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Geek Street

Chicago Geek Street

Join Google for some free fun tomorrow! WHEN: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 from 10AM to 3PM WHERE: Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, IL 60602 WHAT: Google is teaming up with the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events to make geek “chic” with a festival to inspire and engage kids […]

Disney On Ice Presents Frozen – Urgent Scheduling Update!

Disney on Ice Frozen

Disney On Ice presents Frozen at Chicago United Center: 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Shows To Go On as Scheduled; 7 p.m. Show Cancelled; Ticket Exchanges Offered for Ticketholders Unable to Attend WHO: Patrons holding tickets to today’s performances of Disney On Ice presents Frozen Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt at the Chicago United Center WHAT: Due to […]

Puppets! An Interactive Installation at The Art Institute of Chicago for All the Family


Today I’m welcoming Georgina from Craftulate who is sharing her experience at the new Puppets! exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago. Georgina is a British mom living in the U.S. and she’s an amazing crafter. She writes about craft projects for kids as well as activities like pretend play, fine motor activities, and sensory activities. […]

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

Science + You Exhibit at the Kohl Children's Museum - Toddling Around Chicagoland

This post was written by me, but originally appeared on 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 […]

Sesame Street Live Arriving in Chicago (and Free Printable Activities)

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Sunny days, sweeping the clouds away… If you’ve got a kid (or been a kid!) I’m sure you know that song. It’s hard not to love Sesame Street. That’s why I’m super excited about this… Sesame Street Live will be in the Chicago area at the Rosemont Theatre in Rosemont Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May […]

Chicago Fun Family Palooza – Giveaway

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Chicago Fun Family Palooza Location: The Mega Center at Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles Dates: Saturday & Sunday, March 9-10, 2013 Time: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm Chicago Fun Family Palooza is bursting with spectacular entertainment, thrilling activities and over the top zaniness. This 2 day event, produced by 5 Star Fun […]

Chicago Area Kid-Friendly Valentine’s Events 2013

Chicago Area Kid-Friendly Valentine's Events - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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 […]

Monster Jam Promo Code & Giveaway

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Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam® is roaring into town! Monster Jam will be at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont February 8-10, 2013. Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks! The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track […]

Chicago Area Santa Guide

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 […]

Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph

Wreck-It Ralph - Toddling Around Chicagoland

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 […]

Harold and the Purple Crayon

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Harold and the Purple Crayon – website ** Note: Harold and the Purple Crayon is at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts through November 4. My experience and observations are based on what we experienced at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts so it’s possible there may be some slight differences. Location: The […]

Kohl Children’s Museum Presents the Wonderful World of Oz

Kohl Children's Museum - Oz - Toddling Around Chicagoland

The Kohl Children’s Museum has the Wonderful Wizard of Oz On Exhibit: Now – January 6, 2013 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz exhibit features larger than life pop-up books that dazzle the eyes and stimulates the mind. Each section of this exhibit, based on the book published in 1900 by L. Frank Baum and illustrated […]

Harold and the Purple Crayon Ticket Giveaway

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The Chicago Children’s Theatre presents Harold and the Purple Crayon and you can win tickets to see it! Here’s a little from the Chicago Children’s Theatre website: Harold and the Purple Crayon teaches young audiences that anything is possible with a crayon and a big imagination. Meet Harold, a curious four year old boy who, armed […]

Customized Trick-or-Treat Bags from InkGarden

Use code TREAT to purchase a customized (add your child’s name or photo!) trick-or-treat bag for only $1. Shipping is $4.99. Offer expires October 24, 2012. Ready to start your holiday card shopping? Use code Startxmas for a 20% discount on holiday cards. Offer expires October 23. The above is an affiliate link. 

Disney On Ice Treasure Trove

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Disney On Ice Treasure Trove – website Location: Allstate Arena, 6920 North Mannheim Road, Rosemont The Allstate Arena site includes links to CTA, Metra, and PACE to help you reach there using public transportation. Phone: Allstate Arena – 847-635-6601, Ticketmaster – 800-745-3000 Dates and times: September 13-16, 2012. Thursday, September 13 – 7:00 Friday, September 14 – 10:30, 7:00 Saturday, […]

Alice in Wonderland Presented by the Emerald City Theatre Company (and Promo Code)

Alice in Wonderland - Alice & Chesire Cat - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Alice in Wonderland – website Location: The Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-935-6100 Performances: Runs July 10-December 29. A full performance schedule is available online. Admission: Tickets start at $13 for children and $16 for adults. PROMO CODE – Throughout the month of August, enter the code EATME for a FREE adult ticket to any performance when you purchase […]

