Summer Movie Guide for Families and Kids

Summer Movies for Families photo

Many movie theatres are offering special family movie programs with kids movies (often FREE or at a discount) throughout the summer months so if it’s rainy or you need a break from the heat, check out these summer movie programs: $1 Summer Movie Series – “C” You at the Movies Location: Antioch & McHenry $1 […]

Free Bowling for Kids at AMF All Summer

AMF_Unplugged_Color

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 […]

Overnight Getaway – Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort

GJGBR - amusement park

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort – website Location: 2643 N. State Route 178, Utica, IL Phone: 866-399-3866 Parking: There is a large attached lot at the main resort. There are additional lots for the villas and cabin and 2 spaces directly in front of each cabin. Parking is free. Check in & check out: Check-in […]

Farmers’ Markets

Farmers Markets - Chicago

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 […]

The Great Cloth Diaper Change

GCDC banner

On April 21 (Earth Day weekend!) parents and children around the world will be gathering at locations throughout the world to simultaneously change a cloth diaper and try to help change the world. The first Great Cloth Diaper Change was in 2011 set a Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously – […]

Caring Bunny Coming to Orland Square Mall

easter bunny clipart

I thought I’d share this great information I received about the Caring Bunny who will be available for special needs: It’s common to see children lining up in the malls to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap — and just as common to hear the loud children’s music, bright lights and busy set that add […]

Upcoming Events

American Girl - Fashion Show

I love sharing fun weekend events each week and here are some special events coming up that really caught my eye: Chicagoland Kids Expo Saturday, March 3 from 9am-6pm Sunday, March 4 from 10am-5pm Adults $10 ($9 with this coupon), kids (3-12) $5, kids under 3 free Schaumburg Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Blvd, Schaumburg […]

KidsWork Children’s Museum

KidsWork Children’s Museum – website Location: 11 S. White Street, Frankfort Phone: 815-469-1199 Hours: Closed Mondays (except for school holidays) Tuesday – Saturday    9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday                     11:00 am – 4:00 pm Open some Thursday evenings Admission: $6 per person; $5 for seniors. Family memberships start at $85 and includes free admission to […]

Mokena JumpZone Giveaway

Mokena JumpZone Giveaway Yay! I’ve got a great prize to give away today! Mokena JumpZone is offering a free 10-kid weekend party (valued at $195) to one lucky winner! All you have to do to enter is check out my blog post about Mokena JumpZone and let me know what inflatable you think your kid […]

Jump!Zone Mokena

JumpZone Mokena - Castle

Jump!Zone Mokena – website Location: 9951 W. 190th Street, Mokena Phone: 708-978-1229 Hours: Hours for open play vary and can be viewed online. Currently the schedule for open play is: Sun 5pm-7:30pm Mon No open play Tues No open play Wed 10am-1pm Thurs 4pm-7:30pm Fri 10am-1pm Sat No open play There are often special open […]

Nursing Moms Network

breastfeeding2

Nursing Moms Network – website The Nursing Moms Network is a weekly meeting at Palos Community Hospital that provides breastfeeding support to mothers with babies (birth to one year) from a certified lactation consultant and other mothers. Location:  Palos Community Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Avenue, Palos Heights in the lower level meeting room of the […]

The Original Rainbow Cone

The Original Rainbow Cone – website Location: 9233 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60643 Phone: 773-238-7075 Hours: Rainbow Cone is open March – November. Hours for April 2011: Sunday – Thursday Noon – 7 pm Friday – Saturday Noon – 8 pm Hours get longer as the weather gets warmer so check out the website […]

Cosley Zoo

Cosley Zoo – website Location: 1356 N. Gary Avenue, Wheaton, IL 60187 Phone: 630-665-5534 Hours: Cosley Zoo is open year-round, but closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. January-March: Daily 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April-October: Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. November: Daily, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. After Thanksgiving-December 23: Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. December 26-30: Daily, […]

St. Patrick’s Waterfall Dyeing at Lake Katherine

dscn2766

Location: Lake Katherine, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights, IL 60463 Phone: 708-361-1873 Hours: St. Patrick’s Day – Thursday, March 17, 2011 The dyeing of the waterfall will be at 12 noon and again at 4:00 pm. At 3:45 there will be a treasure hunt through the secret garden and an Irish snack for $5.00 […]

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn

Children's Museum in Oak Lawn - treehouse - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Children’s Museum in Oak Lawn – website Location: 5100 Museum Drive, Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453 The Oak Lawn Metra train station is located on the block next to the museum. Phone: 708-423-6709 Hours: Monday Closed Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 am – 9:30 am (members) 9:30 am – 5:00 pm Thursday evenings (2nd & 4th) 5:00 […]