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Kid-Friendly Stops on the BNSF Metra Line

All aboard! I know my kids aren’t the only ones who squeal at the sight of a train. The BNSF Metra line, which runs through the western suburbs, has many kid-friendly stops along the route. You’ll find toy stores, beautiful parks, ice cream shops and more! Many towns operate their farmers markets near their train stations. Be sure to check…


Local Escape Rooms: Are You Up to the Challenge?

Puzzles, challenges, and problem-solving all wrapped up in a fun, adrenaline-filled night out! Escape rooms are perfect for teens, tweens, and adults. This family-friendly activity is perfect for a rainy day and promotes teamwork and bonding. You can choose the level of the challenge room to suit your group and make sure it is just challenging enough for your family….


2021 Pool Memberships are Expanding with Phase 5 Guidelines

Pool memberships are a cost-effective way to maximize your summertime fun! In light of the new Phase 5 guidelines for Illinois, we recently revisited all the pools offering memberships and found lots more summer fun to be had. Check out all the offerings! Please note: This article was revised on June 11, 2021, to reflect new Phase 5 guidelines that…



2021 Farmers Markets and French Markets

#Shoplocal! Local produce, products, and much more at farmers markets all around the Chicagoland suburbs. Head out with your children to pick out fruits and vegetables that are locally grown and products that are locally sourced. Kids often become adventurous eaters when they are part of the picking, planning, and preparing, too. Many farmers markets have live music, food for…


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…


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…


2020 Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween in Chicago’s West Suburbs

The Kidlist team is beyond excited for Halloween this year! After seeing so many fun events and holiday celebrations canceled earlier in 2020, we’re so happy to see trick-or-treating happening for so many towns! The Illinois Department of Public Health put out a lot of information about keeping your family safe during Halloween festivities. Find your trick-or-treat hours listed below,…


Use Our Map to Find 2020’s Best-Decorated Halloween Houses Near You

Each Halloween, my kids love driving and walking around the neighborhood looking at spooky Halloween houses. 2020 has been the year of drive-thru and walk through everything! This Halloween, our local families have put so much effort into their spooky Halloween displays for us all to safely enjoy! A great family outing could include a few cups of apple cider,…


Your One-Stop Spot to Find Local Kids Classes and Teams

Our local businesses, teachers, and coaches are getting creative to offer safe outlets for kids to explore athletics, arts, academics, and more! When our team started putting this guide together, we realized that even if some of the traditional options aren’t available, these spots are still amazing resources for parents to help their kids stay connected to the activities they…


Kids Art Classes and Studios: Drawing, Painting, and More

Drawing and painting are wonderful ways for kids to express themselves! Creative kiddos of all ages can draw or paint during open studio time, classes, workshops, and summer camps. Take your little Picasso to a studio near you today and watch their inner artist shine through! This article is sponsored by the featured listings. Kids Drawing and Painting Studios in…


Local Tutoring Services in the West Suburbs

Tutoring services offer a big help, especially when tutors tailor learning to your individual child’s needs and interests. That might mean bridging gaps or extending content further than classroom curricula. If your child struggles to stay organized, needs to know how to prepare for an upcoming test, or just wants homework help, these tutoring companies can help provide both academic…