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Indoor Play Areas Offering Private Rentals

Indoor play areas have always been a great way for kids to burn off extra energy in these cold winter months, but it’s been a tough year for these businesses. However, as COVID-19 guidelines are set to change in the coming weeks, you may even find that more places are able to safely open with extra cleaning procedures and limited…


How to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with Kids in 2021

This coming Monday, January 18, 2021, we celebrate and honor the life of the incredible Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The impact of his work is felt within every community in America. Take the time on Monday to talk to remind your children that it’s not just “another day off school,” but a day to remember a true leader in…


Start 2021 Right with Free January Fun

After a hectic (and expensive!) December, we’re all ready for fresh ideas without a price tag come January. Below, you’ll find information about free things to do with kids this month. We’ve got both indoor and outdoor places to go, as well as events running throughout January. Bundle up, have fun, and don’t worry about your budget! Free January 2020…


Holiday Drive-In Movies in Chicagoland

Get into the holiday spirit with your loved ones at the drive-in! We’ve updated our list to include the best, festive movies around town to enjoy safely cuddled up with your family from the comfort of your car. Attendance will be limited for every movie event. You’ll need to maintain social distancing (that’s at least six feet away) and use…



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…


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…



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….


October 2020 Family-Friendly Events

October is sure to be a spooky month (but hopefully only in a good way)! Creep through the halls of a haunted mansion, or take a scary stroll through a local forest. Bring your little ghosts and goblins out to one of these many fun and frightful, family-friendly events. Don’t forget your costume! Before you go, make sure to click…


Pumpkin Patches and Pumpkin Farms in the Chicagoland Area

Oh my gourd, I love fall! It’s time for one of our favorite outings of the fall season . . . picking the perfect pumpkin at the pumpkin patch! You’ll find locations that not only offer pick-your-own pumpkins, but also all kinds of great attractions, children’s rides, and tasty fall treats. Spend a few hours or a whole day with…