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Thomas the Train and Percy Chug Into Union This August {with Giveaway}

Day Out with Thomas 2015 #DOWT  #ThomasObsessed [ad] #giveaway

All aboard for the biggest and best Thomas & Friends® celebration to date! Little engineers everywhere are invited to celebrate with Thomas when the #1 Engine and his best friend Percy™ pull into Illinois Railway Museum August 15 and 16, August 22 and 23 for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015, presented by […]

Marvel Universe LIVE! Giveaway


Marvel Universe LIVE!, a live-action show with more than 25 Marvel characters, is coming to Chicago. Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original story that brings more than 25 Marvel characters together on one epic quest.  The story is framed around the battle over the Cosmic Cube, the source of ultimate power […]

Super League Gaming – Giveaway

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Cooper and Dexter discovered Minecraft about a year ago and it’s pretty safe to say they’re obsessed. From the conversations I hear them having with their friends, it sounds like most kids their age (7 and 5) share their obsession. If your kids feel the same way, they are going to LOVE this – a […]

Robot Revolution at the Museum of Science & Industry Giveaway

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Robot Revolution, a national touring exhibit supported by 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

The Marvel Experience Chicago #tmxChicago

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 […]

Meatheads Voracious Readers Program & Giveaway

Meatheads Voracious Reading #voraciousreaders

  I love a good burger, especially with cheese and bacon, so I was pretty happy to visit Meatheads with my kids last week. We were invited to come and learn more about Meatheads and their summer reading program with some other bloggers. Of course, Cooper spent our drive to the restaurant reading a book […]

Join the “Science Detective Week” Movement with Moochie Kalala {Giveaway}

Celebrate Science Detective Week with Moochie Kalala

Governor Rauner has declared May 4-10, 2015, “Science Detectives Week” to kick off a STEM-education movement taking place in Chicagoland in June. Moochie Kalala Detectives Club, a Chicago-made show about two young investigators visiting local museums and talking to Chicago scientists, to celebrate! With their presenting partner Subway, Moochie Kalala’s Detectives Club will be “fueling the ‘science […]

Coloring Animal Mandalas Review and Giveaway

Coloring Animal Mandalas - Review & Giveaway

It’s not usually big news when we get a new coloring book in our house – with three kids under 8 we have a lot of them – but we got one recently that’s different from the others. Coloring Animal Mandalas is a coloring book for adults, with intricate designs. Full disclosure here: I received […]

Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance! Giveaway & Discount Code

Sesame Street Live: Let's Dance! Giveaway

Elmo’s got the moves. Have you got the moves? Get up and get moving with Elmo, Abby Cadabby and everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends when Sesame Street Live “Let’s Dance!” visits the Sears Centre Arena from Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19. Tickets for all seven performances are on sale Friday, Oct. 24. Hosted […]

Chicago Family Palooza 2015 Giveaway


Chicago Family Palooza is coming back again and I’ve got tickets to give away! Saturday AND Sunday, February 28+March 1, 2015 Chicago Family Palooza presents a 51,000 Square Feet “playground” with attractions, rides, and fun! Chicago Family Palooza is proud to be the solution to that every day winter dilemma for Chicagoland families of “what can […]

AvaStars Review and Giveaway

AvaStars Review & Giveaway

Have you heard of AvaStars? I hadn’t until recently. We were invited to try out the AvaStars experience and I have to admit – I was really curious! AvaStars recently opened a location in Oak Brook. They offer an entertainment experience as well as personalized dolls. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but the […]

More Monster Jam


  Monster Jam is returning to Rosemont next month. Here are all the details you need, a discount code to save on your tickets, and a giveaway! The widely popular Monster Jam® tour is heading to Rosemont at the Allstate Arena February 5-8, 2015 for an explosive new points-paying endurance showdown, featuring more of what […]

Giveaway – Tickets to The Nutcracker


The Nutcracker is a holiday tradition and I’ve got a chance to give you tickets to see it! Presented by: The Ruth Page Civic Ballet Where: Northeastern Illinois University, 5500 N. St. Louis Avenue, Chicago When: Saturday, December 6 at 7:00 pm and Sunday, December 7 at 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm. Cost: $25 for […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2014 Giveaway #2

Information and tickets have been provided by The Chicago Toy & Game Fair.  It’s another chance to win a family pass to the Chicago Toy & Game Fair! Below is some information about ChiTAG: Come out and play at the 12th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), arriving in the Windy City on Saturday, November, […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2014 Giveaway #1

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2014 Giveaway

Information and tickets have been provided by The Chicago Toy & Game Fair.  Come out and play at the 12th annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair (ChiTAG), arriving in the Windy City on Saturday, November, 22, 2014 and Sunday, November 23, 2014. As the only fair of its kind in the United States open to the […]

VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Review and Giveaway

We love electronics in our house. The kids are constantly asking to use my phone (that’s a big NO, mostly because I’m selfish and don’t trust them not to break it) or they’re staring over John’s shoulder when he’s using his tablet. A couple weeks ago we got a VTech InnoTab 3S Plus Learning Tablet. […]

Aquatic Experience – Chicago 2014 – Giveaway

Philip Peters in Live Shark Encounter, Image courtesy of Haai, Inc.

