Merlin’s Magic Wand Days at Legoland Discovery Center

Merlin’s Magic Wand Days at Legoland Discovery Center Legoland Discovery Center will be hosting a series of Merlin’s Magic Wand Days over the next few months exclusively for children with special needs, disabilities, and serious illnesses. Merlin’s Magic Wand is a worldwide charitable organization focused on provided fun experiences for children with disabilities or serious […]

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 […]

2Toots Train Whistle Grill

2Toots Train Whistle Grill – website *** Note: There are two locations. We visited the Bartlett location so the photos and details about our experience are based on that location. Locations: 203 E. Main Street, Bartlett and 450 N. Main Street, Glen Ellyn Phone: Bartlett – 630-213-6700, Glen Ellyn – 630-858-4300 Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 am-8:00 […]

Schaumburg Boomers

Schaumburg Boomers – website Location: Boomers Staduim, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg Phone: 847-461-FOWL (3695) Office hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday (hours may vary by season) Schedule: The full schedule can be viewed online. The season starts in mid-May and ends in early September. Admission: Tickets are $7 for lawn seats, $10 for […]

Brick-tastic Birthday Bash at Legoland Discovery Center

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago Celebrates Buddy’s Birthday! You’re Invited to the Brick-tastic Birthday Bash on Aug. 11 LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago is celebrating Buddy’s Birthday on Aug. 11, and everyone’s invited to join the brick-tastic celebration! We’ll be partying it up with goody bags, games and plenty of cake. But that’s not all! Kids who […]

Studio Movie Grill

Studio Movie Grill – website Location: 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton Phone: 630-480-9557 Hours: Check the website for movie times. Matinees start as early as 11:00 am. Admission: Weekday matinees are $5, weekend matinees are $8 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under. Evening movies are $9.75 for adults and $6 for children 10 […]

Swapping Social at Nibbles Play Cafe

Swapping Social at Nibbles Play Cafe Creatively Caring, along with AH Moms and Nibbles Play Cafe, is hosting a toy, clothing, and household goods swap on July 20th. The event might be a good chance to meet some of the moms you’ve connected with online, and you might get some good stuff, too. Bring your new or gently […]

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 […]

Kingdom Quest Laser Ride at Legoland Discovery Center

Kingdom Quest Laser Ride at Legoland Discovery Center – website This weekend we were invited to a special event at the Legoland Discovery Center and we got to test out the brand new Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, which officially opened today. Legoland closed their Dragon Quest ride a while ago to change it to the […]

Studio Movie Grill Opening in Wheaton – FREE Movie Tickets

Studio Movie Grill Opening in Wheaton – website Location: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton Opening: June 8, 2012 About Studio Movie Grill: From blockbuster movies to alternate and family programming, SMG offers something for everyone. Check back often for listings and showtimes and visit our SMG Wheaton Facebook page for exclusive offers. […]

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 […]

Mom’s Night Out at Fore! Family Fun

Mom’s Night Out at Fore! Family Fun – website Location: Fore! Family Fun, Shef Brothers Pizza, and Bogies Indoor Golf Club, 1505 Mitchell Drive, Oswego Date and time: Tuesday, May 22 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Cost: FREE Information from Fore! Family Fun:  Leave Dad and the kids at home and come to this […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Opens for the Season

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park in Dundee opens this weekend with new rides and attractions for the 2012 season. Although the official opening date is Sunday, May 13, the park will be open on Saturday, May 12 from 10 am to 2 pm for Make-A-Wish Day. Admission will only be $5 and 100% of all admission […]

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 […]

Weber Grill

Weber Grill – website Location: 1010 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg Phone: 847-413-0800 Hours: Lunch – Monday-Friday 11:30 am – 4:00 pm Dinner – Monday-Thursday 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Saturday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm Parking: Free parking in the attached lot. Bathrooms: […]

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 […]

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream – website ** Note: Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream is at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont January 25 through 29, and at the United Center in Chicago February 1 through 12. I’ve included information about both venues, but my experience and observations are based on what […]

Toddler Tuesday at the Legoland Discovery Center

Toddler Tuesday at the Legoland Discovery Center – webpage Toddler Tuesdays at Legoland Discovery Center begin for the winter season January 10. Each Tuesday, Legoland designates the first two hours of the day to toddlers. Admission is discounted and toddlers have the run of the upstairs, including the 4D movie theater, renovated play area, and […]

KidSnips

KidSnips – website Location: 513 Oakbrook Center, Oak Brook Phone: 630-571-1500 Hours: Monday – Friday  10:00 am – 8:00 pm Saturday                   9:00 am – 8:00 pm Sunday                     10:00 am – 6:00 pm Additional locations – hours vary: Chicago (Lincoln Park) – 1953 N. Clybourn, Unit F […]

Overnight Getaway – Westin Lombard Yorktown Center

Overnight Getaway – Westin Lombard Yorktown Center – website   Location: 70 Yorktown Center, Lombard Phone: 630-719-8000 Parking: There was a large attached parking lot. Valet parking is also available for $4 or $7 for overnight. Check-in & check-out: 3:00 pm check-in, 12:00 check-out Price: Prices start at approximately $129/night on weekends and $219/night on […]

Medieval Times

This is a guest post written by Joslyn Gould, a friend of mine from the olden days (you know, long BEFORE kids). Joslyn has two daughters, Althea, who is 3 1/2 years old, and Autumn, who is almost two. The names may seem familiar to you and I’m sure the pictures will – Joslyn, Althea, […]

Jump!Zone

Jump!Zone – website Location: 490 W. North Frontage Road, Bolingbrook Phone: 630-621-9620 Hours: Hours for open play vary and can be viewed online. Currently the schedule for open play is: Sun    11am-6pm Mon  No open play Tues  10am-1pm Wed  No open play Thurs 10am-1pm Fri     10am-8pm Sat    11am-8pm There are often special […]

Free Events

I generally post about activities and events we’ve experienced so I can give all the details, but there are a few upcoming events I think look like a lot of fun, and they’re all FREE! All the details provided about each event have been provided by the organizers of the event. Bump Club and Beyond […]

The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum – website    Location: 4100 Illinois Rt 53, Lisle Phone: 630-968-0074 Hours: The Morton Arboretum is open 365 days a year from 7:00 am to sunset. Visitor Center: Jan-Feb 9am-4pm Mar-Apr 9am-5pm May-Oct 9am-6pm Nov-Dec 9am-5pm Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve at 3pm, & Christmas Day Children’s Garden Nov-Feb 9:30am-4pm Mar-Oct 9:30am-5pm Extended […]

Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park – website Location: 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton Phone: 630-668-5161 Hours: Gardens & Grounds: Mon-Sun, 9am-Sunset, Nov 1 – Apr 30 (Closed 11/25, 11/26, 12/24-12/27, 12/31, & entire month of January)Mon-Sun, 7am-Sunset, May 1 – Oct 31Cantigny Park and Museums are closed Mon-Thu in February. Museums: Closed MondaysTues-Sun, 10am-4pm (Closed 11/25, 11/26, 12/24-12/27, 12/31, […]

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