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Mexico Beyond Mariachi presents “SUGAR SKULL! A Dia de los Muertos Musical Adventure”

A one-hour joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of the holiday through music and dance. Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones until she finds herself on a magical, musical journey accompanied by Sugar Skull, a charismatic candy skeleton to unravel the true meaning of Día de los…


Local Wrestling Clubs and Academies for Kids

All I do is pin, pin, pin, no matter what, what, what! Does your athlete have an interest in joining a wrestling club or trying out the sport? Check out one of these wrestling clubs in the western suburbs. There are a ton of clubs and academies where kids can get coaching and practice their moves on the mat. Wrestling…



Splash Pads and Spray Parks in the Western Suburbs

The reason this Kidlist Mom loves splash pads is that my little kids are able to be more independent than at a pool. (It’s also a bonus that I don’t have to put on my bathing suit or bring life jackets!) Most splash pads and spray parks are opening Memorial Day weekend, with exceptions noted in the comments under each….


Celebrate Mom at These 2019 Mother’s Day Brunches and Events

Mothers Day brunches and other special events are being held in some really fun locations that will give you the chance to celebrate moms (or grandmas, or mommies-to-be, or dog-moms). If you’re a mom, forward this list to your partner or kids… and if you’re here for inspiration to celebrate the mom in your life, you’re in the right place!…


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…


The Hunt is On! 2019 Easter Egg Hunts in the West Suburbs

We aren’t yolking with this egg-streme list! Spring has sprung and Easter is right around the corner. Make your kid’s day eggs-tra special and head out to an Easter egg hunt.  Inside, outside, in the dark, or even underwater, this list of Easter egg hunts in the western suburbs is… egg-stensive. Most event times listed are the time the egg…


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…


The Votes Are In: 10 BEST Indoor Playgrounds and Play Spaces

Thank you to all our readers who voted to help create this list of your favorites! Enjoy and explore a new play area with your kids this winter. If you would like even more indoor play places to choose from, check out our guides for Indoor Play Areas in the Western Suburbs and Indoor Play Areas in the Southwest Suburbs, which…


Daddy Daughter Dances (and Valentine’s Events) in the West Suburbs

Daddy daughter dances are a great way for girls to enjoy a special night out with the men in their lives. Whether attending with dad, grandpa, uncle or another special someone, your daughter will love these events filled with dancing, dinner, crafts, games, desserts, photo booths and more! Most of the daddy daughter dances have registration deadlines, so I suggest checking…


Top 15 (Santa-Free!) Things to Do With Kids in December 2018

Even aside from all the holiday bustle, there lots to do throughout December! Close out 2018 strong with some fun family time, or find activities to keep everyone happy all winter break long. If you just need a break from all the Santa sightings, this is your list! December 2018 Events for Kids in the West Suburbs This list focuses…