Library fun: Wauconda Area Public Library #NationalLibraryWeek

Exploring the Wauconda Area Librar

Did you know this week is National Library Week? Come join me every day this week as I showcase some of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Roundup of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago

Day 1: Algonquin Area Public Library

Day 2: Schaumburg Township District Library

Day 3: Elk Grove Village Library

Day 4: Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Day 5: Gail Borden Public Library

Day 6: Barrington Area Library

I talked about my favorite library, Barrington Area Library, but this library rivals it! We heard the Wauconda Area Library underwent a renovation and just opened recently. In fact, they are celebrating their Grand Opening today, April 18.The kids section, Kids City, is absolutely fabulous! It's a great space that encourages imaginative play and learning.

Nitty Gritty:

Wauconda Area Library Sign

Websitehttp://www.wauclib.org/
Location: 801 N Main Street, Wauconda, Illinois. Kid City is located in the lower level.
Hours: Mon-Thurs 9AM - 9PM, Friday 9AM - 6PM, Saturday 9AM - 5PM, Sunday 12PM - 4PM
Parking:  Outdoor parking lot

Why Kids Will Love the Children's Area at Wauconda Area Library:

  • A warm welcome as you walk in. Say hello to the fish!

Wauconda Area Library Fish Tank

  • A huge touch screen that offers fun and educational games

Wauconda Area Library Huge Touch Screen

  • Such a fun, bright area. This space could really be disguised as a children's museum.

Wauconda Area Library Overview

  • A really cool airplane structure...with slide! Totally LOVE it!

Wauconda Area Library Slide

  • Besides the slide, there are control panels to fidget around with and a cute little reading nook

Wauconda Area Library Slide Features

  •  Totally diggin' the lite brite wall

Wauconda Area Library Lite Brite Wall

  •  Building encouraged. Always fun with a LEGO table AND a cool LEGO wall.

Wauconda Area Library LEGO table and panel

  • Imaginative play encouraged with a grocery store

Wauconda Area Library Grocery Store

  • A little space for my little one to crawl around

Wauconda Area Library Crawl

  • A neat light table with magnetic blocks

Wauconda Area Library Light Table Magformers

  • Calling all gamers! A section dedicated just for them with a huge screen

Wauconda Area Library Gaming Section

  • A section to creating crafts. On the day we visited, the library had a craft stations set up.

Wauconda Area Library Create Station

  • Little techies will love the 3 iPads available perfectly situated by the windows

Wauconda Area Library iPads

  •  Something you don't see too often - a paper airplane launcher. So neat!

Wauconda Area Library Paper Airplane Launcher

We wish:

  • ..we wouldn't change a thing!

Tips to enjoy the Wauconda Area Public Library:

  • The park is conveniently located across the street. Perfect time to picnic it up!

Bottom Line:

I'm not sure how the Wauconda Area Public Library was before, but what a fantastic job with the renovations. I'm hesitant to share this hidden gem with everyone, but hey, everyone should know about this library!

Have you been to Wauconda Area Public Library?

Library fun: Barrington Area Library

Barrington Area Library Main

Did you know this week is National Library Week? Come join me every day this week as I showcase some of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Roundup of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago

Day 1: Algonquin Area Public Library

Day 2: Schaumburg Township District Library

Day 3: Elk Grove Village Library

Day 4: Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Day 5: Gail Borden Public Library

Of all the libraries that we visited, we loved, loved, LOVED this library. The kids spent three hours here and could have stayed longer. This newly renovated library is so much fun. I guarantee you'll love it!

Nitty Gritty:

Barrington Area Library Building

Websitehttp://www.barringtonarealibrary.org/
Location: 505 N. Northwest Highway, Barrington
Hours: m-f: 9am-9pm sat: 9am-5pm, sun: 1pm-5pm
Parking:  Outdoor parking lot

Why Kids Will Love the Children's Area at Barrington Area Public Library:

  • Get wowed as the awesome architecture greets you when you walk in

Barrington Area Library Entrance

  •  Totally diggin' the lite brite wall

Barrington Area Library Lite Brite Wall

  • Fun large floor blocks

Barrington Area Library Building Blocks

  • We've seen LEGO tables but how about a LEGO table inside a LEGO room where all the walls are made of flat LEGO boards?

