Archives for 2013

Skydeck Chicago (with Giveaway!)

Website: Skydeck Chicago Location: Willis Tower (still the Sears Tower to me), 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago Phone: 877-SKYDECK Hours: Open 365 days a year. April-September 9:00 am-10:00 pm October-March 10:00 am-8:00 pm Last entry 30 minutes prior to close. Admission: $18/adult (12 & up), $12/child (3-11) FastPass $40/person (VIP access to elevators) Tickets can […]

Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips Deliver #GiantFlavor

I recently had a chance to test out the new Green Giant™ Roasted Veggie Tortilla Chip – Garden Ranch and Green Giant Multigrain Sweet Potato Chip – Barbecue. Green Giant Veggie Snack Chips won’t replace vegetables, but they’re tasty and a nice choice if I’m offering my kids a little treat. We brought some of the […]

What Makes You Smile? Floss & Brush Review & Giveaway

  There are a lot of things that make me smile lately. I have a wonderful husband who is my best friend and three fun little boys; I like where we live and the our day-to-day lives; we have a fantastic family and amazing friends. These photos are not very good; they’re dark or blurry […]

Disney On Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic – Activities & Giveaway

I posted earlier about Disney On Ice celebrating 100 Years of Magic in Chicago next month (see the post for all the detail about the show!) and now I’ve got some fun stuff to share! Click to download a Disney coloring page and Mickey and Minnie Ears! I also have tickets to give away! Enter below. Winner will […]

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic in Chicago

Disney On Ice is returning to Chicago next month and they’re celebrating 100 years! Where: The United Center, 1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago When: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – Sunday, September 15, 2013 Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 pm Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 pm Friday, Sept 13 at 7:00 pm Saturday, Sept 14 at 11:30 […]

Cissna Park’s Old Settlers

This one’s a bit of the beaten path but if you’re thinking to yourself, Hmm… I’d like to take a bit of a road trip for some small town family fun, then this is it! Other things of interest on your way or in the area: The Heartland Spa in Gilman, Exploration Station Children’s Museum in Bourbonnais, […]

Back-to-School Physicals with Walgreens Healthcare Clinic

My 5-year-old, Cooper, is starting kindergarten this year so we got him his school physical recently with our regular pediatrician, but I forgot that Dexter, who’s starting preschool, would need one too. It’s already August and school starts soon so I knew it would be difficult to get an appointment for Dexter. Then I heard […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Giveaway – 2013

Enter to win a family pass, good for up to 4 people, for Santa’s Village AZoosment Park! There will be two winners and the passes are good until the end of the 2013 season in October. Want more information about Santa’s Village AZoosment Park? See my 2011, 2012, and 2013 posts about our experiences. a […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – 2013 Season

Website: Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Location: 601 E. Dundee Avenue, East Dundee Phone: 847-426-6751 Hours: Santa’s Village is closed on Mondays. Hours vary; a full schedule is available online. Admission: $18.75/person, ages 3 & up; children 2 & under are free, $15.75/senior (65+). A 5% tax will be added to every admission fee. Active duty military […]

Summer Bucket List {with Free Printable!}

It’s officially August now and that’s about the time each summer that I start to panic. It’s all ending so soon! Have we done enough? There’s a little extra pressure this year because Cooper, my baby (yes, he’s my oldest, but still my baby of course), is starting kindergarten. This is pretty much how summer […]

Skokie Park District Exploritorium

Website: Skokie Parks Exploratorium Location: 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie Phone: 847-674-1500, ext. 2700 Hours: Monday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Thursday – Closed Friday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Sunday – Closed […]

Quaker Fuels My Family

Disclosure: I’m excited to be writing this sponsored post on behalf of Quaker.  I have 3 little boys so I’m sure you can imagine how crazy our house is sometimes. My little boys are pretty physically active and I like to encourage that. We go on outings and try to stay active as a family. […]

Tummy Stuffers Review

Dexter is three and for the past year or so he’s been obsessed with packing bags. He loves storing stuff in backpacks, tote bags, pockets, buckets, hats… pretty much anything he can get his hands on. He carries the bag (or other vessel) around and pretends to be traveling. He also loves stuffed animals. His […]

Seat Pets Review

We spend a lot of time in the car. A lot. So I was excited about testing out Seat Pets, a stuffed animal designed to strap to your car seat belt so your child can cuddle with them and even use them as a pillow while traveling. SeatPets come in Lovebug the Lady Bug, Bentley […]

Chicago Bears Training Camp Starts This Week

Today is the first day of Bears training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Training camp runs through Wednesday, August 14, and is open to the public most days. Concessions are available for purchase. Below is a schedule for 2013 training camp. For more details, visit the Chicago Bears website.  Where: Olivet Nazarene University […]

