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August Bucket List: 31 Ways to Celebrate the Last Month of Summer

Still excited about summer but running out of energy to plan outings for your kids? Never fear, Kidlist is here! We have curated an entire month’s worth of family-friendly events and activities so you can squeeze the last precious drops out of the season. Let’s turn up the heat with extra fun in the sun and send those back-to-school blues…


Horseback Riding Stables and Farms Where Kids Can Saddle Up

Giddy up to theses local horseback riding stables and farms! Local farms and stables in the Chicagoland area offer horseback riding lessons and pony rides, for your younger equestrians. My three kids love grooming and petting horses as well as going for pony rides and horseback rides, as they are getting older. Visiting farms and stables give children the opportunity…


Nature Centers in Chicagoland: Bring the Outdoors Inside

Nature centers are the perfect stop for any wildlife lover. These family-friendly stops are a win no matter what the weather. Bundle up to go outside in the winter, cool off inside during the summer or do both. They’re a hit year-round. No matter what mother nature has in store for us, you can stop in to one of these…


Your Guide to Summer 2021 Fun in the Suburbs

After a quieter summer in 2020, it’s no surprise that we cannot contain our excitement for what’s in store in 2021. Strawberry picking, water parks, children’s museum, fishing, outdoor concerts, the list goes on and on. We’ve created one HUGE summer guide for all your family-friendly fun, so don’t forget to bookmark this page. We’ve linked to all of our…


Best Forest Preserve Trails for Kids

Here in the Chicago suburbs, we’ve got the best of both worlds: city life and wide open spaces. We don’t have to go far to enjoy the great outdoors! Not only is exploring our natural environment an incredible learning opportunity for kids, but it’s also one of the most entertaining and rewarding ways to enjoy a beautiful spring or summer…



Free February 2021 Fun in Chicagoland

We’ve hit the home stretch of winter! While we definitely see some chilly days in March and April, February signifies that the end of winter is near! We’ve gathered information about exciting, and FREE, ways for your family to spend time together this month during this chilly month. Whether you’re engulfed in a science demonstration courtesy of Fermilab, missing the…



Start 2021 Right with Free January Fun

After a hectic (and expensive!) December, we’re all ready for fresh ideas without a price tag come January. Below, you’ll find information about free things to do with kids this month. We’ve got both indoor and outdoor places to go, as well as events running throughout January. Bundle up, have fun, and don’t worry about your budget! Free January 2020…



Where to Take Your Kids for Free Photos with Santa

A photo op with Santa is a must-do every holiday season! Take advantage of the lowest price tag possible at these FREE visits with Santa for 2020. Make sure to click the links provided, as some require advanced registration, and all are offering additional safety guidelines this year. Bring your camera just in case, as some locations allow you to…