Barrington Area Library LEGO Room

  • Imaginative play encouraged with a bakery and deli, fruit and vegetable stand, and construction table

Barrington Area Library Bakery Deli

  • Educational play toys everywhere we turn!

Barrington Area Library Fun Wall

  • Letting the creative juices flowing at the magnetic chalkboard wall

Barrington Area Library Chalkboard Magnetic Wall

  •  6 sets of educational iPads

Barrington Area Library iPads

 

  • And the main highlight - a slide with a puppet theatre underneath. Yes, I said a SLIDE!

Barrington Area Library Slide

We wish:

  • ..we wouldn't change a thing! A great fun space, although I can see how crowded it can get.

Tips to enjoy the Barrington Area Public Library:

  • The park is located across the street. Perfect time to picnic it up!

Bottom Line:

The play area at the Barrington Area Public Library rocks! You'll feel as if you've walked into a children's museum but without the hefty price tag. Such a great place for the entire community. Do yourself a favor and check it out yourself.

Have you been to Barrington Area Public Library?

Library Fun: Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin #NationalLibraryWeek

Gail Borden Library Elgin MainDid you know this week is National Library Week? Come join me every day this week as I showcase some of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Roundup of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago 

Day 1: Algonquin Area Public Library 

Day 2: Schaumburg Township District Library

Day 3: Elk Grove Village Library

Day 4: Arlington Heights Memorial Library

Today's library is Elgin's hidden gem. Believe me you'll want to see it for yourselves.

Nitty Gritty:

Websitehttp://www.gailborden.info/
Location: 270 N. Grove Avenue, Elgin
Hours: Check their website for hours.
Parking:  Outdoor parking lot

Why Kids Will Love the Children's Area at Gail Borden Public Library:

  • KidSpace is an inviting area!

Gail Borden Library Elgin KidsSpace

  •  ...with a fun wooden play structure with a tunnel underneath. Kids LOVE this!

Gail Borden Library Elgin Wood Play Structure

  • The play area is a  circle surrounded by windows. Makes it nice and bright!

Gail Borden Library Elgin Room

  • There's tons of activities located at the perimeter of the "circle" including a pretend play kitchen, puppets, puzzles

Gail Borden Library Elgin Games

Gail Borden Library Elgin Games 2

  •  There's a whole separate area from the play area for those serious readers and school-age children.
GailBordenKidSpace

Credit: Gail Borden Library

 Did you know?

  • During January, the library is the perfect location to watch the Bald Eagles? They even have binoculars you can rent
  • Every summer they bring in a museum quality exhibit.

We wish:

  • ..nothing to complain about here. Great area for kids!

Tips to enjoy the Gail Borden Library:

  • Make a day out of it! Across the street is the picturesque Walton Park with views of the Fox River, mini waterfalls.
  • With its great location by the bike trail, it would be the ideal starting point or even a stop-worthy diversion.
  • Check out their programs and events. They always have something fun in store. For example, they had an event called Sarah the Singing Princess. Imagine hundreds of little girls come dressed as princesses to hear Sarah sing Disney songs and get their photo taken by a castle made of LEGOs? Sounds like fun for any princesses!
Sarah and Fans

Credit: Gail Borden Library

Bottom Line:

What a wonderful library that caters to kids! Not only do they have a fantastic kids play area but they have programs and events year round that draws library-goers and the community. A must see!

Have you been to Gail Borden Library?

Library Fun: Arlington Heights Library #NationalLibraryWeek

Arlington Heights Library Main

Did you know this week is National Library Week? Come join me every day this week as I showcase some of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Roundup of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago 

Day 1: Algonquin Area Public Library 

Day 2: Schaumburg Township District Library

Day 3: Elk Grove Village Library

Today it's time to visit the highly rated Arlington Heights Memorial Library. There's a reason why this library gets rave reviews! Check it out for yourselves!

Nitty Gritty:

Websitehttp://www.ahml.info/
Location: 500 N. Dunton Avenue, Arlington Heights
Hours: Check their website for hours.
Parking:  Outdoor parking lot, street parking, and also an "underground" parking garage

Why Kids Will Love the Children's Area at Arlington Heights Memorial Library:

  • Kids' World is huge!

