Giveaway – The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to Chicago

You may have heard – especially if you have “liked” the Toddling Around Chicagoland Facebook Page – but my book was published! The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to Chicago was published by Reedy Press and released in May 2017. I announced it here before, and I’ve had a couple posts about it, but I realized […]

Staycation Recommendation: Windy City Bulls {Giveaway}

Spring break is approaching so it’s time to fill up your calendar with fun things to do. Take a trip to Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre Arena for a Windy City Bulls. The Windy City Bulls are the NBA Development League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls. Playing in their inaugural season at the Sears Centre Arena […]

Staycation Recommendation: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament {Giveaway}

Spring Break is approaching quickly (despite today’s snowstorm), and if you haven’t planned for a tropical vacation or some other trip outside the area, may I suggest you enjoy an afternoon or evening of your staycation at a tournament in the medieval age? We had an opportunity to visit Medieval Times last week and even though […]

Discover the Dinosaurs Unleashed Giveaway

Dinosaurs ruled the Earth during the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous periods, and they’ll rule the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont from Friday, January 13, 2017 through Monday, January 16, 2017. Discover the Dinosaurs UNLEASHED has a walk-thru exhibit that allows visitors to have close-up encounters with a lifelike kind T-Rex, Stegosaurus, and Velociraptor. […]

iFly Giveaway and Father’s Day Special

John and Cooper visited iFly in Rosemont last night for a pre-Father’s Day outing. Cooper has flown once before, but it was John’s first time. The iFly experience starts with a short training session where you learn how to enter and exit the tunnel, and what different hand signals mean. Next, iFly crews gets you […]

Chicago City Guide sponsored by Chicco + Giveaway

Warm weather has arrived! We adventure year-round, but spring and summer are my  favorite because there are so many gorgeous outdoor things to do in Chicago. In fact, thanks to Chicco, I’m sharing some of the best places to visit with your family. Chicco is now offering a brand new travel system called the Viaro which […]

Gurnee Mills Gift Card Giveaway

The end is near! The end of school, that is. My kids are already out and I know lots of other school districts are too, or will be soon. I love having my kids home and enjoying summer activities with them, but summer vacation also means it’s a little harder to get some time without […]

Corner Bakery Cafe – Review and Giveaway

Recently the boys and I had a busy day with a lot of time spent in the car. We were all getting a little hungry (okay, maybe even hangry), but I wanted something healthier and tastier than drive-thru fare, so we popped into the Corner Bakery in Oak Lawn. Corner Bakery has a huge selection of […]

‘Tis the Season to Be Streaming {+ Giveaway!}

‘Tis the season of holiday lights, giving, shopping, parties, and family time! Unfortunately, it’s also the season of germs, colds, and flu. We’ve been experiencing a little of this (okay, a LOT of this) lately. We’ve been using our Netflix account a lot lately, whether it’s to unwind after a busy day, to catch up […]

Thomas the Train and Percy Chug Into Union This August {with Giveaway}

All aboard for the biggest and best Thomas & Friends® celebration to date! Little engineers everywhere are invited to celebrate with Thomas when the #1 Engine and his best friend Percy™ pull into Illinois Railway Museum August 15 and 16, August 22 and 23 for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015, presented by […]

Marvel Universe LIVE! Giveaway

Marvel Universe LIVE!, a live-action show with more than 25 Marvel characters, is coming to Chicago. Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest.  The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power […]

Super League Gaming – Giveaway

Cooper and Dexter discovered Minecraft about a year ago and it’s pretty safe to say they’re obsessed. From the conversations I hear them having with their friends, it sounds like most kids their age (7 and 5) share their obsession. If your kids feel the same way, they are going to LOVE this – a […]

Robot Revolution at the Museum of Science & Industry Giveaway

Robot Revolution, a national touring exhibit supported by Google.org recently arrived at the Museum of Science and Industry and will be there through January 2016. The Museum of Science and Industry provided the information below about the exhibit and they’re offering a family 4-pack of tickets to the museum and to the Robot Revolution to […]

CANCELED – Be a Hero at The Marvel Experience – Giveaway

It has come to my attention that The Marvel Experience has been canceled. At this time The Marvel Experience will not be coming to Chicago and therefore there are no tickets to give away. I apologize because I know this is disappointing, but out of my control. Why just watch superheroes when you can join […]

Meatheads Voracious Readers Program & Giveaway

  I love a good burger, especially with cheese and bacon, so I was pretty happy to visit Meatheads with my kids last week. We were invited to come and learn more about Meatheads and their summer reading program with some other bloggers. Of course, Cooper spent our drive to the restaurant reading a book […]

