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Sensory-Friendly Chicagoland: Activities and Events for Special Needs

We have the scoop on sensory-friendly events for children with special needs! These all-inclusive events are often limited to smaller group sizes to help reduce noise and activity, while increasing engagement and the ability for kids to move about. There are many new options of theaters, play places, museum times, and movie screenings that accommodate special needs. My whole family…


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 Kids Eat Free in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Are you looking at your schedule and wondering, “How am I going to fit in cooking dinner?” These restaurants are taking the stress out of meal time! Check out our list of all your favorite local restaurants currently offering kids eat free promotions, with options for both to-go and dine in. Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree…


Giant Map of Fun: Outdoor Places to Go with Kids

With the weather thawing out even a little bit, I’m so excited to be out and about again! These outdoor places to go with kids help alleviate my kids’ cabin fever like nothing else. We all know Chicagoland weather can be . . . temperamental . . . so we’ve got ideas for snowy days and those glorious afternoons when…


Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Spring – Summer 2021

Sharing the arts with your kids is such an unforgettable, wonderful experience! And, thankfully, there are some amazing, family-friendly theater productions happening in the months to come throughout the Chicagoland area! Kidlist has you covered with an excellent listing of shows (both virtual and hopefully in-person, too) that include adult ensembles, all-kids casts, virtual puppet shows, and even audio adventures….


Local Fish Fry Events and Carryout for 2021

Having grown up in a Catholic home, I love a good fish fry on Friday. Keeping traditions alive during the pandemic has been tricky, but this is a great way to support local businesses. Restaurants, churches and VFWs throughout the western suburbs offer tasty fish options for families during Lent. Many have modified their menu or are limiting to carry-out…


Local Activity Kits and Subscriptions for Easy At-Home Fun

What are we going to do today? We’re in the dog days of winter, and finding our usual resources for fun to be tapped out. Activity kits are available throughout the suburbs to pick up and take home. In the summer of 2020, Nicole rounded up this amazing list of crafts, cooking, art projects, and more. We’ve recently added a…


Movie Theater Rentals in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Are you looking for a unique birthday party venue or maybe just a surprise night out for your family? Movie theaters across the western suburbs are renting out their giant theater rooms! My family misses going to movies on the big screen with our giant bowl of buttery popcorn with candy on the side. Renting out the theater gives us…


Escape to These Indoor Water Parks Near Chicagoland

We’ve researched all the best options for indoor water parks in and around Chicago for you! Whether it’s an afternoon of fun you crave, or an entire weekend away, there are loads of options to choose from. Whether you’re looking to travel soon or making plans for a future getaway, be sure to call in advance for the most updated…


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…


Arcades, Laser Tag, and Game Rooms Now Open

Press PLAY to start, and get your game on! We’ve rounded up the best local arcades, laser tag and game rooms for kids (or kids at heart) in the western suburbs of Chicago. For those of you new to the options, “game room” refers to places with varying forms of entertainment, buy mainly arcade-style games. Those with tickets and prizes are…