Arlington Heights Library Kids World

  • Awesome setting to read books with sunlight pouring through skylight

Arlington Heights Library Couch Skylight

  • Cool area with magnetic letters and a cozy reading nook

Arlington Heights Library Magnetic Board Seating

  • Always changing exhibits located by the Lindsey Room. This time around it was LEGOs but last time it was trains (my sons' fav!)

Arlington Heights Library Changing exhibits

  • In the mood for a puppet show?

Arlington Heights Library Puppet

  • Building is encouraged with wooden blocks, small LEGO table, and more blocks

Arlington Heights Library Wooden Blocks

Arlington Heights Library Blocks

  • Fun wall toys

Arlington Heights Library Wall Toys

  •  For the techie, iPads with fun educational games

Arlington Heights Library iPads

Did you know?

  • An average of 2,495 people visit the library each day.
  • This library is a recipient of the Library Journal's five star award.
  • You can check out science kits? They've added 17 more kits to the collection which includes a solar car, a USB microscope and a model of the human heart. There’s a kit featuring sharks and one covering the periodic table. They’re located to the right of the Kids’ World Desk next to the STEM kits.

We wish:

  • ..nothing to add here. We absolutely adore this library! Okay, maybe a slide would be nice. But that's being nit-picky.   :)

Tips to enjoy the Arlington Heights Memorial Library:

  • It's located in the heart of downtown and right by the train station. Have lunch at many of the eateries located a couple blocks away or have a picnic at the nearby park.
  • Stop by the library from now until April 30 to view the LEGO exhibit, LEGO Art + Science =  Architecture. See LEGO scale models of famous landmarks. An Arlington Heights resident, Adam Reed, actually created it! So fascinating!! Spider-Man think so too!

Arlington Heights Library LEGO Spider-Man

Bottom Line:

If you haven't been to this highly rated library, it's time to go and check it out. Such a fun space for kiddos!

Have you been to the Arlington Heights Memorial Library?

Library fun: Elk Grove Village Public Library #NationalLibraryWeek

Review of Elk Grove Village Library

Did you know this week is National Library Week? Come join me every day this week as I showcase some of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. 

Roundup of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago 

Day 1: Algonquin Area Public Library 

Day 2: Schaumburg Township District Library

Today we're going to explore the Elk Grove Village Public Library. This was one of the first libraries that we visited on our "library hunt" and my kids fell in love with the play area. The library offers many things to encourage imaginative play and creativity.

Nitty Gritty:

Websitehttp://www.egvpl.org/
Location: 1001 Wellington Avenue, Elk Grove Village
Hours: Mon-Thu: 9am - 10pm, Fri: 9am - 7pm,  Sat: 9am - 5pm, Sun: 1pm - 5pm
Parking:  Outdoor parking lot

Why Kids Will Love the Children's Area at Elk Grove Village Library:

  • The children's area is quite spacious and bright with floor to ceiling windows on one wall.Elk Grove Library Spacious Area
  • Imaginations run wild with play animals and dinosaurs..

Elk Grove Library Dinosaurs

  • ..not to mention two play castles

Elk Grove Library Castle

  • ..and a play kitchen perfect for whipping up something yummy...

Elk Grove Library Play Kitchen

  • ..or even a fun puppet show with seating readily available for other kids...or dinosaurs

Elk Grove Library Puppet Theatre

  • Who doesn't love LEGOs? Kids are encouraged to build also with large waffle blocks.

Elk Grove Library LEGO table

  • My youngest  is at a stage where he loves puzzles. Nice selection to choose from.

Elk Grove Library Puzzles

Special Activities Planned for National Library Week:

  • Sign up for their "Under the Sea” celebration where there will be something for
    everyone including puppets, stories, skits, and songs. Costumes welcome, but
    not required. Program is 60-90 minutes and recommended for ages 2-8.

Wednesday, April 15 @ 6:30pm
Thursday, April 16 @ 10am

Did you know?

