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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…


Classic Car Shows are Revving Back Up for Summer 2021

Classic car shows are fun for even the youngest of car enthusiasts. Soak in a beautiful summer night while walking through rows of classic cars at these family-friendly evenings. Don’t be shy; most car owners love sharing about their classic cars and their history. (Your kids might get a kick out of hearing about your own first car, too!) Summer…




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…


Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing, Plus Local Shops

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…


August 2021 Family-Friendly Events

I’ll admit I always get a little sad when I see August on the calendar, as I know our time for summertime adventures are winding down. I can’t help but get excited when I see the fun ways that these local organizations will keep the fun going all the way to Labor Day! Pack a picnic, listen to an outdoor…


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…


May 2021 Family-Friendly Events

May is full of events to get us all outside together! Story times in the park, hikes in the woods, touch-a-truck events, and more are happening all across the suburbs. You’ll also find indoor events at museums, libraries, and more. So check out the events below and be sure to sign up early; many events require registration, and you don’t…


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…


Hop On Over to These 2021 Easter Egg Hunts

The hunt is on! We’re hopping with egg-citement to see so many great egg hunt events this spring. Get ready for outdoor, glow-in-the-dark, flashlight, and aquatic fun! Grab your baskets and make sure to arrive before the start times listed. In seconds, all the eggs are gone. Click on the dates and times within the description for more information on…


February 2021 Family-Friendly Events

We’ve got a lot of love for our February 2021 events list! We’ll be celebrating family and friends all month long as we recognize Black History Month, as well as holidays including Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, and Lunar New Year. February 2021 Family-Friendly Events Do you have an event to submit to the Kidlist calendar? Simply click this link and…