Kids Bowl Free 2015

Kids Bowl Free

For the 8th year, the Kids Bowl Free program is offering a summer of free bowling for kids at 1,100 participating bowling alleys in the United States and Canada. Visit the Kids Bowl Free website to choose a bowling alley close to you and then register your child or children; you’ll receive a weekly email […]

Best Chicago Bowling Alleys

Best Chicago Bowling Alleys

Let’s go bowling! Challenge your family to a game (or two, or three) the next time you’re looking for something to do. Bowling gets everyone involved and active, and allows for a little bit of fun competition. Whether you love the perks of a bowling alley, like arcade games, billiards, and snack food, or you […]

15 Things to Do During Spring Break

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After a long, LONG winter, Chicago is finally thawing and Spring Break is nearly here! If your family is anything like mine, you’ve been cooped up too long and you’re ready to get out and explore the amazing things Chicago has to offer every spring. Here are just some of the ways kids (and adults!) […]

Chicago Wolves Peanut Allergy Awareness Day 2015

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A Chicago Wolves hockey game is a great afternoon or evening of family fun, and this month, for the fourth year, they’re holding a Peanut Allergy Awareness Day. During the Sunday, March 29 game against the Iowa Wild, the entire arena will be nut-free. Those with peanut allergies and their family and friends can reserve […]

Reaching New Heights at iFly

Reaching New Heights with iFly

We went indoor skydiving! I never, ever, EVER would have imagined myself doing anything even slightly related to skydiving, but I did, and I brought my 5-year-old to do it with me! Here are the important details about iFly Chicago, and if you scroll down you can read all about our experience. Location: There are […]

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2015

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2015

It’s cold and dreary and it’s hard to keep kids busy in the winter. Luckily, a few area theatres offer special family movie deals to help beat the winter blues. Marcus Theatres – Kids Dream Winter Film Series Admission is only $2 for this series and movies play at 10:00 am on Friday, Saturday, and […]

AvaStars Review and Giveaway

AvaStars Review & 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 […]

Weekday Fun for Little Ones

Weekday Fun for Little Ones

This post was written by me and originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Days at home with the kids can get a little monotonous and it’s fun to break it up with some outings to entertain the kids and yourself. In my experience, early fall is a kind of “sweet spot” for outings with young kids. Older […]

“Science + You” Exhibit at the Kohl Children’s Museum

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This post was written by me, but originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Science + You, a traveling exhibit created at the Kohl Children’s Museum in 2011, has been on an international tour through Brazil, Germany, and the United States, but it has now returned to the home. Science + You opened at the Kohl Children’s Museum […]

Pinstripes

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Website: Pinstripes.com Location: 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington Pinstripes also has locations in Northbrook (1150 Willow Road, Northbrook), and Oak Brook (7 Oak Brook Center Mall, Oak Brook). Phone: 847-844-9300 Hours:  Monday- Thursday – 11:30 am-11:00 pm Friday – 11:30 am-12:30 am Saturday – 10:00 am-12:30 am Sunday – 10:00 am-10:00 pm Admission: None. […]

Great Times at Medieval Times {and a Giveaway!} #MedievalTimesChi

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  It’s summer! The kids are out of school and you’re looking for new and exciting things to do and Medieval Times is a perfect choice. Visit this amazing castle in Schaumburg for a yummy meal that you’ll eat with your hands while you watch an exciting show. For updates, information, and ticket giveaways, like the Medieval […]

Blue Man Group – Spring Break Specials

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Blue Man Group website Location: Briar Street Theater, 3133 North Halsted, Chicago Phone: 773-348-4000 Dates: See a full list of dates and times at Ticketmaster. Additional shows have been added through the month of April for spring break. April Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 18 p.m. 22, 5, 8 p.m. 32, 5,  8 […]

Triton Troupers Circus – 2014

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This post originally appeared on Mommy Nearest. See my post about our visit to the 41st Annual Triton Troupers Circus in 2012. There’s nothing that brings out the kid in all of us like a circus. If you love the circus but not the price tag or the crowds, the Triton Troupers Circus is for […]

Schoolhouse Rock Live at the Marriott Theatre

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Marriott Theatre Website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: February 28-May 4, 2014 See the full schedule on the Marriott Theatre website. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays (except March 20-30 and April 20). All performances are at 10:00 am. Admission: $15 a ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, or online through Ticketmaster for an […]

No-Sew Hats for Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing + Giveaway

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Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing is coming to the Chicago area! It’ll be at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates for performances on April 4-6, 2014. The boys will be so excited about this as soon as I tell them. For now I’m keeping it a secret to surprise them and building up some […]

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic Presented by the Emerald City Theatre

