• Throwback Family Time with Netflix Streaming
  • Volunteer Opportunity at Lurie Children’s Hospital
  • Fourth of July Parades and Fireworks – 2015
  • Meatheads Voracious Readers Program & Giveaway
  • Free Chicago Museum Days – Summer 2015 {and Free Printable Calendar}
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iFLY-Kohl Playdate – Register Now!

The Kohl Children’s Museum and iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Rosemont are teaming up for a very special playdate and you’re invited! Everyone who attends will enjoy food, drinks, and a hands-on project to learn about aerodynamics, before getting a chance to fly! You’ll even get to take home a video of your flight. Space is limited, […]

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Reinventing Yourself with Netflix

  If there’s one thing that parenthood has taught me, it’s that sometimes you have to break out of your comfort zone. Part of it is because parenting changes you. I’m shy, and usually pretty quiet, and agreeable, but sometimes when I’m trying to protect or help my kids, Mama Bear comes out. For a […]

Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance! Giveaway

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! Giveaway & Discount Code

Elmo’s got the moves. Have you got the moves? Get up and get moving with Elmo, Abby Cadabby and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends when Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” visits the Sears Centre Arena from Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19. Tickets for all seven performances are on sale Friday, Oct. 24. Hosted […]

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Free Chicago Museum Days – Spring 2015

  Click here to check out the updated Summer 2015 Free Chicago Museum Days Chicago has some amazing museums, but it can be expensive to visit with the whole family. Fortunately, a lot of the Chicago area institutions offer free or discounted admission on certain days. Whether you’re looking to ponder internationally famous art work, […]

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Chicago Wolves Peanut Allergy Awareness Day 2015

A Chicago Wolves hockey game is a great afternoon or evening of family fun, and this month, for the fourth year, they’re holding a Peanut Allergy Awareness Day. During the Sunday, March 29 game against the Iowa Wild, the entire arena will be nut-free. Those with peanut allergies and their family and friends can reserve […]

#MuseumWeek 2015

#MuseumWeek 2015

#MuseumWeek is a brand new event this year where museums from all over the world will be celebrating culture on Twitter Monday, March 23 through Sunday, March 29. Learn about your favorite museums, whether they’re local or international, and join in the conversation. Each day of the week will have a different topic: Monday, March 23 […]

Easter Egg Hunts 2015

Easter Eggs Hunts 2015

Although it seemed like it would never arrive, Spring is here (well, almost!) and Easter is approaching. Grab some baskets (and maybe swimsuits or flashlights) and search for some colorful Easter eggs. These are just some of the hunts in Chicago and the suburbs. Have a favorite one that’s not listed? Let me know and […]

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide 2015

Easter Bunny Guide 2015

Easter is just a few weeks away and it’s the perfect time to get some photos of the kids with a fluffy Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations for photos before he hops away on April 5. If you’re a family with a child with special needs, scroll to […]

5 Tips for Preparing for Spring Break #MarchIntoSavings #cbias #shop

5 Tips for Preparing for Spring Break with Walmart Unlimited Talk, Text, and Data Plans

It was starting to feel like summer would never return, but with the snow melting, temperatures inching up, and the snow coming out, I can feel it coming. With spring comes spring break; kind of a little practice run for summer. It’s the perfect time to #MarchIntoSavings with Walmart Family Mobile and I’m excited to tell you […]

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and I Are Catching Up on the Present

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has arrived on Netflix. If you haven’t heard of it, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is a Netflix Original show starring Ellie Kemper (The Office), Jane Krakowski (from 30 Rock), and Tituss Burgess (30 Rock). Ellie plays Kimmy, a women rescued from an underground bunker where she lived for 15 years with three other […]

Reaching New Heights with iFly

Reaching New Heights at iFly

We went indoor skydiving! I never, ever, EVER would have imagined myself doing anything even slightly related to skydiving, but I did, and I brought my 5-year-old to do it with me! Here are the important details about iFly Chicago, and if you scroll down you can read all about our experience. Location: There are […]

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss! The Toddling family loves Dr. Seuss, and today is his birthday. If you’re looking to celebrate you could: Read some Dr. Seuss book (Oh, The Places You’ll Go! and Horton Hears a Who are favorites of ours) Watch a Seuss movie: How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who, or […]

Choose Your Own Destiny with Inspiration from Netflix #StreamTeam

Create Your Own Destiny with Inspiration from Netflix

Sometimes watching shows and movies is just relaxing, but I love when a tv show or movie inspires me or my kids to get up and do something or try something new. One of the shows we love to watch as a family is Chopped. If you’re not familiar with it, Chopped is a reality […]

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Chicago Family Palooza 2015 Giveaway

Chicago Family Palooza is coming back again and I’ve got tickets to give away! Saturday AND Sunday, February 28+March 1, 2015 Chicago Family Palooza presents a 51,000 Square Feet “playground” with attractions, rides, and fun! Chicago Family Palooza is proud to be the solution to that every day winter dilemma for Chicagoland families of “what can […]

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2015

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2015

It’s cold and dreary and it’s hard to keep kids busy in the winter. Luckily, a few area theatres offer special family movie deals to help beat the winter blues. Marcus Theatres – Kids Dream Winter Film Series Admission is only $2 for this series and movies play at 10:00 am on Friday, Saturday, and […]

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It’s Streaming Cats and Dogs on Netflix

John has been pestering me to get a dog lately. Something about kids needing a dog. I agree, I guess. I’ll admit, I miss having a dog greet us when we get home, and cuddle with us when we’re watching tv or sleeping, or playing with the kids. A dog isn’t very practical for us, […]

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Disney On Ice Presents Frozen – Urgent Scheduling Update!

