Giveaway – The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to Chicago

You may have heard – especially if you have “liked” the Toddling Around Chicagoland Facebook Page – but my book was published! The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide to Chicago was published by Reedy Press and released in May 2017. I announced it here before, and I’ve had a couple posts about it, but I realized […]

Chicago Free Museum Days – Summer 2017

The end of the school year is RIGHT around the corner. Filling the summer with family time, fun, and educational experiences is easy in an amazing city like Chicago, but it’s NOT always easy on the wallet. Thankfully, there are plenty of attractions that are free every day, and many that offer free or discounted […]

Big Changes at the Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium, one of the most popular and most visited attractions in Chicago, recently announced a new mission. Their new mission is: “Sparking compassion, curiosity and conservation for the aquatic animal world.” In an effort to increase access to the exhibits, experts, and animals, and to streamline and simplify ticketing, the Shedd is changing […]

Wild Garden Food Truck Tour

I have a quick good deed you can do right now: go click “like” on the Wild Garden Foods Facebook page and someone will get a free meal! Wild Garden® Foods will  be touring Chicago for four days, May 15 through May 18, making stops to share their love of Mediterranean food with free meals for […]

Buckingham Fountain to be Switched on Today

Looking for a free family activity for today? Visit the Buckingham Fountain for the #SwitchOnSummer2017 event. When: May 6th, 2017 from 4:00-7:00pm The fountain will be switched on at 6:00 p.m. Where: Buckingham Fountain, 301 S Columbus Dr., Chicago, Il. 60605 The Chicago Park District and ComEd are celebrating Summer’s arrival and the 90th birthday of the Buckingham Fountain […]

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Comes to the Chicago Children’s Theatre (with a book signing!)

Every kid I know (as well as most of the parents I know) loves Eric Carle stories. In our house, The Very Hungry Caterpillar was a particularly well-read book. This weekend marks the opening of Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories with the Chicago Children’s Theatre. The show, which is produced by the […]

Pinocchio and Book Signing at the Chicago Children’s Theatre

It’s no secret that the Chicago Children’s Theatre is one of my favorite places in Chicago. We’ve seen a variety of shows there and they never, ever disappoint. The shows are amazing! The Chicago Children’s Theatre is the perfect example of why I started this blog, and why I wrote The Ultimate Kids’ Adventure Guide […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Fall 2016

  Summer is sliding away and it’ll be fall (officially) very soon. Spend your fall exploring Chicago attractions for free! Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events. Adler Planetarium – September 12-16, October 10, November 11, December 3-9. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool– […]

Illinois Bucket List

Illinois Bucket List Illinois is more than just Chicago and the Bears. Though we love them both, it’s nice to branch out and visit the rest of our great state sometimes. Join us on our adventure as we work our way through this Illinois Bucket List. Typical Spots I wouldn’t usually include the typical spots […]

Corner Bakery Cafe – Review and Giveaway

Recently the boys and I had a busy day with a lot of time spent in the car. We were all getting a little hungry (okay, maybe even hangry), but I wanted something healthier and tastier than drive-thru fare, so we popped into the Corner Bakery in Oak Lawn. Corner Bakery has a huge selection of […]

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2016

Going to the movies is always a special treat and it’s perfect no matter what the weather is like. Get ready for some popcorn and enjoy a family movie together at a great price because these theaters have winter movie specials:   Marcus Theatres – Kids Dream Winter Film Series Admission is only $3 for […]

Children’s Theatre – Winter 2016

Theater isn’t just for adults! Our city has a great theater history and plenty of shows for all ages. As Chicago Theater Week approaches (February 11-21, 2016), there’s no better time to check out plays and performances for the family. Presented by the Winnetka Children’s Hour at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, Chicago: […]

Free Kids February Returns to MSI

Exciting news from the Museum of Science & Industry:  WHAT: From February 1 through February 29, 2016 the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago is offering FREE MUSEUM ENTRY to kids ages 3-11. (Two free kids’ tickets permitted per voucher with the purchase of one paying adult.) This is a perfect time to escape the […]

4 Fun Chicago Museum Sleepovers – Winter 2016

An overnight is a great way to see some of your favorite museums in a totally new way. Move right in – you’ll feel like you own the place as you explore after hours and set up camp near your favorite exhibits. Looking for a group overnight? You’ll be a hero to the kids in […]

Museum of Science & Industry’s 2016 Black Creativity Programming Kicks Off January 18

The Museum of Science and Industry sent me some information about upcoming programming: The Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago will kick off its annual Black Creativity program with a Family Day on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—Monday, January 18, 2016. This annual program brings together students, families, teachers and the public to explore the […]

