Archives for 2013

Legoland Star Wars Miniland (& Giveaway)

We recently had the opportunity to attend a media preview of the new Star Wars Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center. We started out our evening with a visit to the Miniland, which has been invaded by Star Wars characters and vehicles. Grab a scavenger hunt list and find each of the characters listed for […]

CafePress Giveaway

CafePress has always been one of my favorite sites to find interesting t-shirts. They offer just about any kind of t-shirt you want and you can even design your own. In addition to shirts, they also sell bags, case for electronics, stickers, stationery, and lots more. I browsed around for quite a while and one […]

Alice In Wonderland at the Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre Website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: March 14-May 18, 2013 See the full schedule on the Marriott Theatre website. Performances are some Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays; and all Fridays & Saturdays (except April 4 & 5). All performances are at 10:00 am Admission: $15 a ticket Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. […]

Overnight Getaways: Fun Spots Within 100 Miles of Chicago

There’s still snow on the ground outside my house, but my son’s school calendar insists spring break is next week. If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the start of Spring, or planning ahead for summer, here are some great family-friendly places for overnight getaways. Click on the name of each place […]

Wildlife Explorer and Gardening Made Easy

It’s Spring and the weather will be getting warmer soon (I hope!) and I’m always looking for fun stuff to do in the yard with the kids. Here are two great deals to help take advantage of this nice days – one for your kid(s) and one for you! Order both and you’ll have something […]

Easter Bunny Guide – 2013

Wow, Easter comes early this year – it’s less than 2 weeks away! Whether the kids are excited about the Easter Bunny or you’re looking to get that cute Easter picture, find perfect place to meet up with the Easter Bunny on this list. Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with the Easter Bunny is free and […]

Disney Book Club

I heard about this great deal and had to share it. Right now you can get 4 Disney books for just 99 cents each. You get The Lion King and Toy Story 3, and then you can choose two of the following books: Wreck It Ralph, Brave, Cars 2, and Cinderella. You also get a […]

LeapFrog Reading Month (& Giveaway!)

I’ve always been a reader. As a kid my favorite thing to do was to hide out in my room or some other quiet spot and read books. I probably got it from my parents who were both readers and always read to me, and, of course, I want the same for my kids. John […]

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

Location: Rosemont Theater (temporarily the Akoo Theater), 5400 North River Road, Rosemont Phone: 847-671-5100 Show times: This show was only in town for one weekend. Friday, March 15, 2013, at 7:00 pm Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, & 7:00 pm Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, & 5:00 pm Admission: $15-$70 ($19.75-$79.65 with fees) […]

Easter Egg Hunts and Events 2013

  There’s nothing like an egg hunt to celebrate Easter! Locations in Chicago and the suburbs will be hosting egg hunts, bunny visits, and other Easter activities over the next couple weeks. As with any activity or event, it’s a good idea to check the website or call first to confirm details. Many of these […]

MommyCon Mini Chicago

MommyCon is a conference for parents and expectant parents focusing on natural parenting with seminars on topics like breastfeeding, birth, car sear safety, and natural health. MommyCon will have 1000 attendees and will be in 2014, but MommyCon Mini conferences will be taking place in several cities. MommyCon Mini is a conference with approximately  300 […]

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival – Discount and Giveaway

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival is on it’s way to Chicago! The Akoo Theatre in Rosemont will be hosting Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, 2013. Here’s a description of the show that was provided to me: Mickey Mouse and friends rock the world with the stars from The […]

Dr. Seuss Book Club Special Offer

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday is March 2nd. No American writer has had as great an impact on children’s literature as Dr. Seuss. His imaginative characters, vivid illustrations, and catchy rhymes are instantly recognizable to anyone who grew up reading his stories. Create a personal library of children’s books by joining Dr. Seuss & His Friends book […]

St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun – 2013

  Put on some green because everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with your family by attending a parade, hunting for clovers, or watching a waterfall turn green. As always, it’s a good idea to call first to verify information as details can change and events can be canceled.  We attended the dyeing […]

Dr. Seuss Birthday Events 2013

  Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2, which has been adopted as Read Across America Day. To celebrate, there are events and activities throughout the month of April. Before attending an event, call or visit the website to confirm all information. Keep in mind that several of these events require advanced registration so plan ahead. Before […]

