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STEAM and STEM Classes

Does your child love to tinker, get lost in a pile of LEGOs, or take apart their toys? These interests are all related to STEAM: science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics. At these STEAM classes, kids learn critical thinking, problem-solving, and teamwork. They’ll have fun with friends while coding their own video game, designing their own invention, and so much…


Embrace the End of Summer with These 31 Amazing August Events

Summer may be nearing its end, but the fun isn’t over yet! There are still tons of awesome events ahead during the month of August. Here at Kidlist, we’ve got you covered with kid-friendly activities and events throughout the western suburbs for every last day of summer. 31 Kid-Friendly Events in August 2019 Week One: Kid-Friendly Events August 1–3 Thursday,…


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!…



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…



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…


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…


Baby and Toddler-Friendly Places for Fun with the Littlest Ones!

It’s that time of year when the holidays have ended, the cold is fierce, and cabin fever has set in. If you’re over the post-new-year hibernation, look no further. There are many indoor options to keep your babies and toddlers entertained while we wait for spring. Break out of the house and check out some of the baby and toddler-friendly…


Daddy Daughter Dances (and Valentine’s Events) in the West Suburbs

Daddy daughter dances are a great way for girls to enjoy a special night out with the men in their lives. Whether attending with dad, grandpa, uncle or another special someone, your daughter will love these events filled with dancing, dinner, crafts, games, desserts, photo booths and more! Most of the daddy daughter dances have registration deadlines, so I suggest checking…


Parent Groups, Mom Groups, and Playgroups in the Southwest Suburbs

“I got her number!” I mouthed to my friend in triumph, holding up my phone. We high-fived. As we watched our potential new mom-friend jog away from the playground behind her 3-year-old’s tricycle, a thought struck me: finding friends as a parent is a lot like dating. You’ve got to put yourself out there, ask for a few numbers, and know when to…