Articles by Rachel Matuch

Tips for Finding a Family-Friendly Photographer from Danielle Hardesty Photography

Kidlist welcomes Danielle from Danielle Hardesty Photography as a guest contributor. Danielle is an experienced family, newborn, and headshot photographer who offers sessions on location in Darien, Downers Grove, Naperville, and throughout the western suburbs. Keep reading to see her work and get her contact info. You won’t want to miss the promo code too! Hello there, I’m Danielle from…


Kids Reach New Heights at These Indoor Rock Climbing Walls in Chicagoland

Rock climbing is an amazing workout for kids’ minds and bodies alike! These local spots give them a chance to safely scale the walls. From rock climbing walls inside local gyms to dedicated facilities offering lessons, parties, and more, we’ve got the scoop on spots where kids can rock climb all over the Chicagoland area. Indoor Rock Climbing Walls in…


Local Escape Rooms: Are You Up to the Challenge?

Puzzles, challenges, and problem-solving all wrapped up in a fun, adrenaline-filled night out! Escape rooms are perfect for teens, tweens, and adults. This family-friendly activity is perfect for a rainy day and promotes teamwork and bonding. You can choose the level of the challenge room to suit your group and make sure it is just challenging enough for your family….


Our Epic Summer 2021 Bucket List is HERE

Every year, the whole Kidlist team gets excited to put together our annual summer bucket list. This year, we were extra excited for outdoor fun, amazing summer camps, making memories at home, local museums opening up, free events, and more. We hope this guide helps inspire your family to make your own bucket list together; use our #sharekidlist tag on…




2021 Free Summer Fun in the Western Suburbs

Summer is on its way, and we can’t wait to get in on the fun. Free fun happens all around the suburbs if you know where to look. These no-cost outings will help keep everyone engaged and enthusiastic, all with cash left over for the ice cream truck! This article is sponsored by Dixon Law Office. Grant Dixon is invested…


15 Best Mulch-Free (and Mud-Free!) Playgrounds

A little mud never hurt anyone — but some days, I don’t feel like dealing with it! These mud-free playgrounds generally use colorful, soft surfaces as an alternative to mulch or woodchips. We’ve scoped out options all around the suburbs so you can get a sneak peek before you go. This article is sponsored by Battistoni | Beam | Polivka…


Best 2021 Spring Activities in the Western Suburbs

Welcome to the Kidlist guide to all things Spring! Shake off cabin fever with our fun ideas, places to go, and all-around great spring activities for kids in the western suburbs of Chicago. Find the best places for Easter egg hunts and bunny breakfasts, kite festivals, what to do on a rainy day, spring break camps, live theater to enjoy…


Giant Map of Fun: Outdoor Places to Go with Kids

With the weather thawing out even a little bit, I’m so excited to be out and about again! These outdoor places to go with kids help alleviate my kids’ cabin fever like nothing else. We all know Chicagoland weather can be . . . temperamental . . . so we’ve got ideas for snowy days and those glorious afternoons when…



Arcades, Laser Tag, Game Rooms, Indoor Go-Karting Now Open

Press PLAY to start, and get your game on! We’ve rounded up the best local arcades, laser tag and game rooms for kids (or kids at heart) in the western suburbs of Chicago. For those of you new to the options, “game room” refers to places with varying forms of entertainment, buy mainly arcade-style games. Those with tickets and prizes are…