the week! Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree to score the deal. Even though…


Tumble Into These Gymnastics Open Gyms in the Western Suburbs

Open gym time is a fantastic way for kids to get acquainted with gymnastics, check out area gyms to take classes, and just have fun! Your budding gymnasts will have the opportunity to run around and play on a variety of cool equipment, including trampolines and foam pits at some spots. Take advantage of this handy list of local gymnastics…