• Dora and Diego at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
  • Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America
  • Free MSI tickets for CPS students
  • Troll Hunt at the Morton Arboretum
  • Legoland Discovery Center Annual Pass 50% off (limited time only)
Dora and Diego statues and activities at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum Chicago

Dora and Diego at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

The new, hands-on exhibit Dora and Diego—Let’s Explore! opens Saturday, September 22, at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. Join the adventure into the Nickelodeon characters’ imaginative world to take part in a variety of activities to learn about nature and become problem solvers. The exhibit will also incorporate Spanish vocabulary throughout the journey, introducing the language to […]

Red water in pond by carousel at Six Flags Great America, Fright Fest

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America

Fright Fest at Six Flags Great America offers more scary attractions than ever! Too scared? Visit during the daytime hours for family-friendly thrills.

Top Three Products from the Chicago Baby Show 2018

Once a year, representatives and merchants from around the country spend a weekend in Chicago showing parents and expectant parents products and services for babies and children at the Chicago Baby Show, the largest show of its kind in the country. Expectant and new parents can discover new brands and see new products from established, […]

Science of Storms at the MSI Chicago

Free MSI tickets for CPS students

The first day of school is important. There may not be a lot of traditional school work on the first day, but attending helps students and teachers familiarize themselves, gives students a chance to learn rules and routines, and starts out the year with a good routine. Research indicates that the more a child attends […]

reclaimed wood art - Morton Arboretum

Troll Hunt at the Morton Arboretum

You can expect to find lots of interesting creatures at the Morton Arboretum – birds, ducks, squirrels, and now TROLLS. Trolls first made their appearance at the Morton Arboretum in the spring and rumor has it they’ll stick around through the end of 2018. Danish artist Thomas Dambo used reclaimed wood to create these colossal […]

Legoland Discovery Center Annual Pass 50% off (limited time only)

Is there anyone who doesn’t love LEGOs? Probably not. LEGOLAND Discovery Center is a magical place where there are more LEGO blocks than you can even imagine and you can spend the day building, exploring, and even going on rides. LEGOLAND has been a favorite attraction of ours for years and the best way to […]

Bushel of apples on table in orchard

Chicago Area Apple Orchard Guide 2018

I’ll confess that I’m not a huge fan of fall. It’s fine and all, but I prefer spring and summer and I’m not enthusiastic about the approach of cold weather. However, I LOVE apple picking. It almost makes up for the fact that summer is ending. It’s a tradition in our family to go apple […]

Free tickets Chicago Baby Show

Chicago Baby Show Ticket Giveaway

  The 2018 Chicago Baby Show, on August 25 & 26, 2018 will once again be the largest show for new and expectant parents in the country. Now in its 2nd year, no other event provides a better experience for thousands of expectant and new families from the Chicago area seeking a family-friendly jamboree of top […]

Magical Birthday Parties at CircEsteem

Children’s birthday parties have become a hot topic among parents and the pressure is real. During my childhood parents bought some cake, ice cream, and paper hats and we were pleased as punch. Now parents struggle with questions like: Do I invite the whole class or just close friends? Do I prepare goody bags? How […]

Giveaway: Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2 DVDs

Who’s ready for a giveaway? Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation will be in theaters July 13 and to celebrate I’ve got a great prize for a lucky reader: DVDs of Hotel Transylvania and Hotel Transylvania 2! Attention Mummies, Daddies, and little monsters of all kind: Grab your monster sized popcorn and get ready for the […]

Fourth of July Parade & Firework Guide – 2018

I don’t know about you, but we’re just about falling into our summer routine when the Fourth of July comes along to shake things up. I love it! Not only do I love celebrating independence and freedom, but it’s a kick in the butt. It’s a reminder that summer is filled with amazing opportunities for […]

Strawberries in a basket

Chicago Area Berry Picking Guide 2018

Who doesn’t love a nice, juicy berry? You can buy them at the grocery store, but it’s a chore to go shopping and you often find the strawberries (or raspberries, or blueberries) are just not that fresh. Treat yourself and your kids to super fresh, ripe berries right off the vine at one of the […]

Monsters of Pixar backdrop with kids at MSI

The Science Behind Pixar at the Museum of Science & Industry

My kids are growing up with Pixar movies. Cars taught them about friendship, Monsters Inc taught them to think independently, and Inside Out taught them about the importance of expressing their emotions. Then there’s Wall-e, Toy Story, The Incredibles, Finding Nemo, Up… the list goes on and on. The characters in these movies and the […]

Woman with kids

Care.com Nanny Share: affordable child care with plenty of perks

Kids aren’t cheap. There’s clothing and shoes to buy every few months, groceries, and pediatrician visits. If you’re like me, you scrimp and save wherever you can. I’ve clipped coupons, bought things second-hand, and accepted hand-me-downs from friends and family. Being cheap (or “frugal”) is fine for clothes and toys, but when their care and […]