Join the “Science Detective Week” Movement with Moochie Kalala {Giveaway}

Governor Rauner has declared May 4-10, 2015, “Science Detectives Week” to kick off a STEM-education movement taking place in Chicagoland in June. Moochie Kalala Detectives Club, a Chicago-made show about two young investigators visiting local museums and talking to Chicago scientists, to celebrate! With their presenting partner Subway, Moochie Kalala’s Detectives Club will be “fueling the ‘science […]

Coloring Animal Mandalas Review and Giveaway

It’s not usually big news when we get a new coloring book in our house – with three kids under 8 we have a lot of them – but we got one recently that’s different from the others. Coloring Animal Mandalas is a coloring book for adults, with intricate designs. Full disclosure here: I received […]

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! Giveaway & Discount Code

Elmo’s got the moves. Have you got the moves? Get up and get moving with Elmo, Abby Cadabby and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends when Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” visits the Sears Centre Arena from Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19. Tickets for all seven performances are on sale Friday, Oct. 24. Hosted […]

Chicago Family Palooza 2015 Giveaway

Chicago Family Palooza is coming back again and I’ve got tickets to give away! Saturday AND Sunday, February 28+March 1, 2015 Chicago Family Palooza presents a 51,000 Square Feet “playground” with attractions, rides, and fun! Chicago Family Palooza is proud to be the solution to that every day winter dilemma for Chicagoland families of “what can […]

AvaStars Review and Giveaway

Have you heard of AvaStars? I hadn’t until recently. We were invited to try out the AvaStars experience and I have to admit – I was really curious! AvaStars recently opened a location in Oak Brook. They offer an entertainment experience as well as personalized dolls. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but the […]

More Monster Jam

  Monster Jam is returning to Rosemont next month. Here are all the details you need, a discount code to save on your tickets, and a giveaway! The widely popular Monster Jam® tour is heading to Rosemont at the Allstate Arena February 5-8, 2015 for an explosive new points-paying endurance showdown, featuring more of what […]

Giveaway – Tickets to The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition and I’ve got a chance to give you tickets to see it! Presented by: The Ruth Page Civic Ballet Where: Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago When: Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Cost: $25 for […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2014 Giveaway #2

Information and tickets have been provided by The Chicago Toy & Game Fair.  It’s another chance to win a family pass to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair! Below is some information about ChiTAG: Come out and play at the 12th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), arriving in the Windy City on Saturday, November, […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2014 Giveaway #1

Information and tickets have been provided by The Chicago Toy & Game Fair.  Come out and play at the 12th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), arriving in the Windy City on Saturday, November, 22, 2014 and Sunday, November 23, 2014. As the only fair of its kind in the United States open to the […]

VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Review and Giveaway

We love electronics in our house. The kids are constantly asking to use my phone (that’s a big NO, mostly because I’m selfish and don’t trust them not to break it) or they’re staring over John’s shoulder when he’s using his tablet. A couple weeks ago we got a VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet. […]

Aquatic Experience – Chicago 2014 – Giveaway

Aquatic Experience will be in Chicago at the Schaumburg Convention Center November 7-9, 2014. Here’s a little information provided by Aquatic Experience: Aquatic Experience – Chicago is the first show in our industry’s history to combine everything aquatic under one roof. From saltwater to freshwater with pond and aquatic reptiles, we’ll have it all. Consumers […]

Disney On Ice Presents Princesses and Heroes {Giveaway}

Disney On Ice is returning to Chicago in September with a new show: Princesses and Heroes! From September 10-14, 2014, at the United Center in Chicago, Princesses Ariel, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Tiana will come to life, along with heroes Prince Eric, Prince Philip, and Aladdin. Enter a world of wonder where heroes […]

Oubly Baby Shower Invitation Giveaway

I get to share a fun new giveaway today! Oubly.com is a stationery boutique in Los Angeles that offers event cards, stationery, and business cards. They have been in the printing, marketing, and design business for over two decades, but have recently launched their website, Oubly.com. Oubly’s mission says it all: Our mission is to […]

Mother’s Day Style Candles Giveaway

Happy Mother’s Day! I have a special giveaway for the mom out there today. Style Candles is a family-owned business run by Sean and Andrea, a husband and wife team in Maine. Each Style Candle, besides being scented, contains a surprise. After 10-15 hours of burning, the wax will reveal a piece of jewelry, either […]

Netflix Goes Retro #TBT {with Giveaway!}

It’s almost Thursday and you know what that means: “Throwback Thursday”. Your Facebook or Instagram feed will likely be filled with some great/embarrassing photos of friends and family members from the “olden” days. In honor of #TBT I’m gonna share some old photos. First, one of me as a toddler: And this one is a […]

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