Articles by Rachel Matuch

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: January 24–26

Before we dive in, remember: You only have one more week to sign up for our Kidlist Volunteer Event happening on Sunday, February 16. We’ll be there with our families, decorating and filling gift boxes for local foster kids through Together We Rise. It’s hard to find drop-in, kid-friendly volunteer events, so don’t sleep on this one! Also, if you’re…



6 Easy Ways to Support Kidlist

Annie Tandy, our fearless leader, started Kidlist out of Western Springs way back in 2011, when she had two little ones. She’s a natural list-maker (have you seen her camping checklist?!) and wanted to share her own research on local fun with other families. Though our team has grown, that’s still the heart of what we do! If you’re not…


It’s No Christkindlmarket, But the Yuletide Festival Brings Cheer on a Smaller Scale

After playing host to Christkindlmarket for three years, Naperville’s Naper Settlement is hosting a new holiday tradition for 2019: the Yuletide Festival. My family checked out the fest on its opening weekend to see how it compared — and to sample the hot cocoa, of course. Our Review of the 2019 Yuletide Festival in Naperville At first glance, the Yuletide…



The Big List of Birthday Freebies: Where to Find the Best Treats!

Free treats make your birthday a bit more magical. Local and national businesses alike offer deals — if you know where to look. Annie recently asked you all to share your favorite birthday freebies, and we’ve got quite a list to share! (Know of a freebie we missed? Share it in the comments!) Birthday Freebies and Coupons Most of these…


Places to Go with a Baby or Toddler: Activities for Kids 0–2

With this list of places to go with a baby or toddler, the hardest part of your day will be getting out the door! Once you arrive at the destination of your choice, you and your baby will be seeing animals, climbing play structures, listening to story time or dancing to music. There are countless ways listed below to enjoy…


Things to Do with Preschoolers: Local Activities for Kids 3–5 Years Old

Shout-out to all my fellow parents-of-preschoolers out there. From potty training to preschool, our little people have a lot going on! They’re growing, learning, and trying new things . . . and we’re just trying to keep up. Luckily for us and our preschool-age kids, the western suburbs are bursting with things to do with 3–5 year olds. Things to…



Gymnastics Open Gyms: Fall Through Spring Schedule

Open gym time is a great way for kids to try out their tumbling skills on a safer surface than your sofa. Some open gyms are for caregivers and younger kids to attend on weekdays, while others let families play together or offer supervision for older kids. Before you go, keep in mind that many open gyms only accept cash….



Kids’ Basketball Teams, Leagues, and Skill Building

If your child dreams of nothin’ but net — or they’ve outgrown dunking on the Little Tikes hoop — you’ve got lots of choices. From competitive traveling teams to all-kids-play local leagues, we’re rounding up local basketball programs in the western suburbs. Don’t forget to check with your own local school and park district, too! This article is sponsored by…