Oct 312014
 

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Well, the weather doesn’t look great today… rain and even snow! So here are some options for trick-or-treating inside this afternoon into the evening… If you know of others please let me know and I will get the info out there! Comment below or email annie@mykidlist.com.

 

Trick-or-Treating, Magic Show and Parade (Yorktown Mall Lombard)
Magic show at 1:30 followed by a costume parade. Many stores hand out candy throughout the mall, however it is not mandatory that they do so. While supplies last.

Trick-or-Treating with Seniors (LaGrange Park)
Make seniors in assisted living happy while having a good time with your kids at the same time! The seniors will be in a large conference room or courtyard with bowls of candy and are looking forward to handing out candy to your kids.

Halloween ‘Ball’ (Pinstripes Oak Brook)
Trick or Treating and costume party

Halloween Flight Night & Trick-or-Treat (iFLY Naperville)
Children under 18 can receive 50% off an “Earn Your Wings” flight package when they wear their costume to iFLY. Kids will also receive a free goodie bag with treats.

Halloween (Healthier) Treats, no Tricks (Whole Foods Market Hinsdale)
Kids! Stop by our café in your costumes and pick out some un-scary treats. Boo to sugary, chemically altered treats… they have the good stuff there.

Halloween Fun Fair (Westmont)
There will be lots of laughter and prizes when trying your luck at our carnival games. Register to win a special prize right after the “Parade of Costumes.” Then, children and adults alike will be under a spell when they watch the hocus pocus magic show. They will have a monster menu available that you can sink your fangs into.

All Hallow’s Eve (Burr Ridge)
Celebrate a non-scary Halloween. Inside there will be a cookie walk, crafts, snacks, Halloween games with prizes, the Traveling World of Reptiles. Outside, the enchanted playground with a free flashlight for the first 200 children, popcorn, hayrides and activities.

Darien Lion’s Club Halloween Party
Free admission, games, magic show, ice skating and more.

Halloween Carnival (Hodgkins)

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Oct 292014
 

I am still working on November events, but have gone through most of my resources. If you have an event to add, please email me at annie@mykidlist.com or enter it by clicking the green “post your event” button on the Kidlist calendar page.

Click here for Halloween Day events

Saturday

Baby & Kid’s Wear – Reduce, Re-use & Recycle Sale (Darien)
Great bargains for your baby, child or expectant mother.

Frozen Winter Tea Party (Forest Park)
Dress up as your favorite character from the Disney movie Frozen and come join the Park District for a classy afternoon at the park. It’s time to get all dressed up and drink some beverages while snacking on delicious treats.

Beginner’s Art Studio, Drop In (Oak Park)
Children and adults can explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-ended art experience. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process, while children create masterpieces.

Storytime with Holly (Burr Ridge)
Join Barbara’s Bookstore’s master story teller, Holly as she reads imaginative children’s books that will delight your kids.

Sunday

Zumba for moms and Lifetime Academy for children
Child care 6 months-11 years (children choose rock climbing, zumba, art, or music) while you enjoy a fashion show, zumba class, catered brunch, goodie bag from Athleta, refreshments, steam room, sauna, workout and relaxation.

 

As the weather gets colder, I highly recommend that you check out the Kidlist calendar for events during the week and the tabs across the top of the site such as Classes for Kids and Indoor Places to Go, which has numerous lists including Indoor Play Places with reviews from local moms.

Enjoy your weekend!

 Posted by at 8:17 pm
Oct 282014
 

Halloween is just a few days away… Are your kids excited? October has been sprinkled with Halloween events, but as the day approaches here are some events, books and crafts to work into your celebration. I heard it’s going to be cold on Friday, so you might want to check out the indoor options for trick-or-treating so you and your kids can warm up!

Wednesday, October 29

Halloween Hoopla Party (Western Springs)
Treat your kids, yourself, friends, and family to an evening of spectacular Halloween fun. It begins with games of chance for one and all to win Halloween treats and small prizes. Dare to walk through an incredible Haunted Room created to add just a little scare to the exciting fun. The event ends with a grand performance in the gym of a spectacular delight sure to please big and little faces.

Thursday, October 30

Monster Bash (Oakbrook Terrace)
Make crafts, play games and have a snack in celebration of Halloween. Costumes are welcome, but not necessary.

Friday, October 31 – Halloween

Halloween ‘Ball’ (Pinstripes)
Trick or Treating and costume party

Halloween Flight Night & Trick-or-Treat (iFLY Naperville)
Children under 18 can receive 50% off an “Earn Your Wings” flight package when they wear their costume to iFLY. Kids will also receive a free goodie bag with treats.

Halloween (Healthier) Treats, no Tricks (Whole Foods Market Hinsdale)
Kids! Stop by our café in your costumes and pick out some un-scary treats. Boo to sugary, chemically altered treats… they have the good stuff there.

