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Best Playgrounds for Elementary School-Aged Kids

Scope out some new spots for your family! We asked all of you for the best playgrounds for elementary school kids and you answered… with all of these great parks, one that just opened last week. There are special stories behind some of these play areas, so check them out and have fun! Harvester Park, Burr Ridge When you walk…


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…



Best Parks with Walking Paths

Want to take a stroller walk? Meet some friends at the park and take a walk between play breaks for the kids? We checked out all of the following playgrounds and walked for a while on the paths… wow, was it relaxing! All of the paths in this list are paved and the photographs include some of the playground equipment…


Best Parks for Toddlers

Thank you to everyone who contributed their picks for the Best Parks for Toddlers! It’s a great list of options… why not visit them all?! We checked out all of the following playgrounds so we could give you a sneak peek of what you will find there. Have another to add? We would love to hear your picks and explore those…


Best Doctors in the Near Western Suburbs of Chicago

Finding a healthcare provider can be so daunting! It’s a question that comes up quite a bit, so a few months ago we asked you to nominate your favorite doctors in eleven categories, including pediatrician, primary care physician, eye doctor, allergist, pediatric dentist, orthodontist, dermatologist, chiropractor, OB/GYN, midwife, and doula, then voting followed in April. The results are in – the best doctors…


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…


Best Libraries for Kids in the Western Suburbs

We asked Kidlist readers: What are the best libraries for kids in the western suburbs? And wow, there are some incredible libraries nearby, all with free, educational fun. Remember that at most libraries, you can use any local library card to check things out, so don’t be afraid to check out a new spot. Downers Grove Public Library • 1050 Curtiss Street • Downers Grove The Downers Grove…


Playgrounds and Parks With Sand

Kids love sand. But let’s be honest… sometimes we’re not in the mood to deal with that mess! So whether you are seeking out parks with sand to please the kiddos and let their imagination run wild, or avoiding sand like the plague, you are going to want to check out this list. A special thank you to our wonderful Facebook community…


LEGO Events Summer 2016

LEGO bricks have been a very favorite toy for my kids since they were old enough to begin playing with Duplo sets. My older boys have grown beyond these to LEGO bricks and I am utterly amazed at what they can create in one afternoon. LEGO is such a great activity for so many reasons, teaching lifelong skills such as reading and following directions,…


Mud-Free Playgrounds in Chicago’s Near Western Suburbs

You know how the weather can be… rainy one minute and sunny the next! We still like to go to the park after it rains and you’ll find me bringing a rag towel to dry off slides so my kids can play without getting soaked. But that doesn’t solve the problem of wet, muddy mulch! Luckily on days like that we have a huge…


Coffee and Play in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Enjoy a cup of coffee with some friends while your children play. We are never completely off duty, but it’s nice to have the option to enjoy some adult conversation while watching your kids have a good time too! Here are some indoor places to meet for coffee and play. Ball Factory 864 S Illinois Rte 59 Naperville, IL 60540…