Free Events

I generally post about activities and events we’ve experienced so I can give all the details, but there are a few upcoming events I think look like a lot of fun, and they’re all FREE! All the details provided about each event have been provided by the organizers of the event. Bump Club and Beyond […]

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 […]

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. […]

Cirque du Soleil OVO giveaway

Congratulations to the winner, Laila! Thanks to all who entered & especially to the great people at Cirque du Soleil! This giveaway is now closed. OVO Giveaway I’m so excited to be giving away two tickets to OVO! This pair of tickets is for the Wednesday, August 10 show at 8:00 pm, at the big top tent […]

OVO by Cirque du Soleil

OVO by Cirque du Soleil – website Location: The Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) in the parking lot of the United Center, 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago Phone: 800-450-1480 Booking Assistance (booking fees are higher via phone) Hours: The show runs through August 21, 2011Sundays:                      1:00 pm, 5:00 pmMonday:                      No shows Tuesday […]

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 […]

Dot and Ziggy giveaway & discount code

***This giveaway has ended. Thanks to all who entered and a special thanks to the Chicago Children’s Theatre. Congratulations to winner Samantha! Win 2 tickets to see Dot and Ziggy this Friday at noon! A few weeks ago we saw a Chicago Children’s Theater production, Dot and Ziggy, an interactive show geared toward babies and […]

Windy City Rollers

Windy City Rollers – website   As much as I love the zoo and children’s museums, I love to shake it up a little sometimes and try something new with the kids. I’ve had a bit of a fascination with roller derby for a while (who doesn’t love the idea of getting a little aggression […]

Dot & Ziggy

Dot & Ziggy – website   About Dot and Ziggy: Dot and Ziggy is theater for babies and toddlers, ideally 6 months to 4 years. Children sit with their parents on the floor and watch while Dot and Ziggy discover their differences (one likes up, one likes down; one flies, one ones; one likes things […]

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 […]

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art – website Location: 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: 312-280-2660 Hours: Monday                                     ClosedTuesday                                     10:00 am – 8:00 pmWednesday – Sunday                 10:00 am – 5:00 pmClosed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day Admission: $12 (suggested admission), $7 for senior citizens and students with IDChildren 12 and under, members of the […]

The Original Rainbow Cone

The Original Rainbow Cone – website Location: 9233 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60643 Phone: 773-238-7075 Hours: Rainbow Cone is open March – November. Hours for April 2011: Sunday – Thursday Noon – 7 pm Friday – Saturday Noon – 8 pm Hours get longer as the weather gets warmer so check out the website […]

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 […]

Chic-A-Go-Go

Chic-A-Go-Go – website Chic-A-Go-Go is a Chicago Cable Access dance show for kids of all ages. It’s hosted by Ratso (a puppet) and Miss Mia, and there are live performers, lots of music, and lots of dancing. Tapings are open to the public and require no tickets – just show up ready to dance. Location: […]

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 […]

The Chicago Auto Show

Chicago Auto Show – website Location: McCormick Place, Lake Shore Drive at 23th Street, Chicago, IL 60616 Days/Hours: Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 20, 2011 Open 10am – 10pm everyday (with box office closing at 9pm), except Sunday, February 20, when it closes at 8pm. Admission: $11 for adults, $7 for people 62 and […]

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