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 […]

Holiday Festivals

Chicago has some great holiday festivals! Most of these run for several days or even all month so there’s plenty of time to visit. You can also see my previous posts in this series, Holiday Lights, Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa), and Holiday Performances. Later today I’ll be posting about Holiday Family Fun. Holiday Festivals 14. Celebrate the Season […]

Holiday Performances

Here’s post #3: Holiday Performances! You can also see my previous posts, Holiday Lights and Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa). Over the next 2 days I’ll also be posting about Festivals and Family Fun. Holiday Performances 11. It’s Christmas Charlie Brown! at the Wilmette Theater When: December 5-14 Where: Wilmette Theater Cost: $18 12. A Christmas Story […]

Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa)

Here’s the second installment of  24 Christmasy activities. Yesterday I posted about Holiday Lights, and today is Holiday Meals with Santa. Stop by over the next three days for Performances, Festivals, and Family Fun. Holiday Meals with Santa 5. Breakfast with Santa and Sue at the Field Museum – Buffet breakfast and photos with Santa and Sue. Tickets include […]

Holiday Lights

24 Days of Christmasy Activities

Christmas will be here sooner than you think, so now is the time to enjoy all the seasonal events Chicago and the surrounding suburbs have to offer. I’ll be posting 24 Christmasy activities (plus maybe a few bonus ones!) over five days. Enjoy these holiday light events, and visit over the next four days for […]

Hallmark Northpole Inspires New Holiday Traditions

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I love Christmas. Who doesn’t? I love Christmas songs, shopping for gifts, and all the traditions that come with Christmas – trimming the tree, baking cookies, seeing lights, etc. Hallmark and #CollectiveBias stepped in and inspired me to try a brand new tradition this year. Hallmark is offering a huge selection of Northpole Fun holiday items […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2014

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2014

Real or artificial? It’s an ongoing debate this time of the year. Part of the fun of having a real tree is the journey to get it, so here are places in there area where you can choose and cut your own tree! All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, it’s best […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2014

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

It’s not often that you get to meet a truly magical legend, but that time of year is approaching. Everyone has fond memories of talking to Santa and making special Christmas requests, and it’s even more fun watching your kids share a few special moments with him and getting photos to commemorate the day. I’m […]

8 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

8 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy 2014

Halloween is over and you’re probably either feeling sick from all the candy you ate last night, or you’re munching on it for breakfast (hey, you’ve got all day to work off those calories!).  In my house we’ve got a TON of candy – the kids got lots from trick-or-treating and we had a lot […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2014

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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 […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2014

Chicago Area 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Guide

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

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

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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

Caring Bunny - 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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

New Year's Eve & "Noon" Year's Eve Events for Families 2013 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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

Gift Guide - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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

#Chicago Christmas Tree Guide - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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

Special Needs Santa Guide 2013 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2013 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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

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 […]

Easter Bunny Guide – 2013

Easter Bunny Guide

Wow, Easter comes early this year – it’s less than 2 weeks away! Whether the kids are excited about the Easter Bunny or you’re looking to get that cute Easter picture, find perfect place to meet up with the Easter Bunny on this list. Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with the Easter Bunny is free and […]

Easter Egg Hunts and Events 2013

Easter Egg Hunts & Events

  There’s nothing like an egg hunt to celebrate Easter! Locations in Chicago and the suburbs will be hosting egg hunts, bunny visits, and other Easter activities over the next couple weeks. As with any activity or event, it’s a good idea to check the website or call first to confirm details. Many of these […]

St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun – 2013

St. Patrick's Day Family Fun header

  Put on some green because everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Celebrate with your family by attending a parade, hunting for clovers, or watching a waterfall turn green. As always, it’s a good idea to call first to verify information as details can change and events can be canceled.  We attended the dyeing […]

Chicago Area Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Events 2013

Chicago Area Kid-Friendly Valentine's Events - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Valentine’s Day (or Valentine’s season maybe?) is a great time to spend time with your loved ones, including your kids, and showing them how special they are to you. There are fun events and parties starting this weekend to celebrate the holiday. Please call or visit online prior to attending to verify information and keep […]

“Noon” Year’s Eve & New Year’s Eve Events

Chicago Area Noon and New Years Eve Events

Noon Countdowns Bubble Bash 2012 with the DuPage Children’s Museum, Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville 10:30 am-Noon $10/member, $15/non-member (plus $2/ticket box office charge) Live performances by Jeanie B. and the Jellybeans and Geoff Akins the Bubble Wonder Man, countdown at noon. Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown, […]

Merry Christmas 2012

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I Caught Santa!

iCaughtSanta - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Imagine the look of wonder and surprise when a child receives a photo of Santa and Rudolph caught in the act in his or her very own home. iCaughtSanta.com is a unique website that helps visitors create those memorable keepsake photos. In three simple steps anyone can upload a holiday photo, add Santa Claus or Rudolph and […]

Highlights from the 2012 Chicago Toy & Game Fair

ChiTAG 2012 - Bananagrams - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Last month we attended the Chicago Toy & Game Fair and had the opportunity to learn about lots of fun new toys and games. Here are a few of our favorite new (and some not-so-new) discoveries: Buster Balloon Recommended for ages 8+, but my 3 & 5-year-old love it! This is a fun game for […]

Chicago Area Christmas Events 2012

Chicago Area Christmas Events

Christmas time is one of my favorite times of the year! I love all the fun activities, the shopping, the excitement, and the good cheer. Here are some fun events coming up or going on right now to celebrate the holiday season. As always, it’s a good idea to call or check the website to […]

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