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2020 Tree Lighting Ceremonies to See That Magic Moment

Decorating our Christmas tree as a family is one of our favorite holiday traditions. There’s something magical about watching our tree light up for the first time each year. Many local communities celebrate the start of the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony. Some had already planned for a virtual ceremony this year, while others will be moving that…


Family-Friendly December Events 2020

Our roundup of December 2020 family-friendly events is sure to put you in the holiday spirit. Organizations in the western suburbs have gone above and beyond to ensure safety guidelines are being followed as you spend quality time with your family this holiday season. Of course, things may change, so be sure to check in closer to the event date!…


Thanksgiving at Home Ideas, Scavenger Hunt, Books, and Traditions

It’s turkey time! Without traveling this year, I have been brainstorming ways to keep everyone busy for our week at home together for Thanksgiving. There are tons of ideas in the list below that I’m excited about doing with my family, starting with the scavenger hunt! Don’t forget to check out our round-up of local restaurants offering Thanksgiving dinners, too!…



Go Green This Halloween: Smash Your Pumpkins!

Saturday November 7, 2020 is the big day to smash your pumpkins! Every year, the Saturday after Halloween, SCARCE coordinates pumpkin collections. Locations all around the western suburbs will be accepting your no-longer-needed pumpkins for composting. Keep your pumpkin out of a landfill and provide rich-nutrients to the soil. Don’t forget to remove candles and any added decorations (paint is…


Storybook Walks in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Storybook Walks (sometimes called Story Trails) are an interactive way for families to stretch their legs and brains at the same time. As you walk down the path, you’ll also journey through a storybook, one page at a time. With two emerging readers in our home, we’re constantly looking for new ways to practice our literacy skills. A visit to…


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,…


November 2020 Family-Friendly Events

We’re grateful for a full calendar this month! Our November family-friendly events list has us celebrating the upcoming holiday season with plenty of indoor and outdoor events. Arts and crafts, turkey shoots, story times, and more. There’s something here for every family. Before you go, make sure to click on the links for information about social distancing requirements, advance registration…



Where Kids Eat Free in Chicago’s West Suburbs

By the end of our school and work day, dinner is the last thing we want to worry about. These restaurants are taking the stress out of meal time! Check out our list below for all your favorite local restaurants currently offering kids eat free promotions. Order a meal to-go or dine-in without the worry of a big bill. Most…


Local Haunted Hayrides, Walks, and Drives for Halloween 2020

There’s a chill in the air . . . and little ghosts and goblins everywhere are on the hunt for a good scare! While some events have been cancelled this year, others are moving ahead with a focus on advance registration, smaller groups, and other precautions. These open-air events are a great way to get those scares in more safely….