Origami in the Garden at the Morton Arboretum through October 22, 2017

The Morton Arboretum prides itself on being a living museum and that’s a beautiful thing about visiting. It’s never exactly the same, with trees growing and changing throughout the season. Each visit is a different experience, not only because of the living things, but because they are often displaying new exhibits. P.S. Looking for more […]

Fourth of July Parade & Firework Guide – 2017

I don’t know about you, but we’re just about falling into our summer routine when the Fourth of July comes along to shake things up. I love it! Not only do I love celebrating independence and freedom, but it’s a kick in the butt. It’s a reminder that summer is filled with amazing opportunities for […]

Chicago Summer Movie Guide – 2017

I love settling into a darkened movie theater with my family and a ginormous bucket of popcorn. It doesn’t matter if we see a brand new release, or an old favorite movie, it’s just nice to escape for an hour or so into a different world. Bonus: it’s especially nice to escape from the heat […]

Chicago Free Museum Days – Summer 2017

The end of the school year is RIGHT around the corner. Filling the summer with family time, fun, and educational experiences is easy in an amazing city like Chicago, but it’s NOT always easy on the wallet. Thankfully, there are plenty of attractions that are free every day, and many that offer free or discounted […]

Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide 2017

Who doesn’t love a nice, juicy berry? You can buy them at the grocery store, but it’s a chore to go shopping and you often find the strawberries (or raspberries, or blueberries) are just not that fresh. Treat yourself and your kids to super fresh, ripe berries right off the vine at one of the […]

Buckingham Fountain to be Switched on Today

Looking for a free family activity for today? Visit the Buckingham Fountain for the #SwitchOnSummer2017 event. When: May 6th, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm The fountain will be switched on at 6:00 p.m. Where: Buckingham Fountain, 301 S Columbus Dr., Chicago, Il. 60605 The Chicago Park District and ComEd are celebrating Summer’s arrival and the 90th birthday of the Buckingham Fountain […]

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts 2017

Why did the Easter egg hide? Because he was a little chicken! Yuk, yuk, yuk. It’s time for some springtime hide and seek and here are just some of the places you can take the kids to hunt for eggs for Easter. Many of the hunts and events listed below require pre-registration so be sure […]

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide 2017

It’s almost Easter so it’s time for the annual photos with the fluffy symbol of Spring. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations in and around Chicago for photos before he hops away on April 16. If you’re a family with a child with special needs, scroll to the bottom for information […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Spring 2017

It’s hard to keep kids busy and find things to do during spring break and summer vacation, and it’s even harder on a budget. Broaden your horizons and learn about everything from astronomy, to Chicago history, to various cultures, and do it all for free. Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid […]

Staycation Recommendation: Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament {Giveaway}

Spring Break is approaching quickly (despite today’s snowstorm), and if you haven’t planned for a tropical vacation or some other trip outside the area, may I suggest you enjoy an afternoon or evening of your staycation at a tournament in the medieval age? We had an opportunity to visit Medieval Times last week and even though […]

Crazy January Holidays and How to Celebrate Them

Okay, I’ll be honest: January is my least favorite month of the year. The holidays are over and there’s just not much going on. It’s cold and dreary out, plus it’s also cold and flu season, so we’re not getting out much. Sometimes you have to make your own fun and one great way to […]

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing Near Chicago

  There’s not much snow on the ground, but that doesn’t mean you can’t embrace winter with skiing and snow tubing. Here are some great places not too far from Chicago to where, depending on your skill and comfort level, you can glide gently or zoom down some hills. All of these locations can help […]

Chicago New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2016

2016 sure has been a roller coaster. Every year has it’s high and low points, but it seems like 2016 has had some unusually deep valleys for many people. It’s time to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 and hope for a better year for everyone. Celebrate with the kids at these family-friendly […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms – 2016

Last year we had a real Christmas tree for the first time. I was not excited about the idea; John convinced me to try it and I’m a convert! I loved it. It was so much better than an artificial tree. This year I’m really looking forward to the whole experience – choosing our own […]

Indoor Trick-or-Treating 2016

FINALLY! The forecast for Halloween looks great. Is it just me or does it seem like it rains every Halloween?? The nice weather is great, but it’s nice to have indoor options too in case it’s too cool or too dark, or your kid’s costume just doesn’t work as well outdoors. Here are places you […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Fall 2016

