Articles by Nicole Majewski

Best Games for Families + Games to Play Over a Video Call

My family has a game night once a week, and even more during this stay-at-home order. Family game nights give us the opportunity to turn off the TV, put the phones down, and spend time laughing and playing together. We’ve also started brainstorming games to play virtually with grandparents and friends to keep busy and stay connected during the coronavirus…


How to Make the Most out of Coronavirus School Closings

With Illinois schools closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re brainstorming learning opportunities, fun activities, and ways to come together as a family! We compiled indoor virtual field trips, our favorite crafts and games, and outdoor activities. While Kidlist is about bringing local families fun, we are also keeping all those who are affected from the coronavirus in our prayers….


Top 10 Best Local Libraries for Kids: Your 2020 Picks!

We asked Kidlist readers: What are the best libraries for kids in the western suburbs? These are the top 10 libraries for 2020, as voted on by our readers! They’ve got play areas with kitchens, dollhouses, STEM toys, puppet theaters, games, puzzles, and more.Many libraries in our area allow you to use any local library card to check things out, so don’t be…



Review: How People Make Things at the DuPage Children’s Museum

“Mommy, how do you make that?” Do your children inquire as to why and how things work? The new exhibit at the DuPage Children’s Museum answers those questions curious minds ask. How People Make Things is based on factory tours from the television series Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood. Kids can explore how every day objects are made, what tools are used,…


Get Away to These Indoor Water Parks Near Chicago

Are you longing for summer fun during the long, cold winter months of Chicago? Try an indoor water park within driving distance from the Chicago suburbs. During the bitter months of our Chicago winter my family plays at libraries and indoor play places. When we start longing for summer fun, we bust out the bathing suits and head to an…



2019 Best Christmas Lights in the West and Southwest Suburbs

All of the incredible Christmas light displays around Chicago’s suburbs bring joy to my family every year. We all pile in the car, bring hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, and head out to see the beautiful displays our local families have created. From big attractions to incredible residential displays, we’ve got tons of options for your family. From our family…


Insider Tips for Christmas at The Walnut Room and Macy’s State Street

A perfect staycation during the holidays is right here in the Windy City! Pack up your car and head to Chicago for more holiday experiences! The City of Chicago has much to offer during the holiday season! Macy’s and The Walnut Room are a few stops you don’t want to miss during the holiday season. We have tips for your…


Toy Drives and Donations to Spread the Cheer

Raising kind, considerate children is at the tops of every parent’s Christmas wish list. These toy drives and donation events can help your family spread goodwill onto others this holiday season! Throughout the west and southwest suburbs there are organizations collecting new toys, monetary donations, and even gently used toys to give children and families in need. By participating in…


Sonny Acres Farm Fall Festival is under New Management

When the trees start to change and there is a chill in the air, that is my signal it is Fall Festival time. Heading to Sonny Acres Farm for their pumpkins and fall festival is a tradition from when I was a child, that I am happy to pass down to my children. Sonny Acres Farm is under new management…


The Biggest, Best Guide to Indoor Play Areas in the Chicagoland Suburbs

Indoor play areas are perfect for all the weather elements we get dealt in Chicago. Whether it’s rainy, snowy, hot, or freezing, an indoor play area gives your child the space they need to explore and burn off some excess energy. Our play area guide encompasses indoor play gyms, indoor inflatables, indoor playgrounds, and even restaurants with indoor play spaces….