Halloween Fun Fair (Westmont)
There will be lots of laughter and prizes when trying your luck at our carnival games. Register to win a special prize right after the “Parade of Costumes.” Then, children and adults alike will be under a spell when they watch the hocus pocus magic show. They will have a monster menu available that you can sink your fangs into.

All Hallow’s Eve (Burr Ridge)
Celebrate a non-scary Halloween. Inside there will be a cookie walk, crafts, snacks, Halloween games with prizes, the Traveling World of Reptiles. Outside, the enchanted playground with a free flashlight for the first 200 children, popcorn, hayrides and activities.

Darien Lion’s Club Halloween Party
Free admission, games, magic show, ice skating and more.

Halloween Carnival (Hodgkins)

 

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Egg Carton Spider

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Oct 222014
 

Friday

Happy Hauntings (Chicago)
The “People’s Palace” comes alive with spooky decorations and family-friendly fun – including music and theater performances, arts & crafts and more. Click on the event title for the full schedule.

Halloween Costume Party (La Grange Park)
FREE event for anyone eight years and under. Put on your costumes and enjoy a night of eerie fun at the Recreation Center. Carnival games will start the night out from 5:00 to 5:45 pm, followed by an enjoyable show.

Halloween Night Walks (Fullersburg Woods)
Halloween tricks and natural-history tales during a 75-minute walk through the woods after dark.

Halloween Party (La Grange)
There will be games, prizes, entertainment, and tons of fun. They will end the evening by raffling off 2 bicycles sponsored by the La Grange Fire Fighters Union.

Pumpkin Hunt (Oak Brook)
A Pumpkin Hunt at the Family Aquatic Center! Children will search for pumpkin-shaped capsules filled with candy and find a real pumpkin.

Tricks-N-Treats Halloween Quest (Clarendon Hills)
A quest for goodies and candies hidden in the woods. Don’t forget to bring a flashlight and bag to collect the goodies. Feel free to get in the Halloween spirit and come dressed in costume. This is a family friendly and not scary.

Haunted Forest Walk (Woodridge)
Hawthorne Hill Woods will be transformed into a thrill of scary scenes, complete with ghosts, ghouls, and all sorts of creatures that slither and groan. The Saturday afternoon session will be more suitable for children 9 and under and the faint of heart (parental discretion).

Saturday

Boo! at the Zoo (Brookfield)
Carve pumpkins, decorate spooky cookies, corn maze, pumpkin smasher, creepy cowboy carousel, professional pumpkin carver, haunted hayride, costume parade, costume showcase, build a scarecrow, several pumpkin patches and zoo chats throughout.

Halloween Window Painting (Downers Grove)
Check in and water-based paints will be supplied. Bring your own brushes and canned good donation for F.I.S.H. Pantry.

Trick or Trot 5K and Little Devil Dash 1K (Villa Park)
All proceeds benefit Villa Park community organizations and families in need.

Halloween for Ghouls & Goblins (Darien)
No tricks, just treats & lots of fun at our Halloween party for all 2-5 year olds. An adult needs to come along to help your child with the activities, games & crafts.

Happy Hauntings (Chicago)
The “People’s Palace” comes alive with spooky decorations and family-friendly fun – including music and theater performances, arts & crafts and more. Click on the event title for the full schedule.

Haunted Forest Walk (Woodridge)
Hawthorne Hill Woods will be transformed into a thrill of scary scenes, complete with ghosts, ghouls, and all sorts of creatures that slither and groan. The Saturday afternoon session will be more suitable for children 9 and under and the faint of heart (parental discretion).

Haunted Hayride & Bonfire (Burr Ridge)
Hop on board for a tour of the haunted woods. They also have an early excursion for the younger kids begining at 5:00 p.m. After the hayride, stay for scary stories and S’mores by the bonfire.

Haunted Forest Tour (Westmont)
Participants will walk for the first part of the tour. Then narrators will tell you the story of the haunted woods as they conduct guided tours on hayracks.

Halloween Night Walks (Fullersburg Woods)
Halloween tricks and natural-history tales during a 75-minute walk through the woods after dark.

Sunday

Boo! at the Zoo (Brookfield)
Carve pumpkins, decorate spooky cookies, corn maze, pumpkin smasher, creepy cowboy carousel, professional pumpkin carver, haunted hayride, costume parade, costume showcase, build a scarecrow, several pumpkin patches and zoo chats throughout.

Happy Hauntings (Chicago)
The “People’s Palace” comes alive with spooky decorations and family-friendly fun – including music and theater performances, arts & crafts and more. Click on the event title for the full schedule.

Spooooooooky Halloween Art K-2nd Grade (Westmont)
Don’t make holiday decorations, make art! Join them for a spooktacularly fun halloween art project: painting and decorating a creepy coffin.

