Chicago Wolves Peanut Allergy Awareness Day 2015

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A Chicago Wolves hockey game is a great afternoon or evening of family fun, and this month, for the fourth year, they’re holding a Peanut Allergy Awareness Day. During the Sunday, March 29 game against the Iowa Wild, the entire arena will be nut-free. Those with peanut allergies and their family and friends can reserve […]

#MuseumWeek 2015

#MuseumWeek 2015

#MuseumWeek is a brand new event this year where museums from all over the world will be celebrating culture on Twitter Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. Learn about your favorite museums, whether they’re local or international, and join in the conversation. Each day of the week will have a different topic: Monday, March 23 […]

Easter Eggs Hunts 2015

Easter Egg Hunts 2015

Although it seemed like it would never arrive, Spring is here (well, almost!) and Easter is approaching. Grab some baskets (and maybe swimsuits or flashlights) and search for some colorful Easter eggs. These are just some of the hunts in Chicago and the suburbs. Have a favorite one that’s not listed? Let me know and […]

Easter Bunny Guide 2015

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide 2015

Easter is just a few weeks away and it’s the perfect time to get some photos of the kids with a fluffy Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations for photos before he hops away on April 5. If you’re a family with a child with special needs, scroll to […]

5 Tips for Preparing for Spring Break with Walmart Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data Plans

5 Tips for Preparing for Spring Break #MarchIntoSavings #cbias #shop

It was starting to feel like summer would never return, but with the snow melting, temperatures inching up, and the snow coming out, I can feel it coming. With spring comes spring break; kind of a little practice run for summer. It’s the perfect time to #MarchIntoSavings with Walmart Family Mobile and I’m excited to tell you […]

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and I Are Catching Up on the Present

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt - #StreamTeam #KimmySchmidt

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has arrived on Netflix. If you haven’t heard of it, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a Netflix Original show starring Ellie Kemper (The Office), Jane Krakowski (from 30 Rock), and Tituss Burgess (30 Rock). Ellie plays Kimmy, a women rescued from an underground bunker where she lived for 15 years with three other […]

Reaching New Heights at iFly

Reaching New Heights with iFly

We went indoor skydiving! I never, ever, EVER would have imagined myself doing anything even slightly related to skydiving, but I did, and I brought my 5-year-old to do it with me! Here are the important details about iFly Chicago, and if you scroll down you can read all about our experience. Location: There are […]

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! The Toddling family loves Dr. Seuss, and today is his birthday. If you’re looking to celebrate you could: Read some Dr. Seuss book (Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and Horton Hears a Who are favorites of ours) Watch a Seuss movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who, or […]

Create Your Own Destiny with Inspiration from Netflix

Choose Your Own Destiny with Inspiration from Netflix #StreamTeam

Sometimes watching shows and movies is just relaxing, but I love when a tv show or movie inspires me or my kids to get up and do something or try something new. One of the shows we love to watch as a family is Chopped. If you’re not familiar with it, Chopped is a reality […]

Chicago Family Palooza 2015 Giveaway

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Chicago Family Palooza is coming back again and I’ve got tickets to give away! Saturday AND Sunday, February 28+March 1, 2015 Chicago Family Palooza presents a 51,000 Square Feet “playground” with attractions, rides, and fun! Chicago Family Palooza is proud to be the solution to that every day winter dilemma for Chicagoland families of “what can […]

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2015

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2015

It’s cold and dreary and it’s hard to keep kids busy in the winter. Luckily, a few area theatres offer special family movie deals to help beat the winter blues. Marcus Theatres – Kids Dream Winter Film Series Admission is only $2 for this series and movies play at 10:00 am on Friday, Saturday, and […]

It’s Streaming Cats and Dogs on Netflix

Streaming Cats & Dogs - #StreamTeam #ad - little kids

John has been pestering me to get a dog lately. Something about kids needing a dog. I agree, I guess. I’ll admit, I miss having a dog greet us when we get home, and cuddle with us when we’re watching tv or sleeping, or playing with the kids. A dog isn’t very practical for us, […]

Disney On Ice Presents Frozen – Urgent Scheduling Update!

Disney on Ice Frozen

Disney On Ice presents Frozen at Chicago United Center: 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Shows To Go On as Scheduled; 7 p.m. Show Cancelled; Ticket Exchanges Offered for Ticketholders Unable to Attend WHO: Patrons holding tickets to today’s performances of Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt at the Chicago United Center WHAT: Due to […]

Moochie Kalala Detectives Club Investigates with Chicago Scientists

Moochie Kalala Detectives Agency

I’m a little late with this news, but better late than never, right? WTTW Kids has a new show called Moochie Kalala Detectives Club and this is a fantastic show for Chicago kids! Two kid detectives investigate the scientific truth behind their grandfather’s stories by visiting local museums and talking to Chicago scientists. Moochie Kalala […]

AvaStars Review and Giveaway

AvaStars Review & Giveaway

Have you heard of AvaStars? I hadn’t until recently. We were invited to try out the AvaStars experience and I have to admit – I was really curious! AvaStars recently opened a location in Oak Brook. They offer an entertainment experience as well as personalized dolls. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but the […]

