Schaumburg Boomers: Minor league baseball, major family fun and {Ticket GIVEAWAY}

schaumburg boomers Minor League Baseball

We've been meaning to go to a Schaumburg Boomers baseball game for the longest time, and earlier this summer we finally made it out. And while we've been to the Schaumburg Boomers stadium before for an Easter egg hunt, we'd never been to a game. We were excited to say the least!

Nitty Gritty:

Schaumburg Boomers Front of Stadium

Website:  boomersbaseball.com
Address: Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, 1999 Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg
Parking: FREE with their own parking lots
Cost: Tickets are very affordable and start at $7 a seat.

Highlights:

  • A nice stadium where every seat is a good seat. The stadium is pretty clean overall and there are a few options for seating.

Schaumburg Boomers View from Third Base

  • The lawn area looked like a nice spot to hang around. Hilly with picnic tables and lots of grassy areas for kids to run around.

Schaumburg Boomers Lawn Seats

Schaumburg Boomers Lawn Seats 2

Schaumburg Boomers Grassy Area

  • Very affordable especially on Sundays with their Family Sunday Pack: $39 for 4 Tickets, 4 Hot Dogs and 4 Sodas.  The Family Sunday Pack MUST be purchased over the phone or in person at the Boomers Box Office.
  • Kids area with a bouncy house, a giant slide, and an obstacle course. Great way to keep the kids occupied if they start getting antsy. $2 if part of the Kids Club.

Schaumburg Boomers Kids Area

  • Special events throughout the summer. We visited during Harry Potter Night and saw a few people dressed up. Other fun themed days include Star Wars night or even the fun Marshmallow Night? Check out their schedule here.
  • Fun between innings. Plenty of entertainment to keep everyone entertained. My kids has such a laugh watching these people "jousting."

Schaumburg Boomers Joust Fun

Tips to Enjoy a Schaumburg Boomers baseball game:

  • Sign up for their FREE Coop's Kid Club for those kids 12 and under. You'll get:
    • Personalized membership card
    • Lawn voucher for each Sunday home game.
      (Ability to upgrade to Box Seats subject to availability.)
    • 10% Discount in the Boomers Merchandise Store at every game with Kids Club membership card.
    • Discounted access ($2) to Coop’s Kids Corner for every home game with membership card
    • Happy Birthday e-card from Coop
    • Enrollment in the Wintrust Junior Savers Program
    • Chance to play catch on the field after select Sunday home games
    • Subscription to Coop’s Kids Club e-newsletter
  • Boomers players sign autographs for every fan after Sunday home games.
  • Kids can run the bases after every home game.
  • Take a peek at the Frontier Cup. It's located by the will call window and gift shop.

Schaumburg Boomers Frontier Cup

Did you know?

  • The stadium's playing surface has the same dimensions as Wrigley Field.
  • The Boomers have won the championship the last two years in a row (and the team has only existed for three years).
  • The team is named after the booming sound of the male prairie chicken, which roamed the Schaumburg area within the last 100 years.

Bottom line:

Going to a baseball game, especially a Schaumburg Boomers game, is always a guaranteed fun time. Plus it's very affordable for the entire family!

GIVEAWAY NITTY GRITTY:

Win (4) FREE tickets for your family!

Summer may be halfway over but there's still time to catch a Boomers baseball game.  I want to help make that happen so I am giving away four tickets for one lucky family to see a Schaumburg Boomers game. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. Reservations will be required. Contest ends Sunday, August 3, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.

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Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary tickets for a Schaumburg Boomers game. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.

Review and {Giveaway}: 7 Reasons Why Medieval Times is Great for Families

Medieval Times Chicago Schaumburg Main

This week we're going to explore the Schaumburg area and to kick it off we're going to review one of the most popular places in Schaumburg, Medieval Times. Awhile back we talked about going to Medieval Times with toddlers (read about our fun here). Now that the kids are a little older, we knew a trip to Medieval Times was needed. This time we brought Grandma and Uncle. Everyone had a great time! Read for more reasons on why Medieval Times is great for the entire family, then enter to win tickets for your family.

1. Delicious food. ..with cool names. My oldest really digged eating dragon blood (tomato soup), dragon tail (corn), dragon egg (potato), dragon scale (garlic bread), and of course dragon leg (chicken). With names like these, he gladly scarfed down the food.

