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February 2021 Family-Friendly Events

We’ve got a lot of love for our February 2021 events list! We’ll be celebrating family and friends all month long as we recognize Black History Month, as well as holidays including Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, and Lunar New Year. February 2021 Family-Friendly Events Do you have an event to submit to the Kidlist calendar? Simply click this link and…




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,…


Use Our Map to Find 2020’s Best-Decorated Halloween Houses Near You

Each Halloween, my kids love driving and walking around the neighborhood looking at spooky Halloween houses. 2020 has been the year of drive-thru and walk through everything! This Halloween, our local families have put so much effort into their spooky Halloween displays for us all to safely enjoy! A great family outing could include a few cups of apple cider,…


Indoor Swim Lessons in the West Suburbs

When summer ends, your swim lessons don’t have to! Water safety skills are important to work on all year long. Keep that momentum going throughout the school year with indoor swim lessons. These facilities all offer indoor swim lessons starting at about 6 months old, with some companies starting as early as 3 months old. This article is sponsored by…


August 2020 Family-Friendly Events

I can’t believe that summer is coming to an end already! August is a perfect time to watch an outdoor movie under the stars, explore nature on a guided family hike, and more. Before you go, make sure to click on the links for information about social distancing requirements, advance registration details, and other guidelines to help your family enjoy…


Bounce House Rentals, Inflatable Water Slides, and More!

This summer is the perfect time to bring the fun to your own home! Bounce houses, water slides, and inflatable obstacle courses will provide your kids with hours of entertainment. Even if you’re expecting a smaller crowd or just your own kids, check out these bounce house and party rentals to maximize the fun at your family get-together. Many of…


These Splash Pads and Spray Parks are Open Right Now

Splash pads are the perfect way for families to cool off in this summer heat. Young toddlers can explore the spouts and sprays, while big kids can drench themselves with dumping buckets. Some of these locations are even fenced in to contain your littlest runners. Click the links to confirm details about safety guidelines, modified hours or advanced registration requirements….


500+ Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in the Western Suburbs

Restaurants are now open for outdoor dining, but not all restaurants can accommodate outside seating. We found it a little daunting to try to figure out our options, but wanted to take a break from cooking, get out of the house, and enjoy a meal together. That’s where this handy list comes in! Scroll to the town you are interested…


Free Summer Reading Programs for Kids + Free Books

A lot of activities may be canceled this summer, but one thing is definitely not: reading! These retailers and local libraries are encouraging children’s love of learning by offering free summer reading programs. Enjoy a beautiful summer day reading outside, or curl up with a good book and a blanket on a rainy day inside. Start a virtual family book…


2020 Farmers Markets and French Markets and the New Rules You Should Know

Yes, farmers markets are opening in 2020! Farmers, small business owners, and artisans need our help now more than ever. But do expect changes. According to the Illinois Farmers Market Association: “farmers markets are transitioning from community gathering spaces to transaction based markets, or IN-and-OUT markets. A few key tips from their new safety procedures: Maintain at least six feet…