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St. Patrick's Day Family Events 2016

St. Patrick’s Day Family Events 2016

Everybody is Irish on St. Patty’s Day so don some green and embrace the luck of the Irish hunting for clovers, attend a parade, or watch a waterfall turn green. I do my best to provide accurate, up-to-date information, but it’s always best to call first to verify information as details can change and events can be […]

20 St. Patrick's Day Activities for Kids

20 St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to break out the craft supplies and get creative with the kids. I’m a total sucker for rainbow projects – it’s always nice to have colorful works of art hung up. This St. Patrick’s Day, I want to get my kids involved in other activities as well, not […]

Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings - Winter 2016 #specialneeds #Chicago

Chicago Area Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings – Winter 2016

Watching a movie in the theater can be a special family outing, but it can be difficult for children or adults with special needs and/or sensory issues. To address this and give all families an opportunity to enjoy the experience, some local theaters offer sensory friendly or special needs screenings with lights up, sound down, […]

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide 2016

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide 2016

We had a couple days of warm weather before the cold returned and it was a nice reminder that Spring and Easter are approaching. Find some cute pastels, ruffly skirts, and Spring shoes and get a photo with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations for photos before he […]

Brookfield Zoo Celebrates Nature Cat, 15th birthday

Brookfield Zoo Celebrates New PBS Show Nature Cat & the 15th Birthday of the Hamill Family Play Zoo

With the warm weather we’re having now it’s hard to believe that it was SO cold just last weekend. We braved the cold to spend the day at Brookfield Zoo and meet PBS star Nature Cat. Nature Cat is an animated show on PBS featuring a house cat named Fred. When Fred’s family leaves for […]

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2016

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2016

Going to the movies is always a special treat and it’s perfect no matter what the weather is like. Get ready for some popcorn and enjoy a family movie together at a great price because these theaters have winter movie specials:   Marcus Theatres – Kids Dream Winter Film Series Admission is only $3 for […]

Children's Theater in Chicago Winter 2016

Children’s Theatre – Winter 2016

Theater isn’t just for adults! Our city has a great theater history and plenty of shows for all ages. As Chicago Theater Week approaches (February 11-21, 2016), there’s no better time to check out plays and performances for the family. Presented by the Winnetka Children’s Hour at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Chicago: […]

5 Top Spots for Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing Near Chicago

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Tubing

Embrace the Midwestern winter with skiing and snow tubing! Here are some great places not too far from Chicago to where, depending on your skill and comfort level, you can glide gently or zoom down some hills. Even if there’s no snow, all of these locations make their own snow. Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports Just about […]

Free Kids February Returns to MSI

Free Kids February Returns to MSI

Exciting news from the Museum of Science & Industry:  WHAT: From February 1 through February 29, 2016 the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is offering FREE MUSEUM ENTRY to kids ages 3-11. (Two free kids’ tickets permitted per voucher with the purchase of one paying adult.) This is a perfect time to escape the […]

Mardi Gras Celebrations for Families 2016

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 […]

New Year, Fresh Start with Netflix #StreamTeam [ad]

New Year, Fresh Start with Netflix Streaming

I love a new year, a blank calendar, and a fresh start. Even though we’re already a month into 2016, it still feels fresh and new and I’m enjoying planning my year, looking forward to new adventures, and making sure I focus on the things that are most important this year. While I fill my […]

Illinois Friends of Midwives Hosts MommyCon Giveaway

The Coalition for Illinois Midwifery, a group seeking to change the laws in Illinois regarding home birth, is offer a giveaway of two tickets to MommyCon on March 5 at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center. Each donation to the Coalition of Illinois Midwifery (paypal to donations@illinoismidwifery.org) of $25 will buy you one raffle ticket. The […]

Winter Specials at Medieval Times

Winter Specials at Medieval Times

Regular ticket prices are $61.95 for adults and $36.95 for children (ages 12 and under), but Medieval Times has several special offers right now so you can choose which one is right for you and save big money. Fill the Pantry – Bring 3 non-perishable food items to receive and use code FOODWEB16 to save […]

Monster Jam Returns to Chicago #MoreMonsterJam

Monster Jam Returns to Chicago for 2016

The widely popular #MoreMonsterJam tour is returning to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., Feb. 12-15, 2016, with the tantalizing points-paying endurance showdown, featuring more of what the Monster Jam® fans have been asking to see – #MoreMonsterJam! Experience the energy and excitement with this exclusive showcase of endurance featuring the best lineup of Monster […]

Family-Friendly Groundhog Day Events 2016

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.

