Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is in theatres nationwide. I am not posting specifics (prices, bathrooms, etc) because theatres vary so much. You can find where Wreck-It Ralph is playing near you or purchase tickets online at the Wreck-It Ralph site. John recently took Cooper to see Wreck-It Ralph and he wrote the following post about the […]

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Harold and the Purple Crayon – website ** Note: Harold and the Purple Crayon is at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts through November 4. My experience and observations are based on what we experienced at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts so it’s possible there may be some slight differences. Location: The […]

Halloween Candy Buy Back

Halloween means lots of fun – costumes, parties, trick-or-treating – and lots and lots of candy. If you’re looking to save your kids (and yourself) from the sugar and tooth decay, why not “sell” it? Through “Operation Gratitude” dentists volunteer to “buy” Halloween candy from kids for money (generally $1 a pound), prizes, dental hygiene […]

Kohl Children’s Museum Presents the Wonderful World of Oz

The Kohl Children’s Museum has the Wonderful Wizard of Oz On Exhibit: Now – January 6, 2013 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit features larger than life pop-up books that dazzle the eyes and stimulates the mind. Each section of this exhibit, based on the book published in 1900 by L. Frank Baum and illustrated […]

Chicago Area Halloween Events 2012

Events are arranged according to date, with single day or short-term events listed first. Scroll down for activities throughout the month of October. I do my best to provide accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to check the information on the site and call before you go to verify information. Single Day or […]

Royal Oak Farm

Royal Oak Farm – website Location: 15908 Hebron Road, Harvard Phone: 815-648-4141 Hours: Closed Sundays. All dates and hours dependent upon crops, weather conditions, and sunset. August 10-October 31: U-Pick  – Monday-Saturday 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Apple Barn, Country Store, Bakery, & Entertainment Area – Monday-Saturday 9:30 am-5:30 pm Country Kitchen Restaurant – Monday-Friday 10:00 […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2012

It’s fall – time to pack up the kids and go pick some pumpkins! 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 […]

Harvest Fest at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

Harvest Fest at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – website Location: 601 E. Dundee Avenue, East Dundee Phone: 847-426-6751 Dates and hours: Sept. 28 – Oct. 28 Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm & Sundays 11 am to 6pm Admission: $17.75/person, ages 3 & up; children 2 & under are free, $14.75/senior (65+). Active duty military with ID admitted free. Special […]

Disney On Ice Treasure Trove

Disney On Ice Treasure Trove – website 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: September 13-16, 2012. Thursday, September 13 – 7:00 Friday, September 14 – 10:30, 7:00 Saturday, […]

Primrose School of Algonquin

Primrose School of Algonquin – website Last weekend I visited Primrose School of Algonquin with my family for their Mommy Mixer. We had a delicious breakfast (from Georgia’s Restaurant, a place we will DEFINITELY be visiting in the future – all the food was fabulous!). The boys quickly found all the fun stuff – the […]

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure – A Movie Unlike Any You’ve Seen Before

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure – website The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is now playing in theaters! It’s been quite a while since we got to see this movie so I’m excited to finally be able to write about it. As I discussed in my previous post, my family was invited […]

Oogieloves Webcast and Prize Pack Giveaway

Oogieloves Webcast and Prize Pack Giveaway Earlier this summer my family was invited to a special showing of The Oogieloves in The Big Balloon Adventure. While my husband and kids did some activities me and some other blogger moms got to meet the producer of the Oogieloves, Kenn Viselman, for a pre-show discussion about movies […]

Amazing Raise 4 Campers Event – Sunday, August 26

Amazing Raise 4 Campers – website This is a community family event to benefit SCOPE-Midwest to help send underserved children to camp. Location: Banner Day Camp Date: Sunday, August 26, 2012 Admission:  $60/person at the door for Inclusive Package – includes lunch, swimming, sports, music and access to: bungee, bumper boats, dune buggies, zip-line, dunk tank, […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide – 2012

  Click here for the 2013 Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide. Summer is drawing to a close and I’ll admit I’m definitely not a Fall person; I prefer Spring and Summer and I hate to see them go. I do love that it’s apple picking time though! It’s the highlight of Fall for me and […]

Disney On Ice: Treasure Trove – Giveaway!