Christmas in July: Chicago Toy & Game Fair

Chicago Toy & Game Fair logo - Toddling Around Chicagoland

This is the Post #3 of 5 in the Christmas in July series. We attended the Chicago Toy and Game Fair in 2011 so the post is based on our experiences there. I have included information about the 2012 Chicago Toy and Game Fair for those planning to attend. The Chicago Toy & Game Fair […]

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty - spinning wheel - Toddling Around Chicagoland

Sleeping Beauty – website Location: Marriott Theatre, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire Phone: 847-634-0200 Dates: July 7 – August 18, 2012 Wednesday-Saturday at 10:00 am Admission: $15 a ticket Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. Bathrooms: There are public bathrooms with changing tables. In the bathroom we were in, the changing table was […]

Shutterfly Long Live Summer Photo Contest

Shutterfly Long Live Summer Photo Contest 2012 - Toddling Around Chicagoland

I don’t know about you, but I could use a trip to the Bahamas. Shutterfly has a great summer contest right now and the grand prize is a trip to the Bahamas for 4 and a professional family photo shoot! There are some other great other prizes as well, and all you have to do […]

LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee 2012

LEGO KidsFest - brick pile

LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee – website Location: Milwaukee’s Frontier Airlines Center, 400 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI Dates & Sessions: June 15-17 Friday, June 15 4 pm – 8:30 pm Saturday, June 16 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm Sunday, June 17 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm Session […]

Fun LEGO facts – LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee

Are your kids LEGO fans? Mine are, and I’m not afraid to admit that my husband and I love LEGOs too. We’re all looking forward to LEGO KidsFest, which will be in Milwaukee this weekend, June 15-17. Have you purchased your tickets yet? Read my previous post about LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee for all the details about this […]

Cirque Shanghai Year of the Dragon

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Cirque Shanghai Year of the Dragon – website Location: Pepsi Skyline Stage at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave, Chicago Phone: 800-745-3000 (to purchase tickets) Hours: The show runs May 24 – September 3. Sunday 2:00pm, 4:00pm Wednesday 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm Thursday 2:00pm, 8:00pm Friday 2:00pm, 7:00pm, 9:00pm Saturday 2:00pm, 6:00pm, 8:00pm Additional shows: Sunday, […]

LEGO KidsFest Giveaway Reminder

Have you entered to win tickets to the LEGO KidsFest in Milwaukee? One lucky winner from my blog will receive 2 tickets to the opening night session Friday, June 15, 2012   (4-8:30pm). To enter, click below. The winner will be notified on Wednesday, June 6.  LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee Ticket Giveaway Read my previous post about […]

Summer Movie Guide for Families and Kids

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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 […]

LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee – Giveaway

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LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee – website Location: Milwaukee’s Frontier Airlines Center, 400 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI Dates & Sessions: June 15-17 Friday, June 15 4 pm – 8:30 pm Saturday, June 16 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm Session II: 3 pm – 7:30 pm Sunday, June 17 Session I: 9 am – 1:30 pm […]

Chicago Green Festival 2012

Chicago Green Fest banner

Dates and Times: Saturday, May 5, 2012 from noon to 8:00 pm, Sunday, May 6 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Location: Navy Pier, 600 East Grand Avenue, Chicago Price: Discounted tickets available online. Day Pass – $10 online, $15 at door – includes Eco totebag (while supplies last) Weekend Pass – $15 online, $25 […]

Just Peachy Photography Spring Cutest Kid Contest

Last fall my family and I had a photo session with Erika from Just Peachy Photography. I did a full post about our experience and shared a few of the pictures she took. Erika recently contacted me to let me know Just Peachy Photography is running a Spring Cutest Kid Contest! If you’ve got a […]

National Public Gardens Day

Morton Arboretum

May 11, 2012 is National Public Gardens Day which means you can get free admission to a National Public Garden! Admission will not be free on that day, but you can register online to get a free pass. The pass is available immediately after you submit the registration; just print it out and save it […]

A Brown Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle Giveaway

CCT - Eric Carle - Hungry Little Caterpillar

  The Chicago Children’s Theatre is bringing A Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle to the Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre this May. The show is designed for children ages 2-7 and will feature music, visual effects, and puppetry. The hour-long show will include The Hungry Little Caterpillar; Brown Bear, Brown […]

Sprout Grand Opening Party

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Sprout, a San Francisco children’s boutique specializing in organic and natural products for children (ages 0-4) and parents, is coming to Chicago and celebrating with a grand opening party. Families will be able to sample organic snacks, play in the playroom, and enjoy entertainment from several Chicago artists. The first 50 people to make a […]