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, […]

Moore Park Playground & Sprayground

Moore Park Playground & Sprayground – website Location: 801 Geneva Dr, Geneva Phone: Geneva Park District – 630-232-4542 Hours: Mon – Thur   10:00 am – 7:00 pm           Fri – Sun       10:00 am – 6:00 pm Admission: FREE Parking: There is a large parking lot with free parking. Bathrooms: There is one outhouse […]

Comic Con Family Day (pre-post)

Comic Con Family Day (pre-post) – website Comic Con has arrived in Chicago and their Family Day is Sunday, August 14. We’ll be there; will you? Here’s some information you might want: Location: Donald E Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N River Rd, Rosemont Hours: Comic Con opened on Thursday, August 11 and runs until Sunday, […]

Overnight Getaway – Hilton Indian Lakes Resort

Overnight Getaway – Hilton Indian Lakes Resort – website Location: 250 West Schick Road, Bloomingdale, IL 60108 Phone: 630-529-0200 Parking: There is free parking in the large attached lot. Check-in & check-out: Check-in is at 3:00 pm. Check-out is at noon. Price: I depends on the date and room type (obviously), but rooms can start […]

I & M Canal Bike Trail

 I & M Canal Bike Trail – website The I & M Canal Bike Trail is 2 looping trails (11 miles total) with a parking lot in the center.  Location: Willow St. & Old Willow Spring Road, Willow Springs (approximately) Driving directions: At the intersection of Archer Road and Willow Street in Willow Springs, head […]

AMF Bowling

AMF Summer Unplugged – bowling Bowling is a great way to get your kids out of the house and active for the summer. From May 30 to September 5, 2011, AMF is offering FREE bowling to kids under the age of 16. Register your children on the AMF site and each week they will email you […]

Tates Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop

Tates Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop – Facebook page Location: 25 S. Ashland, LaGrange Phone: 708-352-4848 Hours: 11am – 10pm  Monday – Saturday           11am – 9pm    Sunday Parking: There is street parking available. Bathrooms: No bathrooms. Handicapped/stroller accessibility: The shop is accessible. During the time we were there a woman came in with a stroller […]


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 […]

Giveaway – Cosley Zoo Passes

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner – Samantha! Samantha said… 9 Shared on Facebook! May 6, 2011 4:03 AM Thanks to all who entered & a special thanks to Cosley Zoo for the free passes! *************************** If you’ve been to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, or read my previous post about Cosley Zoo, […]


FireZone – website Location: 1100 National Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173 Phone: 847-824-3473 Hours: Vary. Check their website for weekly drop-in hours. Drop-in activities are for 1 hour only and are limited to only 40 children. Admission: $9 per child. Adults and children under 2 are free. Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. […]

Cosley Zoo

Cosley Zoo – website Location: 1356 N. Gary Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187 Phone: 630-665-5534 Hours: Cosley Zoo is open year-round, but closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. January-March: Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April-October: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. November: Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. After Thanksgiving-December 23: Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. December 26-30: Daily, […]

Waterfall Glen

Waterfall Glen – website Location: Darien, IL. The parking lot at Bluff Road and Cass Ave is about a half a mile from the waterfall. Phone: 630-933-7200 Parking: Free. Bathrooms: It’s a forest preserve so they’re pretty rustic. There was a port-a-potty near the parking lot. No changing tables. Handicapped/stroller accessibility: Not so much. It’s […]

All Aboard Diner

All Aboard Diner – website All Aboard Diner is a train themed restaurant where food is delivered to your seat at the counter by train (tables are also available, but without train delivery). There is also a large train set at the front of the restaurant with buttons so kids can control sounds and moving […]

Legoland Discovery Center & Giveaway!

Legoland Discovery Center – website *** The giveaway for Legoland passes is now over. Keep watching the blog, because we may have more in the future! Location: Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173 Phone: 847-592-9700 Hours: Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Saturday & Sunday 10:00 pm – 7:00 […]

DuPage Children’s Museum

DuPage Children’s Museum – website Location: 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60540 If you’re taking public transportation, the Metra station is across the parking lot from the museum; take the Metra BSNF Aurora line to the DCM stop. Phone: 630-637-8000 Hours: Monday 9am – 1pm Thursday 9am – 4pm (open until 8pm every 3rd […]

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