Disney on Ice: Treasure Trove Giveaway- website Location: Allstate Arena, 6920 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont Dates and times: September 13-16, 2012. Thursday, September 13 – 7:00 Friday, September 14 – 10:30, 7:00 Saturday, September 15 – 11:30, 3:30, 7:00 Sunday, September 16 – 11:30, 3:30, (7:00 Spanish) Ticket prices: $13-$70. Purchase tickets for opening night for only […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Ticket Giveaway

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Ticket Giveaway I have a fantastic giveaway today – a family four-pack of tickets to Santa’s Village AZoosment Park! And the best part is there will be two winners. I’m so excited that two families will have a fun-filled day at Santa’s Village. Read my previous post about Santa’s Village AZoosment […]

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty – website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: July 7 – August 18, 2012 Wednesday-Saturday at 10:00 am Admission: $15 a ticket Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. Bathrooms: There are public bathrooms with changing tables. In the bathroom we were in, the changing table was […]

Miller’s Dog n Suds Drive-In

Miller’s Dog n Suds Drive-In – website Location: Rollins Road & Washington Street, Fox Lake Phone: 847-587-6808 Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 11 am – 9 pm. Closed Mondays. Open March through November. Parking: There are at least 30 parking spaces. Bathrooms: There are men’s and women’s bathrooms available. Nursing: There is no designated nursing area, but you’re served […]

Swapping Social at Nibbles Play Cafe

Swapping Social at Nibbles Play Cafe Creatively Caring, along with AH Moms and Nibbles Play Cafe, is hosting a toy, clothing, and household goods swap on July 20th. The event might be a good chance to meet some of the moms you’ve connected with online, and you might get some good stuff, too. Bring your new or gently […]

Make A Messterpiece

Make A Messterpiece – website Location: The Glen Town Center, 2050 Tower Drive, Glenview Phone: 847-730-5275 Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Admission: Messy Package – $15. Includes Splat-tacular Tables, Bubbleology, and two activities Messiest Package – $22. Include Splat-tacular Tables, Bubbleology, and four activities Admission – Free […]

Chicago Area Fireworks and Parades for the Fourth of July 2012

Looking for the 2013 list? Click here! Looking for a fireworks display or parade to see this week? There are several in the Chicago area! All the events listed below are FREE! Before attending, PLEASE check the link. Because of dry conditions some events may be canceled and although I’ve listed the starting time for […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – 2012 Season

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – 2012 Season – website Location: 601 E. Dundee Avenue, East Dundee Phone: 847-426-6751 Hours: Santa’s Village is closed on Tuesdays. Hours vary by day and according to school schedule. See the calendar online for hours. Admission: $17.75/person, ages 3 & up; children 2 & under are free, $14.75/senior (65+). Active duty military with ID admitted free. […]

Disney’s Brave

Disney’s Brave Brave opens today in theatres nationwide. I am not posting specifics (prices, bathrooms, etc) because theatres vary so much. You can find where Brave is playing near you, or purchase tickets online. Our experience: We were invited to an early screening of Brave but I wasn’t allowed to post anything about it until […]

Summer Movie Guide for Families and Kids

Many movie theatres are offering special family movie programs with kids movies (often FREE or at a discount) throughout the summer months so if it’s rainy or you need a break from the heat, check out these summer movie programs: $1 Summer Movie Series – “C” You at the Movies Location: Antioch & McHenry $1 […]

Free Bowling for Kids at AMF All Summer

I love spending time outside in the summer, but there are some days when it’s just too hot, or we’ve spent too much time outside, and we need an indoor activity for a change. Last summer we enjoyed going bowling with the boys. We were afraid they were a little too young (they were 1 […]

Farmers’ Markets

It’s Spring and that means it’s Farmers’ Market season! Below are a listing of some farmers’ markets in and around Chicago. For more information about farmers’ markets in your area, visit AgriHappenings or Local Harvest. Chicago Chicago Downtown Farmstand Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-4pm 66 E. Randolph Street, Chicago Daley Plaza Farmers’ Market May 12-October 20 Thursdays […]

Nibbles Play Cafe

Nibbles Play Cafe – website Location: 13 Huntington Lane, Wheeling Phone: 847-229-0400 Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. Nibbles is closed on Sundays for private parties. Admission: $7.50 per child, $3.75 for each sibling. Adults are free. Living Social has a 3-visit pass for only $10, but it is only available for 3 […]

Upcoming Events

I love sharing fun weekend events each week and here are some special events coming up that really caught my eye: Chicagoland Kids Expo Saturday, March 3 from 9am-6pm Sunday, March 4 from 10am-5pm Adults $10 ($9 with this coupon), kids (3-12) $5, kids under 3 free Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Blvd, Schaumburg […]

Volo Auto Museum

Volo Auto Museum – website Location: 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL Phone: 815-385-3644 Hours: Open 7 days a week, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Admission: Adults – $9.95 Children 5-12 – $5.95 (children under 5 free) – use their online coupon for 1/2 off a child’s admission with an adult’s admission. Seniors (65 and […]

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – Fully Charged

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus – Fully Charged – website ** Note: Ringling Bros. was at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont November 3 through 13. Any specific information (such as location, parking, etc) is specific to the United Center, but my experience and observations are based on what we experienced at the Allstate […]

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