Archives for 2012

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon – website ** Note: Harold and the Purple Crayon is at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts through November 4. My experience and observations are based on what we experienced at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts so it’s possible there may be some slight differences. Location: The […]

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween means lots of fun – costumes, parties, trick-or-treating – and lots and lots of candy. If you’re looking to save your kids (and yourself) from the sugar and tooth decay, why not “sell” it? Through “Operation Gratitude” dentists volunteer to “buy” Halloween candy from kids for money (generally $1 a pound), prizes, dental hygiene […]

Kohl Children’s Museum Presents the Wonderful World of Oz

The Kohl Children’s Museum has the Wonderful Wizard of Oz On Exhibit: Now – January 6, 2013 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit features larger than life pop-up books that dazzle the eyes and stimulates the mind. Each section of this exhibit, based on the book published in 1900 by L. Frank Baum and illustrated […]

Harold and the Purple Crayon Ticket Giveaway

The Chicago Children’s Theatre presents Harold and the Purple Crayon and you can win tickets to see it! Here’s a little from the Chicago Children’s Theatre website: Harold and the Purple Crayon teaches young audiences that anything is possible with a crayon and a big imagination. Meet Harold, a curious four year old boy who, armed […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 4

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is approaching and I have a weekend family pass to give away each week for the next several weeks! The Fair is on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. To read more about details for this year and what to expect to find, read my post about the 2012 […]

LEGO Deals at Zulily

In case you hadn’t noticed, I love LEGOs, and so do my kids. Getting a great deal on LEGO stuff is even better! Zulily, a deal site that offers discounted prices on great products for kids and parents, has a great selection of LEGO items today. CHECK OUT SOME OF THESE GREAT DEALS ON LEGO […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 3

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is approaching and I have a weekend family pass to give away each week for the next several weeks! The Fair is on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. To read more about details for this year and what to expect to find, read my post about the 2012 […]

Shutterfly Holiday Cards Giveaway

Shutterfly Holiday Cards Giveaway It’s fall and Halloween is right around the corner. I’m still in mourning because the summer is gone, but I’m trying to embrace the chill in the air and the falling leaves. I am excited to know that the holidays are right around the corner! I’ve started my Christmas shopping and […]

Chicago Area Halloween Events 2012

Events are arranged according to date, with single day or short-term events listed first. Scroll down for activities throughout the month of October. I do my best to provide accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to check the information on the site and call before you go to verify information. Single Day or […]

Customized Trick-or-Treat Bags from InkGarden

Use code TREAT to purchase a customized (add your child’s name or photo!) trick-or-treat bag for only $1. Shipping is $4.99. Offer expires October 24, 2012. Ready to start your holiday card shopping? Use code Startxmas for a 20% discount on holiday cards. Offer expires October 23. The above is an affiliate link. 

Royal Oak Farm

Royal Oak Farm – website Location: 15908 Hebron Road, Harvard Phone: 815-648-4141 Hours: Closed Sundays. All dates and hours dependent upon crops, weather conditions, and sunset. August 10-October 31: U-Pick  – Monday-Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Apple Barn, Country Store, Bakery, & Entertainment Area – Monday-Saturday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Country Kitchen Restaurant – Monday-Friday 10:00 […]

Sears Photo Package Deal – $185 Bundle for $35

I love getting photos of my kids and it’s even better when I can get a great deal on them! On Monday, October 15, Mamasource will be offering a fantastic portrait deal for Sears Portrait Studio. For $35 you’ll receive a voucher for a photo bundle valued at $185 at any Sears Portrait Studio nationwide. […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 2

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is approaching and I have a weekend family pass to give away each week for the next several weeks! The Fair is on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. To read more about details for this year and what to expect to find, read my post about the […]

Improv Extravaganza Explosion

Improv Extravaganza Explosion – website Location: UP Comedy Club at Piper’s Alley, 230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor, Chicago Phone: 312-662-4562 Dates and times: Saturdays at 12:00 pm until March 30, 2013. Some Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am or 11:00 until December 2012. Admission: $11 each plus a $3 service fee (per order) for […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 – Giveaway

Location: Navy Pier – Hall A, 600 East Grand, Chicago Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 10:00 am-6:00 pm Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 10:00 am-5:00 pm Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-13. A $2 coupon is available online. Free admission for children under 3, educators and librarians, scouts in uniform, retailers and tradespeople, military (with ID). Grandparents admitted […]

Vote for Fitness with My Gym

Voting in the presidential election is important…so is voting for your family’s fitness. Exercise your child’s right for fun-filled activities, gymnastics, sports and more.  Take advantage of one of these amazing offers and you’ll be entered to win My Gym Free for a Year!     Enroll for 2 Months get the 3rd Month FREE!     […]

