Fourth of July Parades and Fireworks – 2015

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks 2015 #Chicago

Can you believe it’s almost the fourth of July? I’m in shock. As usual, summer is whizzing by. Make the most of it with family activities like parades and fireworks. In addition to parades and firework displays I’ve listed many have other festivities such as live music, a carnival, or other entertainment the same day […]

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 […]

Free Summer Reading Programs – 2015

Free Summer Reading Programs 2015

School’s nearly over and my 7-year-old is looking forward to having lots of extra time for reading the books he loves. We love to sign up for the summer reading program at our local library, and we usually sign up for a few others, too. Every child – from the reluctant reader to the voracious […]

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 […]

Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families 2015

Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families

Baseball is America’s favorite pasttime, so what better way to spend a spring day than catching a game with the family? The Chicago Cubs offer some family fun at Wrigley Field so get your tickets now. Be sure to check out the Cubs fan club for kids so you children can receive special Cubs memorabilia. Here are Chicago […]

Chicago White Sox Promotions for Families 2015

Chicago White Sox Promotions for Families 2015

Baseball season is upon us and the Chicago White Sox could use a little support this season. If you haven’t visited “The Cell” (U.S. Cellular Field) yet this season, it’s the perfect time to purchase your tickets and plan a special family outing. If you’ve got kids, but sure you find out more about the Chicago White […]

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!) […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Spring 2015

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  Click here to check out the updated Summer 2015 Free Chicago Museum Days Chicago has some amazing museums, but it can be expensive to visit with the whole family. Fortunately, a lot of the Chicago area institutions offer free or discounted admission on certain days. Whether you’re looking to ponder internationally famous art work, […]

Easter Eggs Hunts 2015

Easter Egg Hunts 2015

Although it seemed like it would never arrive, Spring is here (well, almost!) and Easter is approaching. Grab some baskets (and maybe swimsuits or flashlights) and search for some colorful Easter eggs. These are just some of the hunts in Chicago and the suburbs. Have a favorite one that’s not listed? Let me know and […]

Easter Bunny Guide 2015

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide 2015

Easter is just a few weeks away and it’s the perfect time to get some photos of the kids with a fluffy Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations for photos before he hops away on April 5. If you’re a family with a child with special needs, scroll to […]

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 […]

5 Spots for Outdoor Ice Skating

5 spots for outdoor ice skating

This article was previously published on MommyNearest.com. As the temps begin to dip you might feel like it’s time to hibernate, but sometimes you need to bundle up and head out to to embrace the winter wonderland. Brighten up your winter with rosy cheeks and smiles at these outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago 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 […]

Family Sundays with the Chicago White Sox

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It’s not hot and muggy anymore, and you can gorge on apple and pumpkin flavored everything, but summer’s not totally over yet. There’s still time to catch an afternoon of America’s favorite pastime with (one of) Chicago’s favorite team(s), the Chicago White Sox! There are still games through the month of September, and just ONE more […]

Autumn Weekends at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

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  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

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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 […]

Raging Waves Waterpark

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Raging Waves is the largest waterpark in Illinois, located in Yorkville. Website: Raging Waves Waterpark Social media: Raging Waves Facebook page, @RagingWaves on Twitter, Raging Waves on Instagram Location: 4000 N. Bridge Street, Yorkville Phone: 630-882-6575 Hours:  Daily schedule is available online. 10 am – 7 pm everyday through August 2nd. August 3 through September […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2014

Chicago Area 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Guide

Independence Day is approaching and Chicago and many suburbs are preparing for celebrations. In addition to parades and firework displays I’ve listed many have other festivities such as live music, a carnival, or other entertainment the same day (& some even for a couple days) so click the link to see all the details. Before […]

Summer Family Movie Guide – 2014

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A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest, where I am an Expert Mom. After being cooped up inside all winter, it’s hard to imagine wanting to spend a minute of summer indoors. But when the temperature and humidity rise, you and the kids will be thrilled to spend a couple of hours […]

Free Summer Reading Programs – 2014

Free Summer Reading Programs 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest. After a long and cold winter, we’re all looking forward for summer to begin and for our kids to get the chance to swim, run and play outside. While these physical activities are a big part of the warm weather season, it’s also important to […]

Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide – 2014

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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 […]

Free YouthSpark Summer Camps at Microsoft Retail Stores

Free YouthSpark Summer Camps - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Microsoft retail stores are offering free YouthSpark Summer Camps for children between 8 and 13. Although the classes are free, pre-registration is required. An adult must stay in the store with the child during the entire session. Camps are split into two groups – Jr. Designers (ages 8-10) and Designers (ages 11-13). Four types of camps are available […]

Cantigny Park Free Summer Drop-In Program

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Cantigny Park in Wheaton is a great place to spend a summer day – lots of room to walk and play, a playground, restaurant, picnic areas, a museum, tanks to climb on, a fountain, and lots more. See my full post on Cantigny Park. This summer Cantigny is offering free drop-in programs for kids. No […]

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 […]

Baseball Clubs for Kids 2014

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  Take me out to the ball game… It’s about time for America’s favorite past time. Add to the excitement for your kids by signing them up for a kids club with their favorite baseball team. Lots of these clubs are free to join and you get free tickets to games! A version of this […]

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts – 2014

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Easter is approaching so hopefully the weather will start to cooperate in time for Easter egg hunts in the Chicago area. Many of the hunts and events listed below require pre-registration so be sure to plan ahead. It’s always a good idea to bring a bag or basket to collect eggs and a camera to […]

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 […]