Spring Break… Worksheets?!

 Posted by on March 30, 2015
Mar 302015

On Saturday I asked my kids what they wanted to do over spring break. I had just put together the Spring Break list of camps and activities the night before and was really excited about planning a fun week. They decided to make a bucket list and the very first thing they said was… “We want to do worksheets! Can you make worksheets for us?” My son even gave me topics for each day. My kids crack me up. Spring Break School! Sounds like an oxymoron to me, but hey, I’ll go with it.

spring break school

So last night I made eight worksheets and it was actually really difficult! I wanted to make them challenging, but not discouraging. Honestly, I wasn’t planning on sharing them here, but some of my friends were interested so I thought more of you might be! They are just handwritten and as it started getting late I started making mistakes and crossing out words… so don’t expect perfection. :)

We did the first round of worksheets this morning and it was fun! I graded their papers with a red marker and they even got some of the questions wrong, which I consider a victory. It’s so awesome when kids are challenged and learn that it’s okay to make mistakes. So look through the worksheets and see if your kids would enjoy them!

Look through the worksheets and see if your kids would enjoy them! You can click on the image and a screen will pop up with a free printable.



Telling Time
telling time


Letter Writing Practice
letters of the alphabet


Beginning Reading Words
beginning reading words


Multiplication and Division
multiplication and division

Faces and Feelings
faces and feelings


Synonyms and Antonyms
synonyms and antonyms


Important Numbers: Phone Number and Emergency Number
important numbers

Mar 272015

blue moose sports camp logoI’m excited to announce that Blue Moose Sports Camp has opened two new locations for Summer Camp in La Grange and Hinsdale in addition to their Western Springs Camp! Your kids can enjoy physical education activities that give them the skills they need to succeed in sports. I love how these camps focus on fun games, outdoor play and exercise in a friendly environment for incoming 1st through 6th graders.

Registration is now open, so check out the session dates and cost information below so you can register before it fills up!


Schedule By Location

Each location offers a morning session (8:30-11:30am) and afternoon session (noon-3pm) each week in June. July and August dates at Field Park will only have the morning session.

Field Park: 4335 Howard Avenue in Western Springs

  • June 8 – June 12
  • June 15 – 19
  • June 22 – 26
  • July 6 – 10
  • July 13 – 17
  • July 20 – 24
  • August 10 – 14

Monroe School: 201 N. Madison Street in Hinsdale

  • June 15 – 19
  • June 22 – 26

Sedgwick Park: Intersection of 48th Street and 10th Avenue in La Grange

  • June 8 – June 12
  • June 15 – 19
  • June 22 – 26



$120 per week with $30.00 off per week after the first 2 weeks
For example, if you sign up for 4 weeks: 1st week = $120, 2nd week = $120, 3rd week = $90 and 4th week = $90, so the total would be $420.
You also receive 35% off all sessions for the 3rd child plus all additional children.


Registration is now open for the Western Springs and La Grange locations through the Blue Moose Sports Camp website at this link:

Register Now

Hinsdale registration will open in April through the Hinsdale Parks & Recreation Department.


You can find more information, such as a general breakdown of what each camp day consists of, on the Blue Moose Sports Camp website.

Blue Moose also offers a Lacrosse camp Monday through Thursday evenings at McClure Junior High in Western Springs in June and July. If you are interested in Lacrosse, please check out this link: Blue Moose Lacrosse.


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Spring Break Guide 2015

 Posted by on March 26, 2015
Mar 262015

spring break

Not going out of town for Spring Break? Don’t worry, kidlist has you covered! You don’t have to leave Chicagoland to have tons of fun next week. Check out all these camps, activities and ideas!



Westmont Yard Fun Camp (Westmont)
Kids will participate in sports and activities on our indoor fields and also do art & crafts, science, and music.

Flying High Spring Break Camp (Countryside)
Day camp for children ages 4-10 years. Their day camp staff keeps your camper entertained with activities that keep their brains and bodies learning and engaged all day long.