Disney On Ice presents Frozen at Chicago United Center: 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Shows To Go On as Scheduled; 7 p.m. Show Cancelled; Ticket Exchanges Offered for Ticketholders Unable to Attend WHO: Patrons holding tickets to today’s performances of Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt at the Chicago United Center WHAT: Due to […]

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Moochie Kalala Detectives Club Investigates with Chicago Scientists

I’m a little late with this news, but better late than never, right? WTTW Kids has a new show called Moochie Kalala Detectives Club and this is a fantastic show for Chicago kids! Two kid detectives investigate the scientific truth behind their grandfather’s stories by visiting local museums and talking to Chicago scientists. Moochie Kalala […]

AvaStars Review & Giveaway

AvaStars Review and Giveaway

Have you heard of AvaStars? I hadn’t until recently. We were invited to try out the AvaStars experience and I have to admit – I was really curious! AvaStars recently opened a location in Oak Brook. They offer an entertainment experience as well as personalized dolls. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but the […]

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More Monster Jam

  Monster Jam is returning to Rosemont next month. Here are all the details you need, a discount code to save on your tickets, and a giveaway! The widely popular Monster Jam® tour is heading to Rosemont at the Allstate Arena February 5-8, 2015 for an explosive new points-paying endurance showdown, featuring more of what […]

Legoland Discovery Center Launches Creative Crew Contest

The whole Toddling crew loves LEGOs and we’re big fans of the Legoland Discovery Center. Right now, Legoland is searching for a Creative Crew and this sounds like a fun contest! My 7-year-old can’t wait to enter. Here’s the information so your child can try to become part of the Legoland Discovery Center’s Creative Crew, […]

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Pennzoil and Walmart Keep My Dirty Car Clean

It’s been winter for at least 20 months now (or at least that’s what it feels like!) and my car is perpetually dirty. It’s covered in dirt and salt and is generally gross, but it’s too cold to wash it as often as I’d like. While it may not be pretty, the important thing is […]

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Puppets! An Interactive Installation at The Art Institute of Chicago for All the Family

Today I’m welcoming Georgina from Craftulate who is sharing her experience at the new Puppets! exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Georgina is a British mom living in the U.S. and she’s an amazing crafter. She writes about craft projects for kids as well as activities like pretend play, fine motor activities, and sensory activities. […]

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Spreading Kindness During Cold and Flu Season with Boogie Wipes and Spin Kindness

It’s flu season. It feels like it’s been flu season for at least 12 months, but I guess it hasn’t been that long really. Sickness caught us very early in the season – right before Thanksgiving. First my oldest son, who really hardly ever gets sick, got a high fever. He had to miss one […]

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Countdown with King Julien

I can’t believe it, but we’ve arrived at the end of 2014. 2014 was a pretty good year for us, and I’m looking forward to having a wonderful year in 2015 too! We’ve always done pretty low-key New Year’s Eve celebrations, even before we became parents. Now that we have kids, we love to include […]

New Year's Eve Events for Families 2014

Chicago New Year’s Eve Events for Families

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2014. Ringing in the new year is exciting, but it’s hard for kids to make it to midnight. Celebrate with the whole family at one of these family friendly New Year’s Eve (or “Noon” Year’s Eve) events. Pre-New Year’s Eve Pre-New Year’s Eve Party, Little Beans Play Cafe, […]

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Disney Planes to the Rescue – DIY Runway Tutorial

Christmas is nearly here! Are you done shopping? It seems like I always need a few extra gifts in the last few days before Christmas. Luckily, Walmart has Disney Planes toys on Rollback right now! Disney #PlanesToTheRescue! (And thanks for #CollectiveBias for this opportunity!) The prices of these Disney Planes toys have been rolled back […]

5 spots for outdoor ice skating

5 Spots for Outdoor Ice Skating

This article was previously published on MommyNearest.com. As the temps begin to dip you might feel like it’s time to hibernate, but sometimes you need to bundle up and head out to to embrace the winter wonderland. Brighten up your winter with rosy cheeks and smiles at these outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago and […]

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Family Movie Night with AMC Theatres and Coca-Cola Freestyle #AMCandCocaColaFreestyle

It’s been quite a while since we’ve been to a theatre for a family movie night so we decided it was time to take the kids to a movie. We originally planned to go together as a family, but finally decided Campbell, being a toddler, would probably enjoy spending some quality time with Grandma and […]

Holiday Family Fun

Here’s the final installment – activities 20 through 24, plus some bonuses. You can also see my previous posts in this series, Holiday Lights, Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa), Holiday Performances, and Holiday Festivals. Holiday Fun 20. CTA Holiday Train – Specially decorated and lit 6-car train with Santa and elves delivering candy canes to passengers. When: November 28 through […]