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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 […]

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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 […]

Holiday Festivals

Chicago has some great holiday festivals! Most of these run for several days or even all month so there’s plenty of time to visit. You can also see my previous posts in this series, Holiday Lights, Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa), and Holiday Performances. Later today I’ll be posting about Holiday Family Fun. Holiday Festivals 14. Celebrate the Season […]

Holiday Performances

Here’s post #3: Holiday Performances! You can also see my previous posts, Holiday Lights and Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa). Over the next 2 days I’ll also be posting about Festivals and Family Fun. Holiday Performances 11. It’s Christmas Charlie Brown! at the Wilmette Theater When: December 5-14 Where: Wilmette Theater Cost: $18 12. A Christmas Story […]

Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa)

Here’s the second installment of  24 Christmasy activities. Yesterday I posted about Holiday Lights, and today is Holiday Meals with Santa. Stop by over the next three days for Performances, Festivals, and Family Fun. Holiday Meals with Santa 5. Breakfast with Santa and Sue at the Field Museum – Buffet breakfast and photos with Santa and Sue. Tickets include […]

24 Days of Christmasy Activities

Holiday Lights

Christmas will be here sooner than you think, so now is the time to enjoy all the seasonal events Chicago and the surrounding suburbs have to offer. I’ll be posting 24 Christmasy activities (plus maybe a few bonus ones!) over five days. Enjoy these holiday light events, and visit over the next four days for […]

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Hallmark Northpole Inspires New Holiday Traditions

I love Christmas. Who doesn’t? I love Christmas songs, shopping for gifts, and all the traditions that come with Christmas – trimming the tree, baking cookies, seeing lights, etc. Hallmark and #CollectiveBias stepped in and inspired me to try a brand new tradition this year. Hallmark is offering a huge selection of Northpole Fun holiday items […]

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Celebrating Friendship with Netflix Streaming

Thanksgiving is always a great reminder to be thankful for all the wonderful things we have, and right near the top of my list are all of the wonderful friends we have. Netflix Streaming has some really fun movies and shows that celebrate friendship. I try to be careful about how much tv my children watch, […]

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Released

I know a lot of people have been anxiously awaiting the new Star Wars movie! It comes out in December 2015 and here’s the official teaser for it: What do you think?

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Giveaway – Tickets to The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition and I’ve got a chance to give you tickets to see it! Presented by: The Ruth Page Civic Ballet Where: Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago When: Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Cost: $25 for […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2014

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2014

Real or artificial? It’s an ongoing debate this time of the year. Part of the fun of having a real tree is the journey to get it, so here are places in there area where you can choose and cut your own tree! All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, it’s best […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2014 Giveaway #2

Information and tickets have been provided by The Chicago Toy & Game Fair.  It’s another chance to win a family pass to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair! Below is some information about ChiTAG: Come out and play at the 12th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), arriving in the Windy City on Saturday, November, […]

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Motorola Video Baby Monitor Review

Campbell’s almost two years old, but that doesn’t mean he’s too big for a baby monitor. We got the Motorola MBP36S video baby monitor. I love being able to keep an eye on him and know that he’s safe and sound while he’s sleeping so I can relax. When Cooper and Dexter were babies I […]

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. […]

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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 […]