• Chicago Baby Show Ticket Giveaway
  • Pheasant Run Family Fun Package Giveaway
  • Modern Map Art Review
  • Overnight Getaway – Summer Splash Getaway at Pheasant Run Resort
  • Origami in the Garden at the Morton Arboretum through October 22, 2017

Avon Giveaway & special offer

***This giveaway has ended! Congratulations to our winner:  Melanie said… 70 Avon Kids Bath Time Body Paints! April 16, 2011 9:35 AM   Thanks to all who entered and a special thanks to Joslyn for this great Avon giveaway! Avon Giveaway & Special Offer My friend Joslyn is an Avon Representative and she’s offering a […]

Weekend activities – April 8-10

It’s Thursday, which means I’m getting anxious for the weekend and trying to plan what kind of adventures we’ll have and I thought I’d share a few of the interesting things I’ve found: Chicago Sat, 4/9 – Family Day at the Museum of Contemporary Art – FREE Sun, 4/10 – In the Park with Civic […]

Winner – Kid’s Activity Pack

I used Random.org to choose a winner from all the comments on the Kid’s Activity Pack Giveaway post and the random number chosen was 24. And the winner is: starlightearssaid… GFC follower! Sindy April 6, 2011 8:40 AM Congratulations to Sindy! She won a Kid’s Activity Pack from Extra Baggage Boutique on Etsy.

Jumbo Recycled Crayons Giveaway

 *** Giveaway has ended!  We have a winner of the 2 Jumbo Recycled Crayons from GrammiesKidz on Etsy! And the winner is… SETexasMama said… I like you on FB Dana W April 15, 2011 2:52 PM Congratulations to Dana and thanks to all who entered! A special thanks to GranniesKidz for the giveaway! One lucky […]

The Original Rainbow Cone

The Original Rainbow Cone – website Location: 9233 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60643 Phone: 773-238-7075 Hours: Rainbow Cone is open March – November. Hours for April 2011: Sunday – Thursday Noon – 7 pm Friday – Saturday Noon – 8 pm Hours get longer as the weather gets warmer so check out the website […]

Kid’s Activity Pack Giveaway

*** Giveaway has ended! Thanks to everyone who participated & special thanks to Extra Baggage Boutique! Rachael at Extra Baggage Boutique on Etsy recently sent metwo kid’s activity packs – one for me to try and one to give away to a lucky reader! The activity pack is very well made and Rachael uses really […]

Cosley Zoo

Cosley Zoo – website Location: 1356 N. Gary Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187 Phone: 630-665-5534 Hours: Cosley Zoo is open year-round, but closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. January-March: Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April-October: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. November: Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. After Thanksgiving-December 23: Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. December 26-30: Daily, […]

Winner – Boo Boo All Better

I used Random.org to choose a winner from all the comments on theBoo Boo All Better post and the random number chosen was 47. And the winner is: Taleah said… I follow on GFC March 27, 2011 6:55 PM Congratulations to Taleah! Taleah won Boo Boo All Better from Artsy Fartsy Mommy on Etsy.

Boo Boo All Better giveaway & a special offer

GIVEAWAY – Boo Boo All Better from Artsy Fartsy Mommy!*** Giveaway has ended! Thanks to everyone who participated & special thanks to Artsy Fartsy Mommy! Another giveaway! I’m excited – how about you? Marla from Artsy Fartsy Mommy on Etsy is offering a Boo Boo All Better from her shop for the winner. What is […]

Waterfall Glen

Waterfall Glen – website Location: Darien, IL. The parking lot at Bluff Road and Cass Ave is about a half a mile from the waterfall. Phone: 630-933-7200 Parking: Free. Bathrooms: It’s a forest preserve so they’re pretty rustic. There was a port-a-potty near the parking lot. No changing tables. Handicapped/stroller accessibility: Not so much. It’s […]

Winner – 4 free passes to Legoland Discovery Center

I used Random.org to choose a winner from all the comments on the Legoland post, and the random number chosen was 41. And the winner is: Samanthasaid… Blogged on my blog about your awesome giveaway http://www.thepeanutsgang.com/2011/03/legoland-giveaway.html March 16, 2011 4:28 AM Congratulations to Samantha! Samantha won 4 free passes to Legoland Discovery Center. I know […]

All Aboard Diner

All Aboard Diner – website All Aboard Diner is a train themed restaurant where food is delivered to your seat at the counter by train (tables are also available, but without train delivery). There is also a large train set at the front of the restaurant with buttons so kids can control sounds and moving […]

Legoland Discovery Center & Giveaway!

