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5 Ways to Honor Your Special Class of 2020 Graduate!

Graduation is normally such a memorable and exciting milestone, but it’s looking a bit different this year as many of these events move to a virtual platform. We’ve come up with some inventive ways to make these moments extra special for such deserving kiddos! You can tailor these to just about any age, from preschool to high school. The Kidlist…


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…


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…


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…


Super Halloween Bash

Calling all Creatures of the Night – join us for Haunted Trails’ “Super Heroes” Halloween Party. TWO Super Heroes will be hosting this year’s party. Party package includes $10 in Game Play, “Monster” slice of pizza and pop, Super Heroes Meet and Greet, UNLIMITED Crazy Cabs and Miner Mike Coaster Rides, costume parade, raffle prize entry, “Trick or Treat” candy…


PJ Party

The First PJ PARTY of the Season will take place next Friday, October 18 Pizza, ice cream, a movie, pajamas, giggles and fun…..and just $20 Session I (for ages 3+) – 4:15pm – 6:15pm – movie Hotel Transylvania 2 Session II (for ages 6+) – 6:30p-8:30p – movie Hotel Transylvania 3 A great time for the youngsters and a “time…


Regional Health, Wellness & Safety Fest

FREE and OPEN to all community members and residents. No registration required to attend! We offer activities for all ages:  bounce house, soccer demo, financial fitness tips, aging well, business vendors ranging from real estate to fitness studios to home health to more. Food court also available. FOR ALL PARENTS:  Listen to our expert panel discuss the newly passed recreational…


Double J Riding Club Open House

Join us for an end of summer Open House event! As summer camps come to an end and we prepare for the fall, we’ve got new pre-school classes, birthday party packages, and exciting clinics and special events we’ll be hosting! When? Thursday September 5th 9:00-11:30 AM & 4:00-7:00 PM We’re offering a morning and afternoon time slot so everyone can…


Kids Day Out Programs in Chicago’s West and Southwest Suburbs

Kids Day Out (also known as Parents’ Day Out or Mother’s Day Out) programs are a great way to introduce your little one to the classroom . . . and get some “me time” back into your life, too! Kids play, learn and socialize with their peers in a preschool-like setting. Many programs provide you the flexibility to choose the…


Safety Villages and Safety Towns

Safety towns and safety villages give children an opportunity to practice the rules of the road, at-home safety, and even safety around strangers. Many have cute kid-sized buildings and structures for them to navigate as a passenger or pedestrian. Most of these villages are recommended for ages 4-10. Some have open exploration time, but most have camps with specific enrollment…