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Website: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic presented by the Emerald City Theatre Location: Emerald City’s Little Theatre, 2933 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-529-2690 Dates and Times: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic has been running since September 2013 and after a sold out run has been extended for a second time. It will run through August 15, […]

Chicago Wolves Hockey Peanut Allergy Awareness Day – 2014

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  The Chicago Wolves host their second Peanut Allergy Awareness Day of the 2013-14 season on Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m. when the team faces Grand Rapids. Section 116 will be powerwashed and designated as a reserved area for all Peanut Allergy Awareness Day guests. In addition, the arena will not serve any peanuts […]

Free Museum Days – 2014

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With snow and cold temperatures lots of Chicago families are getting tired of being stuck inside, but it can be difficult to find affordable things to do. Museums, zoos, and indoor gardens in and around Chicago offer free and discounted admission days during the winter. Also see my post on Mommy Nearest – Five Free […]

SpotOn.it: Enhance Your Family Calendar

When Cooper was a baby and toddler, before Dexter and Campbell came along, I spent a lot of time at home with him. I wasn’t used to being home on weekdays and I was new to the whole mommy thing and I had a hard time finding stuff to do and places to go. I […]

Skydeck Chicago (with Giveaway!)

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Website: Skydeck Chicago Location: Willis Tower (still the Sears Tower to me), 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago Phone: 877-SKYDECK Hours: Open 365 days a year. April-September 9:00 am-10:00 pm October-March 10:00 am-8:00 pm Last entry 30 minutes prior to close. Admission: $18/adult (12 & up), $12/child (3-11) FastPass $40/person (VIP access to elevators) Tickets can […]

Disney On Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic – Activities & Giveaway

I posted earlier about Disney On Ice celebrating 100 Years of Magic in Chicago next month (see the post for all the detail about the show!) and now I’ve got some fun stuff to share! Click to download a Disney coloring page and Mickey and Minnie Ears! I also have tickets to give away! Enter below. Winner will […]

Skokie Park District Exploritorium

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Website: Skokie Parks Exploratorium Location: 4701 Oakton Street, Skokie Phone: 847-674-1500, ext. 2700 Hours: Monday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Wednesday – 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm Thursday – Closed Friday – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Sunday – Closed […]

Elite Kids in Crystal Lake

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  Elite Kids, located in Crystal Lake, IL was designed specifically for children and boasts nearly 10,000 square feet of pure fun and excitement. From now through July 31, 2013, Elite is offering a $10 discount off one class for new customers with this coupon! Elite Kids offer an array of classes. Choose from gymnastics, […]

Summer Movie Guide for Families & Kids – 2013

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I love to spend as much time as possible out in the fresh air and sunshine, but on those days when it’s TOO hot or rainy, it’s nice to have inexpensive or free indoor options. Many theatres offer special movie programs for families during the summer. As always, visit the site or call first to […]

Legoland Star Wars Miniland (& Giveaway)

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We recently had the opportunity to attend a media preview of the new Star Wars Miniland at the Legoland Discovery Center. We started out our evening with a visit to the Miniland, which has been invaded by Star Wars characters and vehicles. Grab a scavenger hunt list and find each of the characters listed for […]

Monster Jam 2013

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Location: Allstate Arena, 6920 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont The Allstate Arena site includes links to CTA, Metra, and PACE to help you reach there using public transportation. Phone: Allstate Arena – 847-635-6601, Ticketmaster – 800-745-3000 Dates and times: January 8-10, 2013. Friday, January 8 – 7:30 pm Saturday, January 9 – 2:00 pm, 7:30 pm Sunday, January 10 – […]

Chicago Fun Family Palooza – Giveaway

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Chicago Fun Family Palooza Location: The Mega Center at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles Dates: Saturday & Sunday, March 9-10, 2013 Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Chicago Fun Family Palooza is bursting with spectacular entertainment, thrilling activities and over the top zaniness. This 2 day event, produced by 5 Star Fun […]

Monster Jam Promo Code & Giveaway

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Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® is roaring into town! Monster Jam will be at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont February 8-10, 2013. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track […]

Bud, Not Buddy Presented by the Chicago Children’s Theatre

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I love the Chicago Children’s Theatre. We’ve seen all the shows they’ve presented in the past couple years. With a brand new baby we haven’t had an opportunity to see Bud, Not Buddy, but the information below has been provided by the Chicago Children’s Theatre. Based on the book by Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not […]

Museum Free Days – 2013

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Chicago has some incredible museums, zoos, and gardens. Whether you’re looking for an educational experience, or to encourage your child’s interests, or just to spend a fun day with the family, there are plenty of options in and around Chicago. It can be expensive taking a family to these institutions, but here are times you […]