Kids Bowl Free 2015

Kids Bowl Free

For the 8th year, the Kids Bowl Free program is offering a summer of free bowling for kids at 1,100 participating bowling alleys in the United States and Canada. Visit the Kids Bowl Free website to choose a bowling alley close to you and then register your child or children; you’ll receive a weekly email […]

Baseball Fan Clubs for Kids 2015

Baseball Fan Clubs for Kids 2015

Opening day was this week for the Chicago Cubs and Sox and what better way to celebrate than joining a fan club? The Chicago area major league and minor league teams offer fan clubs for kids to collect promotional items, and even get free tickets to see some games. Best of all, some of the […]

15 Things to Do During Spring Break

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After a long, LONG winter, Chicago is finally thawing and Spring Break is nearly here! If your family is anything like mine, you’ve been cooped up too long and you’re ready to get out and explore the amazing things Chicago has to offer every spring. Here are just some of the ways kids (and adults!) […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2014

Chicago Area 4th of July Parade & Fireworks Guide

Independence Day is approaching and Chicago and many suburbs are preparing for celebrations. In addition to parades and firework displays I’ve listed many have other festivities such as live music, a carnival, or other entertainment the same day (& some even for a couple days) so click the link to see all the details. Before […]

Free Summer Reading Programs – 2014

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A version of this post previously appeared on Mommy Nearest. After a long and cold winter, we’re all looking forward for summer to begin and for our kids to get the chance to swim, run and play outside. While these physical activities are a big part of the warm weather season, it’s also important to […]

Free YouthSpark Summer Camps at Microsoft Retail Stores

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Microsoft retail stores are offering free YouthSpark Summer Camps for children between 8 and 13. Although the classes are free, pre-registration is required. An adult must stay in the store with the child during the entire session. Camps are split into two groups – Jr. Designers (ages 8-10) and Designers (ages 11-13). Four types of camps are available […]

Cantigny Park Free Summer Drop-In Program

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Cantigny Park in Wheaton is a great place to spend a summer day – lots of room to walk and play, a playground, restaurant, picnic areas, a museum, tanks to climb on, a fountain, and lots more. See my full post on Cantigny Park. This summer Cantigny is offering free drop-in programs for kids. No […]

Free Museum Days – 2014

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With snow and cold temperatures lots of Chicago families are getting tired of being stuck inside, but it can be difficult to find affordable things to do. Museums, zoos, and indoor gardens in and around Chicago offer free and discounted admission days during the winter. Also see my post on Mommy Nearest – Five Free […]

Premiere Screening of Ruby’s Studio: The Safety Show – Free This Weekend!

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Looking for something fun and free to do this weekend? The Mother Company presents Ruby’s Studio’s The Safety Show with a premiere screening Saturday. The Mother Company’s mission is to help parents raise good people by nurturing essential social and emotional skills in young children. To celebrate the release of Ruby’s Studio’s The Safety Show […]

Museum Day Live! – Free Museum Admission September 28, 2013

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The Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC is free everyday, but on September 28, 2013 museums across the country will be honoring the Smithsonian by offering free admission. Museum Day Live! is an event hosted by the Smithsonian Museum every year and participating museums will be offering two free tickets per household. The tickets are valid […]

Goldfish Swim School Grand Openings

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Goldfish Swim School, which offers swim lessons for children as young as 4 months, just opened two new locations in the Chicago area and to celebrate they’re having two Grand Opening Events: Goldfish Swim School St. Charles Grand Opening Event When: Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 2:30–6:30 p.m. Where: 3455 Legacy Blvd. St. Charles, IL […]

Chicago Bears Training Camp Starts This Week

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Today is the first day of Bears training camp at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. Training camp runs through Wednesday, August 14, and is open to the public most days. Concessions are available for purchase. Below is a schedule for 2013 training camp. For more details, visit the Chicago Bears website.  Where: Olivet Nazarene University […]

Free Summer Fun – 2013

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School is out and it’s up to you to keep the kids entertained. It can be expensive going on family outings, but there are plenty of ways to have fun for free this summer. Have any other suggestions? I’m happy to add them to the list! Baseball Games See the full post of Baseball Clubs […]

Summer Book Clubs – 2013

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  I love curling up in a shady spot on a hot day and reading a book. With three kids that really doesn’t happen much anymore, but I’m hoping to pass it on to them. Encourage your kids to read by enrolling them in a free book club this summer. I have only listed a […]

Baseball Clubs for Kids 2013

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Baseball season is approaching! I have to admit that I’m not a huge sports fan, but I love hanging out at a baseball game enjoying the fresh air, eating hot dogs and popcorn, and cheering for the home team. Baseball teams try to make games family friendly too, and lots of them offer special clubs for […]

