Chicago Architecture Open House This Weekend {and Giveaway}

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting their 3rd annual Open House on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2013. They open the doors to 150+ neat old/historical sites in the city for the public to explore for FREE. Many of these are family-friendly sites, including Berghoff’s Bakery and the model train set at Clarendon Park […]

Sweet Home Chicago #LoveThisCity #MC

  I was born and raised in Chicago. I grew up with a “fronchroom”, and chased friends through gangways and alleys, and I know you’re not supposed to order a hot dog with ketchup (but I do it anyway because that’s how I like them). I #LoveThisCity because it’s my home, but it’s so much […]

SpotOn.it: Enhance Your Family Calendar

When Cooper was a baby and toddler, before Dexter and Campbell came along, I spent a lot of time at home with him. I wasn’t used to being home on weekdays and I was new to the whole mommy thing and I had a hard time finding stuff to do and places to go. I […]

Skydeck Chicago (with Giveaway!)

Website: Skydeck Chicago Location: Willis Tower (still the Sears Tower to me), 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago Phone: 877-SKYDECK Hours: Open 365 days a year. April-September 9:00 am-10:00 pm October-March 10:00 am-8:00 pm Last entry 30 minutes prior to close. Admission: $18/adult (12 & up), $12/child (3-11) FastPass $40/person (VIP access to elevators) Tickets can […]

Disney On Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic – Activities & Giveaway

I posted earlier about Disney On Ice celebrating 100 Years of Magic in Chicago next month (see the post for all the detail about the show!) and now I’ve got some fun stuff to share! Click to download a Disney coloring page and Mickey and Minnie Ears! I also have tickets to give away! Enter below. Winner will […]

Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder

Website: Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder Location: Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago Phone: 800-745-3000 (to purchase tickets) Hours: The show runs May 22 – September 2. 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: Tuesday, July 4 at 2 pm, 6 pm […]

Shoreline Sightseeing {and Giveaway}

Website: ShorelineSightseeing.com Locations: Tours depart from Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue. Water Taxis stop at Union Station/Willis (Sears) Tower, N. Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and Shedd Aquarium/Museum Campus. Commuter Water Taxis stop at Union Station/Willis (Sears) Tower, Michigan Avenue, and Erie Park. Phone: 312-222-9328 Departures: Departure times vary, but most tours begin around 10 am and […]

The Elephant & The Whale – The Chicago Children’s Theatre

Website: The Chicago Children’s Theatre – The Elephant & The Whale Location: The Ruth Page Center for Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago Phone: 773-227-0180 Dates and times: April 10- May 26, 2013 Tuesdays at 10:00 am Wednesdays at 10:00 am & Noon Thursdays & Fridays at 10:00 am & 6:30 pm Saturdays at 11:00 am & 6:30 […]

Chicago Area Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Events 2013

Valentine’s Day (or Valentine’s season maybe?) is a great time to spend time with your loved ones, including your kids, and showing them how special they are to you. There are fun events and parties starting this weekend to celebrate the holiday. Please call or visit online prior to attending to verify information and keep […]

Bud, Not Buddy Presented by the Chicago Children’s Theatre

I love the Chicago Children’s Theatre. We’ve seen all the shows they’ve presented in the past couple years. With a brand new baby we haven’t had an opportunity to see Bud, Not Buddy, but the information below has been provided by the Chicago Children’s Theatre. Based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not […]

Museum Free Days – 2013

Chicago has some incredible museums, zoos, and gardens. Whether you’re looking for an educational experience, or to encourage your child’s interests, or just to spend a fun day with the family, there are plenty of options in and around Chicago. It can be expensive taking a family to these institutions, but here are times you […]

Disney On Ice Rockin’ Ever After Giveaway

Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After! Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney•Pixar film, Brave, competes […]

“Noon” Year’s Eve & New Year’s Eve Events

Noon Countdowns Bubble Bash 2012 with the DuPage Children’s Museum, Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville 10:30 am-Noon $10/member, $15/non-member (plus $2/ticket box office charge) Live performances by Jeanie B. and the Jellybeans and Geoff Akins the Bubble Wonder Man, countdown at noon. Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown, […]

Highlights from the 2012 Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Last month we attended the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and had the opportunity to learn about lots of fun new toys and games. Here are a few of our favorite new (and some not-so-new) discoveries: Buster Balloon Recommended for ages 8+, but my 3 & 5-year-old love it! This is a fun game for […]

Give the Gift of Rockin’ Disney Memories – Disney On Ice Rockin’ Ever After

Give the Gift of ROCKIN’ Memories! Looking for one more special gift but don’t have time for shopping? Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After is coming to the Chicagoland area, playing Allstate Arena Jan. 23 – 27 and United Center Jan. 31 – Feb. 10.  Tickets make great gifts that provide a memorable experience for the […]

Chicago Area Christmas Events 2012

Christmas time is one of my favorite times of the year! I love all the fun activities, the shopping, the excitement, and the good cheer. Here are some fun events coming up or going on right now to celebrate the holiday season. As always, it’s a good idea to call or check the website to […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide

Less than a month until Christmas! It’s about time for kids to visit Santa and tell him what they want, and for you to get those annual photos with the big guy. Find the perfect place to meet up with Santa on this list. Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free and he will […]

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical – website Location: Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-935-6100 Dates and times: Through January 6, 2013. Dates and times vary – see the online schedule for details. There are shows on weekdays and weekends at 10:15 am, 10:30 am, 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm. Admission: Tickets are […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2012

All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, it’s best to call ahead to ensure the farm will be open and trees are available. Please note that many farms accept only cash or checks. Bengston Tree Farm, 10919 W. Wilmington, Peotone, 708-258-9610 Opens November 23. Open daily from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Hot […]

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 […]

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween means lots of fun – costumes, parties, trick-or-treating – and lots and lots of candy. If you’re looking to save your kids (and yourself) from the sugar and tooth decay, why not “sell” it? Through “Operation Gratitude” dentists volunteer to “buy” Halloween candy from kids for money (generally $1 a pound), prizes, dental hygiene […]

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 […]

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