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New Year’s Eve Family Party at Haunted Trails Burbank

Ring in the New Year at our New Year’s Eve Family Party on Monday, December 31st – from 8 pm to Midnight! Guests will enjoy our famous New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert plus each paid guest receives $17 in Game Play, 1 Lazer Frenzy Challenge, Hats & Noisemakers, Karaoke Entertainment, Games & Prizes, Grand Raffle for a…


Clothes Pin People Nativity Scene

Create a cool clothespin people nativity scene. Tap into your imagination to fashion your version of the holy family, animals, and manger. Make a diorama using recycled materials, wood pieces, paint, straw, star charms, beads, buttons, pom poms, and more. Ages 6 and up. Please call or text to reserve your child’s spot.


Shimmering Winter Votive Candle Holders

Join us at the Kensington Arts Center to create a shimmering set of winter votive candle holders. Enjoy decoupaging with a lovely variety of decorative papers to fashion colorful glowing glass containers. Add a dash of glitter, pretty pine cones and ribbons to finish off your creation. Children ages 6 and up. Please call ahead or text to reserve a…


2018-19 Winter Break Camps for Kids in the Western Suburbs

Winter break is the perfect time to unwind with family and friends, recharge your batteries and soak up the holiday season. It can also be hard to lose the structure of school days and extra-curricular activities. The western suburbs are full of winter break camps with a lot of flexibility. Sign up for a half-day, full-day, or extended-day. Pick a…



Attitude Gratitude Felt Quilts

Join us at the Kensington Arts Center to create a mini felt gratitude quilt that shows what matters most. Design unique symbols with oil pastel on your quilt squares, then embellish with glitter and tempera paint. Hang your colorful design banner-style from a stick and attach a fringe of fancy flowing ribbons to give it that extra special touch.  Children…


Special Music Together® Holiday Favorites Classes

Mattix Music Studio is having special Music Together® Holiday Favorites Classes, starting November 29! What a great way to spend some quality time with your little ones. It always gets so busy around the holidays, so even more reason to carve some time out for engaging music and interaction! Reserve your spot in this 3 week mini class today! There’s…


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!…


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

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 town. We recommend looking into a few that interest you and if time allows, schedule a visit to see the…


Best Donuts in the Suburbs

Our readers nominated their favorite donuts shops in the suburbs and most of the spots that made the list were mentioned multiple times! It’s tempting to do a donut tour… so why not? We put together map so you can determine a route and mark them off as you go. While you are on the donut trail, check back with…


2018 Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Events in the Western Suburbs

Have a toddler who won’t make it around the neighborhood on Halloween? Trunk-or-Treat is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit before the big day! Families can choose to decorate their car and pass out goodies as excited children practice trick-or-treating around the safety of an enclosed parking lot. Some of these events include fall festivals, indoor games,…


2018 Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in the Western Suburbs

We have rounded up family-friendly Halloween events in the western suburbs for you and your family to enjoy this boo-tiful Halloween season. October is full of fun activities including hayrides, pumpkins, movies, stories, treats, games, and more. The Halloween events below are a great opportunity to use those costumes more than once and celebrate the season all month long! This…