Legoland Discovery Center – website *** The giveaway for Legoland passes is now over. Keep watching the blog, because we may have more in the future! Location: Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173 Phone: 847-592-9700 Hours: Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Saturday & Sunday 10:00 pm – 7:00 […]

St. Patrick’s Waterfall Dyeing at Lake Katherine

Location: Lake Katherine, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL 60463 Phone: 708-361-1873 Hours: St. Patrick’s Day – Thursday, March 17, 2011 The dyeing of the waterfall will be at 12 noon and again at 4:00 pm. At 3:45 there will be a treasure hunt through the secret garden and an Irish snack for $5.00 […]

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory – website Location: 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60624 Phone: 312-746-5100 Hours:Open everyday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 8:00 pm *** The Conservatory will be closed Monday, March 7, 2011 for a mandatory Chicago Park District shut down day to balance the budget. Admission: Free! There […]

Chagall for Children – DuPage Children’s Museum

Chagall for Children presented by the DuPage Children’s Museumthrough April 20, 2011 Please see my previous postabout the DuPage Children’s Museum for detailed information about location, admission, and amenities. There is no additional cost for this exhibit.This exhibit allows kids to interact with art and experience it using different senses. Each of the fourteen pieces […]

DuPage Children’s Museum

DuPage Children’s Museum – website Location: 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60540 If you’re taking public transportation, the Metra station is across the parking lot from the museum; take the Metra BSNF Aurora line to the DCM stop. Phone: 630-637-8000 Hours: Monday 9am – 1pm Thursday 9am – 4pm (open until 8pm every 3rd […]

Special offer for my readers!

My friend Joslyn has extended a special discount to my blog followers! From now through March 9th, receive 20% off any orders you place through Joslyn’s Avon site. This is a great opportunity to stock up on Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Sunscreen Lotion, your favorite Avon beauty products, bubble bath for the kids, […]

Association of Children’s Museums memberships

Considering a membership to one of the children’s museums? I strongly recommend it! The Association of Children’s Museums has a reciprocal program that allows you to visit any of 165 children’s museums nationwide. Each museums has it’s own membership benefits, so it can be difficult to choose which one to join. Below I’ve listed each […]


Chic-A-Go-Go – website Chic-A-Go-Go is a Chicago Cable Access dance show for kids of all ages. It’s hosted by Ratso (a puppet) and Miss Mia, and there are live performers, lots of music, and lots of dancing. Tapings are open to the public and require no tickets – just show up ready to dance. Location: […]

Big Monster Door

Big Monster Door ** This is really just a photo opportunity, but it was fun. This huge “door” is at Big Monster Toys, which is a toy design firm. Location: 21 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60607 Days/hours: Any Admission: Free! Parking: Street parking We paid: Nothing! Our experience: The kids really loved it. Cooper […]

The Chicago Auto Show

Chicago Auto Show – website Location: McCormick Place, Lake Shore Drive at 23th Street, Chicago, IL 60616 Days/Hours: Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 20, 2011 Open 10am – 10pm everyday (with box office closing at 9pm), except Sunday, February 20, when it closes at 8pm. Admission: $11 for adults, $7 for people 62 and […]

Birthday freebies for kids

Who doesn’t love free stuff? Here are some birthday freebies for kids: Baker’s Square – free slice of pie Baskin-Robbins – free scoop & coupon for $3 off an ice cream cake Ben & Jerry’s – free ice cream Betty Crocker – ecard & email coupon for a cake decorating item Blue Bell Boston Market […]

Kohl Children’s Museum

Kohl Children’s Museum – website Location: 2100 Patriot Boulevard, Glenview, IL 60026 Phone: 847-832-6600 Hours: Monday 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. June – Aug.) Tues. – Sat. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday 12 – 5 p.m. Members Only 9 – 9:30 a.m. (Mon. – Sat.) Admission: $8.50 for children […]

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn – website Location: 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453 The Oak Lawn Metra train station is located on the block next to the museum. Phone: 708-423-6709 Hours: Monday Closed Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 am – 9:30 am (members) 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Thursday evenings (2nd & 4th) 5:00 […]


Welcome to Toddling Around Chicagoland! I’m a stay-at-home mom to two boys, who are currently 1- and 3-years-old. I like to stay active and busy so I try to get out of the house every day with the kids, even if it’s just to the grocery store, and I like to do something really fun […]

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