Posts in category "Special events"

5 Reasons to "Do the Dells" this Labor Day Weekend

5 Reasons to "Do the Dells" this Labor Day Weekend
Didn't make it up to the Wisconsin Dells this summer like you'd planned? There is still time for one last family hurrah before you settle back into the old school routine. Why not plan a quick getaway up to the Wisconsin Dells to officially say so long to summer? Here are five reasons to make this trip. Now. While you are thinking of it. Before summer really is over (boo hoo)...

WTTW Hosts 10th Annual WTTW Kids Fun and Run

WTTW Hosts 10th Annual WTTW Kids Fun and Run
Walk or run, but come to the 10th annual WTTW Kids Fun and Run! Registration for this annual family event is now open!  This spectacular event for parents and children supports WTTW’s award-winning and educational children’s programming and will take place in Chicago’s Lincoln Park on Sunday, August 25 from 9:00 am until noon.  This year’s celebration will feature live music from Ralph's World performing their critically-acclaimed, totally enjoyable music for adults and kids alike. Favorite WTTW walk-around characters will be on hand for hugs and photographs, including Sesame Street’s Elmo, Grover, and Cookie Monster; Arthur, D.W. and Buster from Arthur; WordGirl; Ruff Ruffman from Fetch; Peep from Peep and the Big Wide World; Martha from Martha Says; Dr. Seuss’s the Cat in the Hat; and longtime children’s favorite, Curious George. Other attractions include complimentary food and beverage, strolling entertainment, children’s performers from the Old Town School of Folk Music, giant inflatables for climbing and sliding, activities and crafts, and live performances from Miss Lori of Miss Lori’s CAMPUS. This event will sell out. Advance registration is required and early registration is strongly recommended. The general entry fee is $30 per person for adults and $15 for children age 13 and under; for WTTW11 members, the entry fee is $20 per person for adults and $10 for children age 13 and under. All registered participants will receive an official WTTW Kids Fun and Run t-shirt, runner/walker number and goodie bag. Children 24 months old and younger on the day of the event are admitted free, but will not receive a T-shirt, runner/walker number or goodie bag unless registered as paid participants...

Popsicle® Pop-up Party Making Special Stop in Chicago on Monday, July 22nd

Popsicle® Pop-up Party Making Special Stop in Chicago on Monday, July 22nd
Popsicle® pops are a big part of summer fun — at least at our house. To be totally honest, my kids are on a Popsicle (or ice cream cone) a day program. Whatever. It is summer and they are kids, right? I wanted to tell you about a fun Popsicle®-related event coming to Chicago tomorrow.... Read more »
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Family Must-Do: The Square Roots Festival

Family Must-Do: The Square Roots Festival
All street festivals are not created equal. In fact, some of them are just NOT family-friendly. However, the Square Roots Festival is the epitome of a summer family street fest. It just doesn't get any better than this. And it is all happening this weekend in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The Old Town School of Folk Music and the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce bring more than 60 musical acts to this year's Square Roots festival. ...

Move It Movement Tour comes to Bridgeview on July 10th

Move It Movement Tour comes to Bridgeview on July 10th
The MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR is the Cartoon Network’s summer campaign targeting youth 6-14, in partnership with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The tour features multiple activity and learning stations, incorporating core partner organizations as NBA/WNBA FIT & NBA Hoop Troop, NFL PLAY 60, The PGA of America and Subway® Fresh Fit for Kids™. Families planning to visit and participate in the MOVE IT MOVEMENT TOUR can enjoy a host of activities including...

Take Advantage of the Chicago Summer Dance in the Parks Program

Take Advantage of the Chicago Summer Dance in the Parks Program

The whole family can learn to dance and enjoy live music at SummerDance in the Parks – an admission-free series that is part of Chicago SummerDance – coming to five different Chicago Park District facilities Wednesdays, July 3 – Aug. 28. 

The series offers introductory one-hour dance lessons by professional instructors at 6 p.m. followed by live music and dancing from 7-9 p.m.  The diverse lineup showcases various traditional and modern dance styles from all corners of the globe. SummerDance in the Parks is presented as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District.  ...
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Free family events at the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival

Free family events at the Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival
The Magnificent Mile Shopping Festival presented by Mastercard kicks off this Friday. What the heck it that, you ask? Mostly just a shopping promotion, but there are a few free events for kids that might be worth adding to the 'ol family calendar. After all, who couldn't use a few free activities to help up get to back-to-school time...

Visit the 8th Annual St. Helen School Carnival

Visit the 8th Annual St. Helen School Carnival
Looking for something fun to do with the kiddos on this second-to-last summer weekend? Check out the 8th annual St. Helen School Carnival. We've attended in the past and my kiddos loved it. The Carnival will take place on Augusta Blvd. between Western Ave. and Oakley Blvd. from Friday, August 24th through Sunday, August 26th, 2012...

Bring the whole family out for the final stop of the Momma Cuisine French Market Tour

Bring the whole family out for the final stop of the Momma Cuisine French Market Tour
At our house, cooking is family business. We all get in on the action in our kitchen — even my kiddos. On Saturday August 25th, you can bring the whole family out for the final stop on the Momma Cuisine French Market Tour. This (TOTALLY FREE) event is a great opportunity for the whole family... Read more »
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Chicago Dancing Festival kicks off a 6th Season of Free Dance Events

Chicago Dancing Festival kicks off a 6th Season of Free Dance Events
Gotta a kid who loves to dance? You must add the Chicago Dance Festival to the family calendar. The final program line-up is set for the annual Chicago Dancing Festival, taking place at venues across downtown Chicago from August 20–25.  The Festival has expanded this year to six consecutive days of dance events that are... Read more »