Free Chicago Museum Days – Fall 2016

  Summer is sliding away and it’ll be fall (officially) very soon. Spend your fall exploring Chicago attractions for free! Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events. Adler Planetarium – September 12-16, October 10, November 11, December 3-9. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool– […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2016

Apple pie, apple cider, applesauce, apple tart, apple cinnamon oatmeal… there are so many things you can do with apples and it’s time to stock up. It’s apple-picking time! Spend the day in the beautiful changing weather and enjoy some apples fresh from the tree. Some orchards charge and admission fee, while others only charge […]

Best Spots for Leaf Peeping Near Chicago

Autumn announces itself with yellows, oranges, reds, and purples and it’s officially here. Take the kids out to explore all the changes autumn brings and enjoy the beautiful foliage at these four spots near Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden With 26 different gardens on over 300 acres, you’re sure to see plenty of autumn foliage at […]

Chicago Area Halloween Events – 2015

It’s Halloween season! Yes, officially Halloween only lasts one day, but I prefer to celebrate much longer than that. Get those costumes ready and enjoy these events all through the month of October. Single Day or Weekend Events Fall Family Festival, Lehmann Park in Lake Villa Sunday, October 18 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm $5 per family, or […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide – 2015

Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I do my best to be sure the information is current, accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to double check the website or call before you go. Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey, 850 Butterfield Road, Aurora, 630-966-7775 Open September 19 through October 31. Open Tuesday-Friday 10:00 […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2015

It’s apple season! There’s nothing quite like fresh apples right off the tree. We love spending a late summer or early autumn day at an apple orchard picking apples, eating fresh donuts, navigating a corn maze, and taking LOTS of pictures. Some orchards charge and admission fee, while others only charge for apples. It’s always […]

Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families 2015

Baseball is America’s favorite pasttime, so what better way to spend a spring day than catching a game with the family? The Chicago Cubs offer some family fun at Wrigley Field so get your tickets now. Be sure to check out the Cubs fan club for kids so you children can receive special Cubs memorabilia. Here are Chicago […]

Chicago White Sox Promotions for Families 2015

Baseball season is upon us and the Chicago White Sox could use a little support this season. If you haven’t visited “The Cell” (U.S. Cellular Field) yet this season, it’s the perfect time to purchase your tickets and plan a special family outing. If you’ve got kids, but sure you find out more about the Chicago White […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2014

October is all about the arrival of fall and Halloween. I’ve compiled a huge guide of Chicago Area Pumpkin Patches so you can find the one just right for your family. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I do my best to be sure the information is current, accurate information, but it’s always […]

Autumn Weekends at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

  With cool weather it’s the perfect time for a trip to Santa’s Village! You might think of an amusement (or AZoosment, in this case) park as a summer activity, but Santa’s Village is open on the weekends until the end of October. That’s a lot of time for taking kids on rides you remember […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2014

I may have said this last year (and the year before, and maybe the year before that…), but apple picking is one of my very favorite annual traditions with my family. Some orchards are already open for apple picking, but most will open this week or next. This list is all the U-Pick apple orchards I […]

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum – Giveaway

See trees in a different light this winter during Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Combining cutting-edge light technology with the beautiful, wooded landscapes of the Arboretum, Illumination is not your typical lights event. An experience far beyond traditional twinkling lights, Illumination engages the senses with trees that respond to touch and sound, dazzling […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2013

Pumpkin time! Below are pumpkin patches in the Chicago area. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I’ve done my best to include current, accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to double check the website or call before you go. Abbey Farms of Marmion Abbey, 850 Butterfield Road, Aurora, 630-966-7775 Open weekends […]

Harvest Fest at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park 2013

It’s the season for fall festivals and Santa’s Village AZoosment Park’s Harvest Fest opened today! Below is information about Harvest Fest. For more details see my full post about Santa’s Village AZoosment Park. Dates: Weekends and Columbus Day, September 28 through October 27, 2013 Hours: 11:00 am-6:00 pm most days. Open 10:00 am-2:00 pm Thursday […]

All Seasons Apple Orchard

  Website: All Seasons Apple Orchard, Pumpkin Patch, & Corn Maze Location: 14510 IL Route 76, Woodstock Phone: 815-338-5637 Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm weekdays, 10:00 am-6:00 pm weekends and holidays Admission:  Apple picking – 1/2 peck (no Honeycrisp or Asian Pear) – $10.50 ($9.69 if purchased online) Barnyard activities/pumpkin patch – $10.50 weekends & holidays […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2013

 Looking for the 2014 guide? Click here!   Apple picking is a tradition for my family. We’ve gone every year since Cooper was born. I love picking apples, spending the day outside with my family, and watching the kids enjoy all the activities the apple orchards offer. Last year was a rough year for apples; […]

Donley’s Wild West Town

Website: Donley’s Wild West Town Location: 8512 South Union Road, Union Phone: 815-923-9000 Hours: Open daily 10:00 am-6:00 pm Admission: $16 per person, children 2 & under free. Print out coupons on their site for $1 off admission (good for up to 6 admissions) and free grandparent admission (good on Mondays & Tuesdays only). Each child […]

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 […]

Royal Oak Farm

Royal Oak Farm – website Location: 15908 Hebron Road, Harvard Phone: 815-648-4141 Hours: Closed Sundays. All dates and hours dependent upon crops, weather conditions, and sunset. August 10-October 31: U-Pick  – Monday-Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Apple Barn, Country Store, Bakery, & Entertainment Area – Monday-Saturday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Country Kitchen Restaurant – Monday-Friday 10:00 […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2012

It’s fall – time to pack up the kids and go pick some pumpkins! Below are pumpkin patches in the Chicago area. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I’ve done my best to include current, accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to double check the website or call before you […]

Harvest Fest at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

Harvest Fest at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – website Location: 601 E. Dundee Avenue, East Dundee Phone: 847-426-6751 Dates and hours: Sept. 28 – Oct. 28 Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm & Sundays 11 am to 6pm Admission: $17.75/person, ages 3 & up; children 2 & under are free, $14.75/senior (65+). Active duty military with ID admitted free. Special […]

KMart Back to School

KMart Back To School I’ll admit I’m generally a Target girl. I really haven’t visited KMart much at all, but I recently attended a KMart Back To School event (#KMartBTS) and I was really impressed by the things available at KMart. Apparently I’ve been missing out on a lot! A couple of my favorite items: […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide – 2012

  Click here for the 2013 Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide. Summer is drawing to a close and I’ll admit I’m definitely not a Fall person; I prefer Spring and Summer and I hate to see them go. I do love that it’s apple picking time though! It’s the highlight of Fall for me and […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Ticket Giveaway

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Ticket Giveaway I have a fantastic giveaway today – a family four-pack of tickets to Santa’s Village AZoosment Park! And the best part is there will be two winners. I’m so excited that two families will have a fun-filled day at Santa’s Village. Read my previous post about Santa’s Village AZoosment […]

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. […]

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 […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair Coupon & Giveaways

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is coming to Navy Pier on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.  The Chicago Toy & Game Fair, or ChiTAG, will offer the opportunity to check out new toys and games and meet their inventors, and there will be contests, costumed characters, and stage events. There will also […]

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.) […]

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 […]

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