Archives for 2011

Windy City Rollers

Windy City Rollers – website   As much as I love the zoo and children’s museums, I love to shake it up a little sometimes and try something new with the kids. I’ve had a bit of a fascination with roller derby for a while (who doesn’t love the idea of getting a little aggression […]

Dot & Ziggy

Dot & Ziggy – website   About Dot and Ziggy: Dot and Ziggy is theater for babies and toddlers, ideally 6 months to 4 years. Children sit with their parents on the floor and watch while Dot and Ziggy discover their differences (one likes up, one likes down; one flies, one ones; one likes things […]

Giveaway – Santa’s Village AZoosment Park

*** This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winners: Dawn, Danceddd, and Melody! Thanks to all who entered and a special thanks to Santa’s Village AZoosment Park!  SEE MY UPDATED POST INCLUDING OUR EXPERIENCE! Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Giveaway *** This post was previously posted on Wednesday, May 9, but because of problems with […]


I posted a giveaway for Santa’s Village AZoosment Park, but Blogger has been having some problems over the past couple days. I’m so sorry for any inconvenience, but Blogger reports that they’re working on restoring the missing posts and comments, so the giveaway will be posted again soon. Sorry for any inconvenience and thanks for […]


Letterboxing  Letterboxing is like a treasure hunt and it’s a great activity to do with kids. Letterboxers hide small boxes, generally outdoors, containing a rubber stamp or hand-carved stamp and a logbook. The people who plant the boxes leave clues online so others can find the boxes. When a box is found, the finder stamps […]

Giveaway – Cosley Zoo Passes

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner – Samantha! Samantha said… 9 Shared on Facebook! May 6, 2011 4:03 AM Thanks to all who entered & a special thanks to Cosley Zoo for the free passes! *************************** If you’ve been to Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, or read my previous post about Cosley Zoo, […]


FireZone – website Location: 1100 National Parkway, Schaumburg, IL 60173 Phone: 847-824-3473 Hours: Vary. Check their website for weekly drop-in hours. Drop-in activities are for 1 hour only and are limited to only 40 children. Admission: $9 per child. Adults and children under 2 are free. Parking: There is free parking in the attached lot. […]

Great Deal on DuPage Children’s Museum Admission

Groupon is offering admission to the DuPage Children’s Museum for only $4. This deal will be available today, April 23 and tomorrow, April 24, and doesn’t expire until October. Be sure to check out my previous post about the DuPage Children’s Museum.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Museum of Contemporary Art – website Location: 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611 Phone: 312-280-2660 Hours: Monday                                     ClosedTuesday                                     10:00 am – 8:00 pmWednesday – Sunday                 10:00 am – 5:00 pmClosed Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year’s Day Admission: $12 (suggested admission), $7 for senior citizens and students with IDChildren 12 and under, members of the […]

Triton Troupers Circus

Triton Troupers Circus – website, Facebook page *** Although I usually post about activities we’ve done so you can learn from our experiences, I’m posting about this one before we go so you don’t miss it. Thanks to the Triton Troupers for providing all the detailed information! Location: Robert Collins Building at Triton College, 2001 […]

Avon Giveaway & special offer

***This giveaway has ended! Congratulations to our winner:  Melanie said… 70 Avon Kids Bath Time Body Paints! April 16, 2011 9:35 AM   Thanks to all who entered and a special thanks to Joslyn for this great Avon giveaway! Avon Giveaway & Special Offer My friend Joslyn is an Avon Representative and she’s offering a […]

Winner – Kid’s Activity Pack

I used to choose a winner from all the comments on the Kid’s Activity Pack Giveaway post and the random number chosen was 24. And the winner is: starlightearssaid… GFC follower! Sindy April 6, 2011 8:40 AM Congratulations to Sindy! She won a Kid’s Activity Pack from Extra Baggage Boutique on Etsy.

Jumbo Recycled Crayons Giveaway

 *** Giveaway has ended!  We have a winner of the 2 Jumbo Recycled Crayons from GrammiesKidz on Etsy! And the winner is… SETexasMama said… I like you on FB Dana W April 15, 2011 2:52 PM Congratulations to Dana and thanks to all who entered! A special thanks to GranniesKidz for the giveaway! One lucky […]

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 […]

Kid’s Activity Pack Giveaway

*** Giveaway has ended! Thanks to everyone who participated & special thanks to Extra Baggage Boutique! Rachael at Extra Baggage Boutique on Etsy recently sent metwo kid’s activity packs – one for me to try and one to give away to a lucky reader! The activity pack is very well made and Rachael uses really […]

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, […]

Winner – Boo Boo All Better

I used to choose a winner from all the comments on the Boo Boo All Better post and the random number chosen was 47. And the winner is: Taleah said… I follow on GFC March 27, 2011 6:55 PM Congratulations to Taleah! Taleah won Boo Boo All Better from Artsy Fartsy Mommy on Etsy.