2. Eating with your hands. The kids loved this. Just ask for more napkins. Oh, and don't wear your Sunday best!

Medieval Times Chicago Schaumburg Slurping Soup

3. Fine horsemanship. The Andalucian horses are just magnificent creatures.

4.Pageantry and gallantry. How often do you see this?

Medieval Times Chicago Schaumburg Pageantry and Gallantry

 

Medieval Times Chicago Schaumburg Parade

5. Cheering for your knight. Competition at its best.

Medieval Times Chicago Schaumburg Cheering

6. Fun games. From rings to jousting, there were games aplenty. Again, another reason to cheer for your knight.

Medieval Times Chicago Schaumburg Games Rings

7. Cool swordplay. Handling real weapons takes real skill. Very impressive.

NITTY GRITTY:

Website: http://www.medievaltimes.com
Location: 2001 N. Roselle Road, Schaumburg (Right off I-90)
Parking: Plenty of parking, but if you want to be close to the entrance park closer to the west side of the parking lot
Ticket prices: Admission is $59.95 for adults; under 12 is $35.95; children under 3 are free if they sit on your lap. There's also different packages you can upgrade to.

GIVEAWAY NITTY GRITTY:

Win (4) FREE tickets for your family!

Now, I think everyone should visit Medieval Times to enjoy the feast and wonderful entertainment. In order to make that happen, I've got four tickets for one lucky family for the Medieval Times Chicago castle in Schaumburg. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond. Reservations will be required. Contest ends Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.

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Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary admission to the Medieval Times. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.

Family Fun: Find Elk at Busse Forest Elk Pasture in Elk Grove Village

Busse Forest Elk Pasture Elk Grove Village Main Sign

It wouldn't be right to visit Elk Grove Village and not stop by and say hi to the resident elk at the Busse Forest Elk Pasture. Such a cool thing to have in our neck of the woods!

Website:  http://fpdcc.com/busse-Sowoods/
Location: Located right by the busy intersection of Higgins and Arlington Heights Road (northwest corner).
Admission: Completely FREE
Parking:  Parking lot
Public washrooms: Yes

Highlights:

  • Free! Plenty of parking available
  • Mostly shaded trail. We did only walk up to the bridge but we found that it was mostly shaded because of the towering trees along the way.

BusseeForestElkPastureTrail

  • Very cool bridge. It overlooks the busy Rt. 72 so that was pretty neat! Plus, it made for great photos!

BusseeForestElkPastureBridge

BusseeForestElkPastureBridgewithFam

  • Finally finding elk! They were hanging out closer to the trail by the bridge. Since they were sitting, it was harder to find them earlier. But eventually we did and saw about 3 or 4 galloping to the other side of the pasture.

BusseeForestElkPastureElk1

BusseeForestElkPastureElk2

Tips to Enjoy Busse Woods Park:

  • Bring bikes! There is a great shaded trail to follow. Here's a photo of the trail map:

BusseeForestElkPastureTrailMap

  • Bring the bug spray!
  • Plenty of signs say it -- don't feed the elk!

BusseeForestElkDoNotFeedElkSign

Bottom Line:

Even though we didn't get to see them up close and personal, it was pretty cool seeing them frolicking in the pasture. What a gem in the Northwest suburbs! We will come back, bring our bikes, and hopefully get a better look at them.

Have you been to the Busse Forest Elk Pasture?

Interested in discovering more things to do in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago? Read my list of more than 100 things to do this summer!

Yapa Events Celebrates Mexico at El Meson in Schaumburg

Yapa Events Celebrating Mexico!

Last month we participated in our first adventure hunt hosted by Yapa Events. (Read all about it here) The kids (and adults) had a great time exploring Arlington Heights and discovering new places and cultures. This time around Yapa Events is having another one of their fun events but no hunting needed. Kids will be able to learn all about Mexico and their culture at El Meson in Schaumburg with lunch and craft activities. Seems like a fantastic way to learn and try a new restaurant!