Spring Break Museum Mini Art Camp (Elmhurst)
Creative fun for your young artist! New projects each day include all kinds of painting, ceramics, and sculpture. This is an opportunity for your little one to channel creative energy and have fun learning new skills. Ages 5-7

Spring Break Museum Art Camp (Elmhurst)
From building sculpture and painting wtih multiple media, making pottery, printmaking, and the chance to experience great art at the Museum your child will develop new skills in a fun and energetic environment. Ages 8-12

Soccer Camp (Westmont)
Camps will focus on skills, small sided games, scrimmages and fun! It’s a great way to stay in shape, and boost your soccer skills for ages 4-14.

Jr. Gymnastics Camp (Glen Ellyn)
Learn the proper techniques to various equipment such as vault, beam, tumbling, and high bar. Ages 4-6

The MAX Spring Break Camp (McCook)
For kids ages: 4 to 12 years. Games and activities, crafts, Bounce Houses and more.

Kids First Spring Break Baseball Camp (Woodridge)
The Kids First Spring Break Baseball Camp will challenge 8-13 year olds through fun yet competitive baseball drills and games.

Parisi Speed Camp (Westmont)
Camps will focus on Strength, Top Speed, Change of Direction, and Acceleration. Parisi Speed Camps are the first steps to being faster, and stronger in any sport! Ages 7-18

Riverside Arts Center Spring Break Camp (Riverside)
During camp, students will explore a wide variety of projects in materials such as clay, fibers, collage, sculpture, paint, chalk, mosaics, and much, much, more! Kids are grouped into appropriate age levels and will be encouraged to think outside the box and be creative.

My Gym Spring Break Camp (Wheaton)
My Gym Camp is a half day of games, relays, music, sports, and much more for children 2.5-9 years old.




All Week

Whole Foods Market Loves Chicagoland: Shedd Aquarium Ticket Giveaway
Starting April 1, spring into the underwater world this month and enjoy a day of discovery for the whole family at the Shedd Aquarium. Whole Foods Market is partnering with Shedd to bring you free children’s passes to the museum when you stop by your local store’s Customer Service. Limit two passes per family; while supplies last.

Nature Centers and Forest Preserves
Take a walk through some recommended areas of the forest preserves to enjoy waterfalls, bridges and fresh air or just head right for a nature center.

Special Exhibit: Duck, Duck, Goose
Speaking of Nature Centers… This special exhibit will feature water birds, including the duck, goose, merganser, grebe, heron and cormorant. View taxidermy bird mounts, play in a pretend pond, see how you measure up to a heron wingspan, learn about bird beaks and feet and more. All ages are welcome.

Spring Break Jump Hours at Sky Zone (Elmhurst)
Fly high on their indoor trampolines, play dodgeball, jump into the foam zone and play sky slam.

Spring Break Open Bounce Times at The MAX (McCook)
Jump to your heart’s content in their bounce houses.

Indoor Play Places
Visit a new indoor play area! This list contains many options, many with reviews from other moms and photographs of the spaces.

Super Hero Week (Oak Park)
Come dressed in your favorite superhero (or villain) costume and get ready for an adventure of heroic proportions! Design your own superhero logo, mask, and more to create the perfect identity. Practice your super-strengths with obstacle courses, puzzles, and more.

Tots Playtime
All kids bowl for $5 and parents are free.

Ice Skating
The outdoor rinks are closed for the season, but there are many indoor ice skating options with public skate times.


Monday, March 30

All Ages Painting Party (La Grange)
All supplies and step-by-step instruction from a Bottle & Bottega artist to replicate the images showcased on the website calendar. They are also offering a discount to kidlist readers!

Playdate and Create (Brookfield)
Drop in for much needed social time with other moms while your 0 – 3 year old plays with fun toys and creates a special art project. This week’s theme: Rainy Day Umbrellas- Using cupcake papers and pipe cleaners, your child can create a rainy day umbrella scene!

