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Gymnastics Open Gym Summer Schedule for the West Suburbs

Gymnastics open gym time is a great way for kids to have fun, test their gymnastics skills, and challenge themselves physically (with the comfort of foam mats and pads). These local gymnastics facilities all offer a summertime open gym schedule. On some of the websites, you’ll find a waiver to print and sign so you’re ready to play right when…


Enjoy These Dog-Friendly Restaurant Patios (and Secret Menus!)

Summertime patios are here! But have you ever been curious if you could bring your dog along? There are many dog-friendly restaurant patio options across the western suburbs, so plan a doggy date today. Remember the rules of dog etiquette also apply to restaurant patios: keep dogs leashed and make sure they are well exercised and calm prior to your…


2019 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Western Suburbs

Nothing feels more like summer than 4th of July fireworks and parades. Each town celebrates in their own family-friendly way, whether walking the streets in a patriotic parade or enjoying a colorful fireworks show at dusk. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs, and your best patriotic gear to check out one of these awesome Independence Day celebrations with your family!…


$1 Summer Movies for Kids in the Chicagoland Area

Calling all movie buffs: $1 summer movies for kids are back in action! When the summer heat becomes all too much, cool off at your local participating movie theater for some really (really!) cheap children’s flicks. These movies discounts generally don’t come alone; bring some extra cash for heavily discount popcorn, candy, and soda combos. It’s hard to think of…



2019 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs

The only thing better than summer fun is FREE summer fun! Having a blast doesn’t have to break the bank. With classic car shows, outdoor movies, splash pads, nature centers, and more, there’s something for every family. Check out these great free summer activities all around the western suburbs. 2019 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs Here are a…


Splash Pads and Spray Parks in the Western Suburbs

The reason this Kidlist Mom loves splash pads is that my little kids are able to be more independent than at a pool. (It’s also a bonus that I don’t have to put on my bathing suit or bring life jackets!) Most splash pads and spray parks are opening Memorial Day weekend, with exceptions noted in the comments under each….


Your Guide to 2019 Summer Music Concerts in the Western Suburbs

As you work on your summer bucket list, don’t forget an outdoor concert as a part of a summer music series in the western suburbs. (After all, we endure winters in Chicago in order to be able to enjoy summertime fun outside!) Whether you’re taking in a children’s performance or a sunset serenade, get your family and friends together to…


Summer 2019 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs

Pack some popcorn and your lawn chair to enjoy a beautiful summer evening with outdoor movies in the western suburbs. All of these free events feature family-friendly movies, and some may sell concessions or have pre-show entertainment. Click on the listing to see more information such as the specific location and suggestions on what you should bring. Oh, and don’t…



2019 Spring and Summer Art Fairs and Festivals in Chicagoland

It’s springtime in Chicagoland, and there’s beauty all around us! It’s the perfect time to take a stroll through an outdoor art festival to find that special piece of art to decorate your home, or maybe just to spark your own creativity . . . especially if you’ve got a budding artist in the family. Whatever your fancy, we’ve got…


Make Your Next Party a Smash with These Bounce House and Party Rentals!

Having a party? Look no further! A bounce house, water slide, or inflatable obstacle course at a party really pumps up the fun. Many of these companies offer rentals of tables, chairs, and tents to make party day easier. Some even have concessions, games, and other outdoor fun! Check out one of these rentals for your next birthday party, graduation…