Fourth of July Parades and Fireworks – 2015

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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 […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]

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 Apple Orchard Guide 2013

Apple Orchard Guide 2013 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

 Looking for the 2014 guide? Click here!   Apple picking is a tradition for my family. We’ve gone every year since Cooper was born. I love picking apples, spending the day outside with my family, and watching the kids enjoy all the activities the apple orchards offer. Last year was a rough year for apples; […]

Cissna Park’s Old Settlers

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This one’s a bit of the beaten path but if you’re thinking to yourself, Hmm… I’d like to take a bit of a road trip for some small town family fun, then this is it! Other things of interest on your way or in the area: The Heartland Spa in Gilman, Exploration Station Children’s Museum in Bourbonnais, […]

Summer Bucket List {with Free Printable!}

Summer Bucket List - Toddling Around Chicagoland

It’s officially August now and that’s about the time each summer that I start to panic. It’s all ending so soon! Have we done enough? There’s a little extra pressure this year because Cooper, my baby (yes, he’s my oldest, but still my baby of course), is starting kindergarten. This is pretty much how summer […]

Chicago Bears Training Camp Starts This Week

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Today is the first day of Bears training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Training camp runs through Wednesday, August 14, and is open to the public most days. Concessions are available for purchase. Below is a schedule for 2013 training camp. For more details, visit the Chicago Bears website.  Where: Olivet Nazarene University […]

Donley’s Wild West Town

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Website: Donley’s Wild West Town Location: 8512 South Union Road, Union Phone: 815-923-9000 Hours: Open daily 10:00 am-6:00 pm Admission: $16 per person, children 2 & under free. Print out coupons on their site for $1 off admission (good for up to 6 admissions) and free grandparent admission (good on Mondays & Tuesdays only). Each child […]

Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder

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Website: Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder Location: Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago Phone: 800-745-3000 (to purchase tickets) Hours: The show runs May 22 – September 2. Sunday 2:00pm, 4:00pm Wednesday 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm Thursday 2:00pm, 8:00pm Friday 2:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm Saturday 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm Additional shows: Tuesday, July 4 at 2 pm, 6 pm […]

Free Summer Fun – 2013

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School is out and it’s up to you to keep the kids entertained. It can be expensive going on family outings, but there are plenty of ways to have fun for free this summer. Have any other suggestions? I’m happy to add them to the list! Baseball Games See the full post of Baseball Clubs […]

Shoreline Sightseeing {and Giveaway}

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Website: ShorelineSightseeing.com Locations: Tours depart from Navy Pier and Michigan Avenue. Water Taxis stop at Union Station/Willis (Sears) Tower, N. Michigan Avenue, Navy Pier, and Shedd Aquarium/Museum Campus. Commuter Water Taxis stop at Union Station/Willis (Sears) Tower, Michigan Avenue, and Erie Park. Phone: 312-222-9328 Departures: Departure times vary, but most tours begin around 10 am and […]

Summer Book Clubs – 2013

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  I love curling up in a shady spot on a hot day and reading a book. With three kids that really doesn’t happen much anymore, but I’m hoping to pass it on to them. Encourage your kids to read by enrolling them in a free book club this summer. I have only listed a […]

Summer Movie Guide for Families & Kids – 2013

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I love to spend as much time as possible out in the fresh air and sunshine, but on those days when it’s TOO hot or rainy, it’s nice to have inexpensive or free indoor options. Many theatres offer special movie programs for families during the summer. As always, visit the site or call first to […]

Baseball Clubs for Kids 2013

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Baseball season is approaching! I have to admit that I’m not a huge sports fan, but I love hanging out at a baseball game enjoying the fresh air, eating hot dogs and popcorn, and cheering for the home team. Baseball teams try to make games family friendly too, and lots of them offer special clubs for […]

Donley’s Wild West Town Opens for the Season on May 18

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Is finally getting warmer! The approach of summer means lots of fun outdoor activities and exciting things to do. Donley’s Wild West Town is one of the things on our list of things to do this season. Donley’s Wild West Town, located in Union, has announced that their 2013 summer season will begin on May […]

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