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: […]

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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

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

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 Skates into Chicago

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. […]

Free Museum Days - Winter 2016

Free Museum Days – Winter 2016

New year, new chance to explore the city! Winter is a great time to visit Chicago museums because there aren’t the same crowds as in the summer and lots of them offer more free days during the winter months. Add these dates to your calendar and plan some family outings! Most free days only apply […]

New Year's Countdowns the Way You Want Them on Netflix 2015 [ad] #StreamTeam

New Year’s Countdowns When You Want Them on Netflix

It’s time to wrap up 2015 and welcome 2016! I’m working on reviewing 2015, preparing some financial records for taxes, and planning for 2016, but my kids have other priorities – they’re negotiating bedtime for tonight. Every New Year’s Eve we have a buffet of appetizers and snacks in place of dinner. In the past, […]

Target Curbside Pickup Arrives in Chicago [ad]

Target Curbside Pickup Arrives in Chicago

It’s cold out, you have a sick kid, and another who will fall asleep the minute the car starts moving, and you need some staples – diapers, peanut butter, Tylenol. And it’d be nice to have a bit of chocolate in the house or some fuzzy socks to treat yourself. And a dvd to keep […]

Chicago New Year's Eve Events for Families 2015

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 […]

Meet Grizzy, our new Fisher-Price Smart Toy [ad] #gift #kids

Meet Grizzy, Our New Fisher-Price Smart Toy

There are lots of choices for kids toys this holiday season, but I think you’ll be especially interested in meeting our new toy/friend, the Fisher-Price Smart Toy Monkey. Grizzy arrived at our door a few weeks ago and Campbell’s eyes grew wide when he saw the box and demanded we help him open it. Inside […]

Unique Gifts for Christmas 2015

Unique Gifts for Christmas (That You Still Have Time To Get!)

The holidays are about giving, but sometimes it can be difficult to find a gift that will really stand out and be something that will excite the recipient. I’ve created this list of some unique gifts that you can still get in time for Christmas that are sure to be outside the norm. BrickSwag Have […]

Great Gifts for Her #Christmas #gift #mom #friend #women

5 Great Gifts for Her

I have a lot of important women in my family – my mom, sisters-in-law, aunts, friends. I want to get them gifts they’ll really enjoy to let them know how important they are to me, but it can be difficult to find just the right gift. Here are a few of my favorites and maybe […]

5 Great Gifts for Guys

5 Great Gifts for Guys

It’s getting down to the wire now, but if you’re struggling for some ideas for a special guy in your life – husband, boyfriend, friend, brother, father, son – I have some suggestions. I’ll also say that I think any of these gifts could be great gifts for women too (well, except for one), but […]

WaterWipes for Wee Ones #WaterWipes #IC [ad]

WaterWipes for Wee Ones

Having a baby means lots of diaper changes, which means lots of diapers and even more wipes. I can’t even imagine how many wipes we’ve used in the 8 years since I became a mother, and I thought once the diaper stage was over we’d be done with wipes too, but it turns out we […]

'Tis the Season To Be Streaming Netflix Giveaway #StreamTeam [ad]

‘Tis the Season to Be Streaming {+ Giveaway!}

‘Tis the season of holiday lights, giving, shopping, parties, and family time! Unfortunately, it’s also the season of germs, colds, and flu. We’ve been experiencing a little of this (okay, a LOT of this) lately. We’ve been using our Netflix account a lot lately, whether it’s to unwind after a busy day, to catch up […]

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