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How Do We Make Our Kids’ Birthdays Special Right Now?

For many of us parents who have kids with spring birthdays, we are scrambling to find new ways to make these occasions special during the coronavirus stay-at-home order. My daughter recently celebrated her 12th birthday, and in the end, it was nothing short of spectacular! In fact, she has asked for some of the new traditions we created at home…


Get Outside at Parks with Paved Paths

We noticed that the forest preserve parking lots were fairly full last week, which is unfortunately not great for maintaining that six-foot distance from other people. If you want a change of scenery to get outside and take a walk, the park paths are open, too! We have checked out all of these paths over the years and they are…


Your Guide to Illinois College Saving: Q&A with Tips

Kidlist welcomes Jason Dobrzynski, CFP®, RLP®, CMFC® and Maralynn Kearney, MBA of Corsalus Financial as guest contributors to give us a breakdown of 529 plans and tips for college saving. Both Jason and Maralynn are local residents, financial advisors, and parents (Jason of a 2 year-old daughter and infant son, and Maralynn of three teenagers), and Corsalus Financial is a wonderful Kidlist…


Kids Eat Free Deals: The Ultimate List for Chicago’s West Suburbs

Have something in your family you’d like to celebrate? Home-cooked dinner not in the cards tonight? Look no further! Local restaurants have kids eat free promotions every day of the week. This is a great way to dine out together without breaking the bank. Most restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree to score the deal. Even though we’ve…


St. Patrick’s Day with Your Lucky Little Leprechauns

Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Around the western suburbs, you’ll find plenty of St. Patrick’s Day events for you and your lucky little leprechauns. With parades, Irish dancing, arts and crafts, and hunting for gold, the fun isn’t limited to March 17th. We’ve also included information about the legendary dyeing of the Chicago River and parades in the…


Chicagoland Kids Theater Guide: Spring – Summer 2020

Sharing the arts with your kids is such a wonderful and memorable experience. And lucky for us, there are tons of amazing, family-friendly theater productions in the Chicagoland area! Kidlist has you covered with a fantastic listing of shows that include an adult ensemble, as well as ones with an all-kids cast. Line up your theater tickets for the coming…


Top 10 Best Local Libraries for Kids: Your 2020 Picks!

We asked Kidlist readers: What are the best libraries for kids in the western suburbs? These are the top 10 libraries for 2020, as voted on by our readers! They’ve got play areas with kitchens, dollhouses, STEM toys, puppet theaters, games, puzzles, and more.Many libraries in our area allow you to use any local library card to check things out, so don’t be…



Bright Horizons Open Houses, Previews, and Showcases

It’s preschool registration season and there’s no better way to figure out which early education location is perfect for your child than attending an open house! Bright Horizons is offering times in February when you can drop by to explore their classrooms, learn about their curriculum, and meet the teachers. No RSVP necessary! Be sure to check out the full…


Parent’s Night Out

Enjoy a night out on us and let the kids play and create! This camp empowers children to be themselves. We’ll move through yoga poses, learn mindful breathing techniques, enjoy music, games, and complete Kindness Rocks for a fun-filled time. Sign up early – space is limited! *Snacks will be provided. Please dress kids in comfortable clothing and bring a…