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 […]

Chicago Area Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings – Winter 2016

Watching a movie in the theater can be a special family outing, but it can be difficult for children or adults with special needs and/or sensory issues. To address this and give all families an opportunity to enjoy the experience, some local theaters offer sensory friendly or special needs screenings with lights up, sound down, […]

Brookfield Zoo Celebrates New PBS Show Nature Cat & the 15th Birthday of the Hamill Family Play Zoo

With the warm weather we’re having now it’s hard to believe that it was SO cold just last weekend. We braved the cold to spend the day at Brookfield Zoo and meet PBS star Nature Cat. Nature Cat is an animated show on PBS featuring a house cat named Fred. When Fred’s family leaves for […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Send Dad Soaring with iFLY for Father’s Day

Sometimes dads are like superheroes, especially to their kids. This year, make him feel like a real superhero by giving him the gift of flight at iFLY. No need for a cape – iFLY will provide the flight suit, goggle, and helmet, as well as training, to get him soaring like Superman. From now through […]

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 […]

Kids Bowl Free 2015

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 […]

Best Chicago Bowling Alleys

Let’s go bowling! Challenge your family to a game (or two, or three) the next time you’re looking for something to do. Bowling gets everyone involved and active, and allows for a little bit of fun competition. Whether you love the perks of a bowling alley, like arcade games, billiards, and snack food, or you […]

15 Things to Do During Spring Break

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!) […]

Chicago Wolves Peanut Allergy Awareness Day 2015

A Chicago Wolves hockey game is a great afternoon or evening of family fun, and this month, for the fourth year, they’re holding a Peanut Allergy Awareness Day. During the Sunday, March 29 game against the Iowa Wild, the entire arena will be nut-free. Those with peanut allergies and their family and friends can reserve […]

Reaching New Heights at iFly

We went indoor skydiving! I never, ever, EVER would have imagined myself doing anything even slightly related to skydiving, but I did, and I brought my 5-year-old to do it with me! Here are the important details about iFly Chicago, and if you scroll down you can read all about our experience. Location: There are […]

Cheap Family Movies for Winter 2015

It’s cold and dreary and it’s hard to keep kids busy in the winter. Luckily, a few area theatres offer special family movie deals to help beat the winter blues. Marcus Theatres – Kids Dream Winter Film Series Admission is only $2 for this series and movies play at 10:00 am on Friday, Saturday, and […]

AvaStars Review and 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 […]

Weekday Fun for Little Ones

This post was written by me and originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Days at home with the kids can get a little monotonous and it’s fun to break it up with some outings to entertain the kids and yourself. In my experience, early fall is a kind of “sweet spot” for outings with young kids. Older […]

“Science + You” Exhibit at the Kohl Children’s Museum

This post was written by me, but originally appeared on MommyNearest.com. Science + You, a traveling exhibit created at the Kohl Children’s Museum in 2011, has been on an international tour through Brazil, Germany, and the United States, but it has now returned to the home. Science + You opened at the Kohl Children’s Museum […]

Pinstripes

Website: Pinstripes.com Location: 100 W. Higgins Road, South Barrington Pinstripes also has locations in Northbrook (1150 Willow Road, Northbrook), and Oak Brook (7 Oak Brook Center Mall, Oak Brook). Phone: 847-844-9300 Hours:  Monday- Thursday – 11:30 am-11:00 pm Friday – 11:30 am-12:30 am Saturday – 10:00 am-12:30 am Sunday – 10:00 am-10:00 pm Admission: None. […]

Great Times at Medieval Times {and a Giveaway!} #MedievalTimesChi

  It’s summer! The kids are out of school and you’re looking for new and exciting things to do and Medieval Times is a perfect choice. Visit this amazing castle in Schaumburg for a yummy meal that you’ll eat with your hands while you watch an exciting show. For updates, information, and ticket giveaways, like the Medieval […]

Triton Troupers Circus – 2014

This post originally appeared on Mommy Nearest. See my post about our visit to the 41st Annual Triton Troupers Circus in 2012. There’s nothing that brings out the kid in all of us like a circus. If you love the circus but not the price tag or the crowds, the Triton Troupers Circus is for […]

Schoolhouse Rock Live at the Marriott Theatre

Marriott Theatre Website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: February 28-May 4, 2014 See the full schedule on the Marriott Theatre website. Performances are Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, & Sundays (except March 20-30 and April 20). All performances are at 10:00 am. Admission: $15 a ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the box office, or online through Ticketmaster for an […]

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

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 […]

The Teddy Bears’ Picnic Presented by the Emerald City Theatre

Website: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic presented by the Emerald City Theatre Location: Emerald City’s Little Theatre, 2933 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-529-2690 Dates and Times: The Teddy Bears’ Picnic has been running since September 2013 and after a sold out run has been extended for a second time. It will run through August 15, […]

Chicago Wolves Hockey Peanut Allergy Awareness Day – 2014

  The Chicago Wolves host their second Peanut Allergy Awareness Day of the 2013-14 season on Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m. when the team faces Grand Rapids. Section 116 will be powerwashed and designated as a reserved area for all Peanut Allergy Awareness Day guests. In addition, the arena will not serve any peanuts […]

Free Museum Days – 2014

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 […]

Skydeck Chicago (with Giveaway!)

Website: Skydeck Chicago Location: Willis Tower (still the Sears Tower to me), 233 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago Phone: 877-SKYDECK Hours: Open 365 days a year. April-September 9:00 am-10:00 pm October-March 10:00 am-8:00 pm Last entry 30 minutes prior to close. Admission: $18/adult (12 & up), $12/child (3-11) FastPass $40/person (VIP access to elevators) Tickets can […]

Disney On Ice Presents 100 Years of Magic – Activities & Giveaway

I posted earlier about Disney On Ice celebrating 100 Years of Magic in Chicago next month (see the post for all the detail about the show!) and now I’ve got some fun stuff to share! Click to download a Disney coloring page and Mickey and Minnie Ears! I also have tickets to give away! Enter below. Winner will […]

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