Archives for 2012

Scooby Doo Music of the Vampire Sweepstakes, Review, & Giveaway

This giveaway has ended. Congratulations to the winner, comment #8: Tess. The Pump It Up/Warner Home Video sweepstakes continues until April 30, 2012. Sweepstakes Pump It Up and Warner Home Video have partnered up to host a sweepstakes celebrating the March 13, 2012 release of Scooby Doo! Music of the Vampire on dvd and Blu-ray. […]

Peanut “Friendly” White Sox Game

The Chicago White Sox will be hosting their first  peanut “friendly” game this season. During this game, there will be an entire section that will be peanut free to allow families affected by peanut allergies to attend a Chicago White Sox game. The peanut free section will be cleaned and checked prior to the game, […]

Baby Banz Review and Giveaway

It’s only April but we’ve already experienced a couple weeks of summertime here in Chicago. The warm weather usually reminds me that I need to start shopping for summer items like shorts, swimsuits, sand toys, and sunglasses. I recently read a very informative article on that says that until kids are about 10, the […]

Changes to the ACM Reciprocal Membership

Bad new Children’s Museums lovers! As of April 1, 2013 (yes, it’s a year away), the Association of Children’s Museums Reciprocal Program will be changing. The current program allows you to purchase a ACM Reciprocal Membership from any of the participating museums and you’ll receive all the benefits of membership at that museum, plus you’ll […]

Non-Candy Easter Basket Fillers for Kids

I love shopping for Easter baskets! I’ll buy the required chocolate bunny (a small, hollow one) and jelly beans, but for the most part I like to steer away from candy, which is pretty easy to do since there are so many fun things to buy for the kids for Spring. Here are some ideas […]

Tiny Prints Invitation Giveaway

I’m willing to bet the odds are pretty good you’ve had a baby shower thrown for you in the past (since I assume most of my readers have children or even grandchildren). If you haven’t had one, you’ve likely been to one and you know the invitation is the key to everything. It tells you […]

41st Annual Triton Troupers Circus

41st Annual Triton Troupers Circus – website Location: Robert Collins Building at Triton College, 2001 5th Ave, River Grove, IL 60171 Performances: Thursday, March 29 at 7:00 PM Friday, March 30 at 7:00 PM Saturday, March 31 at 1:00 PM and 7:00 PM *The 1:00 PM Saturday show is interpreted for the hearing impaired by […]

The Great Cloth Diaper Change

On April 21 (Earth Day weekend!) parents and children around the world will be gathering at locations throughout the world to simultaneously change a cloth diaper and try to help change the world. The first Great Cloth Diaper Change was in 2011 set a Guinness World Record for the most cloth diapers changed simultaneously – […]

Caring Bunny Coming to Orland Square Mall

I thought I’d share this great information I received about the Caring Bunny who will be available for special needs: It’s common to see children lining up in the malls to sit on the Easter Bunny’s lap — and just as common to hear the loud children’s music, bright lights and busy set that add […]

Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales

Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales – website Location: Akoo Theater (formerly the Rosemont Theater), 5400 North River Road, Rosemont Phone: 847-671-5100 Show times: This show was only in town for one weekend. The only remaining show is Sunday, March 18 at 1:00 pm. Admission: $15-$70 ($19.75-$79.65 with fees) Parking: There is a large […]

Couture Fluff Review & Giveaway

Couture Fluff Review & Giveaway Shortly after my first son was born I attended the Nursing Moms Network, a group for breastfeeding mothers, for the first time. In addition to getting tons of support and advice about breastfeeding and parenting in general, I was also introduced to an incredible group of moms and cloth diapers. […]

How to Take Your Child to a Show

This is part 2 of a 2-part series. The first post is Can I Take My Toddler to a Show? Once you’ve decided you and your toddler are ready to go to a show, here’s some tips on how to make it a successful outing: Let your child know what to expect. This is a […]

Can I Take My Toddler to a Show?

This post is part one of two about how to take your toddler to shows. To see the second post, click here. Over the past few years, and especially the last year that I’ve been blogging here at Toddling Around Chicagoland, we’ve taken our two boys (currently 2- & 4-years-old) to movies, sporting events, plays, […]

Trivia from Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales

Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales at the Akoo Theatre (formerly the Rosemont Theatre) Friday, March 16-Sunday, March 18. Get your tickets now, and use the code MOM to receive $5 off tickets to the shows on Fri., Mar. 16 at 10:30 am, Sat., Mar. 17 at 11 am, or Sat., Mar. 17 at […]

Disney Live! coming to Chicago

Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales is coming to the Chicago area: Prepare to step into a world of wonder where wishing is only the beginning and dreams really do come true in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales.  Join Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy as […]

