Special Needs Santa Visits and Events

These are events and Santa visits that are designed to meet the needs of children with special needs and their families. Many of these require registration (and fill up fast!) so it’s best to plan early.  Sunday, December 2 from 9:00 am-10:00 am – Caring Santa in Orland Park Location: Orland Square Mall – Upper […]

Girls Getaway – The Heartland Spa

Girls Getaway – The Heartland Spa As a mom of two (very active) young boys, with another on the way, I could use a break. My friend Samantha, who also parents to two active young boys and blogs at The Peanuts Gang, felt the same way. We recently had the opportunity to spend two days […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 6

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is approaching and I have a weekend family pass to give away and this is your last chance to win! 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 […]

Dino Time 3D Screening

Free Dino Time 3D Advanced Screening Dino Time will be arriving in theatres on December 7, but here’s a chance to see a special advanced screening for free! The screening will take place at Showplace Icon, 150 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago on Saturday, November 17th at 10:30 am. Here’s some information about the movie from the press […]

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is in theatres nationwide. I am not posting specifics (prices, bathrooms, etc) because theatres vary so much. You can find where Wreck-It Ralph is playing near you or purchase tickets online at the Wreck-It Ralph site. John recently took Cooper to see Wreck-It Ralph and he wrote the following post about the […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 5

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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, […]

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure – A Movie Unlike Any You’ve Seen Before

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure – website The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is now playing in theaters! It’s been quite a while since we got to see this movie so I’m excited to finally be able to write about it. As I discussed in my previous post, my family was invited […]

Alice in Wonderland Presented by the Emerald City Theatre Company (and Promo Code)

Alice in Wonderland – website Location: The Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-935-6100 Performances: Runs July 10-December 29. A full performance schedule is available online. Admission: Tickets start at $13 for children and $16 for adults. PROMO CODE – Throughout the month of August, enter the code EATME for a FREE adult ticket to any performance when you purchase […]

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove – Giveaway!

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove Giveaway- website Location: Allstate Arena, 6920 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont Dates and times: September 13-16, 2012. Thursday, September 13 – 7:00 Friday, September 14 – 10:30, 7:00 Saturday, September 15 – 11:30, 3:30, 7:00 Sunday, September 16 – 11:30, 3:30, (7:00 Spanish) Ticket prices: $13-$70. Purchase tickets for opening night for only […]

2Toots Train Whistle Grill

2Toots Train Whistle Grill – website *** Note: There are two locations. We visited the Bartlett location so the photos and details about our experience are based on that location. Locations: 203 E. Main Street, Bartlett and 450 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn Phone: Bartlett – 630-213-6700, Glen Ellyn – 630-858-4300 Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 am-8:00 […]

Brick-tastic Birthday Bash at Legoland Discovery Center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago Celebrates Buddy’s Birthday! You’re Invited to the Brick-tastic Birthday Bash on Aug. 11 LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is celebrating Buddy’s Birthday on Aug. 11, and everyone’s invited to join the brick-tastic celebration! We’ll be partying it up with goody bags, games and plenty of cake. But that’s not all! Kids who […]

Studio Movie Grill

Studio Movie Grill – website Location: 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton Phone: 630-480-9557 Hours: Check the website for movie times. Matinees start as early as 11:00 am. Admission: Weekday matinees are $5, weekend matinees are $8 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Evening movies are $9.75 for adults and $6 for children 10 […]

Christmas in July: Chicago Toy & Game Fair

This is the Post #3 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. We attended the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in 2011 so the post is based on our experiences there. I have included information about the 2012 Chicago Toy and Game Fair for those planning to attend. The Chicago Toy & Game Fair […]

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty – website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: July 7 – August 18, 2012 Wednesday-Saturday at 10:00 am Admission: $15 a ticket Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. Bathrooms: There are public bathrooms with changing tables. In the bathroom we were in, the changing table was […]

Miller’s Dog n Suds Drive-In

Miller’s Dog n Suds Drive-In – website Location: Rollins Road & Washington Street, Fox Lake Phone: 847-587-6808 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm. Closed Mondays. Open March through November. Parking: There are at least 30 parking spaces. Bathrooms: There are men’s and women’s bathrooms available. Nursing: There is no designated nursing area, but you’re served […]

Make A Messterpiece

Make A Messterpiece – website Location: The Glen Town Center, 2050 Tower Drive, Glenview Phone: 847-730-5275 Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Admission: Messy Package – $15. Includes Splat-tacular Tables, Bubbleology, and two activities Messiest Package – $22. Include Splat-tacular Tables, Bubbleology, and four activities Admission – Free […]

Disney’s Brave

Disney’s Brave Brave opens today in theatres nationwide. I am not posting specifics (prices, bathrooms, etc) because theatres vary so much. You can find where Brave is playing near you, or purchase tickets online. Our experience: We were invited to an early screening of Brave but I wasn’t allowed to post anything about it until […]

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