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Westfield Hawthorn and Dave & Buster’s: Getting Things Done & Having Fun

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John, the kids, and I all spend the entire week looking forward to the weekend. We love having time to get errands done, and especially time to spend some fun time together as a family. It seems like the weekends are never long enough though. If we take care of errands there’s not much time […]

Fashion Outlets of Chicago

Fashion Outlets of Chicago #FOCFamilyNight #sponsored

I’ve probably driven past the Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont dozens of times since it opened in 2013, but until recently I’d never actually been inside. A friend and I visited a couple weeks ago for the first time. Fashion Outlets of Chicago is an enclosed outlet shopping center with over 130 outlet retailers. […]

Chagall for Children at the Kohl Children’s Museum

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Art for children often brings to mind cartoons or simple drawings, but the Chagall for Children exhibit at the Kohl Children’s Museum makes fine art fun and accessible, even for the five and under crowd. Chagall for Children includes 14 multi-sensory explorations stations, each with a high quality reproduction of a Chagall piece. “The Chagall […]

Send Dad Soaring with iFLY for Father’s Day

Cooper at iFLY

Sometimes dads are like superheroes, especially to their kids. This year, make him feel like a real superhero by giving him the gift of flight at iFLY. No need for a cape – iFLY will provide the flight suit, goggle, and helmet, as well as training, to get him soaring like Superman. From now through […]

Guide to U-Pick Strawberry Farms 2015

Guide to U-Pick Strawberry Farms 2015

  There’s nothing quite like a juicy strawberry on a hot summer day; the only thing better is a fresh strawberry right off the vine. Don’t forget your sunscreen and cash (many farms only accept cash or checks). I do my best to provide accurate information, but it’s always best to double check and call […]

Summer Family Movie Guide – 2015

Summer Family Movie Guide 2015

Too hot? Or rainy? When you need an indoor break on a weekday, why not catch up on a family movies you missed the first time around, or loved so much you want to see it again? Local theatres offer weekday specials during the summer with family-friendly movies at discounted prices. Cinemark – Summer Movie […]

Minor League Baseball Promotions for Families 2015

Minor League Baseball Promotions for Families 2015

  Baseball is America’s favorite pastime and it’s a great family outing, but visiting a minor league team has certain advantages too, especially when you have young children – they’re often not as crowded as major league games, they’re cheaper, the players are often more accessible, and the teams often cater to families. Whether you prefer […]

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 […]

Northern Illinois Tornado Recovery – How You Can Help

Northern Illinois Tornado Recovery - How You Can Help

  UPDATE: The Village of Kirkland is now reporting they are not currently in need of any donations of goods or any volunteers to assist Fairdale. Last night was scary for residents of Northern Illinois, and I think most of us are hugging our kids a little tighter today and feeling very thankful for everything […]

Baseball Fan Clubs for Kids 2015

Baseball Fan Clubs for Kids 2015

Opening day was this week for the Chicago Cubs and Sox and what better way to celebrate than joining a fan club? The Chicago area major league and minor league teams offer fan clubs for kids to collect promotional items, and even get free tickets to see some games. Best of all, some of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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

Science + You Exhibit at the Kohl Children's Museum - Toddling Around Chicagoland

This post was written by me, but originally appeared on 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 […]

Autumn Weekends at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

It's Not Too Late for Santa's Village AZoosment Park - Toddling Around Chicagoland

  With cool weather it’s the perfect time for a trip to Santa’s Village! You might think of an amusement (or AZoosment, in this case) park as a summer activity, but Santa’s Village is open on the weekends until the end of October. That’s a lot of time for taking kids on rides you remember […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2014

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland #apple #Chicago #Upick

I may have said this last year (and the year before, and maybe the year before that…), but apple picking is one of my very favorite annual traditions with my family. Some orchards are already open for apple picking, but most will open this week or next. This list is all the U-Pick apple orchards I […]


Pinstripes - Toddling Around Chicagoland - #PintasticFun

Website: 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

Medieval Times - Toddling Around Chicagoland #MedievalTimesCHI

  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 […]

Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide – 2014

Chicago Area U-Pick Berry Guide - Toddling Around Chicagoland

A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest. With summer comes berry season. Strawberries are up first and there are several places around Chicago where you can pick them yourself. Please remember that ripeness dates are not exact and it’s always a good idea to call first to verify the fruit you’d like […]

Why You Should Visit Santa’s Village AZoosment Park This Season

Why You Should Visit Santa's Village AZoosment Park This Season - Toddling Around Chicagoland

This post originally appeared on MommyNearest. If you grew up in the Chicago area, there’s a good chance you remember visiting Santa’s Village as a kid. Sliding down Santa’s Tree House Slide, taking a spin on the Candy Cane Sleigh Ride, and, of course, touching the frozen North Pole (yep, it’s really frozen, even on […]

Triton Troupers Circus – 2014

Triton Troupers Circus - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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

Schoolhouse Rock Live - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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

No-Sew Sesame Street Hats

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 […]

Chicago Wolves Hockey Peanut Allergy Awareness Day – 2014

Chicago Wolves Hockey Allergy Awareness Day - Toddling Around Chicagoland

  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 […]

Harvest Fest at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park 2013

It’s the season for fall festivals and Santa’s Village AZoosment Park’s Harvest Fest opened today! Below is information about Harvest Fest. For more details see my full post about Santa’s Village AZoosment Park. Dates: Weekends and Columbus Day, September 28 through October 27, 2013 Hours: 11:00 am-6:00 pm most days. Open 10:00 am-2:00 pm Thursday […]

Fall Festival Returns to Donley’s Wild West Town

Wild West Town Fall Festival - Toddling Around Chicagoland

The Fall Festival at Donley’s Wild West Town kicks off on September 28 and runs through October 27. Fall Festival puts a spin on the average pumpkin patch, offering a variety of Halloween festivities including spooky train rides, entertaining attractions and a pumpkin painting contest. In addition to the regular rides and activities offered at […]

All Seasons Apple Orchard

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  Website: All Seasons Apple Orchard, Pumpkin Patch, & Corn Maze Location: 14510 IL Route 76, Woodstock Phone: 815-338-5637 Hours: 10:00 am-5:00 pm weekdays, 10:00 am-6:00 pm weekends and holidays Admission:  Apple picking – 1/2 peck (no Honeycrisp or Asian Pear) – $10.50 ($9.69 if purchased online) Barnyard activities/pumpkin patch – $10.50 weekends & holidays […]