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The Huge Guide to Summer Fun in the Suburbs

The ultimate summer guide is here! Here are all of our articles on the many summer activities in the western and southwestern suburbs, all in one spot for easy reference. Here, you’ll find anything and everything related to summer fun. Take a look — you just may find something you never knew you needed! Ultimate Guide to Summer Fun in…


Where to Kayak, Paddleboat, and Canoe (Including Rentals)

You don’t need to own a kayak or paddleboard to get your family in on the waterfront fun! These rental options will have you on the lake in no time. Whether you want to practice your tandem kayaking skills or get in on the stand-up paddleboarding craze, bring the family together for a day on the water with these rentals….


Free Summer Fun for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs 2019

Summer is just around the corner! If your house is anything like mine, structure is definitely required, at least a few days per week. Many nights before bed, my children ask, “What are we doing tomorrow?” Planning events in the summer can be overwhelming and expensive, there are plenty of FREE activities available if you know where to look! Here…


Indoor Pools with Family Swim Times in the Western Suburbs

When the weather outside is frightful, an indoor swimming pool is still delightful! If you and your little school of fish are looking to burn off some energy, check out these indoor pools with family swim times in the western suburbs. Don’t let the cold weather stop your poolside dreams. Grab your towel and swimsuit, but leave the sunscreen at…


The Winners are Here! 9 Best Free Nature Centers in Chicagoland

According to Kidlist readers (thanks, everyone!) these are the nine BEST free nature centers in Chicagoland! Nature centers are amazing destinations for kids to learn more about animals, native plants, geography, and more. Check them out, then let us know how many you’ve visited! 9 Best Nature Centers with Free Admission in Chicagoland 1. Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center 9800 Willow Springs…


Free February Fun in Chicagoland

February gets a bad rap here in Chicagoland. Football is officially over, the groundhog predicts six more weeks of winter, and the snow and cold has worn us out. No need to drag anymore! We have awesome ideas for free February fun that will have you sailing through the month with money in your pocket and a big smile on…



New Year’s Eve Family Party at Haunted Trails Burbank

Ring in the New Year at our New Year’s Eve Family Party on Monday, December 31st – from 8 pm to Midnight! Guests will enjoy our famous New Year’s Buffet including soft drinks and dessert plus each paid guest receives $17 in Game Play, 1 Lazer Frenzy Challenge, Hats & Noisemakers, Karaoke Entertainment, Games & Prizes, Grand Raffle for a…



Grab Your Sled and Head for These Sledding Hills in the Western Suburbs

Snow is on the way, and it’s time to go sledding! Here is a comprehensive list of places to sled in the western suburbs. Grab your snow gear and head to one of these local sledding hills. Most locations will be open with at least two inches of snow accumulation, and many spots have lighting, so the fun doesn’t have to…


2018 Kid-Friendly Halloween Events in the Western 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…


Regional Health, Wellness & Safety Family Fest

FREE Fest for all ages! Lots of activities (inflatables, face painting, interactive photo booth, touch a firetruck) YOUTH soccer demo at 8 am, crossfit demo at 8 am, goodies and speaker John Kass (for the parents!) The West Suburban Chamber again partners with AMITA Health and Max McCook on September 22 to offer tons of info on health, wellness and…