Articles by Jill Borkowicz

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…


8 Ideas for a Perfect Moms Night In

When you’re feeling the stress of the holidays, it’s so nice to take a break and connect with friends. Instead of adding another chilly night out to your already busy December calendar, how about planning a warm and relaxing moms night in with some good friends?! I am loving some of these ideas for quality time with mama friends. Whether…


Experience Gifts for the Holidays

Inside this guide you will find tons of ideas for experience gifts – not physical things to buy, but memories you can make. It also includes some discounts that local businesses wanted to extend to Kidlist readers. Every year, I find myself overloaded with what to do with the excessive amount of new toys and games my kids receive for the holidays. We are…


Places to Bounce: Trampolines and Inflatables

As the weather gets colder, we look for more indoor options to entertain our children. There are plenty of fun locations across Chicagoland that offer kiddos the opportunity to burn off some energy and bounce! From trampoline parks to inflatable parks…check out our list of the best places to jump to your heart’s content!   Trampoline Parks Sky Zone 325 W….


12 Halloween Crafts: kidlist tested, mom approved!

Looking for some fun and doable Halloween crafts to do with your kids? It’s easy to get sucked into Halloween crafts that look beautiful… but then you quickly find out that a professional crafter and photographer roped you into thinking it’s easier than it is. Good news! The following 12 ideas can all be realistically done with young children. Also, you mostly…


Kids Basketball: Teams and Skill Building

Kids basketball leagues are plentiful in our area. There are lots of great programs that start skill building as young as kindergarten and progress on through high school. From recreational leagues to the more competitive travel teams, we’ve got a nice list for your future basketball player! In addition to the following organizations, don’t forget to check out your local…


Yoga Classes for Kids

Find local yoga classes for kids on this list, sponsored by Stardust Yoga Studio in La Grange! When it comes to our kids, we all want what is best for them. At Stardust Yoga Studio, located within Gemini Gymnastics Academy, our youth and teen yoga classes have your child’s best interest in mind. Students learn different breathing techniques (pranayama) for centering, asanas…


Theater for Kids: Fall-Winter Guide

We’ve got you covered with the best live theater options in our area, featuring everything from Broadway in Chicago to your local neighborhood show, sponsored by Bright Lights Theatre. Bright Lights Theatre is a children’s theatre company that offers educational classes and produces full-scale musical productions for students 6 – 18. Our mission is to provide quality theatrical education to the Western Suburbs….


Shoe Shopping for Kids: Children’s Shoe Stores

As the days of summer wind down and we find ourselves feverishly prepping for a new school year…it helps to have some ideas on where to shop for that new pair of shoes (or two)! Thankfully, the Chicagoland area is definitely a shopping mecca of sorts, with countless choices from the city to the western suburbs. This guide provides a nice variety for…


Volleyball for Kids: Leagues, Classes, Camps

The Lions Jrs. Fall League is a fun, cost effective way for players to learn or enhance volleyball skills. Teams are coached by parent volunteers and the practices are run by experienced Lions staff. This convenient league allows you to choose your practice day and location. The Lions Jrs. Fall League has experienced tremendous growth since its inception in 2008,…