Archives for 2012

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

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 […]

Kingdom Quest Laser Ride at Legoland Discovery Center

Kingdom Quest Laser Ride at Legoland Discovery Center – website This weekend we were invited to a special event at the Legoland Discovery Center and we got to test out the brand new Kingdom Quest Laser Ride, which officially opened today. Legoland closed their Dragon Quest ride a while ago to change it to the […]

Resource Guide

This quote has popped up a few places recently and has got me thinking a lot about how I spend my money and what kind of world I want. Often, I’m not very happy about the vote I’m casting. It’s something I’m trying to at least be a bit more conscious about. Money is tight […]

Studio Movie Grill Opening in Wheaton – FREE Movie Tickets

Studio Movie Grill Opening in Wheaton – website Location: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton Opening: June 8, 2012 About Studio Movie Grill: From blockbuster movies to alternate and family programming, SMG offers something for everyone. Check back often for listings and showtimes and visit our SMG Wheaton Facebook page for exclusive offers. […]

LEGO KidsFest Milwaukee – Giveaway

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 […]

Pure Matters for Kids Review

Pure Matters is now closed.   Pure Matters for Kids – website My kids take a multi-vitamin each night before bed and we’ve tried a little of everything from Flintstones vitamins to vitamins we bought at a local health food store. They seem to like any kind of vitamin, but when we tried Pure Matters […]

Free Bowling for Kids at AMF All Summer

I love spending time outside in the summer, but there are some days when it’s just too hot, or we’ve spent too much time outside, and we need an indoor activity for a change. Last summer we enjoyed going bowling with the boys. We were afraid they were a little too young (they were 1 […]

Overnight Getaway – Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort

Grizzly Jack’s Grand Bear Resort – website Location: 2643 N. State Route 178, Utica, IL Phone: 866-399-3866 Parking: There is a large attached lot at the main resort. There are additional lots for the villas and cabin and 2 spaces directly in front of each cabin. Parking is free. Check in & check out: Check-in […]

Mom’s Night Out at Fore! Family Fun

Mom’s Night Out at Fore! Family Fun – website Location: Fore! Family Fun, Shef Brothers Pizza, and Bogies Indoor Golf Club, 1505 Mitchell Drive, Oswego Date and time: Tuesday, May 22 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm Cost: FREE Information from Fore! Family Fun:  Leave Dad and the kids at home and come to this […]

GoPicnic Review, Giveaway, and Promotional Code

*** If giveaway entry form is not visible below, click on the title of this post. My family and I are constantly eating on the go. We picnic whenever we can, but we often wind up eating quick meals in the car too. It’s difficult to avoid fast food when you’re on the go, and […]

Best of the Bump Club and Beyond Event

Best of the Bump Club and Beyond Event – website Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago Date and time: Sunday, June 3, from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm (10:00 am for Platinum ticket holders) Admission: Tickets can be purchased online at the Bump Club and Beyond website. $40 for general admission – includes […]

WallPops Review and Giveaway

WallPops Review and Giveaway – website *** If you do not see the entry form below, click on the title of this post. I love decorating our walls, but I don’t always like having to nail things to the wall. I’m not very good at it and I don’t like having holes in the wall […]

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park Opens for the Season

Santa’s Village AZoosment Park in Dundee opens this weekend with new rides and attractions for the 2012 season. Although the official opening date is Sunday, May 13, the park will be open on Saturday, May 12 from 10 am to 2 pm for Make-A-Wish Day. Admission will only be $5 and 100% of all admission […]

Mother’s Day Giveaway from Plum District Chicago

Plum District is now closed.   ***If entry form is not visible below, click on the title of this post to go directly to the post and it will appear. It’s almost Mother’s Day which means crayon drawings from the kids and some extra help from my husband! Plum District, one of my favorite deal […]

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

A Bear, A Moon, and A Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle – website To see a video preview of the show, scroll to the bottom of this post.   Location: Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-871-3000 Dates and times: May 2 – 27 (Some shows are sold out already!) Mondays – no shows […]

Getting the Most from Your Farmer’s Market – Guest Post

  Today’s post is written by Jeremy Arendt, head cook and co-owner of Sprouts Home Day Care, an organic, eco-healthy day care located in the Northwest Chicago Suburbs.  He graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield where he studied sustainable food systems.  When he is not cooking for the kids, you can usually find him tending […]

Farmers’ Markets

It’s Spring and that means it’s Farmers’ Market season! Below are a listing of some farmers’ markets in and around Chicago. For more information about farmers’ markets in your area, visit AgriHappenings or Local Harvest. Chicago Chicago Downtown Farmstand Monday-Friday 11am-7pm, Saturday 11am-4pm 66 E. Randolph Street, Chicago Daley Plaza Farmers’ Market May 12-October 20 Thursdays […]

Guest Post at

It’s Spring and that means rain! If you’re looking for some rainy day fun, check out my guest post, Top 5 Places for Rainy Day Fun in Chicago on the blog today.

Chicago Green Festival 2012

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 […]

“Dentist by 1” Electric Toothbrush Giveaway

*** This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to the winner: Commenter #13 – Rebecca! The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is kicking off “Dentist by 1,” a statewide public service campaign to educate parents about the benefits of taking their children to the dentist by age 1 and to encourage them to schedule a visit. Here’s […]

Tooth Fairy Day

Tooth Fairy Day at Oral Health Care Professionals, LLC – website This is a great free event (you don’t even have to be a patient) to help kids learn about and get comfortable with the dentist office. It is not an examination or cleaning, just a fun introduction to the dentist. Some older kids or […]

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 […]

Weber Grill

Weber Grill – website Location: 1010 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg Phone: 847-413-0800 Hours: Lunch – Monday-Friday 11:30 am – 4:00 pm Dinner – Monday-Thursday 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Friday 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, Saturday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm, Sunday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm Parking: Free parking in the attached lot. Bathrooms: […]

Reuseit Tote Bag Review

Reuseit Tote Bag Review I recently had an opportunity to get a tote bag from Reuseit has a great selection of tote bags, but I had to pick the Reisenthel Dual-Handled Parent-Child Shopping Tote. There are a few color choices, but I just love this orange and blue combination. I’ve seen this in magazines […]

National Public Gardens Day

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

  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

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 […]

Nibbles Play Cafe

Nibbles Play Cafe – website Location: 13 Huntington Lane, Wheeling Phone: 847-229-0400 Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. Nibbles is closed on Sundays for private parties. Admission: $7.50 per child, $3.75 for each sibling. Adults are free. Living Social has a 3-visit pass for only $10, but it is only available for 3 […]

Joslyn’s Journey – Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

If you’re a regular reader of Toddling Around Chicagoland you may have noticed the Joslyn’s Journey button in the sidebar before. My friend Joslyn is planning to walk in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer on June 2nd and 3rd in Chicago. This cause is especially important to me because I have had three family […]

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