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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…


Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing + Local Fishing Shops

Going fishing together is a time-honored family tradition that brings generations together. I remember my grandpa taking us down to fish from the little pond outside his condo — and while my grandparents’ condo association probably wasn’t too pleased, I’m happy to have those memories. The key to fishing is coming prepared. Here’s what you need to bring, a few…


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…


Live Theater for Kids: Spring – Summer 2019

A trip to the theater can be a fun outing for the entire family! Even the littlest guests will find themselves engrossed in the music and activity of these live action shows. Some of these shows feature an adult-only ensemble, while others are made up of children only. What a wonderful activity to explore and introduce your family to the…


Dog Boarding Options in the West and Southwest Suburbs

The holidays are just around the corner. For some of us, our furry friends are piling into our cars and making trips together with our families. For others, we must find a nice place for our pups to stay. Luckily, there are plenty of options! Plus, most dog boarding locations also offer spa or grooming services in case your furry…


2018 Holiday Theater for Kids and Nutcracker Performances

Make magical memories this holiday season with a kid-friendly holiday theater performance! There are so many options to take advantage of during Christmastime in the Chicagoland area. Why not start a special new tradition with your family? Check out all these great options, including The Nutcracker shows happening locally! Holiday Theater for Kids 2018 Twas the Night Before Christmas November…


2018 Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in the Western 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…


Tutoring Services in the Western Suburbs of Chicago

The new school year has begun! Your child may be interested in an extra challenge, or you might find he or she is frustrated by the work they are doing. Problems with study skills, organization and time management can also hinder success. There are quite a few tutoring options available in the western suburbs for some extra help. Here are…


Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Fall 2018 – Winter 2019

The fall and winter months bring a terrific line-up of theater for kids to see with the family. Whether it’s a big production in the city or a smaller production right in your neighborhood, there are plenty of wonderful options that will delight the whole family. Check out our extensive list of shows for kids Some feature a cast of adult…


31 Kid-Friendly August Events: Western Suburbs Edition

For some, the end of summer is a mad dash to fit in every ounce of summer fun possible before the school year starts. For others, just about everything on our summer bucket list has been checked off, and we’re running out of things to do! No matter what category you relate to, Kidlist has you covered with kid-friendly events…


Kid-Friendly Nail Salons in the Western Suburbs

With summer in full swing, you’re probably finding yourself spending most days in sandals. If your daughters are anything like mine, they’re obsessed with my nails whenever I come back with a fresh coat of polish. Pamper yourself and your daughter with an afternoon at one of these kid-friendly nail salons. Some salons even have cute, children’s chairs for guests…


Miniature Golf Courses in the Western and Southwestern Suburbs

Summer is all about thrills big and small, so take the kids on a mini adventure close to home by exploring one of Chicagoland’s miniature golf courses. With themes ranging from ghosts and ghouls to outer space, there’s something to spark any kid’s imagination. And the best part about mini golf is that grown-ups don’t have to sit on the…