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Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2014 Giveaway

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2014 Giveaway #1

Information and tickets have been provided by The Chicago Toy & Game Fair.  Come out and play at the 12th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), arriving in the Windy City on Saturday, November, 22, 2014 and Sunday, November 23, 2014. As the only fair of its kind in the United States open to the […]

Sprint Gives Chicago Wireless a Boost

As a blogger and a busy mom, I rely on my cell phone a lot. I check emails, post to social media sites, take photos, use GPS, and keep in contact with family and friends. For several years now, I’ve trusted Sprint to provide reliable wireless service so when I was offered the opportunity to […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2014

It’s not often that you get to meet a truly magical legend, but that time of year is approaching. Everyone has fond memories of talking to Santa and making special Christmas requests, and it’s even more fun watching your kids share a few special moments with him and getting photos to commemorate the day. I’m […]

8 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy 2014

8 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

Halloween is over and you’re probably either feeling sick from all the candy you ate last night, or you’re munching on it for breakfast (hey, you’ve got all day to work off those calories!).  In my house we’ve got a TON of candy – the kids got lots from trick-or-treating and we had a lot […]

Indoor Trick-or-Treating 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Indoor Trick-or-Treating 2014

It’s cold and snowy. Kinda puts a damper on Halloween fun, especially if you were planning to trick-or-treat outside with little ones. Fear not! Here are places you can trick-or-treat indoors in Chicago and the suburbs. Events are free unless otherwise indicated. (This is a working list so please let me know if there’s any […]

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Marking Mini Milestones with Netflix

  I’ve had some really big milestones in my life – graduating college and law school, getting married, having my kids. Once you’re a parent, the milestones are small, but they mean so much more – first words, first steps, first day of school. Sometimes milestones can be really exciting, but sometimes they can be a little […]

Santa's Village Costume Contest and Trick-or-Treating 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Costume Contest & Trick-or-Treating at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park 2014

Christmas & Halloween are my two favorite holidays, so it’s fun to combine them by doing some fun Halloween activities at Santa’s summer home. Especially when the weather is beautiful! Santa’s Village AZoosment Park has a costume contest at 2:00 pm and trick-or-treating from 3:00 – 5:00 pm today (October 25, 2014) and tomorrow. Tomorrow […]

VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Review and Giveaway

We love electronics in our house. The kids are constantly asking to use my phone (that’s a big NO, mostly because I’m selfish and don’t trust them not to break it) or they’re staring over John’s shoulder when he’s using his tablet. A couple weeks ago we got a VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet. […]

Free Teal Pumpkin Project printable sign - Toddling Around Chicagoland #Chicago #Halloween #TealPumpkin #foodallergy

Teal Pumpkin Project with Free Printable Pumpkin Sign

Food allergies are on the rise and Halloween can be a particularly difficult time for families of children with food allergies. To help families who are dealing with allergies, FARE (Food Allergy Research & Education) is encouraging people to participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project. Paint a pumpkin teal, or hang a sign with a […]

Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun for Little Ones - Toddling Around Chicagoland #Halloween #Chicago

Not-So-Scary Halloween Fun for Little Ones – 2014

This post originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Spooky costumes and haunted houses aren’t for everyone, especially if you have young children. These events will allow you and your kids to enjoy dressing up and participating in autumn and Halloween activities without the fear. Brick-or-Treat at the Legoland Discovery Center Daily through October 31 Brick-or-Treat is an annual […]

CAF Open House 2014

The Chicago Architecture Foundation Opens the Doors of Chicago

Chicago is famous for its architecture and houses many world-famous structures, and you can often find Chicagoans and tourists alike staring in awe as they walk the city streets. The outside and public areas of these buildings are often amazing, but a lot of the beauty and magic is hidden behind closed doors. This weekend, thanks […]

Philip Peters in Live Shark Encounter, Image courtesy of Haai, Inc.

Aquatic Experience – Chicago 2014 – Giveaway

Aquatic Experience will be in Chicago at the Schaumburg Convention Center November 7-9, 2014. Here’s a little information provided by Aquatic Experience: Aquatic Experience – Chicago is the first show in our industry’s history to combine everything aquatic under one roof. From saltwater to freshwater with pond and aquatic reptiles, we’ll have it all. Consumers […]

Chicago Area Halloween Events 2014

Chicago Area Halloween Events 2014

Halloween is too much fun for just one day, so here are plenty of fun activities and events in Chicago and the suburbs so you can enjoy Halloween for weeks. 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 […]

KidStuff Coupon Book Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland

KidStuff Coupon Books Giveaway

KidStuff is a coupon book created to raise money for daycares and schools, while saving families money. Schools (from preschool through high school, or even day care facilities) sell the KidStuff Coupon Book for $25, and they get to keep half of that. Sounds like a great deal! The books contain over 400 pages of coupons […]

Weekday Fun for Little Ones

Weekday Fun for Little Ones

This post was written by me and originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Days at home with the kids can get a little monotonous and it’s fun to break it up with some outings to entertain the kids and yourself. In my experience, early fall is a kind of “sweet spot” for outings with young kids. Older […]

