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Weekend Activities – October 21-23

Chicago Daily through 1/8/12 – Dr. Seuss & the Art of Invention at the Museum of Science & Industry – $5/adult, $2/children 3-11 (plus general admission) Fri-Sun, 10/21-10/23 – Hallow Fest at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe – $14/member, $16/non-member; $20 parking for non-members Sat, 10/22 – Spooky Zoo Spectacular at Lincoln Park Zoo […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair Coupon & Giveaways

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is coming to Navy Pier on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20.  The Chicago Toy & Game Fair, or ChiTAG, will offer the opportunity to check out new toys and games and meet their inventors, and there will be contests, costumed characters, and stage events. There will also […]

Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey Fully Charged coming to Chicago

Ringling Bros. & Barnum Bailey is coming to Chicago! Fully Charged will be at the Allstate Arena November 3 to November 13 and at the United Center from November 16 to November 27. Amazing animal training, stuntmen performing 3 stories high, and a man rocketing through the air are just some of the performances intended […]

Kookaburra Play Cafe

Kookaburra Play Cafe – website Location: 2267 N. Clybourn Ave, Chicago Phone: 773-281-5400 Hours: Monday-Friday               9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday                             9:00 am – 12:00 pm Admission: $12 per child; $7 per sibling. Infants (non-crawlers) free with drink purchase 10-day open play pass is $100 per child and $55 per sibling. A monthly unlimited pass […]

KidGrade

If you’re a regular visitor here, you may have noticed that I added a button to the blog recently. I’ve been chosen to be an KidGrade Ambassador for 2011-2012! If you haven’t check out KidGrade yet you should; it was started by a family frustrated with the lack of information about family friendly places in […]

Weekend Activities – October 14-16

Chicago Thur, 10/13 – runs until 1/8/12 – Dr. Seuss & the Art of Invention at the Museum of Science & Industry – $5/adult, $2/children 3-11 (plus general admission) Fri, 10/14 – UniverSoul Circus at Washington Park – $12-$30/person, children under 1 free Sat, 10/15 – Families First Workshop at the Field Museum – Included […]

ScribbleMonster review and giveaway

I love music, but if you as me why I like what I like I’d probably tell you, “Um, ’cause it sounds good?” You’d ask me a follow up question like, “Why? What do you like about it?”, and I’d say, “Um, the music part? Maybe the singing, and the instruments.” My husband’s the music […]

Jonamac Orchard

Jonamac Orchard – website Location: 19412 Shabbona Road, Malta Phone: 815-825-2158 Hours: August 17-November 23, 2011 Country Store Aug 17-Oct 31 – 9:00am – 5:30pm Nov 1-Nov 23 (Wednesday-Sunday) – 9:00am – 5:00 pm Apple picking 9:00am-5:00pm while in season (the season is over for 2011; apple picking is generally available early September to mid-October.) […]

Weekend Activities – October 7-10

Chicago Fri-Sun 10/7-10/9 (runs through Oct 14) – UniverSoul Circus at Washington Park – $12-$30/person, children under 1 free Sat, 10/8 – Six Corners Halloween Treasure Hunt – FREE Sat, 10/8 – Families First Workshop at the Field Museum – Included in general admission Sat-Sun, 10/8-10/9 – Circus in the Parks at Mt. Greenwood in […]

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards

I know it’s only October, but Christmas always seems to sneak up on me. I love Christmas cards and I spend hours online searching multiple sites for just the right cards. I spend an equal amount of time trying to stage some crazy photos of my kids (which never come out the way I imagine). […]

Medieval Times

This is a guest post written by Joslyn Gould, a friend of mine from the olden days (you know, long BEFORE kids). Joslyn has two daughters, Althea, who is 3 1/2 years old, and Autumn, who is almost two. The names may seem familiar to you and I’m sure the pictures will – Joslyn, Althea, […]

Weekend Activities – September 30-October 2

Chicago Fri-Sun, 9/30-10/2 – UniverSoul Circus at Washington Park – $12 – $30/person, children under 1 free Sun, 10/2 – WTTW Kids Readers Are Leaders Summer Tour with Miss Lori at Navy Pier – FREE North suburbs Sat, 10/1 – Flying for Kids Kite Festival at Attea Middle School in Glenview – FREE ($2/kite kit) […]

Kids Science Labs

Kids Science Labs – website Location: 1500 N. Kingsbury, Chicago, IL The red line stop at North & Clybourn is a few blocks from Kids Science Labs. Phone: 312-846-1426 Hours & schedule: Monday-Saturday 9am-6pm. Sundays are reserved for birthday parties and special events, and possibly classes during the academic year. A full schedule is available […]