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is now in theatres nationwide. I am not posting specifics (prices, bathrooms, etc) because theatres vary so much. You can find where The Lorax is playing near you, or purchase tickets online at Fandango. Our experience:  I’ve been excited about seeing The Lorax for months and if […]

Green Eggs (2 Ways) and “Ham”

I’m in a Seuss-y kind of mood today. It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday and The Lorax is in theatres today! What better way to start a Seussy day than with green eggs and ham. Here’s my version: I made two kinds of green eggs – scrambled (“Daddy eggs” in our house) and over-easy (“Mommy eggs” or […]

Mother’s Helpers Giveaway

I’m so excited to offer another giveaway today! Family outings are fantastic, but there are times when you just can’t bring the kids along, whether it’s because you have to work, run errands, or just need a day or evening away. Mother’s Helpers contacted me and they’d like to offer a great prize to help […]

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – website Location: The Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-935-6100 Performances: Runs February 17-June 28. A full performance schedule is available online. Monday – 2/20 at 10:30 am Tuesday – No shows Wednesday – Shows at 10:15 am and 11:00 am on […]

Volo Auto Museum Giveaway

I recently posted about our experience at Volo Auto Museum, where we saw awesome cars from the Blues Brothers, the Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, plus Lightning McQueen and the Truckosaurus. Check out the Volo post if you missed it and then enter to win a pair of tickets! Kids under 5 are free and […]

Pump It Up Facebook Treasure Hunt Contest

Pump It Up is having a Treasure Hunt on its Facebook page on Wednesday!  Go “like” them on Facebook (link: and follow along all day on Wednesday, February 15 to get all 10 code words.  Then you can enter to win a free Adventure Party for your child – a new kind of party […]

Bring Joy to a Hospitalized Child at Children’s Memorial Hospital

One of the incredible benefits of living in the Chicago area is that we’re fortunate enough to have Children’s Memorial Hospital, the region’s top provider of pediatric specialty care, right here. Children’s Memorial has served over 148,000 children in the past year and they treat children from all over the country and from more than […]

Volo Auto Museum

Volo Auto Museum – website Location: 27582 Volo Village Road, Volo, IL Phone: 815-385-3644 Hours: Open 7 days a week, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Admission: Adults – $9.95 Children 5-12 – $5.95 (children under 5 free) – use their online coupon for 1/2 off a child’s admission with an adult’s admission. Seniors (65 and […]

Putting Your Heart In The Right Place – Easy & Inexpensive Valentine’s Day Surprises

Valentine’s Day is almost here! I’m always trying to come up with creative (& inexpensive) ways to celebrate and show John that I think he’s a great husband and father. I thought I’d share a couple of the ideas to help inspire you this Valentine’s Day. A few years ago I decided to surprise John […]

The Houdini Box

The Houdini Box – website Location: The Mercury Theatre, 3745 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago Phone: 773-325-1700 Performances: January 24 – March 4, 2012 No shows on Monday. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays – 10:15 am Fridays – 2 performances a day, times vary Saturdays & Sundays – 11:00 am, 2:00 pm (March 14-March 25 at North Shore […]

Giveaway – Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream

Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream Giveaway **This giveaway is now closed! Congratulations to Joelle! Did you read my previous post about all the fun we had at Disney On Ice Presents Dare to Dream? I know you want your family to experience it too! Use the promo code below for a great deal […]

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream

Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream – website ** Note: Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream is at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont January 25 through 29, and at the United Center in Chicago February 1 through 12. I’ve included information about both venues, but my experience and observations are based on what […]

Disney On Ice Dare to Dream is coming to Chicago

Disney On Ice Dare to Dream is coming to Chicago! I’ll be posting more information and our experience after we’ve seen the show, but here’s some information I was given to share with you: Get tangled up in the newest thrilling show to hit the ice, Disney On Ice presents Dare to Dream. Experience Disney’s hilarious […]

KidsWork Children’s Museum

KidsWork Children’s Museum – website Location: 11 S. White Street, Frankfort Phone: 815-469-1199 Hours: Closed Mondays (except for school holidays) Tuesday – Saturday    9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday                     11:00 am – 4:00 pm Open some Thursday evenings Admission: $6 per person; $5 for seniors. Family memberships start at $85 and includes free admission to […]

Toddler Tuesday at the Legoland Discovery Center

Toddler Tuesday at the Legoland Discovery Center – webpage Toddler Tuesdays at Legoland Discovery Center begin for the winter season January 10. Each Tuesday, Legoland designates the first two hours of the day to toddlers. Admission is discounted and toddlers have the run of the upstairs, including the 4D movie theater, renovated play area, and […]

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