Articles by Jill Borkowicz

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…


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 Elmhurst 325…


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…