Nitty Gritty

What: Start to explore world cultures near home! Yapa Events provide the passport & the planning. You enjoy connecting with your kids/grandchildren as you discover cultural diversity -- close to home. Meet at El Meson in Schaumburg to begin your adventure! Please register adults & children in advance.
When: Monday, July 20, 2015    11:30 am to 1 pm
Who:  Children ages 5 to 11 and their parent/grandparent
Where: El Meson, 34 West Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg
Fee: $15 per person
Registration:  www.YapaEvents.com or  http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=ob4n7gmab&oeidk=a07eb6clit4cef97531

El Meson - quac pic


What's included:

  • Introduction to Mexico and its culture
  • Lunch with a variety of authentic Mexican entrees, sides, a Mexican beverage and dessert
  • Craft activity
  • Yapa Events Passport

Sounds like a really fun way to learn about different cultures. Have you been to any Yapa Events lately?

Parks We GO: Fountain Square Park in Elk Grove Village

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village SplashPad and Playground

Summer is  not complete without getting out and enjoying the weather. I can't think of a better way than by having the kids play at the park. We're embarking on a mission to find our favorite park. Today, we visited Fountain Square Park in Elk Grove Village.

We were in the Elk Grove Village area and wanted to stop by Rainbow Falls Waterpark. Unfortunately, due to the heat, everyone had the same plans and there was a waitlist to get in. We all couldn't wait to get wait so I did a little search and found Fountain Square Park nearby with you guessed it -- a splashpad!

Nitty Gritty:

Websitehttp://www2.elkgroveparks.org/parks_facilities_details.asp?id=770
Location: 1751 Gibson Drive, Elk Grove Village (in residential neighborhood)
Parking:  Parking lot located at the school or you can park at the side streets
Playground surface: Woodchips
Shade: Partial, located mostly on the perimeter of the playground
Amenities: Sand pit, Bocce Ball Field, Bags, , trail, sensory garden
Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Bocce Bags

Spraypad: Yes (cement)
Picnic Worthy:  Picnic shelter and a few grassy areas to lay a blanket
Public washrooms: Portable Potties
Playgrounds: 2 playgrounds (one for toddler age kids; the other older children)
Other Amenities: Workout stations located throughout the park

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Playground Workout Stations

Why Kids Will Love the Playground at Fountain Square Park:

  • Free splash pad. 'Nuff said! Water shoots out from the ground at different times. Although the splash pad is quite simple, the kids just love it!

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village SplashPad

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Playground SplashPad 2

  • We love these cool swings! Perfect for those who are too big for the baby swings but too small for the "big boy" swings.

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Playground Special Swing

  • Two great playgrounds - one for toddlers and one for older kids. The one for older kiddos had much more to offer though.
Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Playground Younger Kids

Playground for younger children

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Playground

Playground for older children

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Playground Older Playground

  • Plenty to climb.

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Playground Older Climbing

  • What kid doesn't love playing with sand? A pretty spacious sand pit area with contraptions to dig.

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Playground SandPit

  • Monkey bars made for shorties.

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Playground Monkey Bars Young

  • Advanced monkey bars for older kids.

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Playground Monkey Bars Older Kids

  • Zip lines are always fun. These were a little too high for my preschooler, but easy enough with assistance from mom or dad.

Fountain Square Park Elk Grove Village Playground Zipline

Bottom Line:

We were so happy to have found this park on a whim. A simple, but fun splash pad and a great playground!

Have you been to Fountain Square Park?

Interested in discovering more things to do in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago? Read my list of more than 100 things to do this summer!

{Review} Pirates’ Cove Theme Park: Elk Grove Village’s Hidden Treasure

Pirates Cove Theme Park Elk Grove Village Chicagoland

Ahoy mateys! We are continuing to explore Elk Grove Village and while the indoor option of Jumps n' Jiggles is fun, you may wish to venture outside where you will find Elk Grove Village's hidden treasure -- a small theme park perfect for tiny tots.

Nitty Gritty:

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Park

Website: http://www.elkgroveparks.org/Pirates_Cove/
Admission: Kids general admission $11; Resident $9; Adults free
Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm; Sunday Noon to 4pm, Tuesdays and Thursday 10 am - 8 pm
Location: 901 Leicester Road, Elk Grove Village, IL
Parking: There is a free parking lot on Leicester but can see it getting full. You can also park at the Pavilion (Wellington) or the church.
Stroller-friendly?  Yes, we brought our stroller (as did everyone else). Wagons would be a good idea too. There is stroller parking at most of the attractions.
Food: There is a picnic shelter and some grassy areas. You can also buy food at a concession stand.
Crowded: We were here on a Friday afternoon (day before 4th of July) and it was pretty busy, but not overwhelming.
Best for: Children ages 1 to 9

Highlights:

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Parkn Welcome Sign

  • The hand-powered boats were a big hit. Once they figured out how to use them.

