Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2016

The Fourth of July is a celebration of independence and freedom, but also of family and summer. Plan to attend some of these parades and fireworks shows to make your Fourth truly explosive! Before attending, PLEASE check the link. Some events may be cancelled or postponed depending on the weather, and even though I do […]

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts 2016

Spring! Easter! They’re nearly here. Whether the Chicago weather gets the message or not, head outside (or inside, or into the pool, in some cases) to search for some Easter eggs.  These are just some of the hunts in Chicago and the suburbs. Have a favorite one that’s not listed? Let me know and I’ll add […]

St. Patrick’s Day Family Events 2016

Everybody is Irish on St. Patty’s Day so don some green and embrace the luck of the Irish hunting for clovers, attend a parade, or watch a waterfall turn green. I do my best to provide accurate, up-to-date information, but it’s always best to call first to verify information as details can change and events can be […]

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide 2016

We had a couple days of warm weather before the cold returned and it was a nice reminder that Spring and Easter are approaching. Find some cute pastels, ruffly skirts, and Spring shoes and get a photo with the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations for photos before he […]

Mardi Gras Celebrations for Families

A trip to NOLA might not be in the budget, but you can still celebrate some of the fun and festivities of Mardi Gras right here in the Midwest with these family-friendly celebrations coming up soon: Saturday, February 6 The Sounds of Mardi Gras at the Mokena Community Public Library Mo Beat Blues will be […]

Chicago New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2015

Looking to celebrate the end of 2015 and start of 2016 with a family-friendly event? Even if the kids can’t make it to midnight there are plenty of options for earlier celebrations in Chicago and the suburbs. Pre-New Year’s Eve Pre-New Year’s Eve Party, Little Beans Play Cafe, 1809 W. Webster, Chicago  Wednesday, December 30 […]

5 Great Gifts for Her

I have a lot of important women in my family – my mom, sisters-in-law, aunts, friends. I want to get them gifts they’ll really enjoy to let them know how important they are to me, but it can be difficult to find just the right gift. Here are a few of my favorites and maybe […]

Fun Things To Do This Weekend – November 21-22, 2015

Woah! It’s snow! It might make travel a little less convenient, but it’s so beautiful and makes holiday activities even more fun. Is there anything prettier than holiday lights and snow? I don’t think so. Here are some fun things to do this weekend if you’re looking to get out of the house: Christmas Around the […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2015

Sure, you could get your real Christmas tree from a cut tree lot at a strip mall, but that’s no fun. Continue a holiday tradition or start a new one; bundle up, find a farm, and let the whole family choose the perfect tree. Celebrate with cocoa or cider and then bring your special tree […]

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 […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2015

It’s the season of magic and the symbol of that for lots of kids is Santa. Plan some magic with your kids with this Chicago Area Santa Guide.  Unless otherwise indicated, visiting with Santa is free. Most locations offer photography packages and do not allow you to take photos with your own camera. Please keep […]

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 […]

Fourth of July Parades and Fireworks – 2015

Can you believe it’s almost the fourth of July? I’m in shock. As usual, summer is whizzing by. Make the most of it with family activities like parades and fireworks. 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 […]

Easter Eggs Hunts 2015

Although it seemed like it would never arrive, Spring is here (well, almost!) and Easter is approaching. Grab some baskets (and maybe swimsuits or flashlights) and search for some colorful Easter eggs. These are just some of the hunts in Chicago and the suburbs. Have a favorite one that’s not listed? Let me know and […]

Easter Bunny Guide 2015

Easter is just a few weeks away and it’s the perfect time to get some photos of the kids with a fluffy Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations for photos before he hops away on April 5. If you’re a family with a child with special needs, scroll to […]

Holiday Family Fun

Here’s the final installment – activities 20 through 24, plus some bonuses. You can also see my previous posts in this series, Holiday Lights, Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa), Holiday Performances, and Holiday Festivals. Holiday Fun 20. CTA Holiday Train – Specially decorated and lit 6-car train with Santa and elves delivering candy canes to passengers. When: November 28 through […]

