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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…


STEAM Classes in the Western Suburbs

While STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) skills are increasingly important for the workplace, these classes offer more immediate benefits, too. Children learn critical thinking, problem-solving, collaboration and teamwork through these topics. Plus, they’re fun! Children create, design, reflect, and rebuild as they engage in individual and group activities. Some of these STEM and STEAM classes are open to…


Get Your Spook On! Family-Friendly Halloween Events in the West 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…


Haunted Houses and Haunted Forest Walks in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Enjoy getting your spook on with these haunted hayrides, haunted walks, and haunted houses! We witch you a Happy Halloween! We have included websites for parents to check out; please make sure your fang-tastic activity is appropriate for your child’s age, and call the event planners if you have any questions. This article is sponsored by the Oak Brook Park…


Kids Basketball: Teams and Skill Building in the West Suburbs

Basketball is a wonderful team sport to play as a developing young athlete, and thankfully, there are many year round programs to play locally! From skill building classes to leagues and teams, kids as young as kindergarten can get involved with the opportunity to progress all the way through high school. Check out our comprehensive list that includes recreational leagues…


Classes for Little Kids 0-5 Years Old

Parents with young children ages 0–5 years old are often looking for classes to keep kids active, learning, exploring and engaging with other children. With countless classes offered for children at this stage in life, there’s something for everyone! Children can make new friends, and parents can meet and connect with other parents in this same stage of life. Check out…


Free “Come & See” Music Together® Class

Visit a Music Together® class at Mattix Music Studio for musical fun! Children ages 0-5 are invited to attend with their caregivers. Please register on our website to reserve your spot in our free Come & See classes. Classes held at the Christian Reformed Church of Western Springs – 5140 Wolf Road, Western Springs, IL 60558 For more information and…


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…


Sewing Classes for Kids

Having two daughters who are interested in learning to sew prompted me to do a little research on places that offer sewing classes locally. To my surprise, I found that there are many fantastic options for kids’ sewing lessons and camps all over the western suburbs of Chicago. As a result, we are all signed up for our first sewing…


31 Kid-Friendly August Events: Western Suburbs Edition

For some, the end of summer is a mad dash to fit in every ounce of summer fun possible before the school year starts. For others, just about everything on our summer bucket list has been checked off, and we’re running out of things to do! No matter what category you relate to, Kidlist has you covered with kid-friendly events…


Polar Express Train Rides, Holiday Express, Santa Train, and Santa Trolley

Originally inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express, these rides can include everything from story times to caroling to meals with Santa. Many choose to wear pajamas to get in character, or feel free to don your most festive holiday sweater! Create a new holiday tradition for your family and take a magical ride to the North Pole! These events tend…


Cheerleading for Kids in Chicago’s West Suburbs

Looking for cheerleading and tumbling classes for your child in the Western suburbs? There are lots of great choices in the area whether it be camps, classes or competitive cheer clubs. For your convenience, ages for each club is listed below.  Not all places have a direct number or address, so please see the website for additional contact information. Cheerleading…