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Park Boats

  • The Pirate Ship was the centerpiece of the amusement park. People could go on top of the deck or head down below to work on crafts.

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Park Pirate Ship 2

  • A fun playground

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Park Playground

  • Because everybody loves bounces houses. My kids, of course, couldn't resist bouncing around.

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Park Bounce House

  • Train! Always a winner in our books. It is a pretty short ride, so we rode it twice. Bonus points since the whole family could ride this one.

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Park Train

  • Seeing the mascot, Pirate Pete. It also happened to be his birthday!

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Park Pirate Pete

  • Can't resist a fun playground. The Camelot playground had one specifically for older kids and one for younger kids. It was even partially shaded with a rubber cushion ground.

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Park Playground

 

The highlight though was going down this bad boy -- a dragon slide!

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Park Dragon Slide

  • Special events every Friday. On July 17 kids can dress up in their costume and trick-or-treat throughout the park. On July 31, they will have Superhero Day.
  • Park is very manageable. We didn't feel rushed to "do" everything since the park is a small.
  • Fun shows on stage. A great way for the kids to rest or grab a bite to eat.

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Park Show

  • Adults are always FREE!
  • Other things that we didn't get to: the new Soarin' Schooner, the mini carousel, and huge climbing wall.

Pirates Cove Elk Grove Village Amusement Climbing Wall

Tips to enjoy Pirates' Cove:

  • Pack a lunch. Lots of seating in the carousel room for those that want to have a snack.
  • Attend on a Friday during the summer. They always have a special event happening.

 Bottom Line:

What a fun day out! This pirate-themed park is perfect for younger children and is manageable for the entire family.

Interested in discovering more fun things to do in Elk Grove Village? Read my Chicago Parent post on this lovely town.

Indoor Fun at Jumps n’ Jiggles and Carousel

Indoor Fun at Jumps n Jiggles Paviliion Carousel Elk Grove Village

We love discovering new places around the area, but we sometimes gravitate to those that we've explored before -- because we absolutely loved it. While we visited Jumps N' Jiggles a few years ago and I have to say now that my older sons are 5 and 3, it was the perfect time to revisit this fun indoor playground and carousel!

Nitty Gritty:

Website: http://www.elkgroveparks.org/JumpsNJiggles/
Admission: Children 1 and over $4.00 ; children under 12 months FREE
Hours: Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Located at the Jack A. Claes Pavilion, 1000 Wellington Avenue
Jack A Claes Pavilion Exterior and Statues
Parking: There is a free parking lot.
Stroller-friendly?  We brought our stroller and parked it around the perimeter
Food: Can't buy food but can bring some as there are tables located in the carousel room
Crowded: We were here on a Tuesday afternoon and it was a little busy, but not overwhelming
Seating: Row of chairs overlooking the playground
Gated:  No.
Best for: Children under 8

Highlights:

  • Fun mazelike play structure with a sprial slide...

Jumps n Jiggles Elk Grove Village Indoor Playground

...and rocking helicopter.

Jumps n Jiggles Elk Grove Village Indoor Playground Helicopter

  • Perfect for crawlers. Lots of toys to keep my little one entertained.

Jumps n Jiggles Elk Grove Village Playground Eggplant Toy

Jumps n Jiggles Elk Grove Village Playground Kiddie

  • Gotta love the Madagascar-esque mural.Jumps n Jiggles Elk Grove Village Playground Mural
  • Carousel fun! Now, how many play places have unlimited carousel rides included in the admission? That alone is worth $4!

Jumps n Jiggles Elk Grove Village Carousel FaceJumps n Jiggles Elk Grove Village Carousel Whole View

Bottom Line:

What a great budget-friendly way to spend the day! Older kids will enjoy exploring the play structure, while little ones can play with age-appropriate toys on the floor. Everyone will enjoy taking a spin or two on the carousel.

Tips to enjoy Jumps n' Jiggles and the Carousel:

  • When you walk in, head to the left to pay for admission and you'll receive a sticker.
  • Bring socks!
  • Pack a lunch. Lots of seating in the carousel room for those that want to have a snack.
  • Check their hours - it's open only for a few hours on the weekdays.

