• Be a Hero at The Marvel Experience – Giveaway
  • Throwback Family Time with Netflix Streaming
  • Volunteer Opportunity at Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Fourth of July Parades and Fireworks – 2015
  • Meatheads Voracious Readers Program & Giveaway
The Marvel Experience Chicago #tmxChicago

Be a Hero at The Marvel Experience – Giveaway

Why just watch superheroes when you can join the experience? The Marvel Experience is coming to Chicago and I’m glad to share this information about it with you: WELCOME TO THE MARVEL EXPERIENCE. WHERE EPIC FUN AWAITS! SUIT UP ALONGSIDE MARVEL’S SUPER HEROES IN WHAT THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC CALLS “A FULLY IMMERSED ACTION-ADVENTURE THAT IS […]

Throwback Family Time with Netflix Streaming #StreamTeam

Throwback Family Time with Netflix Streaming

If there’s one thing kids love, it’s hearing about how things used to be in the “olden days”. Okay, maybe they actually hate it. As much as I promised I’d never be THAT parent, I find myself telling my kids, “When I was a kid…” and “When I was younger…” Sometimes it’s just fun reminiscing […]

Volunteer Opportunity at the Lurie Children's Hospital

Volunteer Opportunity at Lurie Children’s Hospital

I love sharing information about family activities in Chicago, but this one is even better than usual – it’s something your family can do to help out children with rare autonomic nervous system disease and it’s easy and painless. The Center for Autonomic Medicine for Pediatrics (CAMP) at the Lurie Children’s Hospital helps to treat […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks 2015 #Chicago

Fourth of July Parades and Fireworks – 2015

Can you believe it’s almost the fourth of July? I’m in shock. As usual, summer is whizzing by. Make the most of it with family activities like parades and fireworks. In addition to parades and firework displays I’ve listed many have other festivities such as live music, a carnival, or other entertainment the same day […]

MSI Summer Brain Games 2015

MSI Launching 2015 Summer Brain Games

Information provided by the Museum of Science & Industry   BLAST OFF WITH SPACE-THEMED SCIENCE ACTIVITIES THIS SUMMER! Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago launches Summer Brain Games June 22, 2015  This summer, families are invited to blast off to space with the help of the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago (MSI). MSI once […]

Cooper at iFLY

Send Dad Soaring with iFLY for Father’s Day

Sometimes dads are like superheroes, especially to their kids. This year, make him feel like a real superhero by giving him the gift of flight at iFLY. No need for a cape – iFLY will provide the flight suit, goggle, and helmet, as well as training, to get him soaring like Superman. From now through […]

Meatheads Voracious Reading #voraciousreaders

Meatheads Voracious Readers Program & Giveaway

  I love a good burger, especially with cheese and bacon, so I was pretty happy to visit Meatheads with my kids last week. We were invited to come and learn more about Meatheads and their summer reading program with some other bloggers. Of course, Cooper spent our drive to the restaurant reading a book […]

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Jurassic Party at the New 400 Theater

Looking forward to the new Jurassic World movie? I am! My kids are too young still, but if you’ve got older kids or are planning a night out, The New 400 Theater in Chicago’s Rogers Park has an event – Jurassic Party – that sounds like a lot of fun tomorrow: Where: The New 400 Theater, […]

Free Chicago Museum Days - Summer 2015 #Chicago #Free

Free Chicago Museum Days – Summer 2015 {and Free Printable Calendar}

Chicago has some amazing museums so why not spend summer break exploring all that they have to offer? Admission can get expensive, so here’s a list of days that local museums, zoos, and gardens offer free admission. Please keep in mind that most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply […]

Preparing for Camp with Mabel's Labels #ICCAMPMABEL #IC #ad

Preparing for Camp with Mabel’s Labels

June means summer day camp for my son and we’re both pretty excited about it. He’ll be seeing some old friends, playing games, making crafts, and splashing in the water. As excited as we both are about it, there’s a bit of anxiety, too. He’ll be meeting new camp counselors and new kids, and there’s […]

Guide to U-Pick Strawberry Farms 2015

Guide to U-Pick Strawberry Farms 2015

  There’s nothing quite like a juicy strawberry on a hot summer day; the only thing better is a fresh strawberry right off the vine. Don’t forget your sunscreen and cash (many farms only accept cash or checks). I do my best to provide accurate information, but it’s always best to double check and call […]

Netflix #StreamTeam - Family Is What You Make It - May 2015

Family Is What You Make It – Netflix Streaming

  One of the things I love about Netflix and being part of the #StreamTeam is that it’s always changing and evolving and I love hearing about all the new shows and movies they have each month. With Netflix Originals, there are often brand new shows you’ll only see on Netflix Streaming. Much like Netflix […]

Overnight Getaway Blue Harbor Resort #Sheboygan #Wisconsin

Overnight Getaway – Blue Harbor Resort

Blue Harbor Resort Like Blue Harbor Resort on Facebook Follow @BlueHarbor on Twitter Location: 725 Blue Harbor Drive, Sheboygan, WI Phone: 866-701-BLUE (2583) Parking: Free parking. Valet service is also available. Check-in & check-out: Check-in is at 4:00 pm; check-out is at 11:00 am. Price: Prices vary, but I was able to find prices starting […]

Summer Family Movie Guide 2015

Summer Family Movie Guide – 2015

Too hot? Or rainy? When you need an indoor break on a weekday, why not catch up on a family movies you missed the first time around, or loved so much you want to see it again? Local theatres offer weekday specials during the summer with family-friendly movies at discounted prices. Cinemark – Summer Movie […]