  • The library will  celebrate their 56th anniversary in July.
  • The first Elk Grove Library was located in a single-family house. The mailbox served as a book return, and the bathtub served as storage for returned books.

We wish:

  • ..we could have attended their storytime. We heard great things about programs that they offer.
  • ..the area could use a little updating but kids don't mind at all.

Bottom Line:

The Elk Grove Village Library has a lot to offer for those curious little minds. My kiddos had a great time here and are always asking to come back. Next time, we may pair the library with Jumps N Jiggles located across the street.

Have you been to the  Elk Grove Village Library?

Library Fun: Schaumburg Township District Library #NationalLibraryWeek

Schaumburg District Library Main Image

Did you know this week is National Library Week? Come join me every day this week as I showcase some of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Roundup of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago

Day 1: Algonquin Area Public Library

Day 3: Elk Grove Village Public Library

Today we're going to explore the Schaumburg Township District Library, the second largest public library in Illinois. In our eyes, this library takes the cake for cutest library play space. Kids will be transported to a magical forest full of their favorite characters from books.

Nitty Gritty:

Websitehttp://schaumburglibrary.org
Location: 130 South Roselle Road, Schaumburg
Hours: Check their website for hours.
Parking:  Outdoor parking lot

Why Kids Will Love the Children's Area at Schaumburg Township District Library:

Schaumburg Library KidsZone Entrance

  • Cute mushroom table beckons..

Schaumburg Library Mushroom Table

  • The cutest playspace you've ever seen! The Enchanted Forest is so magical!

Schaumburg Library Enchanted Forest entrance

 

Schaumburg Library Enchanted Forest wall

  • Find your favorite characters from the youngin's favorite books
  • Schaumburg Library hungry caterpillarSchaumburg Library PoohPlay activities include wooden activity cubes, a doll house, play rug

Schaumburg Library Activity Cubes

  • Oh-so-cute reading nooks such as these...

Schaumburg Library Reading Nook

  •  Age appropriate computers with games are also available

We wish:

  • ..there were more play activities.

Tips to enjoy the Schaumburg Township District Library:

  • Bringing a stroller? You'll need to park it in the designated stroller parking section.

Have you been to the Schaumburg Township District Library?

Library fun: Algonquin Area Public Library #NationalLibraryWeek

Algonquin Public Library Main

Did you know this week is National Library Week? Come join me every day this week as I showcase some of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Roundup of our favorite libraries in the northwest suburbs of Chicago 

Day 2: Schaumburg Township District Library

Day 3: Elk Grove Village Public Library

I am so excit ed about this week's posts. My three kids and I have explored the area's libraries and today we're going to talk about the Algonquin Public Library. Check it out!

Nitty Gritty:

Algonquin Area Public Library Outside

Websitehttp://www.aapld.org/
Location: 2600 Harnish Drive, Algonquin. The entire children's area is located in the basement.
Hours: Check their website for hours.
Parking:  Outdoor parking lot

Why Kids Will Love the Children's Area at Algonquin Area Public Library:

  • Greeting the fish at the saltwater aquarium

Algonquin Area Public Library Fish Tank

  • Nice views while studying

Algonquin Area Public Library Table Window

  • So much to offer the kiddos including a fun play house...
  • Algonquin Area Public Library PlayspaceFun play car

Algonquin Area Public Library Play Car

  • Play kitchen

Algonquin Area Public Library Play Kitchen

  • A safe space for my crawler to hang out

Algonquin Area Public Library Crawler

  •  Train tables are always a big hit!

Algonquin Area Public Library Train Table

We wish:

  • ..the play area was larger. I can see it getting crowded easily if there are alot of people.

Special National Library Week activities:

  • Free family movie night
  • A presentation about heirloom gardening
  • Super Saturday spring celebration.

Tips to enjoy the Algonquin Area Public Library:

  • The library is located next to a trail. Pack a picnic and eat outside for lunch then take a stroll on the path. There is also a soccer field next door so you can bring a soccer ball.
Algonquin Area Public Library Trail

So excited for our picnic!

Have you been to Algonquin Area Public Library?