Jumps n Jiggles Elk Grove Village Giraffe See You Later

Review and {GIVEAWAY}: Pirate Adventure Island at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago

Pirate Adventure Island at Legoland Discovery Center Chicago in Schaumburg

Disclosure: Our family was invited to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Media Preview. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.

My two boys LOVE playing with Legos (who doesn't?) and always get excited when they can visit Legoland Discovery Center Chicago in Schaumburg.  We haven't paid a visit since last winter and we couldn't have been more excited to hear that they were unveiling a new exhibit called Pirate Adventure Island! Read our take on the new exhibit and enter below for your chance to see it for yourself.

Highlights:

  • Pirates have landed at Miniland! It's always fascinating to see the city of Chicago on a mini scale - and looky here, pirate ships have invaded!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Miniland PirateLEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Pirate Miniland

  • Watching the master builder in his super cool workshop....without seeing!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Master Builder Workshop

  • The first floor boasts a challenge station where you can win a prize. They transformed the Star Wars exhibit into building stations where everyone is invited to complete a challenge such as a pirate ship or parrot.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Building Challenge

  • Located on the second floor by the cafe, is the big highlight of LDC -- Pirate Adventure Island essentially a large play structure in the shape of a fort and pirate ship.  Kids were running through the play area and having tons of fun.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Play Area

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Play area 2

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Play area 3

  • Secret building nooks. Not only could they run around and explore the play structure, they could play with huge rubber Lego blocks in the "sea cave". My kiddos spent a majority of their time here. They loved it!

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Sea Cave

  • Say cheese! Fun photo ops everywhere we turn....

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Miniland Pirate 2

...including meeting the new LEGO pirate mascot.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Pirate Mascot

  • Water play fun!  Lucky for us, the kids didn't see this, or else we would have had some very wet kids. (We didn't bring a change of clothes!)

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Water Play Table

  • Lego racing stations still located on second floor (just moved).  Great for spur of the moment building opportunities.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago Race Track

 

We Wish:

  • ...there were more areas for parents to sit around the perimeter of the play area.
  • ...there was a softer play area for non-crawlers.

Tips to enjoy LEGOLAND Discovery Center:

  • After 3 p.m. there are discounted tickets for $12.60
  • Last guest admission is two hours before closing

Nitty Gritty:

Website: http://www.legolanddiscoverycenter.com/chicago/
Ticket prices: Admission is $18 for everyone; children 2 and under are free. Special online pricing applies. Visit legolanddiscoverycenter.com/Chicago for discounts.
Location: 601 N. Martingale Road, Schaumburg, IL (Streets of Woodfield)
Parking: Plenty of parking at the lot or the parking garage
Stroller-friendly? Glad we left the stroller at home; it does get a bit congested so I was happy to "wear" my 10-month-old
Food: There is a cafe located on the second floor
Crowded: Not extremely crowded, but we were here on a Wednesday evening after hours for a special event. I can imagine how busy it gets on a weekend.

Bottom Line:

As always, the kids had a great time! We would certainly like to come back, on perhaps on "off day" so the kiddos can enjoy more of the area. We'll also bring a change of clothes.

Giveaway Nitty Gritty:

There will be one lucky winner who will win (4) tickets to LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago. The winner will be emailed and will have 48 hours to respond back or the prize will be forfeited.  (Be sure to check your spam and add otheplaceswego@gmail.com to your safe sender's list.)

Good luck!

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Family Fun Review: SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium Detroit

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Detroit

Disclosure: Our family was provided complimentary admission to the SEA Life Michigan Aquarium I  was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.

We love aquariums, so when we heard that Michigan opened a new aquarium we were excited to see it ourselves. While we did enjoy ourselves,  we left wanting more.

Nitty Gritty:

Website: https://www.visitsealife.com/michigan 
Prices:  Adult ticket (13+ years) $23.50, Child's ticket (3-12 years) $18.50; Under 3 (0-2 years) FREE
Location: Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, 4316 Baldwin Road, Auburn Hills, Michigan (You can't miss it!)

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn Hills Exterior
Parking: There is a free parking lot.
Stroller-friendly?  Since it wasn't very busy, it would have been fine to bring the stroller. If it was busier, I could see how difficult it would be to navigate.
Crowded: We were here on a Friday evening (one hour before closing) and it was not crowded at all.

