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 and Giveaway

Coloring Animal Mandalas - Review & 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

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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 […]

It’s Better At The Blue

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  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 […]

15 Things to Do During Spring Break

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After a long, LONG winter, Chicago is finally thawing and Spring Break is nearly here! If your family is anything like mine, you’ve been cooped up too long and you’re ready to get out and explore the amazing things Chicago has to offer every spring. Here are just some of the ways kids (and adults!) […]

iFLY-Kohl Playdate – Register Now!

iFLY-Kohl Playdate

The Kohl Children’s Museum and iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Rosemont are teaming up for a very special playdate and you’re invited! Everyone who attends will enjoy food, drinks, and a hands-on project to learn about aerodynamics, before getting a chance to fly! You’ll even get to take home a video of your flight. Space is limited, […]

Reinventing Yourself with Netflix

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  If there’s one thing that parenthood has taught me, it’s that sometimes you have to break out of your comfort zone. Part of it is because parenting changes you. I’m shy, and usually pretty quiet, and agreeable, but sometimes when I’m trying to protect or help my kids, Mama Bear comes out. For a […]

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! Giveaway & Discount Code

Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance! Giveaway

Elmo’s got the moves. Have you got the moves? Get up and get moving with Elmo, Abby Cadabby and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends when Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” visits the Sears Centre Arena from Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19. Tickets for all seven performances are on sale Friday, Oct. 24. Hosted […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Spring 2015

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Chicago has some amazing museums, but it can be expensive to visit with the whole family. Fortunately, a lot of the Chicago area institutions offer free or discounted admission on certain days. Whether you’re looking to ponder internationally famous art work, walk among an array of plants and trees, or learn about animals or people […]

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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  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. […]