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Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids

Here in the Chicago suburbs, we’ve got the best of both worlds: city life and wide open spaces. We don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors! Not only is exploring our natural environment an incredible learning opportunity for kids, but it’s also one of the most entertaining and rewarding ways to enjoy a beautiful spring or summer…


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…


July 2021 Family-Friendly Events

July might be my favorite month of the year! We start with 4th of July festivities and then cruise into weeks of summertime fun. Water parks, beaches, and splashpads will keep you cool until the sun goes down and you’re ready for campfires, outdoor concerts and movies in the park. In the list below, you’ll find countless opportunities for family-friendly…


How to Check Out a Museum Adventure Pass from Your Library

Did you know that you could take your family to the museum . . . for free? Yes! With a Museum Adventure Pass from your local library, you can visit dozens of Chicagoland museums, zoos, and other places of interest for free or at a discounted rate. How do you get the Museum Adventure Pass? Easy! Head to your local…


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…


St. Patrick’s Day with Your Lucky Little Leprechauns

It’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your lucky little charms. Hunt for a pot of gold, set leprechaun traps, and give Irish dancing a try! Don’t fret that St. Patrick’s parades are canceled in 2021, we’ve found plenty of ways to have fun and celebrate in green. We’re all Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day 2021…


10 Best Donut Shops and Where to Get the Best Paczki

There are so many amazing donut shops in the western suburbs, but you all managed to pick a Top 10! Thanks to everyone who voted in our poll to pick the Kidlist readers’ top choices for the best donuts in Chicagoland. While you’re here, check out spots where you can find paczki in time for Fat Tuesday, and be sure…


Free February 2021 Fun in Chicagoland

We’ve hit the home stretch of winter! While we definitely see some chilly days in March and April, February signifies that the end of winter is near! We’ve gathered information about exciting, and FREE, ways for your family to spend time together this month during this chilly month. Whether you’re engulfed in a science demonstration courtesy of Fermilab, missing the…


Start 2021 Right with Free January Fun

After a hectic (and expensive!) December, we’re all ready for fresh ideas without a price tag come January. Below, you’ll find information about free things to do with kids this month. We’ve got both indoor and outdoor places to go, as well as events running throughout January. Bundle up, have fun, and don’t worry about your budget! Free January 2020…


The Coolest Spots to Kayak, Paddleboat, and Canoe!

Looking for a fun family activity to try outdoors this summer? Get in on some waterfront fun and rent a kayak, paddleboat or canoe! A day on the water is such a memorable way to explore nature with the kids and get a little exercise, too. Although some boat rental spots have temporarily closed due to the pandemic, plenty are…


Your Guide to Summer 2020 Fun in the Suburbs

Last night, I was scrolling through photos from June last year: a waterpark vacation, visits to the library, playgrounds, restaurants, splash pads . . . wow, things are certainly different this year! But working on this round-up of 2020 summer fun energized me. There are still fun things to do around town if you know where to look! And our…


Where to See Waterfalls Near Chicago

Finding waterfalls in Chicagoland is not common, so when you spot one it makes hikes that much more special! We’ve been spending more time in nature lately and find these waterfalls so beautiful and peaceful. It’s also fun to race floating sticks down the rapids and an extra bonus if our kids can splash in a nearby creek! Fullersburg Woods…