Fourth of July Parade & Firework Guide – 2017

I don’t know about you, but we’re just about falling into our summer routine when the Fourth of July comes along to shake things up. I love it! Not only do I love celebrating independence and freedom, but it’s a kick in the butt. It’s a reminder that summer is filled with amazing opportunities for […]

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts 2017

Why did the Easter egg hide? Because he was a little chicken! Yuk, yuk, yuk. It’s time for some springtime hide and seek and here are just some of the places you can take the kids to hunt for eggs for Easter. Many of the hunts and events listed below require pre-registration so be sure […]

Crazy January Holidays and How to Celebrate Them

Okay, I’ll be honest: January is my least favorite month of the year. The holidays are over and there’s just not much going on. It’s cold and dreary out, plus it’s also cold and flu season, so we’re not getting out much. Sometimes you have to make your own fun and one great way to […]

New Year’s Eve to New Year’s Zzzs with Netflix

Staying home for New Year’s Eve? We are! Even before we were parents, John and I spent most of our New Year’s Eves at home. With kids we usually send the kids to bed at a regular bed time and then wake them just before midnight for some treats and a countdown. It works for […]

Chicago New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2016

2016 sure has been a roller coaster. Every year has it’s high and low points, but it seems like 2016 has had some unusually deep valleys for many people. It’s time to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 and hope for a better year for everyone. Celebrate with the kids at these family-friendly […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms – 2016

Last year we had a real Christmas tree for the first time. I was not excited about the idea; John convinced me to try it and I’m a convert! I loved it. It was so much better than an artificial tree. This year I’m really looking forward to the whole experience – choosing our own […]

Indoor Trick-or-Treating 2016

FINALLY! The forecast for Halloween looks great. Is it just me or does it seem like it rains every Halloween?? The nice weather is great, but it’s nice to have indoor options too in case it’s too cool or too dark, or your kid’s costume just doesn’t work as well outdoors. Here are places you […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2016

The Fourth of July is a celebration of independence and freedom, but also of family and summer. Plan to attend some of these parades and fireworks shows to make your Fourth truly explosive! Before attending, PLEASE check the link. Some events may be cancelled or postponed depending on the weather, and even though I do […]

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts 2016

Spring! Easter! They’re nearly here. Whether the Chicago weather gets the message or not, head outside (or inside, or into the pool, in some cases) to search for some Easter eggs.  These are just some of the hunts in Chicago and the suburbs. Have a favorite one that’s not listed? Let me know and I’ll add […]

St. Patrick’s Day Family Events 2016

Everybody is Irish on St. Patty’s Day so don some green and embrace the luck of the Irish hunting for clovers, attend a parade, or watch a waterfall turn green. I do my best to provide accurate, up-to-date information, but it’s always best to call first to verify information as details can change and events can be […]

20 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to break out the craft supplies and get creative with the kids. I’m a total sucker for rainbow projects – it’s always nice to have colorful works of art hung up. This St. Patrick’s Day, I want to get my kids involved in other activities as well, not […]

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide 2016

We had a couple days of warm weather before the cold returned and it was a nice reminder that Spring and Easter are approaching. Find some cute pastels, ruffly skirts, and Spring shoes and get a photo with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations for photos before he […]

Mardi Gras Celebrations for Families

A trip to NOLA might not be in the budget, but you can still celebrate some of the fun and festivities of Mardi Gras right here in the Midwest with these family-friendly celebrations coming up soon: Saturday, February 6 The Sounds of Mardi Gras at the Mokena Community Public Library Mo Beat Blues will be […]

Family-Friendly Groundhog Day Events

Whether Punxsutawney Phil has a shadow or not, we all know that Chicago weather is too crazy for anyone to really predict. Regardless of the prediction, Groundhog Day is a great time to come out of hibernation, brave the weather, and enjoy some family fun. Groundhog Day Events in Woodstock Thursday, January 28 through Tuesday, […]

Museum of Science & Industry’s 2016 Black Creativity Programming Kicks Off January 18

The Museum of Science and Industry sent me some information about upcoming programming: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago will kick off its annual Black Creativity program with a Family Day on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—Monday, January 18, 2016. This annual program brings together students, families, teachers and the public to explore the […]

Chicago New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2015

Looking to celebrate the end of 2015 and start of 2016 with a family-friendly event? Even if the kids can’t make it to midnight there are plenty of options for earlier celebrations in Chicago and the suburbs. Pre-New Year’s Eve Pre-New Year’s Eve Party, Little Beans Play Cafe, 1809 W. Webster, Chicago  Wednesday, December 30 […]

Unique Gifts for Christmas (That You Still Have Time To Get!)