Walgreens Web Pickup – Happy, Healthy, & Easy

My kids have been so anxious for some snow this winter because we really haven’t had any… until now. The kids were really excited to play in it, but I was not so thrilled about dragging kids bundled up in coats, hats, mittens, and snow boots, plus a newborn in a carrier, through the store […]

Monster Jam 2013

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: January 8-10, 2013. Friday, January 8 – 7:30 pm Saturday, January 9 – 2:00 pm, 7:30 pm Sunday, January 10 – […]

Chicago Fun Family Palooza – Giveaway

Chicago Fun Family Palooza Location: The Mega Center at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles Dates: Saturday & Sunday, March 9-10, 2013 Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Chicago Fun Family Palooza is bursting with spectacular entertainment, thrilling activities and over the top zaniness. This 2 day event, produced by 5 Star Fun […]

Chicago Area Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Events 2013

Valentine’s Day (or Valentine’s season maybe?) is a great time to spend time with your loved ones, including your kids, and showing them how special they are to you. There are fun events and parties starting this weekend to celebrate the holiday. Please call or visit online prior to attending to verify information and keep […]

Monster Jam: Monster Truck Fun Facts

Monster Jam is coming to the Allstate Arena! Click here for more details, a special deal on tickets, and a chance to win 4 tickets! Monster Truck Facts Height – Approximately 12’ / 3.6 Meters Width – Approximately 12’ / 3.6 Meters Length – Approximately 20’ / 6 Meters Weight – 10,000 lbs / 4500 […]

Monster Jam Promo Code & Giveaway

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® is roaring into town! Monster Jam will be at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont February 8-10, 2013. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track […]

Bud, Not Buddy Presented by the Chicago Children’s Theatre

I love the Chicago Children’s Theatre. We’ve seen all the shows they’ve presented in the past couple years. With a brand new baby we haven’t had an opportunity to see Bud, Not Buddy, but the information below has been provided by the Chicago Children’s Theatre. Based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not […]

Museum Free Days – 2013

Chicago has some incredible museums, zoos, and gardens. Whether you’re looking for an educational experience, or to encourage your child’s interests, or just to spend a fun day with the family, there are plenty of options in and around Chicago. It can be expensive taking a family to these institutions, but here are times you […]

Family Dollar Kidgets Diapers and Wipes

My 3-year-old Dexter is still in diapers and seems to have no desire to get out of them any time soon. Sigh. Although we’ve used cloth diapers for a majority of his diapered years, lately they don’t seem to be keeping him dry so we’ve switched to disposables. I was offered the chance to try […]

Monster Jam 2013 Coming to Allstate Arena

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam is the most exciting form of family motorsports entertainment on the planet. The stars of the show are the biggest performers on four wheels: the Monster Jam trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar […]

Family Fun With The Rockford IceHogs

Rockford IceHogs Hockey Games are not all about hockey, but instead about a great family experience! Check out Top Shot, an interactive hockey inspired shooting game located on the main concourse, and test your hockey skills, join the IceHogs Runts Club and take your little one down to the tunnel to high-five all the players […]

Meez Meals Giveaway and Special Discount

Have you made a New Year’s resolution? Whether it’s officially a “resolution” or not, I bet you’d like to eat healthier, reduce stress, and spend more time with your family (or maybe have more time to yourself!). Meez Meals is offering you a chance to have all those things. Here’s some info about Meez Meals, […]

Disney On Ice Rockin’ Ever After Giveaway

Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After! Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney•Pixar film, Brave, competes […]

My Home Birth Story: My Husband (Unexpectedly) Delivered Our Son

On December 26, shortly after midnight, we welcomed a new son Campbell into our family in a rather unexpected way. This isn’t the type of thing I usually write about on Toddling Around Chicagoland, but this is a story I just have to tell. If you saw My Big Announcement in August you know we’ve been […]

Winter Wardrobe Shopping with Cookie’s Kids

 Winter Wardrobe Shopping with #CookiesKids It’s cold and snowy outside and it’s a great time to perk up my boys’ winter wardrobe with some new outfits. Rather than run out to the store during the holidays (NO thank you!), I did some online shopping at CookiesKids.com. Cookie’s Kids sells a huge selection of kids clothes, […]

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