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Polar Express Train Rides, Holiday Express, Santa Train, and Santa Trolley

Originally inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s The Polar Express, these rides can include everything from story times to caroling to meals with Santa. Many choose to wear pajamas to get in character, or feel free to don your most festive holiday sweater! Create a new holiday tradition for your family and take a magical ride to the North Pole! These events tend…


Kid-Friendly Nail Salons in the Western Suburbs

With summer in full swing, you’re probably finding yourself spending most days in sandals. If your daughters are anything like mine, they’re obsessed with my nails whenever I come back with a fresh coat of polish. Pamper yourself and your daughter with an afternoon at one of these kid-friendly nail salons. Some salons even have cute, children’s chairs for guests…


Willow Pond Park and Splash Pad in Willowbrook

Willow Pond Park and Splash Pad in Willowbrook was all newly renovated this year, completed in June, 2018. It features a playground with soft, rubbery surface and the splash pad with small fountains is perfect for young ones. Bring a lunch or snacks to enjoy in the picnic shelters with plenty of shade and tables. You can even grill there!…


2018 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs

The best kind of summer fun is free summer fun! Save those dollar bills for the ice cream truck (or a family vacation): there are plenty of options for free summer fun in the Western suburbs. This huge list of free summer fun is sponsored by the Glen Ellyn Park District! Winding slopes, streams, bridges, and tunnels add to the challenge at…


Outdoor Movies in Chicago’s West and Southwest Suburbs

Now presenting all the outdoor movies being shown in the west and southwest suburbs for Summer 2018! Click on the listing to see more information such as the specific location and suggestions on what you should bring. Some even have pre-movie activities or entertainment and concessions available. So grab a blanket or some chairs and enjoy a movie under the…


Where Kids Eat Free in Chicago’s Western Suburbs – 2018

Stuck in a dinner rut? Venture out to try a new restaurant without the worry of a hefty bill. Here is an updated list of Kids Eat Free deals in the western suburbs. To receive the free kids menu items, nearly all restaurants require the purchase of an adult entree. Even though I’ve recently verified restaurants’ offerings and restrictions, it’s…


2018 Races and Fun Runs in the Western Suburbs

The spring and summer months bring an incredible round-up of races and fun runs locally that are lots of fun for the whole family! While some kids are ready for a full-blown 5k, others might like to start with a short and sweet fun run: the perfect way to introduce younger kids to longer races. Either way, they’re sure to…


Where to See Santa in the Western Suburbs 2017

Santa Claus really is coming to town! Kidlist has you ready to celebrate the season and spend time with Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elves at many family-friendly events. These range from tree-lighting ceremonies to full-fledged meals with the jolly old man himself. Where to See Santa in Chicago’s Western Suburbs 2017 Please note that many of the events listed…


Where to Eat with Santa This Year

What better way is there for your kids to celebrate the holiday season than to eat, drink and be merry with Jolly Old St. Nick himself? Here at Kidlist, we’re tracking Santa’s whereabouts within the western suburbs from now until Christmas. We’ve compiled a lengthy list of the best places to grab a bite to eat while hanging out with…


Volunteering with Kids in the Western Suburbs

Volunteering with kids is such a meaningful way to connect, all while helping the people who need it most. It’s a time to foster bonds, teach lifelong values and enrich the lives of others…now that is true quality time! We are surrounded by many fantastic organizations locally that are changing lives for the better daily. Check out a few of…


Kids Eat Free on Halloween

Especially since Halloween falls on a Tuesday this year, it’s an incredible day for kids eat free on Halloween! You’re in for a special treat. All of the details for the deals are included below. I have called each of these places and noted when there were inconsistencies across locations, but please check before going if you have your heart…


Kids Theater and Drama Classes

This list of kids theater and drama classes is sponsored by Children’s Theatre of Western Springs. Calling all kids with imagination, creativity, energy and a need for fun! Whether a budding thespian, aspiring singing or crazy comedian, or just looking to increase self-confidence, there’s room for everyone at Children’s Theatre of Western Springs.  Spring session is January 8th to May 7th,  offering classes such as Wizard of…