The holidays are about giving, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a gift that will really stand out and be something that will excite the recipient. I’ve created this list of some unique gifts that you can still get in time for Christmas that are sure to be outside the norm. BrickSwag Have […]

5 Great Gifts for Her

I have a lot of important women in my family – my mom, sisters-in-law, aunts, friends. I want to get them gifts they’ll really enjoy to let them know how important they are to me, but it can be difficult to find just the right gift. Here are a few of my favorites and maybe […]

5 Great Gifts for Guys

It’s getting down to the wire now, but if you’re struggling for some ideas for a special guy in your life – husband, boyfriend, friend, brother, father, son – I have some suggestions. I’ll also say that I think any of these gifts could be great gifts for women too (well, except for one), but […]

Fun Things To Do This Weekend – November 21-22, 2015

Woah! It’s snow! It might make travel a little less convenient, but it’s so beautiful and makes holiday activities even more fun. Is there anything prettier than holiday lights and snow? I don’t think so. Here are some fun things to do this weekend if you’re looking to get out of the house: Christmas Around the […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2015

Sure, you could get your real Christmas tree from a cut tree lot at a strip mall, but that’s no fun. Continue a holiday tradition or start a new one; bundle up, find a farm, and let the whole family choose the perfect tree. Celebrate with cocoa or cider and then bring your special tree […]

The Polar Express Schedules Stop at Chicago Union Station

Well this is pretty exciting! I just found out that The Polar Express is coming to Union Station in Chicago December 19, 2015 through January 3, 2016. The Polar Express is a VERY popular holiday event and often sells out pretty quickly after tickets go on sale in the August. The Polar Express at the […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2015

It’s the season of magic and the symbol of that for lots of kids is Santa. Plan some magic with your kids with this Chicago Area Santa Guide.  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 […]

Home Is In the Air with Air Wick’s Life Scents Holiday Collection

The holidays are quickly approaching and like most people I have a list of activities and traditions they we have to do so it feels like Christmas. In a couple weeks we’ll be decorating the tree, playing Christmas carols, and driving around the area looking at Christmas lights. We’ll probably do a little baking, and […]

Holiday Performances in the Chicago Area 2015

The Chicago area is always bursting with amazing performances and this is especially true during the holiday season – everything from old classics like the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker and the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, to newer shows like Elf and It’s a Wonderful Santaland Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story… Jews Welcome. Attending a show with your family is a great […]

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 […]

Fourth of July Parades and Fireworks – 2015

Can you believe it’s almost the fourth of July? I’m in shock. As usual, summer is whizzing by. Make the most of it with family activities like parades and fireworks. 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 […]

Easter Eggs Hunts 2015

Although it seemed like it would never arrive, Spring is here (well, almost!) and Easter is approaching. Grab some baskets (and maybe swimsuits or flashlights) and search for some colorful Easter eggs. These are just some of the hunts in Chicago and the suburbs. Have a favorite one that’s not listed? Let me know and […]

Easter Bunny Guide 2015

Easter is just a few weeks away and it’s the perfect time to get some photos of the kids with a fluffy Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations for photos before he hops away on April 5. If you’re a family with a child with special needs, scroll to […]

Holiday Family Fun

Here’s the final installment – activities 20 through 24, plus some bonuses. You can also see my previous posts in this series, Holiday Lights, Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa), Holiday Performances, and Holiday Festivals. Holiday Fun 20. CTA Holiday Train – Specially decorated and lit 6-car train with Santa and elves delivering candy canes to passengers. When: November 28 through […]

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