Legoland Discovery Center Overnight Adventure

Legoland Discovery Center Overnight Adventure Legoland Discovery Center is hosting an Overnight Adventure for kids ages 7-14 and their parents. Location: Legoland Discovery Center, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg Phone: 847-592-9708 Date and time: Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 7:30 pm to Sunday, October 21, 2012, at 7:00 am. Cost: $55/person, or $45/person for annual […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2012

It’s fall – time to pack up the kids and go pick some pumpkins! Below are pumpkin patches in the Chicago area. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I’ve done my best to include current, accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to double check the website or call before you […]

Harvest Fest at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

Harvest Fest at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – website Location: 601 E. Dundee Avenue, East Dundee Phone: 847-426-6751 Dates and hours: Sept. 28 – Oct. 28 Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm & Sundays 11 am to 6pm Admission: $17.75/person, ages 3 & up; children 2 & under are free, $14.75/senior (65+). Active duty military with ID admitted free. Special […]

Overnight Getaway – The Abbey Resort

Overnight Getaway – The Abbey Resort Want a great deal on The Abbey Resort? Purchase a stay on Living Social for only $109 for two people for a weekday stay, or $258 for a 2-night weekend stay, plus perks! This deal is only available on Living Social for 12 more days (from the date of […]

sugarSNAP Car-Go System

sugarSNAP Car-Go System – website So if you have a kid you know they come with STUFF. Lots and lots of STUFF. And no matter where you go you need tons and tons of stuff to go with them. It can be hard to be prepared all the time, but sugarSNAP has some great products […]

Canvas People Special Offer

Canvas People Special Offer Canvas People has a great deal right now – get a FREE 8×10 canvas (pay shipping only) or get 55% off any other size and free shipping! Shipping for an 8×10 starts at $14.99, but that’s a great deal for an 8×10 canvas. These make great Christmas gifts. Why not scan a […]

Super Flash Surprise Giveaway!

Hi all! I’ve been a bad blogger lately and haven’t been posting as often as I usually do. I’ve been a bit tied up with being pregnant and summer ending/school starting, but I’ll be back on track soon! As a thank you for sticking around and because I’m feeling a little generous I’m doing a […]

Merlin’s Magic Wand Days at Legoland Discovery Center

Merlin’s Magic Wand Days at Legoland Discovery Center Legoland Discovery Center will be hosting a series of Merlin’s Magic Wand Days over the next few months exclusively for children with special needs, disabilities, and serious illnesses. Merlin’s Magic Wand is a worldwide charitable organization focused on provided fun experiences for children with disabilities or serious […]

I’m hosting a Fisher-Price Joy of Learning Playdate!

 Fisher-Price Joy of Learning Playdate I’ve been selected to host a Fisher-Price Joy of Learning Playdate! I registered on a site called House Party (more information about House Party below) and applied to host a Fisher-Price playdate. There are a limited number of hosts selected, but I was lucky enough to be one of them! […]

Tom & Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse DVD Giveaway

Giveaway: Tom & Jerry DVD and Pump It Up Passes Just a quickie post here to give you lucky readers a chance at a great prize! Pump It Up is working with Warner Home Video to offer this giveaway of the soon-to-be-released DVD of Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood and his Merry Mouse. Here’s a […]

Disney On Ice Treasure Trove

Disney On Ice Treasure Trove – website Location: Allstate Arena, 6920 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont The Allstate Arena site includes links to CTA, Metra, and PACE to help you reach there using public transportation. Phone: Allstate Arena – 847-635-6601, Ticketmaster – 800-745-3000 Dates and times: September 13-16, 2012. Thursday, September 13 – 7:00 Friday, September 14 – 10:30, 7:00 Saturday, […]

KMart Back to School

KMart Back To School I’ll admit I’m generally a Target girl. I really haven’t visited KMart much at all, but I recently attended a KMart Back To School event (#KMartBTS) and I was really impressed by the things available at KMart. Apparently I’ve been missing out on a lot! A couple of my favorite items: […]

The Boy with a Dreaming Key – eBook Review and Giveaway

The Boy with a Dreaming Key: Alien Robots Attack! – website I’m always excited to tell you all about great new products and share giveaways, but this one is even more exciting than normal because it’s an eBook written and illustrated by a college friend of mine, Jason Dvorak. If the style of the illustration […]

Primrose School of Algonquin

Primrose School of Algonquin – website Last weekend I visited Primrose School of Algonquin with my family for their Mommy Mixer. We had a delicious breakfast (from Georgia’s Restaurant, a place we will DEFINITELY be visiting in the future – all the food was fabulous!). The boys quickly found all the fun stuff – the […]

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