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 […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2012

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 […]

Girls Getaway – The Heartland Spa

Girls Getaway – The Heartland Spa As a mom of two (very active) young boys, with another on the way, I could use a break. My friend Samantha, who also parents to two active young boys and blogs at The Peanuts Gang, felt the same way. We recently had the opportunity to spend two days […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Baseball Clubs for Kids

It’s baseball season and lots of the local baseball teams have clubs for kids. Kids get souvenirs from the team and tickets to attend games for a fraction of the price you’d pay purchasing them separately. The Chicago White Sox even have a free kids club! Chicago White Sox All Star Membership – $35 plus $2 […]

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 […]

Overnight Getaway – Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort – website Location: 2643 N. State Route 178, Utica, IL Phone: 866-399-3866 Parking: There is a large attached lot at the main resort. There are additional lots for the villas and cabin and 2 spaces directly in front of each cabin. Parking is free. Check in & check out: Check-in […]

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 […]

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 […]

KidsWork Children’s Museum

KidsWork Children’s Museum – website Location: 11 S. White Street, Frankfort Phone: 815-469-1199 Hours: Closed Mondays (except for school holidays) Tuesday – Saturday    9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday                     11:00 am – 4:00 pm Open some Thursday evenings Admission: $6 per person; $5 for seniors. Family memberships start at $85 and includes free admission to […]

Jump!Zone Mokena

Jump!Zone Mokena – website Location: 9951 W. 190th Street, Mokena Phone: 708-978-1229 Hours: Hours for open play vary and can be viewed online. Currently the schedule for open play is: Sun 5pm-7:30pm Mon No open play Tues No open play Wed 10am-1pm Thurs 4pm-7:30pm Fri 10am-1pm Sat No open play There are often special open […]

Nursing Moms Network

Nursing Moms Network – website The Nursing Moms Network is a weekly meeting at Palos Community Hospital that provides breastfeeding support to mothers with babies (birth to one year) from a certified lactation consultant and other mothers. Location:  Palos Community Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Avenue, Palos Heights in the lower level meeting room of the […]

Garden Patch Farms

Garden Patch Farms – website Today I’m welcoming our very first guest poster, Mary Whalen! Mary is a mom with two daughters (2 1/2 and 5) and a husband of 8 years. Before her job as mommy, Mary was a technical writer and instructional designer. She now has a website for moms who live in […]

Ranger Up Healing Benefit – Sgt. Brad Hojek Jr.

Ranger Up Healing Benefit – Sgt. Brad Hojek Jr. – website A few month’s ago, my brother’s brother-in-law (my sister-in-law’s brother) Army Ranger Brad Hojek was serving overseas when he was shot multiple times. Brad was seriously wounded and is still at a rehabilitation center recovering from his injuries. In order to assist with Brad’s […]

Little Red Schoolhouse

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center – website Location: 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs Phone: 708-839-6897  Hours: March 1-last Saturday in October     8:00am – 5:00pmLast Sunday in October-Feb 28        8:00am – 4:00pm Exhibit buildings open at 9:00 am daily (CLOSED FRIDAYS) and may close up to 1/2 hour before grounds. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, […]

The Plush Horse

The Plush Horse – website  Location: 12301 South 86th Avenue Palos Park, IL 60464 Phone: 708-448-0550 Hours: Monday – Thursday    8:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday – Saturday       8:00 am – 9:30 pmSunday                     11:00 am – 9:00 pmThese are Spring hours and will likely be different for other seasons. Prices: A pony cone is available for just […]

Letterboxing

Letterboxing  Letterboxing is like a treasure hunt and it’s a great activity to do with kids. Letterboxers hide small boxes, generally outdoors, containing a rubber stamp or hand-carved stamp and a logbook. The people who plant the boxes leave clues online so others can find the boxes. When a box is found, the finder stamps […]

The Original Rainbow Cone

The Original Rainbow Cone – website Location: 9233 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60643 Phone: 773-238-7075 Hours: Rainbow Cone is open March – November. Hours for April 2011: Sunday – Thursday Noon – 7 pm Friday – Saturday Noon – 8 pm Hours get longer as the weather gets warmer so check out the website […]

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn – website Location: 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453 The Oak Lawn Metra train station is located on the block next to the museum. Phone: 708-423-6709 Hours: Monday Closed Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 am – 9:30 am (members) 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Thursday evenings (2nd & 4th) 5:00 […]

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