Free Chicago Museum Days – Fall 2016

  Summer is sliding away and it’ll be fall (officially) very soon. Spend your fall exploring Chicago attractions for free! Most free days only apply to Illinois residents with valid identification and only apply to general admission, not special exhibits or events. Adler Planetarium – September 12-16, October 10, November 11, December 3-9. Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool– […]

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2016

Apple pie, apple cider, applesauce, apple tart, apple cinnamon oatmeal… there are so many things you can do with apples and it’s time to stock up. It’s apple-picking time! Spend the day in the beautiful changing weather and enjoy some apples fresh from the tree. Some orchards charge and admission fee, while others only charge […]

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 […]

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 […]

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Tubing

Embrace the Midwestern winter with skiing and snow tubing! Here are some great places not too far from Chicago to where, depending on your skill and comfort level, you can glide gently or zoom down some hills. Even if there’s no snow, all of these locations make their own snow. Four Lakes Alpine Snowsports Just about […]

Winter Specials at Medieval Times

Regular ticket prices are $61.95 for adults and $36.95 for children (ages 12 and under), but Medieval Times has several special offers right now so you can choose which one is right for you and save big money. Fill the Pantry – Bring 3 non-perishable food items to receive and use code FOODWEB16 to save […]

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 […]

Endless Summer at Raging Waves Waterpark

Raging Waves was one of our favorite day trips last summer so we were very excited to return this year. For ALL the details about Raging Waves, see my previous Raging Waves Waterpark post; this post will tell you about our 2015 experience. Prices for admission, preferred parking, special packages, and cabanas remain the same […]

Wild Encounters at Brookfield Zoo

Two years ago Brookfield Zoo closed the 60-year-old Children’s Zoo. While it was sad to see it go, the closure made room for Brookfield Zoo’s newest attraction – Wild Encounters. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 3-11 and seniors (children under 3 are free). Zoo members pay half price. Wild Encounters opened […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

iFLY-Kohl Playdate – Register Now!

The Kohl Children’s Museum and iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Rosemont are teaming up for a very special playdate and you’re invited! Everyone who attends will enjoy food, drinks, and a hands-on project to learn about aerodynamics, before getting a chance to fly! You’ll even get to take home a video of your flight. Space is limited, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Weekday Fun for Little Ones

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

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 […]


Website: 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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Free YouthSpark Summer Camps at Microsoft Retail Stores

Microsoft retail stores are offering free YouthSpark Summer Camps for children between 8 and 13. Although the classes are free, pre-registration is required. An adult must stay in the store with the child during the entire session. Camps are split into two groups – Jr. Designers (ages 8-10) and Designers (ages 11-13). Four types of camps are available […]

Cantigny Park Free Summer Drop-In Program

Cantigny Park in Wheaton is a great place to spend a summer day – lots of room to walk and play, a playground, restaurant, picnic areas, a museum, tanks to climb on, a fountain, and lots more. See my full post on Cantigny Park. This summer Cantigny is offering free drop-in programs for kids. No […]

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 […]

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