Schaumburg Boomers

Schaumburg Boomers – website Location: Boomers Staduim, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg Phone: 847-461-FOWL (3695) Office hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (hours may vary by season) Schedule: The full schedule can be viewed online. The season starts in mid-May and ends in early September. Admission: Tickets are $7 for lawn seats, $10 for […]

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 […]

Chicago Area Fireworks and Parades for the Fourth of July 2012

Looking for the 2013 list? Click here! Looking for a fireworks display or parade to see this week? There are several in the Chicago area! All the events listed below are FREE! Before attending, PLEASE check the link. Because of dry conditions some events may be canceled and although I’ve listed the starting time for […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – 2012 Season

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – 2012 Season – website Location: 601 E. Dundee Avenue, East Dundee Phone: 847-426-6751 Hours: Santa’s Village is closed on Tuesdays. Hours vary by day and according to school schedule. See the calendar online for hours. Admission: $17.75/person, ages 3 & up; children 2 & under are free, $14.75/senior (65+). Active duty military with ID admitted free. […]

White Sox Host Second “Peanut Controlled Zone”

The Chicago White Sox hosted their first  peanut “friendly” game this season and based on the feedback they got they’ve decided to do it again. During this game, there will be an entire section that will be peanut free to allow families affected by peanut allergies to attend a Chicago White Sox game. The peanut […]

Cirque Shanghai Year of the Dragon

Cirque Shanghai Year of the Dragon – website Location: Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago Phone: 800-745-3000 (to purchase tickets) Hours: The show runs May 24 – September 3. 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: Sunday, […]

Overnight Getaway – Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort – website Location: 2643 N. State Route 178, Utica, IL Phone: 866-399-3866 Parking: There is a large attached lot at the main resort. There are additional lots for the villas and cabin and 2 spaces directly in front of each cabin. Parking is free. Check in & check out: Check-in […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Opens for the Season

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park in Dundee opens this weekend with new rides and attractions for the 2012 season. Although the official opening date is Sunday, May 13, the park will be open on Saturday, May 12 from 10 am to 2 pm for Make-A-Wish Day. Admission will only be $5 and 100% of all admission […]

Getting the Most from Your Farmer’s Market – Guest Post

  Today’s post is written by Jeremy Arendt, head cook and co-owner of Sprouts Home Day Care, an organic, eco-healthy day care located in the Northwest Chicago Suburbs.  He graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield where he studied sustainable food systems.  When he is not cooking for the kids, you can usually find him tending […]

Farmers’ Markets

It’s Spring and that means it’s Farmers’ Market season! Below are a listing of some farmers’ markets in and around Chicago. For more information about farmers’ markets in your area, visit AgriHappenings or Local Harvest. Chicago Chicago Downtown Farmstand Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-4pm 66 E. Randolph Street, Chicago Daley Plaza Farmers’ Market May 12-October 20 Thursdays […]

National Public Gardens Day

May 11, 2012 is National Public Gardens Day which means you can get free admission to a National Public Garden! Admission will not be free on that day, but you can register online to get a free pass. The pass is available immediately after you submit the registration; just print it out and save it […]

Peanut “Friendly” White Sox Game

The Chicago White Sox will be hosting their first  peanut “friendly” game this season. During this game, there will be an entire section that will be peanut free to allow families affected by peanut allergies to attend a Chicago White Sox game. The peanut free section will be cleaned and checked prior to the game, […]

Upcoming Events

I love sharing fun weekend events each week and here are some special events coming up that really caught my eye: Chicagoland Kids Expo Saturday, March 3 from 9am-6pm Sunday, March 4 from 10am-5pm Adults $10 ($9 with this coupon), kids (3-12) $5, kids under 3 free Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Blvd, Schaumburg […]

Volo Auto Museum

Volo Auto Museum – website Location: 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL Phone: 815-385-3644 Hours: Open 7 days a week, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Admission: Adults – $9.95 Children 5-12 – $5.95 (children under 5 free) – use their online coupon for 1/2 off a child’s admission with an adult’s admission. Seniors (65 and […]

Jonamac Orchard

Jonamac Orchard – website Location: 19412 Shabbona Road, Malta Phone: 815-825-2158 Hours: August 17-November 23, 2011 Country Store Aug 17-Oct 31 – 9:00am – 5:30pm Nov 1-Nov 23 (Wednesday-Sunday) – 9:00am – 5:00 pm Apple picking 9:00am-5:00pm while in season (the season is over for 2011; apple picking is generally available early September to mid-October.) […]

The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum – website    Location: 4100 Illinois Rt 53, Lisle Phone: 630-968-0074 Hours: The Morton Arboretum is open 365 days a year from 7:00 am to sunset. Visitor Center: Jan-Feb 9am-4pm Mar-Apr 9am-5pm May-Oct 9am-6pm Nov-Dec 9am-5pm Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve at 3pm, & Christmas Day Children’s Garden Nov-Feb 9:30am-4pm Mar-Oct 9:30am-5pm Extended […]

Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park – website Location: 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton Phone: 630-668-5161 Hours: Gardens & Grounds: Mon-Sun, 9am-Sunset, Nov 1 – Apr 30 (Closed 11/25, 11/26, 12/24-12/27, 12/31, & entire month of January)Mon-Sun, 7am-Sunset, May 1 – Oct 31Cantigny Park and Museums are closed Mon-Thu in February. Museums: Closed MondaysTues-Sun, 10am-4pm (Closed 11/25, 11/26, 12/24-12/27, 12/31, […]

Garden Patch Farms

Garden Patch Farms – website Today I’m welcoming our very first guest poster, Mary Whalen! Mary is a mom with two daughters (2 1/2 and 5) and a husband of 8 years. Before her job as mommy, Mary was a technical writer and instructional designer. She now has a website for moms who live in […]

Millennium Park

 Millennium Park – website   Location: 201 E. Randolph Street, between Michigan Avenue and Columbus, Chicago Admission: Free Parking: The Millennium Garage has entrances on South Columbus between Monroe & Randolph.  $14 – Early Bird: Monday – Friday (In between 5 – 10 a.m. Out by 7 p.m.)$19 – 0 – 3 hours$21 – 3 […]

Moore Park Playground & Sprayground

Moore Park Playground & Sprayground – website Location: 801 Geneva Dr, Geneva Phone: Geneva Park District – 630-232-4542 Hours: Mon – Thur   10:00 am – 7:00 pm           Fri – Sun       10:00 am – 6:00 pm Admission: FREE Parking: There is a large parking lot with free parking. Bathrooms: There is one outhouse […]

Family Fun Festival at Millennium Park

Family Fun Festival at Millennium Park – website This post is a bit late – this is the final week of the Family Fun Festival. The Family Fun Festival goes on all summer and it’s been on my list of “Things to do right now!” since it started in June, but somehow it’s suddenly August. […]

Overnight Getaway – Hilton Indian Lakes Resort

Overnight Getaway – Hilton Indian Lakes Resort – website Location: 250 West Schick Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 Phone: 630-529-0200 Parking: There is free parking in the large attached lot. Check-in & check-out: Check-in is at 3:00 pm. Check-out is at noon. Price: I depends on the date and room type (obviously), but rooms can start […]

Cirque Shanghai Extreme

Cirque Shanghai Extreme – website Location: Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago Phone: 800-745-3000 (to purchase tickets) Hours: The show runs June 29 – September 5.  Sunday               12:00pm, 2:00pm  5:00pm Wednesday                        2:00pm […]

I & M Canal Bike Trail

 I & M Canal Bike Trail – website The I & M Canal Bike Trail is 2 looping trails (11 miles total) with a parking lot in the center.  Location: Willow St. & Old Willow Spring Road, Willow Springs (approximately) Driving directions: At the intersection of Archer Road and Willow Street in Willow Springs, head […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – website Location: 601 E. Dundee Avenue, East Dundee Phone: 847-426-6751 Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm Saturday, Sunday, & holidays, 11am – 7pm Park closed October 30-November 24 Admission: $16.50/person, ages 3 & up; children 2 & under are free. There is an online coupon for $2 off admission […]

Little Red Schoolhouse

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center – website Location: 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs Phone: 708-839-6897  Hours: March 1-last Saturday in October     8:00am – 5:00pmLast Sunday in October-Feb 28        8:00am – 4:00pm Exhibit buildings open at 9:00 am daily (CLOSED FRIDAYS) and may close up to 1/2 hour before grounds. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, […]

The Plush Horse

The Plush Horse – website  Location: 12301 South 86th Avenue Palos Park, IL 60464 Phone: 708-448-0550 Hours: Monday – Thursday    8:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday – Saturday       8:00 am – 9:30 pmSunday                     11:00 am – 9:00 pmThese are Spring hours and will likely be different for other seasons. Prices: A pony cone is available for just […]

Giveaway – Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

*** This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners: Dawn, Danceddd, and Melody! Thanks to all who entered and a special thanks to Santa’s Village AZoosment Park!  SEE MY UPDATED POST INCLUDING OUR EXPERIENCE! Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Giveaway *** This post was previously posted on Wednesday, May 9, but because of problems with […]

Letterboxing

Letterboxing  Letterboxing is like a treasure hunt and it’s a great activity to do with kids. Letterboxers hide small boxes, generally outdoors, containing a rubber stamp or hand-carved stamp and a logbook. The people who plant the boxes leave clues online so others can find the boxes. When a box is found, the finder stamps […]

Cosley Zoo

Cosley Zoo – website Location: 1356 N. Gary Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187 Phone: 630-665-5534 Hours: Cosley Zoo is open year-round, but closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. January-March: Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April-October: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. November: Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. After Thanksgiving-December 23: Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. December 26-30: Daily, […]

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