Articles by Rachel Matuch

Family-Friendly Weekend Events: October 18–20

It’s starting to get spooky in the suburbs! If you’re looking for Halloween-themed events for your family this weekend, you’re in luck. Friday night’s happenings include all-ages activities, like the Wheaton Park District’s Halloween Happening, as well as more frightful fun, including Woodridge’s Haunted Forest Walk. This is the last weekend for the Downers Grove Farmers Market. Stop by for…


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…


Cooking Classes, Baking Lessons, and Foodie Fun for Kids

Cooking is many things: a life skill, a real-time science experiment, a creative outlet, and — in the right atmosphere — a whole lot of fun. While involving our kids in dinner prep is a great goal, it’s not always possible . . . especially when it’s 6:00 p.m. and everyone’s hangry. At a cooking class, kids get the chance…




Our 2019 Summer Bucket Lists are HERE! Soak in the Sun All Summer Long

The whole Kidlist team gets really excited about our annual summer bucket list. We start talking about it when there’s still snow on the ground (and that’s not even counting April snowstorms this year). The summer bucket list represents everything we’re about: giving local families ideas and tips for making amazing memories with their kids. This year, we decided to…