Holiday Festivals

Chicago has some great holiday festivals! Most of these run for several days or even all month so there’s plenty of time to visit. You can also see my previous posts in this series, Holiday Lights, Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa), and Holiday Performances. Later today I’ll be posting about Holiday Family Fun. Holiday Festivals 14. Celebrate the Season […]

Holiday Performances

Here’s post #3: Holiday Performances! You can also see my previous posts, Holiday Lights and Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa). Over the next 2 days I’ll also be posting about Festivals and Family Fun. Holiday Performances 11. It’s Christmas Charlie Brown! at the Wilmette Theater When: December 5-14 Where: Wilmette Theater Cost: $18 12. A Christmas Story […]

Holiday Meals (Dining with Santa)

Here’s the second installment of  24 Christmasy activities. Yesterday I posted about Holiday Lights, and today is Holiday Meals with Santa. Stop by over the next three days for Performances, Festivals, and Family Fun. Holiday Meals with Santa 5. Breakfast with Santa and Sue at the Field Museum – Buffet breakfast and photos with Santa and Sue. Tickets include […]

Holiday Lights

Christmas will be here sooner than you think, so now is the time to enjoy all the seasonal events Chicago and the surrounding suburbs have to offer. I’ll be posting 24 Christmasy activities (plus maybe a few bonus ones!) over five days. Enjoy these holiday light events, and visit over the next four days for […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2014

Real or artificial? It’s an ongoing debate this time of the year. Part of the fun of having a real tree is the journey to get it, so here are places in there area where you can choose and cut your own tree! All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, it’s best […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide 2014

It’s not often that you get to meet a truly magical legend, but that time of year is approaching. Everyone has fond memories of talking to Santa and making special Christmas requests, and it’s even more fun watching your kids share a few special moments with him and getting photos to commemorate the day. I’m […]

8 Things to do with Leftover Halloween Candy

Halloween is over and you’re probably either feeling sick from all the candy you ate last night, or you’re munching on it for breakfast (hey, you’ve got all day to work off those calories!).  In my house we’ve got a TON of candy – the kids got lots from trick-or-treating and we had a lot […]

Fourth of July Parades & Fireworks – 2014

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 […]

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts – 2014

Easter is approaching so hopefully the weather will start to cooperate in time for Easter egg hunts in the Chicago area. Many of the hunts and events listed below require pre-registration so be sure to plan ahead. It’s always a good idea to bring a bag or basket to collect eggs and a camera to […]

Caring Bunny to Cater to Special Needs Families – 2014

The Caring Bunny offers families with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny has been developed by Simon Property Group and is guided by, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Over 80 Simon® properties will host the Caring Bunny this season. Many steps will […]

“Noon” & New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2013

It’s almost time to ring in 2014! I love New Year’s Eve, but a midnight celebration might be difficult with little kids. Try out a “Noon” Year’s Eve or early evening countdown to include kids on the fun. As always, it’s a good idea to visit the website and/or call to verify information before you […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Guide 2013

All of the farms listed below offer pick-your-own trees. As always, it’s best to call ahead to ensure the farm will be open and trees are available. Please note that many farms accept only cash or checks. Bengston Tree Farm, 10919 W. Wilmington, Peotone, 708-258-9610 Opens November 29. Open daily from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Hot chocolate, […]

Special Needs Santa Visits and Events Guide – 2013

I posted a guide last week of places you can visit Santa. Visiting Santa at a crowded mall can be overwhelming for any child (or even adults), and especially challenging for children with special needs. These events are designed with children with special needs and their families in mind. Events vary, but they attempt to […]

“Noon” Year’s Eve & New Year’s Eve Events

Noon Countdowns Bubble Bash 2012 with the DuPage Children’s Museum, Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville 10:30 am-Noon $10/member, $15/non-member (plus $2/ticket box office charge) Live performances by Jeanie B. and the Jellybeans and Geoff Akins the Bubble Wonder Man, countdown at noon. Itsy Bitsy New Year’s Eve Countdown, […]

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