  Summer is sliding away and it’ll be fall (officially) very soon. Spend your fall exploring Chicago attractions for free! Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events. Adler Planetarium – September 12-16, October 10, November 11, December 3-9. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool– […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2016

Apple pie, apple cider, applesauce, apple tart, apple cinnamon oatmeal… there are so many things you can do with apples and it’s time to stock up. It’s apple-picking time! Spend the day in the beautiful changing weather and enjoy some apples fresh from the tree. Some orchards charge and admission fee, while others only charge […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2016

The Fourth of July is a celebration of independence and freedom, but also of family and summer. Plan to attend some of these parades and fireworks shows to make your Fourth truly explosive! Before attending, PLEASE check the link. Some events may be cancelled or postponed depending on the weather, and even though I do […]

Chicago Area U-Pick Strawberry Farms 2016

June = juicy strawberries! We’re getting plenty of sunshine and rain lately and that helps grow some delicious strawberries. Spend a day in the sun and let that strawberry juice run right down your chin, but be sure to pick plenty for baking and freezing. Don’t forget your sunscreen and cash (many farms only accept […]

Free Summer Reading Programs 2016

Just because school will be out for the summer doesn’t mean reading should stop. Reluctant or voracious, or somewhere in between, your child will love receiving rewards and treats offered by these local and national reading programs. Sign your child up early and READ! Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Triathalon Opening Ceremonies at Barnes & […]

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts 2016

Spring! Easter! They’re nearly here. Whether the Chicago weather gets the message or not, head outside (or inside, or into the pool, in some cases) to search for some 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 I’ll add […]

St. Patrick’s Day Family Events 2016

Everybody is Irish on St. Patty’s Day so don some green and embrace the luck of the Irish hunting for clovers, attend a parade, or watch a waterfall turn green. I do my best to provide accurate, up-to-date information, but it’s always best to call first to verify information as details can change and events can be […]

20 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to break out the craft supplies and get creative with the kids. I’m a total sucker for rainbow projects – it’s always nice to have colorful works of art hung up. This St. Patrick’s Day, I want to get my kids involved in other activities as well, not […]

Chicago Area Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings – Winter 2016

Watching a movie in the theater can be a special family outing, but it can be difficult for children or adults with special needs and/or sensory issues. To address this and give all families an opportunity to enjoy the experience, some local theaters offer sensory friendly or special needs screenings with lights up, sound down, […]

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide 2016

We had a couple days of warm weather before the cold returned and it was a nice reminder that Spring and Easter are approaching. Find some cute pastels, ruffly skirts, and Spring shoes and get a photo with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations for photos before he […]

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Tubing

Embrace the Midwestern winter with skiing and snow tubing! Here are some great places not too far from Chicago to where, depending on your skill and comfort level, you can glide gently or zoom down some hills. Even if there’s no snow, all of these locations make their own snow. Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports Just about […]

Mardi Gras Celebrations for Families

A trip to NOLA might not be in the budget, but you can still celebrate some of the fun and festivities of Mardi Gras right here in the Midwest with these family-friendly celebrations coming up soon: Saturday, February 6 The Sounds of Mardi Gras at the Mokena Community Public Library Mo Beat Blues will be […]

Family-Friendly Groundhog Day Events

Whether Punxsutawney Phil has a shadow or not, we all know that Chicago weather is too crazy for anyone to really predict. Regardless of the prediction, Groundhog Day is a great time to come out of hibernation, brave the weather, and enjoy some family fun. Groundhog Day Events in Woodstock Thursday, January 28 through Tuesday, […]

4 Fun Chicago Museum Sleepovers – Winter 2016

An overnight is a great way to see some of your favorite museums in a totally new way. Move right in – you’ll feel like you own the place as you explore after hours and set up camp near your favorite exhibits. Looking for a group overnight? You’ll be a hero to the kids in […]

Chicago New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2015

Looking to celebrate the end of 2015 and start of 2016 with a family-friendly event? Even if the kids can’t make it to midnight there are plenty of options for earlier celebrations in Chicago and the suburbs. Pre-New Year’s Eve Pre-New Year’s Eve Party, Little Beans Play Cafe, 1809 W. Webster, Chicago  Wednesday, December 30 […]

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