Articles by Rachel Matuch

A Visit to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton and Tips for Your Trip

Cosley Zoo in Wheaton is one of my absolute favorite places to go with kids in the Western suburbs. It’s especially great for younger kids (uh, and parents) who find themselves flagging with all the walking and crowds at larger zoos. And you can really get up close to all the animals here! Read on for some tips to help…


Perfect Pairing: Local Coffee Shops with Parks Nearby

There are few things I love more than a great local coffee shop. I love the ambiance, the aroma of brewing coffee, and… oh yeah, the coffee. My toddler enjoys a good coffee shop visit, too! He’s more interested in the pastries than the java—and he’s good for about 10 minutes before he starts getting rowdy and catching side-eye from…


Vacation Bible School (VBS) Summer 2018

Vacation Bible School is a fun week for kids to learn about Bible stories through games, lessons, crafts, and snacks. There are VBS events happening all over the west suburbs! You do not have to attend church to send your kids to VBS. In general, VBS is for ages 3 through 12. Registration starts soon and often fills up, so…


A Visit to Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Naperville

Knoch Knolls is one of the most idyllic spots in Naperville, and the new (in 2014) nature center makes it even better. We visited on a rainy afternoon and enjoyed all the hands-on exhibits! Knoch Knolls Nature Center in Naperville 320 Knoch Knolls Road Naperville, IL 60540 (630) 864-3964 See the website for current hours, which vary by season. What…


25 Things to Do with Kids on a Rainy Day in the Western Suburbs

It’s easy to run out of things to do with kids on a rainy day. That’s especially true in spring, when it’s a drag to be cooped up again after a long winter mostly indoors! This list of rainy-day fun around town (and at home) will help transform long, gloomy days into opportunities for cozy time together. 25 Things to Do with…


Arcades, Game Rooms, and Laser Tag in the Southwest Suburbs

Arcades, game rooms, and laser tag venues are a great destination for family fun—because the adults can play, too! As kids get older, these are also great activities for groups of friends to do together for a special outing or birthday. To find a spot near you, check out our round-up of where to find arcades, game rooms, and laser…


Experience Gift Ideas for the Holidays – and How to Get a Deal!

This guide has tons of ideas for experience gifts—not physical things to buy, but memories you can make together. It also includes discounts that local businesses wanted to extend to Kidlist readers. Call it what you will—minimalism, anti-consumerism, the desire to not trip over plastic toys and set off nerve-jangling music in the middle of the night—but there’s a growing awareness…


The Teal Pumpkin Project and Other Allergy-Friendly Halloween Ideas

As a first-time mom of a trick-or-treater with a peanut allergy, I’ve been feeling spooked about Halloween. This year, he’s young enough that he won’t notice Dad sneaking his Reese’s, but what about next year? My friends have older kids with food allergies, too, and I want to be an allergy-friendly Halloween stop on their route. So I reached out to Food Allergy…


Soccer Clubs and Classes for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs

There are so many soccer classes for kids in the southwest suburbs! From parent-and-tot classes to recreational leagues and competitive traveling teams, we’ve rounded up a bunch of places for kids to work on their skills. Soccer Classes for Kids in the Southwest Suburbs Bolingbrook Soccer Club info@bolingbrooksoccerclub.org Recreational and traveling teams for ages 4–under 19 Burbank Bulldogs FC (773)…


Glow in the Park at Lake Ellyn

Glen Ellyn Park District’s Glow in the Park lantern walk on Sunday, September 17 will offer food, activities, live kids’ music, and a magical sight! As the sun sets over Lake Ellyn, lighted lanterns will bob and sway in procession, casting their glow on the crowd below. Best of all, it couldn’t be easier for your family to be part…


Family-Friendly Weekend Getaways from the Chicago Suburbs

There are so many weekend getaways within driving distance from the Chicago suburbs that it can be hard to narrow down your options! We asked our readers for their recommendations of favorite spots for a short, but sweet vacation. Check out our list, then let us know if we missed your favorite spot in the comments (or on our Facebook…


Summer Activities for Babies and Toddlers

Summer activities for babies and toddlers look a lot different than what’s fun for bigger kids. I still remember taking our then-nine-month-old to a pool play area last summer… and dashing to snatch him out from under a giant water-dumping bucket. A year later, he still seems to toddle right in the path of the big kids running around, and those kids are a whole…