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Weekend Activities – June 30-July 4

Chicago 6/13-8/21 – Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park – FREE Fri-Sun, 6/24-7/3 – Taste of Chicago at Grant Park – FREE Sat, 7/2 & Mon, 7/4 – Fireworks at Navy Pier – FREE North Suburbs Wed-Sun, 6/29-7/3; Tues-Sun, 7/5-7/10 – Milwaukee Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI – $8-15/person, $3/seniors & under 10; under 2 free […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park – website Location: 601 E. Dundee Avenue, East Dundee Phone: 847-426-6751 Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm Saturday, Sunday, & holidays, 11am – 7pm Park closed October 30-November 24 Admission: $16.50/person, ages 3 & up; children 2 & under are free. There is an online coupon for $2 off admission […]

OVO Preview

We recently had a chance to see a very short preview of OVO by Cirque du Soleil, which included a diabolo (juggling a spool on a string) performance and a meet-and-greet with two of the creatively costumed characters. My kids were fascinated by the diabolo performance and the characters, but got a little shy when […]

Little Red Schoolhouse

Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center – website Location: 9800 Willow Springs Road, Willow Springs Phone: 708-839-6897  Hours: March 1-last Saturday in October     8:00am – 5:00pmLast Sunday in October-Feb 28        8:00am – 4:00pm Exhibit buildings open at 9:00 am daily (CLOSED FRIDAYS) and may close up to 1/2 hour before grounds. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, […]

Weekend Activities – June 24-26

Chicago 6/13-8/21 – Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park – FREE Fri, 6/24 – Movies in the Park – Shrek Forever After at Pulaski Park – FREE Fri-Sun, 6/24-7/3 – Taste of Chicago at Grant Park – FREE Sat. 6/25 – Chic-A-Go-Go taping at Chicago Access Network Studio – FREE Sat-Sun, 6/25-6/26 – Green Music […]

People’s Choice Family Fun Center

The People’s Choice Family Fun Center – website Location: 2411 Grand Ave, Waukegan Phone: 847-336-5700 Hours:  Sun – Thur    Noon-10pm Fri-Sat         11am – 11pm Mini golf open Noon-9pm daily. Open 365 days a year.  Parking: There is a large parking lot. Bathrooms: There are public bathrooms. There are no changing […]

Weekend Activities – June 17 – 19

Chicago Sat, 6/18 – Wicker Park Children’s Carnival – FREE Sat, 6/18 – Read With Me! at Touhy-Herbert Park – FREE Sat-Sun, 6/18-6/19 – Six Corners BBQ Fest on Milwaukee – $5 donation requested North Suburbs Sat, 6/18 – Movie in the Park – How to Train Your Dragon at Sunset Woods Park in Highland […]

AMF Bowling

AMF Summer Unplugged – bowling Bowling is a great way to get your kids out of the house and active for the summer. From May 30 to September 5, 2011, AMF is offering FREE bowling to kids under the age of 16. Register your children on the AMF site and each week they will email you […]

Tates Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop

Tates Old Fashioned Ice Cream Shop – Facebook page Location: 25 S. Ashland, LaGrange Phone: 708-352-4848 Hours: 11am – 10pm  Monday – Saturday           11am – 9pm    Sunday Parking: There is street parking available. Bathrooms: No bathrooms. Handicapped/stroller accessibility: The shop is accessible. During the time we were there a woman came in with a stroller […]

Weekend Activities – June 10 – 12

Chicago Fri-Sun, 6/10-6/12 – RibFest – $5 donation requested Sat-Sun, 6/11-6/12 – Andersonville Midsommarfest – $5 donation requested North Suburbs Fri, 6/10 – Summer Reading Club Kick-Off Ice Cream Social at Golf Mill Shopping Center in Niles – FREE Fri, 6/10 – Picnic in the Park at North School Park in Arlington Heights – FREE […]

Dealavue.com – Giveaway & special offer

*** This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to MELISSA! Thanks to all who entered & a special thanks to DEALAVUE! Giveaway and Special Offer I’m a huge fan of deal sites. As you may have noticed in previous posts, I often use deal sites to do the activities I post about. Recently, Dealavue contacted me and […]

Weekend Activities – June 3-5

Chicago Fri-Sun, 6/3-6/5 – Chicago Eastside Millennium Art Festival – FREE Sat, 6/4 – June Jam at Roscoe Village – $5 donation Sat-Sun, 6/4-6/5 – Do-Division Street Fest on Division between Ashland and Leavitt – $5 donation Sat-Sun, 6/4-6/5 – Printer’s Row Lit Fest – FREE Sat-Sun, 6/4-6/5 – 57th Street Art Fair in Hyde […]

Dot and Ziggy giveaway & discount code

***This giveaway has ended. Thanks to all who entered and a special thanks to the Chicago Children’s Theatre. Congratulations to winner Samantha! Win 2 tickets to see Dot and Ziggy this Friday at noon! A few weeks ago we saw a Chicago Children’s Theater production, Dot and Ziggy, an interactive show geared toward babies and […]

Jelly Belly Visitor Center

Jelly Belly Visitor Center – website Location: 10100 Jelly Belly Lane, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 (only 12 miles from Gurnee, IL!) Phone: 866-TOUR-JBC Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm daily; tours 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Closed New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. On the second Saturday in December, Christmas Eve, and New […]