Miss Jamie From the Farm (Western Springs)
An educational sing-a-long with Miss Jamie from the Farm.


Tuesday, March 31

Kind Kiddos (Brookfield)
This unique class combines the magical worlds of play, dance, and yoga into one exciting and fun-filled morning. Age: 6 weeks – 36 months

Museum of Contemporary Art: Free Admission Days (Chicago)
The MCA is free on Tuesdays!

Hop Into Spring with Peter Rabbit (Oak Brook)
Read along to The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Kids Sing-A-Long: Miss Jamie from the Farm (Westchester)
An event ideal for kids where Miss Jamie and her puppet friends sing, dance and play with guests learning all about the fun of healthy eating.

Laser Tag Teen Trip (Oak Park)
Play Laser Tag with your friends at Laser X in Addison! Their 65 hundred square foot arena, multi-level arena is great for players of all skill levels. Ages 11-18

Family Dive in Movie (Oak Brook)
Bring your family and friends to enjoy a movie from the water! Enjoy a fun PG-rated film on the poolside big screen from your own inflatable raft or noodle.


Wednesday, April 1

Music, Movement and Mindfulness with Ms. Carol Swann (Oak Park)
Experience the majesty of music and movement intertwined with mindfulness with this hands-on multi-disciplinary experience guided by Ms Carol Swann. Children develop and improve their music ability, motor coordination and social skills through music, creative play and storytelling.

Storytime: Monkey, Duck and the Easter Beagle (Oak Brook)
Join them as they read Monkey and Duck Quack Up! by Jennifer Hamburg and It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown by Charles M. Schulz. Storytime will also include a themed activity.

Baking with the Bunny (Villa Park)
Kids ages 4-6 will bake goodies, participate in Easter activities and have a visit the Villa Park Bunny.

Trash to Treasure (Lisle)
Discover the world of recycling through games and make a recycled craft.

Kids Kanvas Painting (Riverside)
Embrace your inner Van Gogh and put on your art smock! IT is time to create beauty on a canvas. We will use this opportunity to understand color and design. Children will have the opportunity to create a spring themed portrait ad learn a thing or two about art. Ages: 6-11


Thursday, April 2

Trash to Treasure (Lisle)
Discover the world of recycling through games and make a recycled craft.

Throwback Thursdays (Berwyn)
From the super campy “Space Ghost” to the bizarre and surreal “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters,” come kick back and watch some retro cartoons and films from the 1950s through the 1990s. Ages: 13-17

Flashlight Egg Hunts


Friday, April 3

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny (Lisle)

Easter Egg Hunt (Berwyn)

Underwater Easter Egg Hunt (Oak Brook)

Garden Story Time (Lisle)
Gather in the Children’s Garden amphitheater for story time and fun.

Hoppy Easter: Easter Celebration (Wheaton)
Celebrate the fun with stories, songs, and crafts about bunnies, eggs and chicks. At the end of class we will share a special treat.


Saturday, April 4

Egg Decorating (Hinsdale)
Join the Whole Body department at the Egg Decorating Table where we’ll help your kids decorate an egg using our natural dye kits. (These eggs will be edible!) Ages 3-10

Poemtime (Chicago)
The Poetry Foundation Library welcomes children ages two to five to a storytime event that introduces poetry through fun, interactive readings and crafts.

Learn How to Build a Chalkboard Planter Stand (various locations)
Come learn how to build a chalkboard planter stand. Free hands-on workshops, designed for children ages 5 – 12.

Usborne Book Fair (Wheaton)
Shop for children’s books.

Exploration Station: What Shape Is Your Leaf In? (Oak Park)
Why are leaves shaped the way they are, why are some round and other full of prickles? We will look at leaves and see how the environment affects their shapes.

All Ages Painting Party (La Grange)
All supplies and step-by-step instruction from a Bottle & Bottega artist to replicate the images showcased on the website calendar. They are also offering a discount to kidlist readers!

Tree-rific Trees (Lisle)
Learn about trees and plant your own tree seed to take home.