What to Expect:

 

The kids were given glasses and a stamp book.  We all watched a quick show and and were on their way to start their adventure.

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn Hills

 

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn Hills Entry

Highlights:

  • Getting "techy." Touch screens were located throughout so that we could learn more about the specific sea creature or fish.

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Touch Screen

  • Getting their book "stamped." They were really into this! At times they were more interested in looking for the next stamp station than looking at fish.

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn Stamp Station

  • Aquariums in all shapes and sizes.

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn Bubble Aquarium SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn Stingray

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn Bubble Aquarium 2

  • Visually stimulating. Their use of lights really heightened the mood and made everything look "pretty."
  • The ability to get up close and personal at the touch pool.

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn Touch Pool

  • Viewing fish at through the different nooks and crannies. The kiddos loved going under tanks and finding "secret" windows to the tanks.

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn walking under Tunnel

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn walking under Tank

  • Different colored jellies. The jelly fish tank was my favorite. With a touch of a button, the light would illuminate the jelly fish in a different color.

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn Jellyfish

  • Extra energy? We were pretty surprised to find a play area at the end. The kids didn't complain, of course!

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Auburn Playground

We wish

  • The aquarium was bigger. We went through the entire aquarium in about 45 minutes.
  • The ocean tunnel was longer. Having fish and sharks swim above you is always a highlight, but we were a little surprised at how small the tunnel was. We were left wanting more!

SEALIFE Michigan Aquarium Ocean Tunnel

  • Tickets were less expensive.

Tips to enjoy SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium:

  • Visit during the evening to avoid crowds. We went one hour before closing and it was just about the right amount of time to see everything.
  • Try to find discounts! If you preorder your tickets online you save 10%.

Bottom Line:

If you and your family happen to be at Great Lakes Crossing and have some time, try to find discounts. While the presentation of the exhibits was visually stimulating, it made us want to see more, especially with the hefty admission cost.

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Indoor fun at Spring Hill Mall’s Play area

Spring Hill Mall West Dundee Indoor Play Area Review

This week as part of our #100DaysofSummer we're going to do a little exploring in our little neck of the woods - the Dundee area. Join us as we find the hidden (and not so hidden) gems around our 'hood!

Today we're stopping by Spring Hill Mall in West Dundee. Our neighborhood mall provides a great place to escape when we can't jet to the nearest park because of the weather. The mall has improved a bit over the years and even has a great play space when the kids need to run around.

Highlights:

  • A nice-sized play area. Bigger than Westfield Hawthorne and smaller than Woodfield.

Spring Hill Mall West Dundee Play Space

  • Soft cushiony floor. Perfect for crawlers.

Spring Hill Mall West Dundee Play Space Floor

  • Crawl or climbing fun.

Spring Hill Mall West Dundee Play Crawl Climb CollageSpring Hill Mall West Dundee Bear Tree

Tips to enjoy Spring Hill Mall:

  • Bring pennies. They have jumping fountains everywhere and it's always fun making a wish.

Spring Hill Mall West Dundee Fountain

Spring Hill Mall West Dundee Atrium

The sun shines through in the atrium making the fountain area extra bright!

  • Train lover? This Jolly Express chugs around the mall.

Spring Hill Mall West Dundee Train

  • Great for strolling. It's all one level.
  • Time your visit. They clean the play area from 2 to 2:30 p.m.

Nitty Gritty:

Website: http://www.springhillmall.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpringHillMall
Admission: Free
Location: Spring Hill Mall, 1072 Spring Hill Mall, West Dundee, Illinois. Play area is close to Entrance 4.
Parking: There is a free parking lot.
Stroller-friendly?  We brought our stroller and parked it outside the entrance
Food: Tables around the play area so you can bring a snack or drink. Food and drink is not allowed inside the play area.
Crowded: We were here on a Tuesday afternoon and it was not crowded at all
Nursing Friendly: There are little coves where you can nurse (no doors)
Seating: Plenty of seating for parents/grandparents located around the perimeter of the play area.
Gated:  No. The perimeter is surrounded by the seats but there are openings at each side so I did see little ones escaping!

  • Bottom Line:

Heading to the mall is always a great way to get out. We're pretty lucky to have Spring Hill Mall close with its kid-friendly amenities.