Plum District school fundraiser

  My kids are too young to be in school so I’m lucky to not have to deal with school fundraisers… yet. I remember overpriced sweets that my parents were guilted into selling it, felt guilty about selling to friends and family, and friends and family buying them (most likely out of guilt). I’m not […]

Weekend Activities – September 23-25

Chicago Sat, 9/24 – Building Blocks Toy Store 15th Anniversary Party – FREE Sat, 9/24 – Lincoln Square Apple Fest – FREE Sun, 9/25 – WTTW Kids Readers Are Leaders Summer Tour with Miss Lori – FREE   North suburbs Fri, 9/23 – Autumn Fest in Highland Park – FREE Sat, 9/24 – Evanston Green […]

Jump!Zone Giveaway

***This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Paula of Frosted Fingers who won a 10-kid mini party at Jump!Zone! Special thanks to Jump!Zone for offering this great prize! Jump!Zone Giveaway Did you read my previous post about Jump!Zone Bolingbrook and our experience there? If you did I know you’re going to be excited about this: […]

Jump!Zone

Jump!Zone – website Location: 490 W. North Frontage Road, Bolingbrook Phone: 630-621-9620 Hours: Hours for open play vary and can be viewed online. Currently the schedule for open play is: Sun    11am-6pm Mon  No open play Tues  10am-1pm Wed  No open play Thurs 10am-1pm Fri     10am-8pm Sat    11am-8pm There are often special […]

Weekend Activities – September 16-18

Chicago Sat, 9/17 – County Fair at Garfield Park Conservatory – $5/person; members & children 3 & under free Sat, 9/17 – FarmFest at Lincoln Park Zoo – $15/adult, $5/child 3-12, children 2 & under free Sat-Sun, 9/17-9/18 – Harvest Days at Lincoln Park Zoo – FREE Sat-Sun, 9/17-9/18 – Circus in the Parks at […]

Chicago Bucket List

We’re moving! In the next couple months we’ll be moving out of the city of Chicago. Have no fear, we’ll still be “toddling around Chicagoland”, but with a different starting point for our adventures. I’m a Chicagoan since birth and I’ll require regular trips back into the city limits, but I also feel like I […]

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 […]

Weekend Activities – September 9-11

Chicago Sat, 9/10 – Kids Science Labs Grand Opening – FREE North Suburbs Fri, 9/9 – Old-Fashioned Campfire in Highland Park – $6/person, 2 & under free, registration required Sat, 9/10 – Deerfield Community Service Day – FREE Sat, 9/10 – LEGO Club at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights – FREE Sat, 9/10 – […]

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, […]

Weekend Activities – September 2-5

Chicago 6/29-9/5 – Cirque Shanghai Extreme at Navy Pier – $15/child, $17.50 & up/adult (my post about it) FINAL WEEK! Fri, 9/2 – Singalong Story Hour with Mr. Singer at Lincoln Park Zoo – FREE   Fri-Mon, 9/2-9/5 – Taste of Polonia at Copernicus Center – $7/adult donation; children 12 & under free North suburbs […]

Garden Patch Farms

Garden Patch Farms – website Today I’m welcoming our very first guest poster, Mary Whalen! Mary is a mom with two daughters (2 1/2 and 5) and a husband of 8 years. Before her job as mommy, Mary was a technical writer and instructional designer. She now has a website for moms who live in […]

Millennium Park

 Millennium Park – website   Location: 201 E. Randolph Street, between Michigan Avenue and Columbus, Chicago Admission: Free Parking: The Millennium Garage has entrances on South Columbus between Monroe & Randolph.  $14 – Early Bird: Monday – Friday (In between 5 – 10 a.m. Out by 7 p.m.)$19 – 0 – 3 hours$21 – 3 […]

Weekend Activities – August 26-28

Chicago 6/29-9/5 – Cirque Shanghai Extreme at Navy Pier – $15/child, $17.50 & up/adult (my post about it) Sun, 8/28 – WTTW Kids Readers Are Leaders Summer Tour with Miss Lori at Aldi on Pulaski & Argyle – FREE Sun, 8/28 – Summer Storytime with Blackbird Puppets at The Open Books Store – FREE North […]

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

Comic Con Family Day – website   I posted some information about Comic Con before we attended; this is my follow up with more information and our experience. Comic Con is gone from Chicago for this year, but will be in mid-Ohio, Austin, New Orleans, Toronto, the Big Apple, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. Dates can […]

Family Fun Festival at Millennium Park

Family Fun Festival at Millennium Park – website This post is a bit late – this is the final week of the Family Fun Festival. The Family Fun Festival goes on all summer and it’s been on my list of “Things to do right now!” since it started in June, but somehow it’s suddenly August. […]

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