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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…


Nature Centers in Chicagoland: Bring the Outdoors Inside

Nature centers are the perfect stop for any wildlife lover. These family-friendly stops are a win no matter what the weather. Bundle up to go outside in the winter, cool off inside during the summer or do both. They’re a hit year-round. No matter what mother nature has in store for us, you can stop in to one of these…


Storybook Walk Displays and Events in Chicago’s Suburbs

Get outside and explore a new park while hitting the story trail! Sometimes called Storybook Walks, these trails let park visitors read a storybook by moving from page to page along a walking path. At these local parks, families will find Pete the Cat and other family-favorite books to enjoy together as they stretch their legs and practice their reading…


Updated Guide to the Best Kids Birthday Party Places, Ideas, Entertainment, Decor

Looking for kids birthday party places? Need to hire entertainment? Balloon decorations? Yard Signs? Bounce houses? We have all the options so you can plan a memorable party. What’s even better is that we have descriptions and contact information so you have everything in one place! Your one-stop-shop for kids party planning. You will find four sections below: kids birthday…



2021 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs

Summer is on its way, and we can’t wait to get in on the fun. Free fun happens all around the suburbs if you know where to look. These no-cost outings will help keep everyone engaged and enthusiastic, all with cash left over for the ice cream truck! This article is sponsored by Dixon Law Office. Grant Dixon is invested…


Remember Fallen Soldiers at 2021 Memorial Day Ceremonies

Many families will spend Memorial Day weekend celebrating the start of summertime fun. This year, I also hope you take the time to talk to your children about the meaning behind Memorial Day, which is a day meant to honor our country’s fallen soldiers. Many communities typically celebrate with parades, which we hope to see returning in 2022. This year,…


2021 Summer Concerts Are Here!

Anyone else miss outdoor concerts in the summertime? There’s simply nothing better than enjoying live music on a beautiful summer night! We’ve rounded up all the best family-friendly summer concert options locally for almost every day of the week. Get some of these concert dates on your summer calendar today and look forwards to the good vibes. Summer 2021 Outdoor…


Virtual VBS, Kits, and In-Person Options for Vacation Bible School 2021

Vacation Bible School (VBS) is an exciting way for children to gather together, explore religion and learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. Many churches that offered virtual VBS in 2020 have found ways to safely gather in 2021, but you will also find some virtual programming this upcoming summer, too. Registration is already opening, so make sure…


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…


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…