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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…


Preschool and Daycare Guide for Families in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Updated! This guide originally published on November 6, 2018 but featured schools have been added since then. Looking for a preschool or daycare near you for your little one? You came to the right place! This guide is split into three sections: Preschool, Daycare, and Preschool with Extended Care (child care outside the hours of 9am – 3pm), then organized by…


Grab Your Sled and Head for These Sledding Hills in the Western Suburbs

Snow is on the way, and it’s time to go sledding! Here is a comprehensive list of places to sled in the western suburbs. Grab your snow gear and head to one of these local sledding hills. Most locations will be open with at least two inches of snow accumulation, and many spots have lighting, so the fun doesn’t have to…


2018 Best Christmas Lights in the Western Suburbs

There are some truly amazing Christmas lights and displays in the western suburbs! Hop in the car to check out these magnificent light displays, or fill up some thermoses with hot cocoa and walk through together. We’ve updated all of the larger walk-throughs for 2018. We’ve also included the 2017 residential display information for all of you early birds, but…


Santa Sighting Alert! Where to See Santa in the Western Suburbs 2018

Santa Claus is coming to town! Kidlist is here to help you get ready to celebrate the season and spend time with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves at many family-friendly events. You’ll find tree-lighting ceremonies, parades, story times, holiday train rides, photo opportunities, and more. So grab your wish list, come meet Santa, and make it a holiday tradition!…


The Biggest, Best Guide to Indoor Play Areas in the Western Suburbs of Chicago

Every year, this is one of our most popular lists — and for good reason! The western suburbs are full of indoor playgrounds if you’re looking for some relief from the heat, rain, or cold. We’ve got them all here! This ultimate list of indoor play areas includes indoor playgrounds, inflatable, and restaurant play areas. Whether you want information on an old favorite…


2018 Fall Festivals and Oktoberfests in the Western Suburbs

As summer heat turns to crisp autumn air, fall festivals and Oktoberfests spring up across Chicago’s western suburbs! These family-friendly events usually feature seasonal fun (think hayrides, pumpkin patches, and cups of steaming cider) as well as fest favorites such as rides, live music, and food trucks. Oktoberfests add a German twist with traditional food, music, and the chance to…


17 Amazing Places to Enjoy Fall Colors + Free Leaf Hunt Download

Awe-Tumn by Douglas Florian “When summer’s seams Have come undone, Then greens to reds And purples run. A palette falls To forest floor, And autumn leaves Leave me in awe.” This poem, by Douglas Florian, is one of my favorite poems about the beautiful season of Autumn. This time of year provides an abundance of natural beauty and is the…


“Kindness Rocks” and Local Rock Painting Groups

Have you heard of The Kindness Rocks Project? Per their website, their goals are to “inspire others through randomly placed rocks along the way” and to “recruit every person who stumbles upon it to join in the pursuit of inspiring others through random acts of kindness.” How to Make a Kindness Rock Find a smooth stone and paint with acrylic…


Solar Eclipse Viewing Events in Chicagoland

The total solar eclipse will be occurring on Monday, August 21, 2017. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible to the continental United States in 38 years. For more information about the Eclipse, including safety precautions, times to view the eclipse, and resources, please visit NASA’s page here. In Illinois, the path of totality will be crossing in…


Best Mulch-Free (and Mud-Free!) Playgrounds

The results are in! You voted for the best mulch-free playgrounds in the western suburbs and we traveled around to check out your picks. Wow, are they amazing! You are going to love the colorful, mud-free surfaces. Below are photographs and descriptions of each playground so you can choose which parks to go to first! Seven Gables Park, Wheaton Owens…


Kid-Friendly Bowling Alleys

There are many kid-friendly bowling alleys in our neck of the woods that offer great options. Bumper rails and rolling ramps are awesome ways to build confidence in young bowlers until their skills grow. Most of the options locally are very kid friendly, offering birthday parties as well as specials on select days of the week. Explore one near you…