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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…


A Fun Family NYE at DuPage Children’s Museum

Ring in the New Year with a countdown to Noon celebration at Fun Family NYE 2018! Families can spend time together exploring the Museum’s hands-on exhibits, taking part in special activities, listening to live music, creating lasting memories, and more! This annual year-end celebration, now in its 17th year, has become a holiday tradition for families and is an important…


Best Donuts in the Suburbs

Our readers nominated their favorite donuts shops in the suburbs and most of the spots that made the list were mentioned multiple times! It’s tempting to do a donut tour… so why not? We put together map so you can determine a route and mark them off as you go. While you are on the donut trail, check back with…


STEAM Classes in the Western Suburbs

While STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) skills are increasingly important for the workplace, these classes offer more immediate benefits, too. Children learn critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and teamwork through these topics. Plus, they’re fun! Children create, design, reflect, and rebuild as they engage in individual and group activities. Some of these STEM and STEAM classes are open to…


Have Fun? You Won! Kids Triathlon

Multi-event sports aren’t just for elite adults. Kids are invited to swim, bike, and run to the finish line. Coordinated in partnership with School District 308 Physical Education teachers, the Kids’ Triathlon course is a 100 meter swim, a 3 mile bike ride, and a half mile run around the track. Kids enrolled in 3rd through 6th Grade compete in this non-continuously timed event….