Category: entertainment

The Magic of the Wonderland Express

The Magic of the Wonderland Express

December 19, 2011 | Comments (0)

One of the things I absolutely love about Christmas time is that it can make you feel just like a kid all over again.  The lights, the sounds and the anticipation of it all make December one very magical month.  And no one captures that childlike wonder and excitement quite like the Wonderland Express at […]

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This Christmas, try something a little different...

This Christmas, try something a little different…

December 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

There are certain holiday traditions our family has that we make sure to do every year.  We always have to make sugar cookies.  We write letters to Santa and find an opportunity to sit on his lap.  After last year, we always try to ride the Holiday Train. This year, we had the opportunity to […]

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Birthdays at Keylime Cove

Birthdays at Keylime Cove

December 13, 2011 | Comments (3)

My two children were born 4 years and a week apart. I never liked the idea of combining their birthday celebrations before but this year, they had the brilliant idea of staying at Keylime Cove overnight instead of having two birthday parties. When we first moved to Lake County, IL from Maryland a year and […]

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AMC Offers Sensory Friendly Film Screenings

AMC Offers Sensory Friendly Film Screenings

November 28, 2011 | Comments (0)

It seems to me that everyone knows someone with a child on the autism spectrum or another sensory issue.  Too often I hear stories about how they are afraid to take their children to public places for fear of how others will judge their children’s actions.  AMC Theatres is stepping up to help these families […]

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Goodnight Moon, The Musical wakes up the fun

Goodnight Moon, The Musical wakes up the fun

November 20, 2011 | Comments (1)

Goodnight Moon, by Margaret Wise Brown has always been one of my favorite toddler books to read.  The words are so soothing, and I love the idea of saying goodnight to “nobody.” Since the book itself doesn’t seem to inspire me to sing, I was wondering how they would draw it out into a full-length […]

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Football Widow? Not Me!

Football Widow? Not Me!

November 13, 2011 | Comments (4)

It’s all in the packaging. Now, don’t get all “But women love football, too” on me…I get that!  Some of my best girl friends are football fans.  And, I have nothing against football.  Many of my fondest childhood memories involve going to Bears games with my Dad. (um…go Bears!) I’m just saying, it’s about the […]

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Cantigny Park-Wheaton, IL

Cantigny Park-Wheaton, IL

August 30, 2011 | Comments (6)

The humidity was almost non existent and the cooler temperature was a pleasant break from the scorching heat wave of early August.  It could only mean that summer would soon be on it’s way out and it was definitely time to pack in all the outdoor fun that we could, before it was time to […]

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Sweeney Todd Provides a Great Date Night

Sweeney Todd Provides a Great Date Night

August 22, 2011 | Comments (0)

When the usher shows you to your seats and the people behind you are debating whether Sweeney Todd was a mass murderer or a serial killer, you know this isn’t going to be your average date night.  The Drury Lane Theatre offered us complementary tickets to see the show on opening night.  I jumped at the […]

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Cool Family Fun at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

Cool Family Fun at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater

July 19, 2011 | Comments (3)

We always enjoy the Chicago Shakespeare Theater.   When we were invited to review the new CST Family production of Pinocchio, we immediately grabbed four tickets.   When the lights went down, I spent the first few minutes admiring the actors and set.  The story we all know has been reimagined with original songs and music, and a mix […]

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Toddlin’ around Town with Your Toddler: Best Spring Spots in the City for Families with Toddlers

Toddlin’ around Town with Your Toddler: Best Spring Spots in the City for Families with Toddlers

May 18, 2011 | Comments (0)

I’m always on the lookout for museums/restaurants/theatres that are both big kid and toddler friendly. With a nine year age gap between my kids, it’s not always easy finding places that appeal to tweens and toddlers alike. At age 18 months, my toddlin’ gal needs space to run and play. She likes bright colors, peppy […]

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Dot and Ziggy charms the smaller set

Dot and Ziggy charms the smaller set

May 15, 2011 | Comments (2)

If it were a normal night, the lobby theater would have inspired moans and groans from regular theater patrons. Babies were crying, moms were nursing, toddlers were running here, there and everywhere. But on a Friday morning at 10 a.m., these sights and sounds were just fine. At the Chicago Children’s Theatre production of Dot […]

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No Babies at the Symphony...Please!

No Babies at the Symphony…Please!

May 13, 2011 | Comments (7)

I have written before about my love for the CSO’s Kraft Family Matinee series. This series of several, hour-long Saturday afternoon concerts is a wonderful way to introduce elementary-school aged children to the beauty of classical music. Each concert features selections from works by great composers — organized around a theme, such as water or city versus […]

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