Free Summer Reading Programs 2015

Free Summer Reading Programs – 2015

School’s nearly over and my 7-year-old is looking forward to having lots of extra time for reading the books he loves. We love to sign up for the summer reading program at our local library, and we usually sign up for a few others, too. Every child – from the reluctant reader to the voracious […]

Minor League Baseball Promotions for Families 2015

Minor League Baseball Promotions for Families 2015

  Baseball is America’s favorite pastime and it’s a great family outing, but visiting a minor league team has certain advantages too, especially when you have young children – they’re often not as crowded as major league games, they’re cheaper, the players are often more accessible, and the teams often cater to families. Whether you prefer […]

Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families

Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families 2015

Baseball is America’s favorite pasttime, so what better way to spend a spring day than catching a game with the family? The Chicago Cubs offer some family fun at Wrigley Field so get your tickets now. Be sure to check out the Cubs fan club for kids so you children can receive special Cubs memorabilia. Here are Chicago […]

Chicago White Sox Promotions for Families 2015

Chicago White Sox Promotions for Families 2015

Baseball season is upon us and the Chicago White Sox could use a little support this season. If you haven’t visited “The Cell” (U.S. Cellular Field) yet this season, it’s the perfect time to purchase your tickets and plan a special family outing. If you’ve got kids, but sure you find out more about the Chicago White […]

Celebrate Science Detective Week with Moochie Kalala

Join the “Science Detective Week” Movement with Moochie Kalala {Giveaway}

Governor Rauner has declared May 4-10, 2015, “Science Detectives Week” to kick off a STEM-education movement taking place in Chicagoland in June. Moochie Kalala Detectives Club, a Chicago-made show about two young investigators visiting local museums and talking to Chicago scientists, to celebrate! With their presenting partner Subway, Moochie Kalala’s Detectives Club will be “fueling the ‘science […]

Earn Extra Money with Fieldwork

Earn Extra Money with Fieldwork

When you’re a parent, it seems like there’s a new expense popping up each week – diapers, doctors appointments, school uniforms, music classes, car repairs… it never seems to end! And everywhere you turn, there are places and people offering quick and easy ways to make extra money, especially for stay-at-home moms. Unfortunately, most of […]

Reunited and it feels so good with Netflix #StreamTeam

Reunited and It Feels So Good with Netflix

We all have times in our life when we have to say goodbye to people that are important to us. For years, you see them regularly and they become part of your routine. You know their family, friends, job… everything about them. Sometimes you’re drawn to them because they remind you of yourself. Sometimes it’s because […]

Kids Bowl Free

Kids Bowl Free 2015

For the 8th year, the Kids Bowl Free program is offering a summer of free bowling for kids at 1,100 participating bowling alleys in the United States and Canada. Visit the Kids Bowl Free website to choose a bowling alley close to you and then register your child or children; you’ll receive a weekly email […]

Best Chicago Bowling Alleys

Best Chicago Bowling Alleys

Let’s go bowling! Challenge your family to a game (or two, or three) the next time you’re looking for something to do. Bowling gets everyone involved and active, and allows for a little bit of fun competition. Whether you love the perks of a bowling alley, like arcade games, billiards, and snack food, or you […]

Earth Day Events 2015

Earth Day Events 2015

Spring brings fresh new flowers and reawakened trees, and it’s also a great reminder of the beauty and fragility of nature and the Earth. Make Earth Day a family holiday to combat all the damage that people do to our planet, and remember the immortal words of The Lorax (and Dr. Seuss): “Unless someone like […]

Sesame Street Live Let's Dance

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance

Website: Sesame Street Live Location: Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates Phone: 847-649-2270 Show times: Saturday, April 18 at 10:30 am, 2:00 pm, and 5:30 pm Sunday, April 19 at 1:00 pm and 4:30 pm Sesame Street live will also be showing in Joliet on April 21, and in Merrillville, Indiana, April 23 through 26. […]

Coloring Animal Mandalas - Review & Giveaway

Coloring Animal Mandalas Review and Giveaway

It’s not usually big news when we get a new coloring book in our house – with three kids under 8 we have a lot of them – but we got one recently that’s different from the others. Coloring Animal Mandalas is a coloring book for adults, with intricate designs. Full disclosure here: I received […]

Save More Money with Groupon Coupons #sponsored

Save More Money with Groupon Coupons

I’ve been a Groupon groupie for years. I love that they have a huge selection of local deals on everything from show tickets to hotel stays to massages. I’m really excited because now Groupon is offering a whole new way to save money at places you already love to shop. Groupon recently launched Groupon Coupons, […]

Northern Illinois Tornado Recovery - How You Can Help

Northern Illinois Tornado Recovery – How You Can Help

  UPDATE: The Village of Kirkland is now reporting they are not currently in need of any donations of goods or any volunteers to assist Fairdale. Last night was scary for residents of Northern Illinois, and I think most of us are hugging our kids a little tighter today and feeling very thankful for everything […]

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It’s Better At The Blue

  It’s Better At The Blue. Blue Harbor Resort & Spa is the #1 resort on Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan coast. With stunning beachfront and water views, Blue Harbor Resort features 182 suites, 64 villas, more than 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a 54,000 square-foot indoor waterpark entertainment area including a mini glow […]

Baseball Fan Clubs for Kids 2015

Baseball Fan Clubs for Kids 2015

Opening day was this week for the Chicago Cubs and Sox and what better way to celebrate than joining a fan club? The Chicago area major league and minor league teams offer fan clubs for kids to collect promotional items, and even get free tickets to see some games. Best of all, some of the […]