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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…


Bunny Breakfasts and Other Easter Meal Options in the West Suburbs

The Easter Bunny will be making an appearance at these breakfast and lunch events. Enjoy delicious food, join in on the Easter fun, and don’t forget your photo hop-portunity. Nearly all of these bunny breakfasts require advance registration or reservations, so please click on the links for more details. 2019 Bunny Breakfasts and Easter Meals in the West Suburbs Breakfast With…


2019 Kite Flying Festivals and Events in Chicagoland

There is something so beautiful and innocent about a sky full of delightfully colored kites. Any time we joyfully announce “Let’s go fly a kite!” in our house, our children come running! They’re delighted by the dips and spins of these little diamond-shaped wonder charms, high in the sky. It’s National Kite Month, and Chicagoland is filled with opportunities to…


2019 Spring Break Camps, Activities, and Events in the West Suburbs

Not heading anywhere for spring break? Don’t worry! We’ve got plenty of ways for your family to stay busy during the week off school. Depending on the weather, you may find yourself either digging through our indoor play spaces list, or enjoying a hike at a beautiful forest preserve nearby. If you’d prefer something scheduled, there’s plenty of spring break…


Need Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler? Look Here!

With this list of places to go with a baby or toddler, the hardest part of your day will be getting out the door! Once you arrive at the destination of your choice, you and your baby will be seeing animals, climbing play structures, listening to story time or dancing to music. There are countless ways listed below to enjoy…



2018-19 Winter Break Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

Winter break is the perfect time to unwind with family and friends, recharge your batteries and soak up the holiday season. It can also be hard to lose the structure of school days and extra-curricular activities. The western suburbs are full of winter break camps with a lot of flexibility. Sign up for a half-day, full-day, or extended-day. Pick a…


Grab Your Sled and Head for These Sledding Hills in the Western Suburbs

Snow is on the way, and it’s time to go sledding! Here is a comprehensive list of places to sled in the western suburbs. Grab your snow gear and head to one of these local sledding hills. Most locations will be open with at least two inches of snow accumulation, and many spots have lighting, so the fun doesn’t have to…


2018 Best Christmas Lights in the Western Suburbs

There are some truly amazing Christmas lights and displays in the western suburbs! Hop in the car to check out these magnificent light displays, or fill up some thermoses with hot cocoa and walk through together. We’ve updated all of the larger walk-throughs for 2018. We’ve also included the 2017 residential display information for all of you early birds, but…


Santa Sighting Alert! Where to See Santa in the Western Suburbs 2018

Santa Claus is coming to town! Kidlist is here to help you get ready to celebrate the season and spend time with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves at many family-friendly events. You’ll find tree-lighting ceremonies, parades, story times, holiday train rides, photo opportunities, and more. So grab your wish list, come meet Santa, and make it a holiday tradition!…


2018 Holiday Theater for Kids and Nutcracker Performances

Make magical memories this holiday season with a kid-friendly holiday theater performance! There are so many options to take advantage of during Christmastime in the Chicagoland area. Why not start a special new tradition with your family? Check out all these great options, including The Nutcracker shows happening locally! Holiday Theater for Kids 2018 Twas the Night Before Christmas November…