Family Fun Review: Letting Loose at Adventure Playland in Mount Prospect

Adventure Playland Mt Prospect

With three little ones in tow, we're always on the lookout for new play spaces so the kids are able to let out a little pent up energy. We heard that Adventure Playland in Mount Prospect just opened, and we're happy to say it rocks! Here's the inside scoop:

Nitty Gritty:

Website: http://www.adventureplayland.us/
Ticket prices: Admission varies depending on the day you visit. Monday-Thursday $10; Friday – Sunday $12, M-TH after 3pm $7 per child; Adults are free.
Location: 990 Mount Prospect Plaza, Mount Prospect. Located in a plaza tucked in the corner between Walmart and Aldi
Parking: Plenty of parking at the lot
Stroller-friendly? It may get a little crowded with the stroller.
Food: Cafe specializes in European fare including delicious crepes (sweet or savory). There are also salads, coffee, and snacks.
Crowded: We visited on a Tuesday mid-morning and found it crowded. (They did just unveil a LivingSocial deal). Tables were pretty hard to come by.
What to expect:  Tables, a pretty large play structure with a ball blaster area in the center; slides on either side of the ball blaster area; a soft padded area for younger tikes; ball pits

Highlights:

  • Since it is brand new it was very clean. I hope it stays this way!
  • Staff was actually seen playing in the play area with kids. A first I've seen at any play space.
  • Pretty large padded, play structure with plenty to do including obstacles, mazes, puzzles on the sides, and more. Sort of like a kiddie version of American Gladiator. (Do you remember that show?)

Adventure Playland Mt Prospect Left Play Structure 2 Adventure Playland Mt Prospect Left Play Structure Top Adventure Playland Mt Prospect Left Play Structure

  • A ball blaster area. We've only see this once at Under the Big Top. Kids load their ball blaster with foam balls and off it goes. The contraption at the center releases the balls and shoots into the air. Similar to a water geyser but with balls.

Adventure Playland Mt Prospect Ball Blaster Area

  • All kids love ball pits!

Adventure Playland Mt Prospect Ball Pit

  • Delicious food! Pretty large-sized strawberry and nutella crepe and also a ham crepe. Both extremely yummy! In fact, everything on the menu - crepes, Belgian waffles, salads, wraps- is made from scratch (except chicken nuggets and pizza).

Adventure Playland Mt Prospect Strawberry Nutella Crepe Food

  •  Sliding down into another ball pit!

Adventure Playland Mt Prospect Slide Ball Pit

  • Padded section for crawlers with foam blocks

Adventure Playland Mt Prospect Padded Baby Area

  •  Bathrooms fit for little ones. A low sink for the shorties and a changing table and chair good for nursing.

Adventure Playland Mt Prospect Bathroom

  • 2 nice size rooms for birthday parties. See packages here.

Adventure Playland Mt Prospect Birthday Room

  • Gotta love free wifi!

We Wish:

  • ...the seating area was larger. When it's crowded, you may not get a table to sit at.

Tips to enjoy Adventure Playland:

  • Looking for a quieter experience? Visit on a Monday.
  • Bring socks!

Getting to know the people behind Adventure Playland:

  • How was the concept of Adventure Playland born? With a love of cooking, the owner Angelika originally wanted to open a European restaurant catering to kids  because of her son.  She also really wanted a restaurant with a play area so that the entire family could enjoy their visit. Hence, the idea of a restaurant and playground was born. Adventure Playland!

Bottom Line:

This new play place is definitely at the top of our list. We stayed here at least three hours and my kids could have stayed longer. They had such a fun time!

Disclosure: Our family was given complimentary admission to Adventure Playland. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.

 

Eggcellent Easter Activities in the NW suburbs

Easter may be next week, but the fun starts this weekend for Easter egg hunts! Hop to these fun egg hunts in the Northwest suburbs. Happy Easter!

Bunny Bash

Bunny Bash Schaumburg Egg Hunt

March 28, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road , Schaumburg

This event, hosted by the Schaumburg Park District, offers so many fun activities for the family train rides on the Bunny Hop Express, moon jumps, face painting, and crafts. You won’t have to worry about the kids not grabbing any eggs - the egg hunts run continuously throughout the day at Safety Park. Can’t trust Mother Nature? Don’t worry, there are indoor and outdoor activities available. We can attest to all the fun. And of course, the Easter Bunny will be available for photos.