The Plush Horse

The Plush Horse – website  Location: 12301 South 86th Avenue Palos Park, IL 60464 Phone: 708-448-0550 Hours: Monday – Thursday    8:00 am – 9:00 pmFriday – Saturday       8:00 am – 9:30 pmSunday                     11:00 am – 9:00 pmThese are Spring hours and will likely be different for other seasons. Prices: A pony cone is available for just […]

Weekend Activities – May 27-30

Multiple Locations Memorial Day parades Chicago Fri, 5/27 – Chicago beaches open – FREE Sat, 5/28 – Taping of Chic-A-Go-Go at Chicago Access Network Studios – FREE Sat, 5/28 – Fireworks at Navy Pier – FREE Sat, 5/28 – Memorial Day Parade at State and Lake – FREE Sat-Sun, 5/28-29 – Randolph Street Market Season […]

Windy City Rollers

Windy City Rollers – website   As much as I love the zoo and children’s museums, I love to shake it up a little sometimes and try something new with the kids. I’ve had a bit of a fascination with roller derby for a while (who doesn’t love the idea of getting a little aggression […]

Weekend Activities – May 20-22

Chicago Fri, 5/20 – The Redmoon Youth Spectacle at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – $10 adults, $3 kids; $25 family Sat, 5/21 – Family Adventure Day at Northerly Island – FREE Sat-Sun, 5/21-22 – Chill and Grill Festival at Lincoln Park – FREE; cost for food Sun, 5/22 – Multilingual Chicago Language Fair – […]

Dot & Ziggy

Dot & Ziggy – website   About Dot and Ziggy: Dot and Ziggy is theater for babies and toddlers, ideally 6 months to 4 years. Children sit with their parents on the floor and watch while Dot and Ziggy discover their differences (one likes up, one likes down; one flies, one ones; one likes things […]

Giveaway – Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

*** This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners: Dawn, Danceddd, and Melody! Thanks to all who entered and a special thanks to Santa’s Village AZoosment Park!  SEE MY UPDATED POST INCLUDING OUR EXPERIENCE! Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Giveaway *** This post was previously posted on Wednesday, May 9, but because of problems with […]


I posted a giveaway for Santa’s Village AZoosment Park, but Blogger has been having some problems over the past couple days. I’m so sorry for any inconvenience, but Blogger reports that they’re working on restoring the missing posts and comments, so the giveaway will be posted again soon. Sorry for any inconvenience and thanks for […]

Weekend Activities – May 13-15

Chicago Fri, 5/13 – In the Park with Civic at Harrison Park – FREE (recommended for children 5 & up) Fri, 5/13 – Star Party at American Science & Surplus – FREE Fri-Sat, 5/13-5/14 – CircEsteem at Francis Parker School – $11-16 Fri-Sat, 5/13-5/14 – Remembering: A Chicago Crossroad Festival – $5/person; 3 & under […]


Letterboxing  Letterboxing is like a treasure hunt and it’s a great activity to do with kids. Letterboxers hide small boxes, generally outdoors, containing a rubber stamp or hand-carved stamp and a logbook. The people who plant the boxes leave clues online so others can find the boxes. When a box is found, the finder stamps […]

Weekend Activities – May 6-8

Chicago Sat, 5/7 – Mayor Daley’s Kids & Kites Festival at Montrose Harbor in Lincoln Park – FREE North Suburbs Fri, 5/6 – Chicago Botanical Garden in Glencoe – FREE with coupon Sat, 5/7 – Fun & Flowers at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights – FREE Sat, 5/7 – Big Trucks at Family Aquatic […]

Giveaway – Cosley Zoo Passes

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner – Samantha! Samantha said… 9 Shared on Facebook! May 6, 2011 4:03 AM Thanks to all who entered & a special thanks to Cosley Zoo for the free passes! *************************** If you’ve been to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, or read my previous post about Cosley Zoo, […]

Weekend Activities – April 29 – May 1

Chicago Sat, 4/30 – Green & Growing Fair at the Garfield Park Conservatory – FREE Sat, 4/30 – Arbor Day Celebration at Jackson Park – FREE Sat, 4/30 – Super Family Dance Party at Eugene Field Park – $1 Sat, 4/30 – Kids in the Square in Lincoln Square – FREE Sun, 5/1 – Cinco […]


FireZone – website Location: 1100 National Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173 Phone: 847-824-3473 Hours: Vary. Check their website for weekly drop-in hours. Drop-in activities are for 1 hour only and are limited to only 40 children. Admission: $9 per child. Adults and children under 2 are free. Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. […]

Great Deal on DuPage Children’s Museum Admission

Groupon is offering admission to the DuPage Children’s Museum for only $4. This deal will be available today, April 23 and tomorrow, April 24, and doesn’t expire until October. Be sure to check out my previous post about the DuPage Children’s Museum.

Weekend Activites – April 22-24

Multiple locations Sat, 4/23 – The Great Cloth Diaper Change – FREE Chicago Fri-Sun, 4/22-24 – Easter and Earth Day events at multiple parks – FREE-$12 Sat, 4/23 – Earth Day at the North Pond Nature Sanctuary in Lincoln Park – FREE Sat, 4/23 – Stewardship Day Adopt-A-Beach at South Shore Cultural Center – FREE […]

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art – website Location: 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: 312-280-2660 Hours: Monday                                     ClosedTuesday                                     10:00 am – 8:00 pmWednesday – Sunday                 10:00 am – 5:00 pmClosed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day Admission: $12 (suggested admission), $7 for senior citizens and students with IDChildren 12 and under, members of the […]

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