Museum Free Days – 2013

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Chicago has some incredible museums, zoos, and gardens. Whether you’re looking for an educational experience, or to encourage your child’s interests, or just to spend a fun day with the family, there are plenty of options in and around Chicago. It can be expensive taking a family to these institutions, but here are times you […]

Chicago Area Christmas Events 2012

Chicago Area Christmas Events

Christmas time is one of my favorite times of the year! I love all the fun activities, the shopping, the excitement, and the good cheer. Here are some fun events coming up or going on right now to celebrate the holiday season. As always, it’s a good idea to call or check the website to […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide

Chicago Area Santa Guide

Less than a month until Christmas! It’s about time for kids to visit Santa and tell him what they want, and for you to get those annual photos with the big guy. Find the perfect place to meet up with Santa on this list. Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free and he will […]

Special Needs Santa Visits and Events

Special Needs Santa Visits

These are events and Santa visits that are designed to meet the needs of children with special needs and their families. Many of these require registration (and fill up fast!) so it’s best to plan early.  Sunday, December 2 from 9:00 am-10:00 am – Caring Santa in Orland Park Location: Orland Square Mall – Upper […]

Dino Time 3D Screening

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Free Dino Time 3D Advanced Screening Dino Time will be arriving in theatres on December 7, but here’s a chance to see a special advanced screening for free! The screening will take place at Showplace Icon, 150 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago on Saturday, November 17th at 10:30 am. Here’s some information about the movie from the press […]

Halloween Candy Buy Back

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Halloween means lots of fun – costumes, parties, trick-or-treating – and lots and lots of candy. If you’re looking to save your kids (and yourself) from the sugar and tooth decay, why not “sell” it? Through “Operation Gratitude” dentists volunteer to “buy” Halloween candy from kids for money (generally $1 a pound), prizes, dental hygiene […]

Chicago Area Fireworks and Parades for the Fourth of July 2012

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Looking for the 2013 list? Click here! Looking for a fireworks display or parade to see this week? There are several in the Chicago area! All the events listed below are FREE! Before attending, PLEASE check the link. Because of dry conditions some events may be canceled and although I’ve listed the starting time for […]

Baseball Clubs for Kids

Baseball Clubs for Kids

It’s baseball season and lots of the local baseball teams have clubs for kids. Kids get souvenirs from the team and tickets to attend games for a fraction of the price you’d pay purchasing them separately. The Chicago White Sox even have a free kids club! Chicago White Sox All Star Membership – $35 plus $2 […]

Studio Movie Grill Opening in Wheaton – FREE Movie Tickets

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Studio Movie Grill Opening in Wheaton – website Location: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton Opening: June 8, 2012 About Studio Movie Grill: From blockbuster movies to alternate and family programming, SMG offers something for everyone. Check back often for listings and showtimes and visit our SMG Wheaton Facebook page for exclusive offers. […]

Free Bowling for Kids at AMF All Summer

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I love spending time outside in the summer, but there are some days when it’s just too hot, or we’ve spent too much time outside, and we need an indoor activity for a change. Last summer we enjoyed going bowling with the boys. We were afraid they were a little too young (they were 1 […]

Mom’s Night Out at Fore! Family Fun

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Mom’s Night Out at Fore! Family Fun – website Location: Fore! Family Fun, Shef Brothers Pizza, and Bogies Indoor Golf Club, 1505 Mitchell Drive, Oswego Date and time: Tuesday, May 22 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Cost: FREE Information from Fore! Family Fun:  Leave Dad and the kids at home and come to this […]

Farmers’ Markets

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It’s Spring and that means it’s Farmers’ Market season! Below are a listing of some farmers’ markets in and around Chicago. For more information about farmers’ markets in your area, visit AgriHappenings or Local Harvest. Chicago Chicago Downtown Farmstand Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-4pm 66 E. Randolph Street, Chicago Daley Plaza Farmers’ Market May 12-October 20 Thursdays […]

Tooth Fairy Day

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Tooth Fairy Day at Oral Health Care Professionals, LLC – website This is a great free event (you don’t even have to be a patient) to help kids learn about and get comfortable with the dentist office. It is not an examination or cleaning, just a fun introduction to the dentist. Some older kids or […]

National Public Gardens Day

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May 11, 2012 is National Public Gardens Day which means you can get free admission to a National Public Garden! Admission will not be free on that day, but you can register online to get a free pass. The pass is available immediately after you submit the registration; just print it out and save it […]

Sprout Grand Opening Party

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Sprout, a San Francisco children’s boutique specializing in organic and natural products for children (ages 0-4) and parents, is coming to Chicago and celebrating with a grand opening party. Families will be able to sample organic snacks, play in the playroom, and enjoy entertainment from several Chicago artists. The first 50 people to make a […]