Egg Hunts

Eat With The Bunny


Sunday, April 5

Easter Egg Hunt and/or Easter Brunch (Oak Brook)

Easter Brunch (Lisle)

Easter Champagne Brunch (Brookfield)



I recently saw this great video to explain the meaning of Easter to kids. It’s from the creator of Veggie Tales and does a wonderful job in 11 minutes.

Have a wonderful week and holiday!

Weekend Events: March 27-29, 2015

 Posted by on March 25, 2015
Mar 252015

There are so many Easter related activities this weekend! Please click on the following links that outline those events by day:

Easter Egg Hunts and Events 2015

Easter Brunches and Breakfasts with the Bunny 2015

Easter Basket Ideas


Here are the other events going on…



Nature and Science at Wonder Blocks: Wooden Blocks and Lincoln Logs (Oak Park)
Let’s see what kinds of structures we can build with wood, including unit blocks, Kapla blocks, and Lincoln Logs. Make a zoo for plastic animals and highway for toy cars.

Open Baby Play (Berwyn)
Play is an important part of all areas of development in a wee one Give your baby the benefits of play in a social environment and network with other parents and caregivers in this relaxed, informal environment For ages 5 months – 24 months. No registration required.

Preschool Playtime (Oak Park)
A favorite with all our preschoolers, this is an open gym for children 1-6 years old.

Triton Troupers Circus
Features skilled performers in classic circus specialties such as Chairs, Clowning, Double Stunts, Globes, Gymwheel, Juggling, Statues, Teeterboard, Trampoline, Trapeze, Unicycle, Web, Wire, feats of strength and more.



Neat Cleanup Day (Western Springs)
NEAT celebrates 30 years of community service in which community groups and families join together to clean litter and debris that has accumulated in and around the public areas of the Village. All are invited to bring rakes, brooms and gloves to help with the cleanup.

Mazon Creek Fossil Collecting Field Trip (Elmhurst)
Join Jim Fairchild of the Earth Science Club of Northern Illinois on a trip to Braidwood, Illinois to collect Mazon Creek fossils at 2 sites including the world famous site Pit 11. Learn what to look for when collecting these special fossils and how to open them.

The All American Railroad Show (La Grange)
Good family show in a large gym with train displays only, no selling of any kind. The show caters towards family fun and children of all ages.

Mad Science: Butterflies (Oak Park)
Learn all about the wonderful world of butterflies: where they come from, how they grow, and how they live. This Mad Science class will have you fluttering with excitement as you leave having conducted your own experiment and take home project! Ages: 3-5.

Storytime: Duck and Goose (Oak Brook)
Our old friends Duck and Goose are back! Join us as we read Duck & Goose and Duck & Goose Colors, both by Tad Hills. Storytime will also include a themed activity.

Lego and Toys’R’Us Building Event (various locations)
Choose your favorite LEGO® Ninjago Ninja, build and take home the iconic ninja eyes! Plus, participate in a fun scavenger hunt for a chance to win a prize! Event for children over 5 years of age.

Cesar Chavez Celebration and Art Contest (Brookfield)
Join them in honoring the legacy of late Latino activist Cesar Chavez. Interact and take photos with one of the animal ambassadors, make a special United Farm Workers’ flag with  friends from No Manches Clothing, learn about science and engineering from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (UIC), and enjoy the art submitted by contestants of this year’s “Words of Cesar Chavez” art contest.

Triton Troupers Circus
Triton Troupers Circus – Hearing Impaired Performance
Features skilled performers in classic circus specialties such as Chairs, Clowning, Double Stunts, Globes, Gymwheel, Juggling, Statues, Teeterboard, Trampoline, Trapeze, Unicycle, Web, Wire, feats of strength and more.



My Very First Tea Party (Westchester)
Feel free to dress in Sunday’s best.

DuSable Museum of African American History: Free Sundays (Chicago)

AfterSchool Advantage Tutoring

 Posted by on March 24, 2015
Mar 242015

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