Trunk or Treat (Wheaton)
Come in costume to Trick or Treat from Trunk to Trunk. You’ll collect candy from costumed church volunteers and see their decorated car trunks at this family event. Indoors you’ll find crafts, games, prizes, hot dogs, and dessert. All activities are FREE.

and last, but not least:

Pumpkin Patches with Fall Activities

 Posted by at 9:02 pm
Oct 212014
 

little ballet feet

Looking for dance classes for your kids in the west suburbs of Chicago? Or maybe considering going to an adult dance class? There are great dance studios in the area, teaching everything from ballet and tap to Irish dance, jazz and hip hop. And dance classes are not only for girls! All of these studios welcome boys as well as girls in the their classes. I have listed the earliest age you can enroll your children.

jo's footworkJo’s Footwork Studio
1500 Walker Street
Western Springs, IL 60558
(708) 246-6878
Ages 2 years and up

Hinsdale

Hinsdale Dance Academy
414 Chestnut Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521
(630) 484-3241
Mommy and Me for under 3 years old
Ages 3 years and up

Westmont

Salt Creek Ballet
98 East Chicago Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 769-1199
Ages 2 1/2 years and up

Expression Dance Studio
21 W. Quincy
Westmont, IL
(630) 968-5678
Ages 1 1/2 years and up

The Center for Dance
226 N Cass Ave
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 541-9207
Ages 3 years and up

Academy of Music & Art
350 E. Ogden Ave.
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 654-8426
Ages 2 years and up

Mulhern School of Irish Dance
414 Plaza Drive, Suite #303
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 789-1127
Ages 2 years and up

Westchester

Panda Dance Studio
1913 Mannheim Rd.
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 223-0531
Ages 3 years and up

La Grange

Dance Center of LaGrange
539 S. LaGrange Road
LaGrange, IL 60525
(708) 352-5552
Ages 3 years and up

Impact Dance Studio
6 S La Grange Road
La Grange, IL 60525
(708) 354-5867
Ages 1 year and up

Countryside

Lively Arts Dance Academy
919 A. 55th Street
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 482-4240
Ages 2 years and up

Impact Dance Studio
6475 Joliet Road, Suite C
Countryside, IL 60525
(708) 469-7678
Ages 1 year and up

Lyons

Miss Mickey’s Dancers
3903 Joliet Ave
Lyons, IL 60534
(708) 447-0700
Ages 2-6 years old

Beyond Words Dance Company
3903 Joliet Ave
Lyons, IL 60534
(708) 447-0700
Ages 10-18 years old

Berwyn

Pulse Dance Studio
6800 w Cermak Rd
Berwyn IL 60402
(708) 317-5233
Ages 3 years and up

Oak Park

INTUIT Dance Studio
237 Harrison Street
Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 524-0500
Preschoolers and up

TranscenDance Studios
711 Madison Street
Oak Park, IL 60302
(773) 944-5352
Ages 3 years and up

Panda Dance Studio
1003 Garfield St.
Oak Park, IL 60304
(708) 386-0743
Ages 3 years and up

Forest Park

Principle Dance
7610 Roosevelt Rd., Suite 102
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 548-5476
Ages 2 years and up

INTUIT Dance Studio
7515 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
(708) 524-0500
Preschoolers and up

Downers Grove

The Academy of Dance Arts
1524 Centre Circle Drive
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 495-4940
Ages 2 1/2 years and up

Bluestone Academy of Dance and Music
5012 Fairview Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60515
(630) 963-0456

Dance One
6400 I Woodward Ave
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 655-4210
Ages 3 years and up

Wheaton

The Upper Room Dance Studio
533 West Front Street
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 752-1836
Ages 4 years and up

Front Street Dance
26W229 Geneva Rd
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 373-2623
Ages 2 years and up

Elite Feet Dance Center
26W281 Geneva Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 690-0838
Ages 2 years and up

Moves Dance Studio
1000 W Prairie Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 264-6300
Ages 3 years and up

Lisle

Yang Dance Academy
2727 Maple Avenue
Lisle, IL 60540
(630) 328-3598
Ages 4 years and up

Glen Ellyn

Dance Dance Dance LTD
413 Main Street
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 469-1991
Ages 2 1/2 years and up

Sunshine Dance Project
460 N Main St. Suite 101
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 790-1880
Ages 2 years and up

Deforest Dance Academy
483 Roosevelt Rd.
Glen Ellyn, IL
(630) 469-3600
Ages 3 years and up

Elmhurst

Deforest Dance Academy
300 W. Lake St.
Elmhurst, IL
(630) 832-3700
Ages 3 years and up

 

Adult Only

While making this list I ran across two studios that have ballroom dance for adults, such as Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha-cha, Swing and Salsa. So if you are interested in grabbing a partner and learning to dance or even competing, check out these studios:

Arthur Murray Dance Studio
1915 S Meyers Rd
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
(630) 953-2623

Celebrity Dance Studio
2115 63rd Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516
(630) 969-2800

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