Cooking up fun with Kidstir - Toddling Around Chicagoland #spon

Cooking Up Fun with Kidstir

I’m a sucker for fun mail and we got some recently – Kidstir sent us one of their monthly boxes, a hands-on kit to encourage cooking with kids and trying new foods. I opened our box and found two recipes, a binder with dividers to keep our recipes in, a shopping list, a kitchen artist […]

Fit Made Fun with LeapFrog LeapBand and CLIF Kids

Fit Made Fun with LeapFrog LeapBand and CLIF Kids

LeapFrog, maker of some of our favorite educational toys, recognizes the importance of keeping kids fit and active. To encourage kids (and remind parents) to stay active, they declared a Fit Made Fun Day this September. We participated in the Fit Made Fun Day with LeapFrog Leapbands and lots of Clif Kids protein bars to […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2014

October is all about the arrival of fall and Halloween. I’ve compiled a huge guide of Chicago Area Pumpkin Patches so you can find the one just right for your family. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I do my best to be sure the information is current, accurate information, but it’s always […]

Little Kids September - Netflix #StreamTeam - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Pizza and a Movie with Netflix Streaming

Fall is in full swing and we’re finally getting used to the new routine. We’ve got two kids on different school schedules and we’re all on different sleep schedules, so what that all adds up to is that the kids really don’t even see each other much in the mornings. When they get home from […]

Science + You Exhibit at the Kohl Children's Museum - Toddling Around Chicagoland

“Science + You” Exhibit at the Kohl Children’s Museum

This post was written by me, but originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Science + You, a traveling exhibit created at the Kohl Children’s Museum in 2011, has been on an international tour through Brazil, Germany, and the United States, but it has now returned to the home. Science + You opened at the Kohl Children’s Museum […]

White Sox Countdown to Halloween - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Countdown to Halloween with the Chicago White Sox this Weekend

Fall is officially here so it’s time to start counting down to Halloween! The Chicago White Sox are doing a Countdown to Halloween this Saturday, September 27, 2014. The game starts at 6:10 pm against the Kansas City Royals. Tickets for this event are specially priced – $34 for lower level ($10 savings), $21 for […]

Parenting Made Affordable with Parent's Choice Diapers - Toddling Around Chicagoland #BabyDiapersSavings #CollectiveBias #shop

Parenting Made Affordable with Parent’s Choice Diapers

Parenting is an expensive job. Studies have estimated that it costs over $250,000 to raise a child and that number makes my  head hurt. It’s almost hard to believe that’s true, until you shop for diapers. Ouch! Thankfully, you can save as much as $240 a year by purchasing Parent’s Choice diapers at Walmart instead […]

Chicago White Sox Family Sunday - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Family Sundays with the Chicago White Sox

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 […]

It's Not Too Late for Santa's Village AZoosment Park - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Autumn Weekends at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

  With cool weather it’s the perfect time for a trip to Santa’s Village! You might think of an amusement (or AZoosment, in this case) park as a summer activity, but Santa’s Village is open on the weekends until the end of October. That’s a lot of time for taking kids on rides you remember […]

KaBOOM! Go Out & Play Essentials Pack Review

Imagine Toys asked me if I wanted to get my kids outside to play and, of course, I said yes! They sent me a KaBOOM! Go Out and Play Essentials Pack so our family could get active. With each purchase of the KaBOOM! Go Out and Play Essentials Pack from Imagine Toys, a minimum of […]

Netflix Steam Team - Kindness is Magic - Toddling Around Chicagoland - Big Kids

Encouraging Kindness with Netflix Streaming

My kids started school a couple weeks ago and the new school year always gets me thinking about what I want my kids to learn. Of course, things like math and literacy are important, but it’s more important to me that they learn to be understanding and helpful to others. In a word, I want […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2014 - Toddling Around Chicagoland #apple #Chicago #Upick

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2014

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 […]

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Disney On Ice Presents Princesses and Heroes {Giveaway}

Disney On Ice is returning to Chicago in September with a new show: Princesses and Heroes! From September 10-14, 2014, at the United Center in Chicago, Princesses Ariel, Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel, and Tiana will come to life, along with heroes Prince Eric, Prince Philip, and Aladdin. Enter a world of wonder where heroes […]

Pinstripes - Toddling Around Chicagoland - #PintasticFun

Pinstripes

Website: Pinstripes.com Location: 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington Pinstripes also has locations in Northbrook (1150 Willow Road, Northbrook), and Oak Brook (7 Oak Brook Center Mall, Oak Brook). Phone: 847-844-9300 Hours:  Monday- Thursday – 11:30 am-11:00 pm Friday – 11:30 am-12:30 am Saturday – 10:00 am-12:30 am Sunday – 10:00 am-10:00 pm Admission: None. […]

Walgreens Get A Shot, Give A Shot - Toddling Around Chicagoland #GiveAShot #ad #CBias

Walgreens – Get A Shot, Give A Shot

  It seems like August always gets here a little sooner than we expect, doesn’t it? It’s still summer but you can feel it ending. School is coming which means back-to-school shopping and required vaccines. Of course, you planned to make that appointment for immunizations long ago, but somehow the summer slipped by. Now, the […]

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