Articles by Rachel Matuch

Where to Find Healthy, Kid-Friendly Recipes

Now that my son eats what we eat, I’ve found myself searching for healthy and kid-friendly recipes. Everyone’s definition of “kid-friendly” varies, of course—I once asked a first-grader what his favorite food was, and he told me “pan-seared salmon.” (My first-grade answer was “ice cream,” and to be honest, it hasn’t changed.) And our kids’ tastes are shaped by our cultural backgrounds and their own personal…


Now Open: Dream with Da Vinci at the DuPage Children’s Museum

Now at the DuPage Children’s Museum, the Dream with Da Vinci traveling exhibit captures the spirit of the original Renaissance man. Leonardo da Vinci applied his genius as a painter, inventor, sculptor, engineer, and more. This traveling exhibit based on his art and inventions is 2,000 square feet hands-on discovery and fun. You might think a da Vinci exhibit would be all about history, and it does…


Where to Find Halloween Costumes

Every year, out they come: an adorable parade of spooky ghouls, furry animals, dashing Disney characters, and other fun Halloween costumes. Great deals abound on secondhand costumes because they’re worn just once a year. But where to look? Facebook Sale Groups Check parent and area garage sale groups to see what local families are selling. If your child is dead-set on a specific…


Things to Do in Downers Grove

Looking for things to do in Downers Grove? You won’t be disappointed. During the three years I lived downtown in this western Chicago suburb, I loved walking to the farmers market, checking out the parks, and catching shows at the Tivoli. So whether you live here or are hopping on a train to visit, check out our round-up of the best things…


Do You Pay Your Babysitter Enough?

My husband and I decided to hire a paid babysitter for the first time last week. We’d made it a surprisingly long time without one, so I wasn’t sure: How much should you pay your babysitter? I turned to friends (including parents with kids of all ages and a few childcare pros) for advice. They gave me a lot of factors to consider, including: How…


5 Tips for Hiking Starved Rock with Kids

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I loaded up our 9-month-old baby and made the hour-and-a-half drive out to Starved Rock State Park. I’d hiked there pre-baby and loved the hidden waterfalls and canyon views, but bringing a kid made me nervous. What if we forgot something important? What if we got stuck up a cliff with a wailing baby? Our…


3 Sunny Day Activities for Infants

After feeling stuck indoors with a baby all winter, I’m determined to make the most of these lovely days! My son isn’t old enough to play at the park or chase bubbles, but we’ve found a few favorite outdoor activities. In the same boat? Check out these ideas for warm-weather fun with your little one.   Try a DIY Tiny…