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Summer 2021 Outdoor Movies in the West Suburbs

Outdoor movies in the park is our favorite summertime activity. We pack up blankets, comfy chairs and snacks, ready to soak up a beautiful summer evening while watching a family-friendly movie. You’ll laugh and sing along to the music as you watch one of these outdoor movies in the western suburbs. Pro tip: If your family isn’t quite ready to…


Where (and How!) to Take Your Kids Fishing, Plus Local Shops

My favorite memories of my dad and I were fishing off the dock or by the pond at the Mallard Lake Forest Preserve. There’s something about fishing that lures families together to create memories outdoors! It isn’t just teaching your child to fish that creates a bond. It’s the calm, quiet moments in nature. This peaceful tranquility is something my…


May 2021 Family-Friendly Events

May is full of events to get us all outside together! Story times in the park, hikes in the woods, touch-a-truck events, and more are happening all across the suburbs. You’ll also find indoor events at museums, libraries, and more. So check out the events below and be sure to sign up early; many events require registration, and you don’t…


Local Fish Fry Events and Carryout for 2021

Having grown up in a Catholic home, I love a good fish fry on Friday. Keeping traditions alive during the pandemic has been tricky, but this is a great way to support local businesses. Restaurants, churches and VFWs throughout the western suburbs offer tasty fish options for families during Lent. Many have modified their menu or are limiting to carry-out…


March 2021 Family-Friendly Events

Spring is coming! As we move through these cold winter months and are finally able to comfortably be outside again, we’re excited to see so many fun-filled St. Patrick’s Day and Easter celebrations back on the calendar after having been canceled in 2020. Find all the details about these March family-friendly events below. The March calendar page is sponsored by…


Stroll Through These 2020 Winter and Holiday Walks

‘Tis the season to get outside and celebrate the holidays. Store-front windows filled with snowmen, reindeer lining the streets, elves hidden in downtown shops, and rows of beautifully-decorated trees fill your neighborhood parks. Below you’ll find the list of winter and holiday walks to help your family socially distance while celebrating the holidays this December. Bundle up and enjoy these…


Local Wrestling Clubs and Academies for Kids

All I do is pin, pin, pin, no matter what! Does your athlete have an interest in joining a wrestling club or trying out the sport? Check out one of these wrestling clubs in the western suburbs. Wrestling clubs teach weight training, cardio, flexibility, and sportsmanship. If you son or daughter is competitive, these clubs and academies have the coaching…


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…


Super Halloween Bash

Have a SUPER good time at the Enchanted Castle’s Halloween Party. TWO Super Heroes will be hosting this year’s party. Party package includes $10 in Game Play, UNLIMITED Catapult Rides, Bumper Cars and Quest II Kids Playland, a “Monster” slice of pizza and pop, Super Heroes Meet and Greet, plus costume parade, raffle prize entry, “Trick or Treat” candy stations…


Dog Parks and Off-Leash Areas

We are very excited to bring you the official Kidlist Furry Friends Guide! Each month, we will be sharing posts that give you the inside track on dog-friendly places, dog parks, resources for pet owners, and more! This article is sponsored by Robert Hutchison, your Realtor for the western suburbs of Chicago. If you are looking to buy a home…