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August Bucket List: 31 Ways to Celebrate the Last Month of Summer

Still excited about summer but running out of energy to plan outings for your kids? Never fear, Kidlist is here! We have curated an entire month’s worth of family-friendly events and activities so you can squeeze the last precious drops out of the season. Let’s turn up the heat with extra fun in the sun and send those back-to-school blues…


Kid-Friendly Nail Salons in the Western Suburbs!

The feeling of freshly manicured nails is such a fun one to share with your kids, and summer is the ideal time to show off those cute little fingers and toes! From choosing the perfect nail polish color, to the warm foot bath and just the overall experience of getting completely pampered, my daughters were easily hooked after going for…


2021 Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks to Light Up the Sky

Keep your eyes on the sky this Fourth of July! The western suburbs have quite a few 4th of July fireworks displays returning in 2021, and even a few parades, too! Watch marching bands stroll the streets of downtown neighborhoods, then pull up your lawn chair to oooohhh and aaaahhhh over the colorful firework displays. We’re grateful to be able…


Summer 2021 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs

Outdoor movies in the park is our favorite summertime activity. We pack up blankets, comfy chairs and snacks, ready to soak up a beautiful summer evening while watching a family-friendly movie. You’ll laugh and sing along to the music as you watch one of these outdoor movies in the western suburbs. Pro tip: If your family isn’t quite ready to…


Exciting New Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs

I am always blown away by the wonderful parks and playgrounds that our park districts provide for us! They are always renovating and reimagining spaces and we are so grateful for that. Check out the new playgrounds that were just completed as well as those that will be ready for play in the coming months. We also included information from…


Bounce House Rentals, Inflatable Water Slides, and More!

Maximize the fun at your family get-togethers this summer with a backyard party rental. These companies will keep the fun going all day with bounce houses, water slides, obstacle courses, concessions, outdoor games, dunk tanks, and more. Start planning your summer festivities today with these endless opportunities for fun! Jumpin G’s Inc. Jumpin G’s Inc.9140 BroadwayBrookfield, IL 60513(708) 785-7643Facebook Jumpin…


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

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…


August 2021 Family-Friendly Events

I’ll admit I always get a little sad when I see August on the calendar, as I know our time for summertime adventures are winding down. I can’t help but get excited when I see the fun ways that these local organizations will keep the fun going all the way to Labor Day! Pack a picnic, listen to an outdoor…


May 2021 Family-Friendly Events

May is full of events to get us all outside together! Story times in the park, hikes in the woods, touch-a-truck events, and more are happening all across the suburbs. You’ll also find indoor events at museums, libraries, and more. So check out the events below and be sure to sign up early; many events require registration, and you don’t…


April 2021 Family-Friendly Events

We’re not fooling around, April is going to be a fun-filled month! We start the month celebrating all things Easter, but there is so much more to look forward to in April. Prepare your home garden, participate in a park clean-up, dust off your fishing pole, or celebrate all the other things that make our planet incredible this Earth Day….


2021 Easter Bunny Sightings in the West Suburbs

Play a round of B-I-N-G-O, enjoy a delicious brunch, or hop on by for a photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny at these family-friendly Easter events. We’re egg-cited to see so many options able to run with extra safety guidelines in place. Nearly all of these events require advance registration, so now’s the time to start hunting for your family’s…


Where to Take Kids for Ear Piercing Near Here

My daughter became quite obsessed with the idea of getting her ears pierced at the age of nine, and quickly got her older sister on board with the hope of doing it together. The only ones left to get on board were her dad and me! This rite of passage for many is commonly paired with feelings of excitement and…