• The Science Behind Pixar at the Museum of Science & Industry
  • Care.com Nanny Share: affordable child care with plenty of perks
  • Chicago Cheap Summer Movie Guide
  • Free Donuts for National Donut Day
  • Chicago Area Baseball Clubs for Kids
boys posing with Mike & Sully from Monsters Inc.

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 […]

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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 […]

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts 2018

Chicago Area Easter Egg Hunts 2018

There might be a little snow here and there, but the green buds are popping out of the ground, Daylight Savings time has arrived, and Spring is just around the corner. That means the Easter Bunny is on his way too, and he’s stopping at several spots in Chicago and the suburbs to hide eggs […]

Chicago Children's Theatre - Epic Tale of Scale

An Epic Tale of Scale at the Chicago Children’s Theatre

Theatre is transforming its new West Loop home, The Station, into an all-immersive, two-story theatrical environment, totally unique to Chicagoland, for the world premiere live theater event: An Epic Tale of Scale. And it’s going to be EPIC! Co-created and co-directed by Henry Wishcamper and Jo Cattell, collaboratively designed by Chicago Children’s Theatre Community Programs […]

Chicago Area Easter Bunny Guide – 2018

It’s almost Easter so it’s time for the annual photos with the fluffy symbol of Spring. The Easter Bunny will be making stops at these locations in and around Chicago for photos before he hops away on April 1. If you’re a family with a child with special needs, scroll to the bottom for information […]

Monster Jam Roars Into Rosemont – 2018

Hear that? Yep, it’s the roaring and rumbling of monster truck engines. But wait, there’s more! When Monster Jam roars into Rosemont this March they’re bringing the famous Monster Jam trucks (of course), but also the Speedsters and ATVs. Monster Jam will be at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont Friday, March 2 through Monday, March […]

19 Movies and Shows on Netflix Streaming About Love, But Not Romance

Valentine’s Day is approaching and I’ve never been the lovey-dovey romantic type. I prefer fun or practical gifts to the flowers/candy/jewelry, and I generally favor dramas to rom-coms. Regardless, I still like Valentine’s Day and I’m still a big believer in love. Love takes many forms and Netflix streaming has shows and movies that celebrate […]

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PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” in Chicago

PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” will stop at The Chicago Theatre on Saturday, February 17, 2018 and Sunday, February 18, 2018. Show times are 10:30 am, 2:00 pm, and 5:30 pm each day. PAW Patrol Live! “The Great Pirate Adventure” is packed with action, music, and innovative costumes that bring the pups and […]

Skiing, Snowboarding, and Tubing Near Chicago

Embrace winter with a day of skiing, snowboarding, or 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. All of these locations can help out Mother Nature by making their own snow! Weather […]

Fish in an aquarium - Museum Overnights in Chicago

Asleep with the Fishes and Other Museum Overnights in Chicago

A new year is a great time for new experiences and several local museums offer you a chance for new experiences and perspectives by staying open overnight for sleepovers. Grab a sleeping bag, toothbrush, and jammies and reserve your tickets now. Many of these overnights will sell out quickly, so it’s best to reserve your spots […]

7 Ways to Celebrate MLK Day in Chicago

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is so much more than a holiday from school. It’s a day to celebrate the life and work of a Nobel Peace Prize recipient who struggled to make America a place of equality. Learn about Dr. King, the Civil Rights Movement, and others working for equality and progress at these […]

Netflix characters - NYE 2018 Countdowns

Countdowns on Demand with Netflix Streaming

Spending the New Year at home with the kids? I am! Every year we make a bunch of appetizers and get some fun beverages like egg nog and sparkling cider. We all snack until we can barely move and stream some movies. This year’s selections: Armageddon and Talladega Nights. Who says you have to countdown […]

Illumination at the Morton Arboretum

Last Chance: Illumination at the Morton Arboretum

Illumination is an amazing light display at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle for the holidays. Christmas may be over, but you still have a little bit of time to enjoy it because Illumination will be open until January 1, 2018. This is an outdoor attraction so dress for the weather. Location Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois […]

Balloons & streamers - New Year's Eve Events for Families in the Chicago Area 2017

Chicago Area New Year’s Eve Events for Families 2017

Every year has its ups and downs and now is the time for reflection and preparing for a fresh start. Celebrate with the kids at these family-friendly events in the Chicago area. Pre-New Year’s Eve Celebrations Pre-New Year’s Eve Party, Little Beans Play Cafe, 1809 W. Webster, Chicago Saturday, December 30 from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm […]

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