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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…


Local Fish Fry Events for 2020: Kidlist Readers’ Top Picks

If you observe the Catholic tradition of avoiding meat on Fridays — or, like me, just love a good ol’ fashioned fish fry — you’ve got plenty of options in the west suburbs! We just put out a call on our Kidlist Facebook page for fish frys and you guys definitely delivered. Here are your suggestions for where to find…


Daddy Daughter Dances (and Valentine’s Events) in the West Suburbs

Nothing beats quality one-on-one time with your child, and these Daddy-Daughter dances provide girls with the perfect opportunity for a fun-filled night with the men in their lives. Dads, stepdads, grandpas, uncles, older cousins, or even close family friends can come bust a move on the dance floor. These events include dancing (of course), refreshments, crafts, keepsake photos, flowers, and…


Toy Drives and Donations to Spread the Cheer

Raising kind, considerate children is at the tops of every parent’s Christmas wish list. These toy drives and donation events can help your family spread goodwill onto others this holiday season! Throughout the west and southwest suburbs there are organizations collecting new toys, monetary donations, and even gently used toys to give children and families in need. By participating in…


2019 Trick-or-Treat Hours for the Chicago Suburbs

Halloween is just around the corner! Easily find your town’s recommended trick-or-treat hours in this helpful list. Check out the easy to print graphics if you are traveling to neighboring towns and share them with your friends! You’ll find trick-or-treat hours for the western suburbs, far west, and southwest suburbs in this handy article. Trick-or-Treating Hours in Chicago’s Western Suburbs…


Lend a Hand Together at These Local Volunteer Opportunities

As a parent, I love fostering the importance of giving back and teaching our children to be thankful. Volunteering as a family is a wonderful opportunity to connect with each other and the world around you! Children learn how their role makes an impact locally or globally in the lives of others. Here are some incredible opportunities to get your…