Chicago Cheap Summer Movie Guide

I love settling into a darkened movie theater with my family and a ginormous bucket of popcorn. It doesn’t matter if we see a brand new release, or an old favorite movie, it’s just nice to escape for an hour or so into a different world. Bonus: it’s especially nice to escape from the heat […]

Free Donuts for National Donut Day

Friday, June 1 is National Donut Day! Haven’t made plans to celebrate yet? “Donut” worry! Here are Chicago shops celebrating this tasty holiday with free donuts or other specials. The Dapper Doughnut Free donuts on June 1, 2018 Duck Donuts Free donut on June 1, 2018 Dunkin’ Donuts  Free classic donut of your choice with […]

Chicago Area Baseball Clubs for Kids

It’s baseball season and lots of the local baseball teams have clubs for kids. Kids get souvenirs from the team and tickets to attend games for a fraction of the price you’d pay purchasing them separately. The Chicago White Sox even have a free kids club! Chicago White Sox Chicago White Sox Kids Club – Free […]

Urban Air Adventure Opens in Crystal Lake

Urban Air Adventure Park is opening their new Crystal Lake location this weekend and celebrating with a huge Grand Opening celebration! Urban Air Adventure Park is a full-service family entertainment center, with exciting attractions like wall-to-wall trampoline arenas, Dropzone, slam dunk track, trampoline dodgeball arenas, trampoline free-style open jump areas, the Urban Warrior Course™, The TUBES indoor […]

International Migratory Bird Day at Brookfield Zoo

What are we gonna do this weekend? It’s a constant question in our house, and I bet it is in your too. This information just came to be from Brookfield Zoo and it looks like a fun day: Enjoy the beautiful spring weather and venture out to Brookfield Zoo for the annual International Migratory Bird […]

White Sox Family Field Day

It’s baseball season! It’s always fun to catch a White Sox game at Guaranteed Rate Field, and there are plenty of extra fun events at the field as well.   Family Field Day The Chicago White Sox are hosting a Family Field Day on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Fans will have  the opportunity to experience […]

Chicagoland: Read All About It

Got a free weekend and wondering what to do with the kids? Overwhelmed with the idea of keeping the kids occupied this summer? Have no fear – I’ve got all kinds of ideas for you and I’ll be talking about them at the Schaumburg Central Library. The Schaumburg library conducts a series of presentations called […]

Sesame Street: F is for Friends Pop-Up Tour

This Saturday, the letter of the day will be “F” for Friends and the numbers of the day will be 11 and 4, because between those hours you and the kids can hang with some Sesame Street characters! When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Three live shows will repeat throughout […]

Earth Daze Open House at the Chicago Children’s Theatre

Celebrate Earth Day at the Chicago Children’s Theatre’s FREE Open House. Join them for a t-shirt “make a statement” workshop, showing the world what you believe, and attend legendary and mythical workshops with our fabulous summer camp teaching artists. Explore our summer camp themes of myth, legend, fairy tale, and folktales using craft, drama, song, and play! 20-minute […]

Brookfield Zoo Celebrates Earth Day with a Party for the Planet

Go green this Earth Day by joining Brookfield Zoo for its annual Party for the Planet celebration on Sunday, April 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The day of fun-filled environmentally-friendly activities, which are presented by energySMART, a Nicor Gas program, feature animal Zoo Chats, recycling and planting opportunities, and an Eco Expo, where […]

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 […]

Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock

What time is it? It’s time for Bubble Guppies Live! With three kids we’ve been watching Bubble Guppies for many years and it’s a really cute show. My kids, especially Campbell right now, can’t get enough and of all the shows the kids watch, Bubble Guppies probably has my favorite music. You can bet that […]

Santa on a roller coaster at Six Flags Great America

Big News from Six Flags Great America

Christmas isn’t exactly around the corner, but opening weekend for Great America is. If you’re excited about the April 21 opening weekend, Six Flags Great America has some amazing news for you. In addition to the brand new, record-breaking loop coaster, Mardi Gras Hangover, and an accompanying Mardi Gras Festival in late summer, they’re also […]

Cirque Du Soleil Corteo performance

Cirque Du Soleil – CORTEO

A cast of over 50 acrobats, actors, singers, and musicians from around the world make up Corteo by Cirque Du Soleil. They’ll be arriving in Rockford, Illinois this week for six performances at the BMO Harris Bank Center. Corteo This unique production directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca premiered in Montreal in April 2005 and has […]

Free Chicago Museum Days – Spring 2018

Warmer weather is on its way and there are so many more opportunities to enjoy the sights of the Chicago area. Some attractions can be pricey, especially when you’re paying for a whole family, so free days can be a huge relief to your wallet. Below is a list of free Chicago admission days so […]

Buckingham Fountain prepares to #SwitchonSummer2018

The start of Spring in Chicago brings not just warm weather and colorful blooms, but also an increase in the number of free things to do. Buckingham Fountain, an iconic Chicago attraction, wakes from its winter slumber soon to entertain Chicagoans and visitors with hourly displays, including music and lights after dusk. Be there to […]

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