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 Events to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday is a school holiday to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his impact on civil rights. Enjoy the holiday with your family by learning more about Dr. King and the Civil Rights Movement and celebrating his messages of peace and equality at one of these great events in the Chicago area: […]

Remembering David Bowie

I think it’s safe to say everyone was sad to hear about the passing of David Bowie earlier this week. Here are just a few ways you can remember his music, fashion, and acting talent on your own or with your kids: Buy or rent Labyrinth on Amazon Video. (affiliate link) The New York Public […]

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 […]

Museum of Science & Industry’s 2016 Black Creativity Programming Kicks Off January 18

The Museum of Science and Industry sent me some information about upcoming programming: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago will kick off its annual Black Creativity program with a Family Day on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—Monday, January 18, 2016. This annual program brings together students, families, teachers and the public to explore the […]

Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic Skating Into Chicago

January and February in Chicago are full of ice – on the street, sidewalks, cars – and it’s not much fun to deal with. January and February also mean there’s lots of ice at the Allstate Arena and the United Center, but this ice is a lot more fun because it’s full of Disney characters. […]

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 […]

The Polar Express Schedules Stop at Chicago Union Station

Well this is pretty exciting! I just found out that The Polar Express is coming to Union Station in Chicago December 19, 2015 through January 3, 2016. The Polar Express is a VERY popular holiday event and often sells out pretty quickly after tickets go on sale in the August. The Polar Express at the […]

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day with Building Blocks

Saturday, November 14 (tomorrow!) is Neighborhood Toy Store Day, a day to support your local toy store and for local toy stores to connect with the community. Building Blocks Toy Store is celebrating with a special event at both of their locations. The Lakeview location will be hosting Hogwarts Day from 11:00 am to 2:00 […]

Holiday Performances in the Chicago Area 2015

The Chicago area is always bursting with amazing performances and this is especially true during the holiday season – everything from old classics like the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker and the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, to newer shows like Elf and It’s a Wonderful Santaland Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story… Jews Welcome. Attending a show with your family is a great […]

Ladies Night at U.S. Cellular Field

Saturday, August 1 is Ladies Night at U.S. Cellular Field! The White Sox are playing the New York Yankees at 6:10 pm so round up some friends for a night of baseball and fun. Specially priced tickets can be purchased at whitesox.com/ladies and the first 500 purchasers will receive a complimentary White Sox wine glass tumbler, […]

iFLY-Kohl Playdate – Register Now!

The Kohl Children’s Museum and iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Rosemont are teaming up for a very special playdate and you’re invited! Everyone who attends will enjoy food, drinks, and a hands-on project to learn about aerodynamics, before getting a chance to fly! You’ll even get to take home a video of your flight. Space is limited, […]

Cre8tive Art Launch Event With Art Mobb & Microsoft Giveaway

This is last minute but sounds like a fun event! (Information & prizes provided by Microsoft) Who: Art Mobb (Mike Farhat & Chris Hoyle) What: Prepare to be dazzled in-store with celebrity artists Art Mobb (Mike Farhat and Chris Hoyle) as they unveil and premier their latest original Plexiglas piece and create their unique style of […]

L.L. Bean’s “Outdoor Discovery Tour” Coming to Navy Pier

L.L. Bean is bringing the Bootmobile, a 13-foot tall Bean Boot, to Navy Pier this weekend as part of their Outdoor Discovery Tour, which tries to encourage families to spend more time outdoors and give them an opportunity to try a new activity. L.L. Bean and the National Park Foundation conducted a survey and found […]

Sesame Street Live: Elmo Makes Music

Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets to Sesame Street Live. All opinions are my own.  Sesame Street Live was only in Rosemont last weekend, but will be in Merrillville, Indiana, May 8-12 and in Joliet May 14-15.  Website: Sesame Street Live Location: Rosemont Theater (temporarily the Akoo Theater), 5400 North River Road, Rosemont Phone: 847-671-5100 Show times: This show was only […]

Super Saturday: Couponing Class & Business Expo

Jill Cataldo, the Super Coupon Queen, is coming to Crystal Lake to present her Super Couponing class. In addition to the class there will also be craft and business vendors so you can shop, and there will be raffles and gift bags. For more information about Jill Cataldo, visit her site JillCataldo.com, and for a […]

Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival

Location: Rosemont Theater (temporarily the Akoo Theater), 5400 North River Road, Rosemont Phone: 847-671-5100 Show times: This show was only in town for one weekend. Friday, March 15, 2013, at 7:00 pm Saturday, March 16, 2013, at 1:00 pm, 4:00 pm, & 7:00 pm Sunday, March 17, 2013, at 11:00 am, 2:00 pm, & 5:00 pm Admission: $15-$70 ($19.75-$79.65 with fees) […]

Chicago Fun Family Palooza – Giveaway

Chicago Fun Family Palooza Location: The Mega Center at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles Dates: Saturday & Sunday, March 9-10, 2013 Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Chicago Fun Family Palooza is bursting with spectacular entertainment, thrilling activities and over the top zaniness. This 2 day event, produced by 5 Star Fun […]

Chicago Area Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Events 2013

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

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 Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 6

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is approaching and I have a weekend family pass to give away and this is your last chance to win! The Fair is on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. To read more about details for this year and what to expect to find, read my post about the […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 5

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is approaching and I have a weekend family pass to give away each week for the next several weeks! The Fair is on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. To read more about details for this year and what to expect to find, read my post about the 2012 […]

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 Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 4

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is approaching and I have a weekend family pass to give away each week for the next several weeks! The Fair is on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. To read more about details for this year and what to expect to find, read my post about the 2012 […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 3

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is approaching and I have a weekend family pass to give away each week for the next several weeks! The Fair is on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. To read more about details for this year and what to expect to find, read my post about the 2012 […]

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 Toy & Game Fair 2012 Giveaway – Week 2

The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is approaching and I have a weekend family pass to give away each week for the next several weeks! The Fair is on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18. To read more about details for this year and what to expect to find, read my post about the […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2012 – Giveaway

Location: Navy Pier – Hall A, 600 East Grand, Chicago Date: Saturday, November 17, 2012 – 10:00 am-6:00 pm Sunday, November 18, 2012 – 10:00 am-5:00 pm Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 3-13. A $2 coupon is available online. Free admission for children under 3, educators and librarians, scouts in uniform, retailers and tradespeople, military (with ID). Grandparents admitted […]

Legoland Discovery Center Overnight Adventure

Legoland Discovery Center Overnight Adventure Legoland Discovery Center is hosting an Overnight Adventure for kids ages 7-14 and their parents. Location: Legoland Discovery Center, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg Phone: 847-592-9708 Date and time: Saturday, October 20, 2012, at 7:30 pm to Sunday, October 21, 2012, at 7:00 am. Cost: $55/person, or $45/person for annual […]

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