Articles by Jill Borkowicz

Free or Inexpensive Places to See Animals

Do you have an animal lover in your house? Then this list is for you! We’ve gathered all of the free or inexpensive places to see animals in our area. Nature centers, farms, smaller zoos, and pet stores… we’ve scoped out all the possibilities for you! Are your kids into something that we can look into for you? Email us…


Kids Drawing and Painting Studios in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

For all the kids out there who love to create, we’ve rounded up some really awesome drawing and painting studios in the near western suburbs! Find summer camps, ongoing classes, and open studio time on each location’s website. There are wonderful offerings that kids of all ages can take advantage of! Kids Drawing and Painting Studios La Grange Park Making…


A Visit to Lake Katherine

We love exploring new places in the summertime and are thrilled that we discovered beautiful Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens in Palos Heights. We found the layout simple to tackle in a morning, complete with hiking trails, colorful gardens, a nature center, and plenty of opportunities to see wildlife. Parking was easy at the lot near the entrance….


Free Summer Fun in the Near Western Suburbs

Summertime is almost here and we’re excited about all the fun activities and events happening for free locally! We’ve listed some fantastic ideas for you to browse – there is definitely something that will cater to every kid and age group. This huge list of free summer fun is brought to you by the Glen Ellyn Park District! The summer doesn’t have…


Favorite Kids Books

Looking for some fresh book ideas for your kids? Look no further! We asked Kidlist readers for their favorite kids books suitable for toddlers through tweens and added all of ours too! So either head to your local library, neighborhood bookstore or click on the book to buy it on Amazon and get ready to curl up together with a good book…


Farmers Markets and French Markets in Chicago’s Near Western Suburbs 2017

Springtime being in full bloom is a good indicator that the season for farmers markets is around the corner! It is the perfect time of year to take advantage of all the fresh fruits and veggies at the height of their season and available to us locally. Kids always enjoy eating produce more when they have joined in on the selection process. What a fun…


Kid-Friendly Bowling Alleys

There are many kid-friendly bowling alleys in our neck of the woods that offer great options. Bumper rails and rolling ramps are awesome ways to build confidence in young bowlers until their skills grow. Most of the options locally are very kid friendly, offering birthday parties as well as specials on select days of the week. Explore one near you…


Paint Pottery and Kids Pottery Classes, Workshops, and Studio Time

After having a great time at a recent Girl Scouts event at a pottery studio, I was on the lookout for more places for my daughter where she could create and learn the fundamentals of pottery! We’ve found a really nice assortment of offerings, from places where you can paint pottery, to others where kids can learn the basics of…


Chocolate Festivals and Dessert Events

For the chocolate loving family, wouldn’t it be fun to visit a whole festival dedicated to chocolate? We’ve found some really cool events coming up this spring through the end of the year that will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth! Most of these chocolate festivals are in Chicagoland… a few would be more of a day trip. Depends on how far you…


Live Theater for Kids: Spring 2017

The spring season brings a fabulous line-up of new shows to see with the family. From big city productions to small theater groups right in your neighborhood, there’s plenty of wonderful options that the whole family will enjoy. We’ve formatted our list by shows that feature a cast of adult performers versus ones that feature children only. Either way, taking your kids…


Train Restaurants for Kids in the Near Western Suburbs

For your train obsessed kiddo and an entertaining dining experience for all, take the family out to one of these great train restaurants! Keep in mind that they can get pretty crowded at peak times, so you may want to plan your outing at a less frequent hour of the day. It’s a kid favorite and a fun birthday tradition too! Local train…


Chicago Area Children’s Museums

The winter months are a perfect time for discovery and learning indoors at one of the many Chicago area children’s museums. We’ve put together a list of the offerings in the city and suburbs including best features, unique exhibit information, and our age recommendations. Some are ideal to spend a day, while others are suited to a shorter afternoon visit. Either…