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New Year’s Eve Family Party at Enchanted Castle

Celebrate 2019 at Chicago’s Greatest Family New Year’s Eve Bash on Monday, December 31st with 2 seatings to choose from – our 4 PM “Early Bird” seating and the “Grand Gala” seating from 8 pm to Midnight! Guests will enjoy our famous New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert plus each paid guest receives $10 in Game Play, 4…


A Fun Family NYE at DuPage Children’s Museum

Ring in the New Year with a countdown to Noon celebration at Fun Family NYE 2018! Families can spend time together exploring the Museum’s hands-on exhibits, taking part in special activities, listening to live music, creating lasting memories, and more! This annual year-end celebration, now in its 17th year, has become a holiday tradition for families and is an important…



Horse-Drawn Carriage and Trolley Rides for Old-Fashioned Holiday Fun

If the hustle of modern-day Christmas is bringing out your inner Grinch, why not slow down with an old fashioned horse-drawn carriage ride or holiday trolley trip? Many festivals in the area are offering rides around town. There are also special ones where you can view decorated homes in your area! Grab your cocoa and bundle up with your loved…


8 Most Unique Holiday Experiences in Chicago and the Suburbs

Holiday events abound in and around Chicago, but what are the most unique holiday experiences? We rounded up experiences for a memorable December. Get the details on these one-of-a-kind family, friendly events and activities! Illumination November 17, 2018 – January 1, 2019 The Morton Arboretum’s Illumination is the most unique lights display we have ever seen. Where else can you…


LEGO Train Show: A Wonderland for LEGO fans

Cantigny Park’s annual LEGO® Train Show, a favorite holiday tradition for families, returns on Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9, 2018. Show hours are 9:00 am to 8:00 pm on Saturday, and 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday. Admission to the LEGO Train Show is complimentary with paid parking of $5 per vehicle. Cantigny will waive the parking…


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…




2018 Best Christmas Lights in the Western Suburbs

There are some truly amazing Christmas lights and displays in the western suburbs! Hop in the car to check out these magnificent light displays, or fill up some thermoses with hot cocoa and walk through together. We’ve updated all of the larger walk-throughs for 2018. We’ve also included the 2017 residential display information for all of you early birds, but…


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!…