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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…



2020 Trick-or-Treat Hours for Halloween in Chicago’s West Suburbs

The Kidlist team is beyond excited for Halloween this year! After seeing so many fun events and holiday celebrations canceled earlier in 2020, we’re so happy to see trick-or-treating happening for so many towns! The Illinois Department of Public Health put out a lot of information about keeping your family safe during Halloween festivities. Find your trick-or-treat hours listed below,…


Halloween is Happening! 2020 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

IT’S ALIVE! (Halloween, that is.) Dust those cobwebs off your costumes, because Halloween is happening! The western suburbs have pulled out all the stops to ensure you and your little goblins have a spook-tacular time. After all the spring and summertime cancellations, we’re over the moon at the sight of so many family-friendly Halloween events. Creep through haunted forests, carve…


The Most Amazing Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Suburbs

Fall in Chicagoland is a picturesque setting with warm, sunny days and cool, crisp nights. I feel like it’s our last chance to take long family walks, go out for bike rides, and enjoy nature without bundling up too much. There are plenty of wonderful opportunities to soak in the beauty of the season. (Looking to get the best fall…


Your One-Stop Spot to Find Local Kids Classes and Teams

Our local businesses, teachers, and coaches are getting creative to offer safe outlets for kids to explore athletics, arts, academics, and more! When our team started putting this guide together, we realized that even if some of the traditional options aren’t available, these spots are still amazing resources for parents to help their kids stay connected to the activities they…