Aquatic Experience will be in Chicago at the Schaumburg Convention Center November 7-9, 2014. Here’s a little information provided by Aquatic Experience: Aquatic Experience – Chicago is the first show in our industry’s history to combine everything aquatic under one roof. From saltwater to freshwater with pond and aquatic reptiles, we’ll have it all. Consumers […]

Oubly Baby Shower Invitation Giveaway

Oubly Baby Shower Invitation Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland #sponsored

I get to share a fun new giveaway today! is a stationery boutique in Los Angeles that offers event cards, stationery, and business cards. They have been in the printing, marketing, and design business for over two decades, but have recently launched their website, Oubly’s mission says it all: Our mission is to […]

Mother’s Day Style Candles Giveaway

Watermelon Style Candles - Toddling Around Chicagoland #giveaway

Happy Mother’s Day! I have a special giveaway for the mom out there today. Style Candles is a family-owned business run by Sean and Andrea, a husband and wife team in Maine. Each Style Candle, besides being scented, contains a surprise. After 10-15 hours of burning, the wax will reveal a piece of jewelry, either […]

No-Sew Hats for Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing + Giveaway

No-Sew Sesame Street Hats

Sesame Street Live: Can’t Stop Singing is coming to the Chicago area! It’ll be at the Sears Center in Hoffman Estates for performances on April 4-6, 2014. The boys will be so excited about this as soon as I tell them. For now I’m keeping it a secret to surprise them and building up some […]

Skydeck Chicago Giveaway

I have a quick giveaway and this would be a great holiday outing for the family! If you missed my Skydeck Ledge post be sure to check it out! A few things you should know before you enter: Winner will receive 4 passes Passes are only good through the end of 2013 so you have […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2013 Giveaway – Week 3

Last chance to win a weekend family pass! For full details on the fair, see my Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2013 post. Want to know more about the Chicago Toy & Game Fair? Visit the ChiTAG website or see my post from the 2012 Chicago Toy & Game Fair. Like the Chicago Toy & Game Fair page on Facebook and […]

Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum – Giveaway

Illumination: Tree Lights at the Morton Arboretum - Toddling Around Chicagoland

See trees in a different light this winter during Illumination: Tree Lights at The Morton Arboretum. Combining cutting-edge light technology with the beautiful, wooded landscapes of the Arboretum, Illumination is not your typical lights event. An experience far beyond traditional twinkling lights, Illumination engages the senses with trees that respond to touch and sound, dazzling […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2013 Giveaway – Week 2

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair will be here soon and I’ve got more passes to give away. For full details on the fair, see my Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2013 post. Want to know more about the Chicago Toy & Game Fair? Visit the ChiTAG website or see my post from the 2012 Chicago Toy & […]

Chicago Toy & Game Fair 2013 Giveaway – Week 1

ChiTAG Chicago Toy & Game Fair - Toddling Around Chicagoland

It’s November (how did THAT happen??) and that means it’s time for the Chicago Toy & Game Fair! The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is a great chance to discover new toys and games and, of course, play! Vendors will be on hand to show you the newest stuff just in time for Christmas, and […]

Fun & Fundraising with The Pasta Shoppe – Review & Giveaway

The Pasta Shoppe - Toddling Around Chicagoland

It’s getting chilly and chilly weather calls for pasta. We recently received a sample package of pasta from the Pasta Shoppe and we’ve been enjoying some great hearty meals. The Pasta Shoppe sells pasta in fun shapes – every kind of theme you can think of from music to pink ribbon to zoo animals. Use […]

Baby Loves Disco Halloween Party {Giveaway}

Baby Loves Disco Halloween Party - Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicago

Baby Loves Disco is returning to Chicago to celebrate Halloween! Baby Loves Disco is a family dance party and it’s FUN! (We went with Cooper when he was a baby!) Where: Lincoln Hall, 2424 N Lincoln When: Saturday, October 19 from 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm Cost: $15 per walking human or 4 for $55 (non-walkers are free). Buy […]

Chicago Architecture Open House This Weekend {and Giveaway}

The Chicago Architecture Foundation is hosting their 3rd annual Open House on Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20, 2013. They open the doors to 150+ neat old/historical sites in the city for the public to explore for FREE. Many of these are family-friendly sites, including Berghoff’s Bakery and the model train set at Clarendon Park […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Harvest Fest Giveaway

Santa's Village AZoosment Park Harvest Fest Giveaway - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Harvest Fest is in full swing at Santa’s Village AZoosment Park and runs until October 27. Enter below for a chance to take your family! I’ve got 2 passes to give away and each is good for admission for a family of four. These passes are only good through the end of the 2013 season […]

Step Up With UnitedHealthCare for a Chance to Win A FitBit

UnitedHealthcare’s campaign is about stepping up for better healthcare with tools and resources designed to help people meet their health goals ( They’re holding live, free events in Chicago this week through Sunday, October 6. They’ll have a video booth to share a story of how your or someone you know has stepped up to […]