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August Bucket List: 31 Ways to Celebrate the Last Month of Summer

Still excited about summer but running out of energy to plan outings for your kids? Never fear, Kidlist is here! We have curated an entire month’s worth of family-friendly events and activities so you can squeeze the last precious drops out of the season. Let’s turn up the heat with extra fun in the sun and send those back-to-school blues…


Storybook Walk Displays and Events in Chicago’s Suburbs

Get outside and explore a new park while hitting the story trail! Sometimes called Storybook Walks, these trails let park visitors read a storybook by moving from page to page along a walking path. At these local parks, families will find Pete the Cat and other family-favorite books to enjoy together as they stretch their legs and practice their reading…


Summer 2021: Water Parks and Beaches are Back!

It’s hot out there! Are your kids begging to go to the beach or water park? Mine sure are, so we’ve compiled and updated our list so you can cool off at your favorite spot! Unlike the difficult-to-navigate 2020 summer season, the region’s transition into/towards Phase 5 has brought many happy developments — not least of which is that our…


2021 Fourth of July Celebrations and Fireworks to Light Up the Sky

Keep your eyes on the sky this Fourth of July! The western suburbs have quite a few 4th of July fireworks displays returning in 2021, and even a few parades, too! Watch marching bands stroll the streets of downtown neighborhoods, then pull up your lawn chair to oooohhh and aaaahhhh over the colorful firework displays. We’re grateful to be able…



Local Miniature Golf Courses with Waterfalls, Windmills, and More

Tee up to a family-friendly game of miniature golf this summer. Even your littlest golfers can navigate past the water features, over train tracks and score a hole-in-one. Make it a competition, or simply practice putting while enjoying a beautiful summer day at these miniature golf courses in the western suburbs. Mini Golf Courses in the Western Suburbs Hours and…




2021 Summer Concerts Are Here!

Anyone else miss outdoor concerts in the summertime? There’s simply nothing better than enjoying live music on a beautiful summer night! We’ve rounded up all the best family-friendly summer concert options locally for almost every day of the week. Get some of these concert dates on your summer calendar today and look forwards to the good vibes. Summer 2021 Outdoor…


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…


20 Best Walking Paths: Parks with Paved Trails

Get a change of scenery and enjoy a walk at one of our beautiful neighborhood parks! We scoped out parks with paved paths; the fairly smooth surfaces are perfect for strollers, rollerblading, and more. All of these parks have playgrounds along the paved trail, so you can stop along the way and let your kids play too! Parks with Paved…


15 Best Mulch-Free (and Mud-Free!) Playgrounds

A little mud never hurt anyone — but some days, I don’t feel like dealing with it! These mud-free playgrounds generally use colorful, soft surfaces as an alternative to mulch or woodchips. We’ve scoped out options all around the suburbs so you can get a sneak peek before you go. This article is sponsored by Battistoni | Beam | Polivka…