Category Archives: holidays

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2014

Independence Day is approaching and Chicago and many suburbs are preparing for celebrations. In addition to parades and firework displays I’ve listed many have other festivities such as live music, a carnival, or other entertainment the same day (& some even for a couple days) so click the link to see all the details. Before…

Easter Basket Fillers from Amazon Prime

Every year I start thinking about Easter early and I’m determined I will be ready early. Not so. Again. I have limited time without kids and I rarely want to spend that time shopping for them so I try to shop when the older two are in school. That’s 6 hours a week and during…

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts – 2014

Easter is approaching so hopefully the weather will start to cooperate in time for Easter egg hunts in the Chicago area. Many of the hunts and events listed below require pre-registration so be sure to plan ahead. It’s always a good idea to bring a bag or basket to collect eggs and a camera to…

Caring Bunny to Cater to Special Needs Families – 2014

The Caring Bunny offers families with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny has been developed by Simon Property Group and is guided by AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Over 80 Simon® properties will host the Caring Bunny this season. Many steps will…

“Noon” & New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2013

It’s almost time to ring in 2014! I love New Year’s Eve, but a midnight celebration might be difficult with little kids. Try out a “Noon” Year’s Eve or early evening countdown to include kids on the fun. As always, it’s a good idea to visit the website and/or call to verify information before you…

Toddler & Preschool Gift Guide

It’s getting down to the wire! If you are still looking for gifts for your kids, grandkids, nieces, or nephews here are a few items I’d recommend. All of the toys listed below are ones we own and love, unless otherwise specified. My kids are currently 11 months (Campbell), 4 years (Dexter), and 6 years…

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Guide 2013

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 29. Open daily from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Hot chocolate,…

Special Needs Santa Visits and Events Guide – 2013

I posted a guide last week of places you can visit Santa. Visiting Santa at a crowded mall can be overwhelming for any child (or even adults), and especially challenging for children with special needs. These events are designed with children with special needs and their families in mind. Events vary, but they attempt to…

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2013

Thanksgiving is late this year so get an early start on your visit with Santa!  Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free. Most locations offer photography packages and do not allow you to take photos with your own camera. Please keep in mind that Santa takes breaks; where the information was available I included…

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…

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