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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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, […]

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 […]

Special Needs Santa Visits and Events

Special Needs Santa Visits

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 […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2012

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms

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 23. Open daily from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Hot […]

Shutterfly Holiday Cards Giveaway

Shutterfly - All The Laughter Holiday Card - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Shutterfly Holiday Cards Giveaway It’s fall and Halloween is right around the corner. I’m still in mourning because the summer is gone, but I’m trying to embrace the chill in the air and the falling leaves. I am excited to know that the holidays are right around the corner! I’ve started my Christmas shopping and […]

Chicago Area Halloween Events 2012

Halloween Activities in the Chicago Area 2012 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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 - carousel - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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

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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

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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 […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide – 2012

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2012 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

  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 […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Ticket Giveaway

Santa's Village AZoosment Park - giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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 […]

Christmas in July: Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Chicago Toy & Game Fair logo - Toddling Around Chicagoland

This is the Post #3 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. We attended the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in 2011 so the post is based on our experiences there. I have included information about the 2012 Chicago Toy and Game Fair for those planning to attend. The Chicago Toy & Game Fair […]

Miller’s Dog n Suds Drive-In

Dog n Suds Drive-In - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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 […]

Shutterfly Long Live Summer Photo Contest

Shutterfly Long Live Summer Photo Contest 2012 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

I don’t know about you, but I could use a trip to the Bahamas. Shutterfly has a great summer contest right now and the grand prize is a trip to the Bahamas for 4 and a professional family photo shoot! There are some other great other prizes as well, and all you have to do […]

Chicago Area Fireworks and Parades for the Fourth of July 2012

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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 - Krinkle's Convoy

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. […]

Summer Movie Guide for Families and Kids

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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 […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Opens for the Season

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park in Dundee opens this weekend with new rides and attractions for the 2012 season. Although the official opening date is Sunday, May 13, the park will be open on Saturday, May 12 from 10 am to 2 pm for Make-A-Wish Day. Admission will only be $5 and 100% of all admission […]

Getting the Most from Your Farmer’s Market – Guest Post

Getting the Most from Your Farmer's Market

  Today’s post is written by Jeremy Arendt, head cook and co-owner of Sprouts Home Day Care, an organic, eco-healthy day care located in the Northwest Chicago Suburbs.  He graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield where he studied sustainable food systems.  When he is not cooking for the kids, you can usually find him tending […]

Farmers’ Markets

Farmers Markets - Chicago

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 […]

Chicago Green Festival 2012

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Dates and Times: Saturday, May 5, 2012 from noon to 8:00 pm, Sunday, May 6 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Location: Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago Price: Discounted tickets available online. Day Pass – $10 online, $15 at door – includes Eco totebag (while supplies last) Weekend Pass – $15 online, $25 […]

National Public Gardens Day

Morton Arboretum

May 11, 2012 is National Public Gardens Day which means you can get free admission to a National Public Garden! Admission will not be free on that day, but you can register online to get a free pass. The pass is available immediately after you submit the registration; just print it out and save it […]

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