Chicago Cubs Kid’s Club Contest

  Nothing says Summer quite like baseball! The Chicago Cubs want to offer a lucky Toddling Around Chicagoland reader a free membership to the Cubs Kids Club! The Cubs Kid’s Club, presented by ComEd, is a great way to get kids involved in the game and Wrigley Field by providing club membership benefits. These benefits […]

Donley’s Wild West Town

Website: Donley’s Wild West Town Location: 8512 South Union Road, Union Phone: 815-923-9000 Hours: Open daily 10:00 am-6:00 pm Admission: $16 per person, children 2 & under free. Print out coupons on their site for $1 off admission (good for up to 6 admissions) and free grandparent admission (good on Mondays & Tuesdays only). Each child […]

L.L. Bean’s “Outdoor Discovery Tour” Coming to Navy Pier

L.L. Bean is bringing the Bootmobile, a 13-foot tall Bean Boot, to Navy Pier this weekend as part of their Outdoor Discovery Tour, which tries to encourage families to spend more time outdoors and give them an opportunity to try a new activity. L.L. Bean and the National Park Foundation conducted a survey and found […]

Urban Adventure Quest Discount

  Disclosure: I am receiving a complimentary scavenger hunt for my family in exchange for posting this.  I’m so excited about this! I’ve been very curious about Urban Scavenger Hunt and I’m excited to try it out. Experience the fun of an Urban Scavenger Hunt in downtown Chicago. This Smart Phone guided adventure lets you […]

Sprout Organic Foods Review & Giveaway

It’s difficult finding quick, portable, and healthy snacks for the kids, but we found some great new snacks. Sprout Organic Foods now offers toddler snacks – Fruity Yogurt Bites and Fruit & Veggie Crispy Chews. From the Sprout Organic Food website: Naturally sweet and wholesome, Sprout recipes are made with certified organic ingredients and contain […]

Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder

Website: Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder Location: Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago Phone: 800-745-3000 (to purchase tickets) Hours: The show runs May 22 – September 2. Sunday 2:00pm, 4:00pm Wednesday 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm Thursday 2:00pm, 8:00pm Friday 2:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm Saturday 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm Additional shows: Tuesday, July 4 at 2 pm, 6 pm […]

Keeping Cool With Red Mango Frozen Yogurt Smoothies

The kids wanted candy after dinner tonight, but instead I told them we’d head out for a special treat – smoothies from Red Mango! Red Mango is now offering a huge selection of frozen yogurt smoothies. Not only are they a treat, but they are healthier than candy or many of the other treats we often […]

Bertie’s Birthday Bash at Legoland Discovery Center

Join LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago for a Birthday Celebration for Bertie! LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago is throwing a Birthday Bash on July 5 for Bertie, the Center’s life-sized minifigure mascot, and you’re invited! In honor of Bertie turning 5, admission for LEGO lovers 5-years-of-age will be $5. Party-goers can also enjoy games, prizes and cake! Other […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2013

Independence Day is approaching and Chicago and many suburbs are preparing for celebrations. 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 (& some even for a couple days) so click the link to see all the details. Before […]

Fresher, Faster, & Cheaper Food with Zaycon Foods

  Disclosure: I am receiving complimentary products in exchange for this post. As you all know, I’m on the run a lot. I like to shop in bulk so I don’t waste a lot of time making tons of trips to the grocery store. I also like to buy fresh food and save money. That’s […]

Language Stars

  I took 2 years of Spanish in high school. I took the same 2 years of Spanish again in college. I know a few basic Spanish words and that’s about it. I had two things working against me in learning a foreign language: I was 15 when I started classes and I attempted to […]

Fresh Produce Brings Me Back to Me

It’s been 5 months since I had baby Campbell. (Oh, I can’t resist… if you want to read about his very unexpected entry into the world you can read about it here.) I’ve lost the baby weight, although I could stand to lose a bit more too. That’s an ongoing battle. I spent about 8 […]

Dirty Girl Mud Run

Dirty Girl Mud Run, the biggest mud run for women, is returning to Chicago at the end of this month. See below for detailed information. You’ll find a promo code for 20% off Chicago registration at the bottom.  When: Saturday, June 29, 2013 + Sunday, June 30, 2013 (rain or shine) First wave of runners: […]

White Sox Nut Allergy Awareness Day

The Chicago White Sox are hosting an “Allergy Awareness Day”. On Saturday, June 29, 2013 at the 3:10 pm games against the Cleveland Indians there will be a reserved seating area that will provide a haven for fans who suffer from severe nut allergies. To provide fans who suffer from severe nut allergies with the […]

Six Flags Great America Discount

Save $20 on a single day ticket to Six Flags Great America when you use this coupon and order tickets online.  

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