Free Museum Days – Winter 2016

New year, new chance to explore the city! Winter is a great time to visit Chicago museums because there aren’t the same crowds as in the summer and lots of them offer more free days during the winter months. Add these dates to your calendar and plan some family outings! Most free days only apply […]

The Polar Express Schedules Stop at Chicago Union Station

Well this is pretty exciting! I just found out that The Polar Express is coming to Union Station in Chicago December 19, 2015 through January 3, 2016. The Polar Express is a VERY popular holiday event and often sells out pretty quickly after tickets go on sale in the August. The Polar Express at the […]

Celebrate Neighborhood Toy Store Day with Building Blocks

Saturday, November 14 (tomorrow!) is Neighborhood Toy Store Day, a day to support your local toy store and for local toy stores to connect with the community. Building Blocks Toy Store is celebrating with a special event at both of their locations. The Lakeview location will be hosting Hogwarts Day from 11:00 am to 2:00 […]

Holiday Performances in the Chicago Area 2015

The Chicago area is always bursting with amazing performances and this is especially true during the holiday season – everything from old classics like the Joffrey Ballet’s Nutcracker and the Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, to newer shows like Elf and It’s a Wonderful Santaland Miracle Nut-Cracking Christmas Story… Jews Welcome. Attending a show with your family is a great […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Fall 2015

Want to visit Chicago museums and attractions free? Don’t we all?? Below is a list of days that local museums, zoos, and gardens offer free admission this fall. Please keep in mind that most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events. Adler […]

Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities

Website: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/kurios Location: The Big Top in the parking lot of the United Center, 1901 West Madison Street, Chicago Phone: Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 800-653-8000. The United Center phone number is 312-455-4500. Hours: The remaining Chicago shows are: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at 8:00 pm Thursday, […]

55 Free Things to Do in Chicago and Surrounding Areas

FREE, FREE, FREE! There’s no better price. Use this list to plan a single afternoon, a day full of activities, or an entire vacation. I’ve tried to include a lot of variety – indoor and outdoor, city and suburbs, and activities that are appropriate for toddlers, older kids, and adults. Any suggestions for additions to […]

Cirque du Soliel’s KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities Arrives in Chicago August 6

Drive past the United Center in a couple weeks and you’ll see something pretty curious – a giant blue and yellow Big Top; but what’s inside is even more curious… or KURIOS. (Information below has been provided by Cirque du Soliel.) Cirque du Soliel will be performing KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities August 6 through […]

Millennium Hotels Expands Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge Program

In celebration of the 1st year of the Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge Program, Millennium Hotels is expanding their family program. The Ask Alfred Children’s Concierge Program was introduced to the Millennium Hotels fourteen hotels one year ago. Families staying at a Millennium Hotel, including the Millennium Knickerbocker in Chicago, pay only $15 to receive an […]

Robot Revolution at the Museum of Science & Industry Giveaway

Robot Revolution, a national touring exhibit supported by Google.org recently arrived at the Museum of Science and Industry and will be there through January 2016. The Museum of Science and Industry provided the information below about the exhibit and they’re offering a family 4-pack of tickets to the museum and to the Robot Revolution to […]

CANCELED – Be a Hero at The Marvel Experience – Giveaway

It has come to my attention that The Marvel Experience has been canceled. At this time The Marvel Experience will not be coming to Chicago and therefore there are no tickets to give away. I apologize because I know this is disappointing, but out of my control. Why just watch superheroes when you can join […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Summer 2015 {and Free Printable Calendar}

Chicago has some amazing museums so why not spend summer break exploring all that they have to offer? Admission can get expensive, so here’s a list of days that local museums, zoos, and gardens offer free admission. Please keep in mind that most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply […]

Summer Family Movie Guide – 2015

Too hot? Or rainy? When you need an indoor break on a weekday, why not catch up on a family movies you missed the first time around, or loved so much you want to see it again? Local theatres offer weekday specials during the summer with family-friendly movies at discounted prices. Cinemark – Summer Movie […]

Minor League Baseball Promotions for Families 2015

  Baseball is America’s favorite pastime and it’s a great family outing, but visiting a minor league team has certain advantages too, especially when you have young children – they’re often not as crowded as major league games, they’re cheaper, the players are often more accessible, and the teams often cater to families. Whether you prefer […]

Chicago Cubs Promotions for Families 2015

Baseball is America’s favorite pasttime, so what better way to spend a spring day than catching a game with the family? The Chicago Cubs offer some family fun at Wrigley Field so get your tickets now. Be sure to check out the Cubs fan club for kids so you children can receive special Cubs memorabilia. Here are Chicago […]

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