Boo Boo All Better giveaway & a special offer

GIVEAWAY – Boo Boo All Better from Artsy Fartsy Mommy!*** Giveaway has ended! Thanks to everyone who participated & special thanks to Artsy Fartsy Mommy! Another giveaway! I’m excited – how about you? Marla from Artsy Fartsy Mommy on Etsy is offering a Boo Boo All Better from her shop for the winner. What is […]

Waterfall Glen

Waterfall Glen – website Location: Darien, IL. The parking lot at Bluff Road and Cass Ave is about a half a mile from the waterfall. Phone: 630-933-7200 Parking: Free. Bathrooms: It’s a forest preserve so they’re pretty rustic. There was a port-a-potty near the parking lot. No changing tables. Handicapped/stroller accessibility: Not so much. It’s […]

Winner – 4 free passes to Legoland Discovery Center

I used to choose a winner from all the comments on the Legoland post, and the random number chosen was 41. And the winner is: Samanthasaid… Blogged on my blog about your awesome giveaway March 16, 2011 4:28 AM Congratulations to Samantha! Samantha won 4 free passes to Legoland Discovery Center. I know […]

All Aboard Diner

All Aboard Diner – website All Aboard Diner is a train themed restaurant where food is delivered to your seat at the counter by train (tables are also available, but without train delivery). There is also a large train set at the front of the restaurant with buttons so kids can control sounds and moving […]

Legoland Discovery Center & Giveaway!

Legoland Discovery Center – website *** The giveaway for Legoland passes is now over. Keep watching the blog, because we may have more in the future! Location: Streets of Woodfield, 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173 Phone: 847-592-9700 Hours: Monday – Friday 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm Saturday & Sunday 10:00 pm – 7:00 […]

St. Patrick’s Waterfall Dyeing at Lake Katherine

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 […]

Garfield Park Conservatory

Garfield Park Conservatory – website Location: 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60624 Phone: 312-746-5100 Hours:Open everyday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 8:00 pm *** The Conservatory will be closed Monday, March 7, 2011 for a mandatory Chicago Park District shut down day to balance the budget. Admission: Free! There […]

Chagall for Children – DuPage Children’s Museum

Chagall for Children presented by the DuPage Children’s Museumthrough April 20, 2011 Please see my previous postabout the DuPage Children’s Museum for detailed information about location, admission, and amenities. There is no additional cost for this exhibit.This exhibit allows kids to interact with art and experience it using different senses. Each of the fourteen pieces […]

DuPage Children’s Museum

DuPage Children’s Museum – website Location: 301 N. Washington Street, Naperville, IL 60540 If you’re taking public transportation, the Metra station is across the parking lot from the museum; take the Metra BSNF Aurora line to the DCM stop. Phone: 630-637-8000 Hours: Monday 9am – 1pm Thursday 9am – 4pm (open until 8pm every 3rd […]

Special offer for my readers!

My friend Joslyn has extended a special discount to my blog followers! From now through March 9th, receive 20% off any orders you place through Joslyn’s Avon site. This is a great opportunity to stock up on Skin So Soft Bug Guard Plus Sunscreen Lotion, your favorite Avon beauty products, bubble bath for the kids, […]

Association of Children’s Museums memberships

Considering a membership to one of the children’s museums? I strongly recommend it! The Association of Children’s Museums has a reciprocal program that allows you to visit any of 165 children’s museums nationwide. Each museums has it’s own membership benefits, so it can be difficult to choose which one to join. Below I’ve listed each […]


Chic-A-Go-Go – website Chic-A-Go-Go is a Chicago Cable Access dance show for kids of all ages. It’s hosted by Ratso (a puppet) and Miss Mia, and there are live performers, lots of music, and lots of dancing. Tapings are open to the public and require no tickets – just show up ready to dance. Location: […]

Big Monster Door

Big Monster Door ** This is really just a photo opportunity, but it was fun. This huge “door” is at Big Monster Toys, which is a toy design firm. Location: 21 S Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60607 Days/hours: Any Admission: Free! Parking: Street parking We paid: Nothing! Our experience: The kids really loved it. Cooper […]

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