More Monster Jam

#MoreMonsterJam

  Monster Jam is returning to Rosemont next month. Here are all the details you need, a discount code to save on your tickets, and a giveaway! The widely popular Monster Jam® tour is heading to Rosemont at the Allstate Arena February 5-8, 2015 for an explosive new points-paying endurance showdown, featuring more of what […]

Legoland Discovery Center Launches Creative Crew Contest

The whole Toddling crew loves LEGOs and we’re big fans of the Legoland Discovery Center. Right now, Legoland is searching for a Creative Crew and this sounds like a fun contest! My 7-year-old can’t wait to enter. Here’s the information so your child can try to become part of the Legoland Discovery Center’s Creative Crew, […]

Pennzoil and Walmart Keep My Dirty Car Clean

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It’s been winter for at least 20 months now (or at least that’s what it feels like!) and my car is perpetually dirty. It’s covered in dirt and salt and is generally gross, but it’s too cold to wash it as often as I’d like. While it may not be pretty, the important thing is […]

Puppets! An Interactive Installation at The Art Institute of Chicago for All the Family

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Today I’m welcoming Georgina from Craftulate who is sharing her experience at the new Puppets! exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Georgina is a British mom living in the U.S. and she’s an amazing crafter. She writes about craft projects for kids as well as activities like pretend play, fine motor activities, and sensory activities. […]

Spreading Kindness During Cold and Flu Season with Boogie Wipes and Spin Kindness

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It’s flu season. It feels like it’s been flu season for at least 12 months, but I guess it hasn’t been that long really. Sickness caught us very early in the season – right before Thanksgiving. First my oldest son, who really hardly ever gets sick, got a high fever. He had to miss one […]

Countdown with King Julien

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I can’t believe it, but we’ve arrived at the end of 2014. 2014 was a pretty good year for us, and I’m looking forward to having a wonderful year in 2015 too! We’ve always done pretty low-key New Year’s Eve celebrations, even before we became parents. Now that we have kids, we love to include […]

Chicago New Year’s Eve Events for Families

New Year's Eve Events for Families 2014

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2014. Ringing in the new year is exciting, but it’s hard for kids to make it to midnight. Celebrate with the whole family at one of these family friendly New Year’s Eve (or “Noon” Year’s Eve) events. Pre-New Year’s Eve Pre-New Year’s Eve Party, Little Beans Play Cafe, […]

Disney Planes to the Rescue – DIY Runway Tutorial

Disney Planes to the Rescue - Tutorial for a DIY Runway #PlanesToTheRescue #CBias #shop

Christmas is nearly here! Are you done shopping? It seems like I always need a few extra gifts in the last few days before Christmas. Luckily, Walmart has Disney Planes toys on Rollback right now! Disney #PlanesToTheRescue! (And thanks for #CollectiveBias for this opportunity!) The prices of these Disney Planes toys have been rolled back […]

5 Spots for Outdoor Ice Skating

5 spots for outdoor ice skating

This article was previously published on MommyNearest.com. As the temps begin to dip you might feel like it’s time to hibernate, but sometimes you need to bundle up and head out to to embrace the winter wonderland. Brighten up your winter with rosy cheeks and smiles at these outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago and […]

Family Movie Night with AMC Theatres and Coca-Cola Freestyle #AMCandCocaColaFreestyle

Family Movie Night with AMC Theatres and Coca-Cola Freestyle #AMCandCocaColaFreestyle #ad

It’s been quite a while since we’ve been to a theatre for a family movie night so we decided it was time to take the kids to a movie. We originally planned to go together as a family, but finally decided Campbell, being a toddler, would probably enjoy spending some quality time with Grandma and […]

Holiday Family Fun

Here’s the final installment – activities 20 through 24, plus some bonuses. You can also see my previous posts in this series, Holiday Lights, Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa), Holiday Performances, and Holiday Festivals. Holiday Fun 20. CTA Holiday Train – Specially decorated and lit 6-car train with Santa and elves delivering candy canes to passengers. When: November 28 through […]

Holiday Festivals

Chicago has some great holiday festivals! Most of these run for several days or even all month so there’s plenty of time to visit. You can also see my previous posts in this series, Holiday Lights, Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa), and Holiday Performances. Later today I’ll be posting about Holiday Family Fun. Holiday Festivals 14. Celebrate the Season […]

Holiday Performances

Here’s post #3: Holiday Performances! You can also see my previous posts, Holiday Lights and Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa). Over the next 2 days I’ll also be posting about Festivals and Family Fun. Holiday Performances 11. It’s Christmas Charlie Brown! at the Wilmette Theater When: December 5-14 Where: Wilmette Theater Cost: $18 12. A Christmas Story […]

Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa)

Here’s the second installment of  24 Christmasy activities. Yesterday I posted about Holiday Lights, and today is Holiday Meals with Santa. Stop by over the next three days for Performances, Festivals, and Family Fun. Holiday Meals with Santa 5. Breakfast with Santa and Sue at the Field Museum – Buffet breakfast and photos with Santa and Sue. Tickets include […]

Holiday Lights

24 Days of Christmasy Activities

Christmas will be here sooner than you think, so now is the time to enjoy all the seasonal events Chicago and the surrounding suburbs have to offer. I’ll be posting 24 Christmasy activities (plus maybe a few bonus ones!) over five days. Enjoy these holiday light events, and visit over the next four days for […]

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