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Free or Inexpensive Places to See Animals

Do you have an animal lover in your house? Then this list is for you! We’ve gathered all of the free or inexpensive places to see animals in our area. Nature centers, farms, smaller zoos, and pet stores… we’ve scoped out all the possibilities for you! Are your kids into something that we can look into for you? Email us…


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…


Meal Delivery and Travel Meals at Entrée Kitchen

Entrée Kitchen has many options to provide for your family! I am excited to tell you about two programs that I think will come in handy, especially over the summer: the Entrée Kitchen Meal Delivery Program and Travel Meals. Meal Delivery Entrée Kitchen delivers to homes, daycare centers, and community locations in addition to their corporate delivery program. You can send…


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…


Fenced-In Parks for Toddlers

A Kidlist reader recently requested a list of fenced-in parks and playgrounds where she could bring her toddler to play. We thought it was a great idea! The following fenced-in parks are great spaces to take your little ones to play without worrying about them taking off or running into the street before you can catch them. It’s not very…


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…



Locally Owned Bookstores and Toy Stores

We love local businesses! It is no secret that when you shop locally owned, independent businesses more money is kept in the community. Not only is it convenient, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at these independent stores are truly experts in their field. With the holiday shopping season approaching, it is a great time to explore local bookstores and toy stores…


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 of parks with sand! A special thank you to…


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…


Preschool and Kindergarten Prep Preview

Looking for a preschool or pre-k program? The Bright Horizons centers in Western Springs, Oak Brook, Naperville, Downers Grove, Lisle, and Wheaton are holding Preschool and Kindergarten Prep Preview events in February! Experience how Bright Horizons ensures your child is on the right track for school success. During Preview, you’ll have the opportunity to engage with our STEM curriculum, explore preschool…