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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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

  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 […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2013

 Looking for the 2014 guide? Click here!   Apple picking is a tradition for my family. We’ve gone every year since Cooper was born. I love picking apples, spending the day outside with my family, and watching the kids enjoy all the activities the apple orchards offer. Last year was a rough year for apples; […]

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 […]

Disney On Ice Celebrates 100 Years of Magic in Chicago

Disney On Ice is returning to Chicago next month and they’re celebrating 100 years! Where: The United Center, 1901 W. Madison Street, Chicago When: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 – Sunday, September 15, 2013 Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 7:00 pm Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 pm Friday, Sept 13 at 7:00 pm Saturday, Sept 14 at 11:30 […]

Skokie Park District Exploritorium

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 […]

Donley’s Wild West Town

Website: Donley’s Wild West Town Location: 8512 South Union Road, Union Phone: 815-923-9000 Hours: Open daily 10:00 am-6:00 pm Admission: $16 per person, children 2 & under free. Print out coupons on their site for $1 off admission (good for up to 6 admissions) and free grandparent admission (good on Mondays & Tuesdays only). Each child […]

Elite Kids in Crystal Lake

  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, […]

Donley’s Wild West Town Opens for the Season on May 18

Is finally getting warmer! The approach of summer means lots of fun outdoor activities and exciting things to do. Donley’s Wild West Town is one of the things on our list of things to do this season. Donley’s Wild West Town, located in Union, has announced that their 2013 summer season will begin on May […]

Alice In Wonderland at the Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre Website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: March 14-May 18, 2013 See the full schedule on the Marriott Theatre website. Performances are some Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays; and all Fridays & Saturdays (except April 4 & 5). All performances are at 10:00 am Admission: $15 a ticket Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. […]

Monster Jam 2013

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 Area Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Events 2013

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 […]

Monster Jam Promo Code & Giveaway

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 […]

Monster Jam 2013 Coming to Allstate Arena

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam is the most exciting form of family motorsports entertainment on the planet. The stars of the show are the biggest performers on four wheels: the Monster Jam trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar […]

Family Fun With The Rockford IceHogs

Rockford IceHogs Hockey Games are not all about hockey, but instead about a great family experience! Check out Top Shot, an interactive hockey inspired shooting game located on the main concourse, and test your hockey skills, join the IceHogs Runts Club and take your little one down to the tunnel to high-five all the players […]

Disney On Ice Rockin’ Ever After Giveaway

Get ready to rock out with some of the most magical idols of all in a musical showcase that features the hottest tunes and talent from across the kingdom in Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After! Jam to a Scottish jig as a group of royal contenders from the latest Disney•Pixar film, Brave, competes […]

“Noon” Year’s Eve & New Year’s 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, […]

Give the Gift of Rockin’ Disney Memories – Disney On Ice Rockin’ Ever After

Give the Gift of ROCKIN’ Memories! Looking for one more special gift but don’t have time for shopping? Disney On Ice presents Rockin’ Ever After is coming to the Chicagoland area, playing Allstate Arena Jan. 23 – 27 and United Center Jan. 31 – Feb. 10.  Tickets make great gifts that provide a memorable experience for the […]

Chicago Area Christmas Events 2012

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 […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide

Less than a month until Christmas! It’s about time for kids to visit Santa and tell him what they want, and for you to get those annual photos with the big guy. Find the perfect place to meet up with Santa on this list. Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free and he will […]

Special Needs Santa Visits and Events

These are events and Santa visits that are designed to meet the needs of children with special needs and their families. Many of these require registration (and fill up fast!) so it’s best to plan early.  Sunday, December 2 from 9:00 am-10:00 am – Caring Santa in Orland Park Location: Orland Square Mall – Upper […]

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