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2019 Family-Friendly Halloween Events

Halloween is a time to scare, but also a time to share- share fun memories with your little ones and families. Luckily for you, the west and southwest suburbs have no shortage of spooky and spook-free family halloween events! October weekends are packed full of activities that will give you a chance to show off your costume a few more…


The Most Amazing Places to Enjoy Fall Colors in the Suburbs

Fall has always been one of my absolute favorite seasons! With the changing leaves creating the perfect backdrop of natural beauty, it’s hard not to stop and enjoy the lovely colors of fall. Whether it’s a simple neighborhood walk with your family, or an outing to a picturesque location near you, there are plenty of wonderful opportunities to soak in…


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

Between everyone on the Kidlist Team and the wide range of children all of us have, we have looked into every type of kids classes, teams, clinics, and lessons there are. So we decided to put all of our heads together to create a helpful resource for all of our fellow parents, grandparents, and caregivers! Below you will find four…


Horseback Riding Classes for Kids

Saddle up and enjoy a beautiful afternoon horseback riding. Local farms offer activities that help children of all ages get outside for some fresh air, while fostering their love for animals. From introductory lessons and birthday parties, all the way to trail rides and scout badge programming, there are a lot of great opportunities below to connect your child with…


Martial Arts Classes for Kids

If you’re looking to boost your child’s self-confidence, discipline, and strength, take a look at these dojos for martial arts classes! You’ll find taekwondo, hapkido, jiu jitsu, martial arts, and karate classes for children as young as 4 years old. Several of them offer free classes, or free trial weeks, so be sure to inquire. Park districts also often offer…


Embrace the End of Summer with These 31 Amazing August Events

Summer may be nearing its end, but the fun isn’t over yet! There are still tons of awesome events ahead during the month of August. Here at Kidlist, we’ve got you covered with kid-friendly activities and events throughout the western suburbs for every last day of summer. 31 Kid-Friendly Events in August 2019 Week One: Kid-Friendly Events August 1–3 Thursday,…


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…