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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Best Spots for Leaf Peeping Near Chicago

Autumn announces itself with yellows, oranges, reds, and purples and it’s officially here. Take the kids out to explore all the changes autumn brings and enjoy the beautiful foliage at these four spots near Chicago: Chicago Botanic Garden With 26 different gardens on over 300 acres, you’re sure to see plenty of autumn foliage at […]

Guide to U-Pick Strawberry Farms 2015

  There’s nothing quite like a juicy strawberry on a hot summer day; the only thing better is a fresh strawberry right off the vine. Don’t forget your sunscreen and cash (many farms only accept cash or checks). I do my best to provide accurate information, but it’s always best to double check and call […]

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 […]

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

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!) […]

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 […]

5 Spots for Outdoor Ice Skating

This article was previously published on MommyNearest.com. As the temps begin to dip you might feel like it’s time to hibernate, but sometimes you need to bundle up and head out to to embrace the winter wonderland. Brighten up your winter with rosy cheeks and smiles at these outdoor ice skating rinks in Chicago and […]

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 Pumpkin Patch Guide 2014

October is all about the arrival of fall and Halloween. I’ve compiled a huge guide of Chicago Area Pumpkin Patches so you can find the one just right for your family. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I do my best to be sure the information is current, accurate information, but it’s always […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2014

I may have said this last year (and the year before, and maybe the year before that…), but apple picking is one of my very favorite annual traditions with my family. Some orchards are already open for apple picking, but most will open this week or next. This list is all the U-Pick apple orchards I […]

Raging Waves Waterpark

Raging Waves is the largest waterpark in Illinois, located in Yorkville. Website: Raging Waves Waterpark Social media: Raging Waves Facebook page, @RagingWaves on Twitter, Raging Waves on Instagram Location: 4000 N. Bridge Street, Yorkville Phone: 630-882-6575 Hours:  Daily schedule is available online. 10 am – 7 pm everyday through August 2nd. August 3 through September […]

Cissna Park’s Old Settlers

This one’s a bit of the beaten path but if you’re thinking to yourself, Hmm… I’d like to take a bit of a road trip for some small town family fun, then this is it! Other things of interest on your way or in the area: The Heartland Spa in Gilman, Exploration Station Children’s Museum in Bourbonnais, […]

Chicago Bears Training Camp Starts This Week

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 […]

Chicago Area Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Events 2013

Valentine’s Day (or Valentine’s season maybe?) is a great time to spend time with your loved ones, including your kids, and showing them how special they are to you. There are fun events and parties starting this weekend to celebrate the holiday. Please call or visit online prior to attending to verify information and keep […]

“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, […]

Chicago Area Christmas Events 2012

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

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

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 […]

Chicago Area Christmas Tree Farms 2012

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 23. Open daily from 9:00 am-4:30 pm. Hot […]

Girls Getaway – The Heartland Spa

Girls Getaway – The Heartland Spa As a mom of two (very active) young boys, with another on the way, I could use a break. My friend Samantha, who also parents to two active young boys and blogs at The Peanuts Gang, felt the same way. We recently had the opportunity to spend two days […]

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph is in theatres nationwide. I am not posting specifics (prices, bathrooms, etc) because theatres vary so much. You can find where Wreck-It Ralph is playing near you or purchase tickets online at the Wreck-It Ralph site. John recently took Cooper to see Wreck-It Ralph and he wrote the following post about the […]

Halloween Candy Buy Back

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 Halloween Events 2012

Events are arranged according to date, with single day or short-term events listed first. Scroll down for activities throughout the month of October. I do my best to provide accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to check the information on the site and call before you go to verify information. Single Day or […]

Chicago Area Pumpkin Patch Guide 2012

It’s fall – time to pack up the kids and go pick some pumpkins! Below are pumpkin patches in the Chicago area. Admission prices do NOT include the cost of pumpkins. I’ve done my best to include current, accurate information, but it’s always a good idea to double check the website or call before you […]

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure – A Movie Unlike Any You’ve Seen Before

The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure – website The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure is now playing in theaters! It’s been quite a while since we got to see this movie so I’m excited to finally be able to write about it. As I discussed in my previous post, my family was invited […]

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