Articles by Rachel Matuch

Local Haunted Hayrides, Walks, and Drives for Halloween 2020

There’s a chill in the air . . . and little ghosts and goblins everywhere are on the hunt for a good scare! While some events have been cancelled this year, others are moving ahead with a focus on advance registration, smaller groups, and other precautions. These open-air events are a great way to get those scares in more safely….


Map of Fun Outdoor Places to Go with Kids During the Pandemic

The team here at Kidlist has been busy checking out safe outdoor destinations all around Chicagoland! We’ve put this map together to help inspire your family with a few fun, safe adventures in our local area. After all, it can all start feeling a bit Groundhog Day when we’re limited to certain activities and grow weary of the local park….



Summer Fun at Abbey Farms in Aurora

With a huge picnic basket full of food, giant lawn games to play, and tractors to climb on, the Summer Ramble at Abbey Farms in Aurora was a huge hit with our family. I had somehow never heard of Abbey Farms, even though I grew up in this area, so I’m extra excited to share this local gem with you…


A Drive-Thru Dinosaur Adventure is Coming to the DuPage County Fairgrounds

Dinosaur Adventure is bringing a drive-through experience with 80 life-size model dinosaurs to the DuPage County Fairgrounds in Wheaton on August 21–⁠23 and 27–⁠30. Image from the Dinosaur Adventure Facebook page. Cars will drive through the fairgrounds to see a 40-foot T-Rex, a 30-foot Brachiosaurus, and other prehistoric dinos (80 in all). Some of the models move and roar, as…


What You Will Find at St. James Farm in Warrenville

St. James Farm is a free local outing for families looking to stretch their legs, learn a little history, and enjoy the gorgeous outdoor landscaping. My husband, Joe, took our kids on a trip to St. James Farm last week and they had a great time! I asked him to take plenty of photos and get the full scoop to…


Kids Find Balance at These Local Yoga Classes for Kids

Yoga classes for kids are growing in popularity. Yoga offers little ones all the physical benefits it offers adults (balance, flexibility, and strength) . . . but also offers little minds focus and relaxation. My children love doing yoga at home with me, so I can’t wait to check out some of these classes for them! Some studios even offer…


Music Classes For Kids in the West Suburbs

Music makes the world go round! Kids benefit from all sorts of interactions with music, but if you are looking to dive a little deeper, we’ve got you covered. We have a comprehensive guide just for you, broken down by category to help your kids further their vocal skills, learn to plan an instrument, or groove to the beat. This…


Cantigny Park in Wheaton is Open! Here’s What to Expect

Cantigny Park in Wheaton is a destination for history- and nature-lovers alike. Of course, like every other kid who grew up in this area, I remember it most for the giant tanks you can climb on! I took my kids (4 and 2) to Cantigny this morning to see what a visit is like now that the park has reopened….


Cosley Zoo is Open! Here’s What It’s Like to Visit

Cosley Zoo in Wheaton is my family’s favorite little zoo! When I saw they were reopening this week, I put it on my calendar to snag tickets right away. We were fist in line on Wednesday when they reopened to the general public. I’ve got tips for a safe, fun visit for the kids to see the animals! What to…



Updated! Where to See 4th of July Fireworks This Year 2020

This article originally published on June 16, 2020 and we have received updated information included below. While most fireworks displays have been cancelled for this year, there are still a few happening in Chicago’s suburbs! The displays that are still moving forward seem to be planning to have the fireworks launched higher this year so they can be seen from…