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, […]

Waterfall Glen

Waterfall Glen – website Location: Darien, IL. The parking lot at Bluff Road and Cass Ave is about a half a mile from the waterfall. Phone: 630-933-7200 Parking: Free. Bathrooms: It’s a forest preserve so they’re pretty rustic. There was a port-a-potty near the parking lot. No changing tables. Handicapped/stroller accessibility: Not so much. It’s […]

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory – website Location: 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60624 Phone: 312-746-5100 Hours:Open everyday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 8:00 pm *** The Conservatory will be closed Monday, March 7, 2011 for a mandatory Chicago Park District shut down day to balance the budget. Admission: Free! There […]

Big Monster Door

Big Monster Door ** This is really just a photo opportunity, but it was fun. This huge “door” is at Big Monster Toys, which is a toy design firm. Location: 21 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60607 Days/hours: Any Admission: Free! Parking: Street parking We paid: Nothing! Our experience: The kids really loved it. Cooper […]

Kohl Children’s Museum

Kohl Children’s Museum – website Location: 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, IL 60026 Phone: 847-832-6600 Hours: Monday 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. June – Aug.) Tues. – Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 12 – 5 p.m. Members Only 9 – 9:30 a.m. (Mon. – Sat.) Admission: $8.50 for children […]

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