Details: $12 per child in advance. Day-of registration is also available for a fee of $15. Registered children will receive a wristband which includes all activities except concessions. Admission is free for parents and for children ages 1 and younger.

Tip: Try to pre-register and get there when it opens and get in line to take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Trust me.

Easter Egg Hunt

Capannari Ice Cream Egg Hunt

March 29, 12:00 p.m.
Capannari Ice Cream, 10 S. Pine Street, Mount Prospect

What’s better than ice cream? How about an egg hunt next door to an ice cream shop? Children ages 2-7 are welcome to search for over 5,000 eggs that will be hidden in Moehling Park (adjacent to Capannari’s). The Easter Bunny will be on hand to join in the festivities, and don’t forget to stop by the ice cream shop afterwards for your favorite March ice cream flavors like Guinness, Irish Cream, Irish Coffee, Mint Cookie Crunch and more!
Details: FREE

The Great Egg Slide

March 29, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Triphahn Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road, Hoffman Estates

Have a skater in your family? Head to the Triphahn Center, the official rink of the Chicago Wolves, for a unique egg hunt. Kids can search for eggs as they glide across the ice.
Details: Skate rental and admission are free.

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Flashlight Egg Hunt Palatine

April 1st and April 2nd; 7:45 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Twin Lakes Recreation Area, 1200 E. Twin Lakes Dr., Palatine

Night time is the right time for kids ages 5-12 who are invited to bring their flashlights and basket to hunt for chocolate-filled eggs in the dark. Plus, everyone will have a chance to win prizes.

Details: $5

Tip: Use Frontage Road to enter Twin Lakes Recreation Area (North entrance)

Swapadventure Easter Egg Hunt
Putting Edge Swapadventure

April 2, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Putting Edge, 4105 N. Harlem Avenue, Norridge

Have a little spring cleaning in mind? Join Swapadventure’s latest swapping event at Putting Edge. Not only can you mini-golf for free, but you can also participate in an Easter egg hunt with goodies inside the eggs. It’s a win-win for everyone!
Details: Free! Just sign up at swapadventure.com and bring a bag of items to donate.

Underwater EGGstravaganza

Schaumburg Underwater Eggstravaganza

April 2, 6 to 8 p.m.
The Water Works, Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg

Put those bathing suits to good use and bring a basket for an egg scramble unlike any other, the Schaumburg District’s opens up The Water Works play pool to egg-hunters. Participants will be divided by age group and released throughout the evening to collect as many floating plastic eggs as they can. Afterwards, the kiddos can trade them in for goodie bags to take home. Besides the underwater egg scramble, there are other activities to enjoy including swimming, playing games with the DJ, enjoy a snack and make a craft to take home.

Details: Adults are free. The fee is $12 for residents and $18 for non-residents. The registration deadline is April 1.

Pool Egg Hunt

April 3, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Olympic Indoor Swim Center, 600 N. Ridge Ave., Arlington Heights

Kids can hunt for plastic eggs filled with surprises at Olympic Indoor Swim Center during a special swim session. Children get to collect the eggs and take them home.

Details: Registration is available online. Specific time slots available. Residents $9 and $13.50 for non-residents. All children need to be accompanied by an adult in the water.
Tip: Plastic bags are provided to take the eggs home, but are not allowed in the pool.

Easter Egg Hunt at Boomer Stadium

Boomer Stadium Egg Hunt Schaumburg

April 4, 10 a.m. (Gates open at 9:30 a.m.)
Boomer Stadium, 1999 South Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg

Hang out with Coop the Boomer, the Schaumburg Boomer’s mascot, at Boomer’s Stadium for their annual egg hunt. Afterwards, stick around for a chance to run the bases.

Details: Admittance for the Easter Egg Hunt will be $2 per person (both participants and spectators), and includes a voucher for a FREE ticket for any May Boomers game (a $10 value!).

Tip: Don’t forget to bring your basket and cash for entrance fee!

Pinstripes’ Egg Hunt

Pinstripes Easter Egg Hunt South Barrington

April 5, 9:00 a.m.
Pinstripes, 100 W. Higgins Rd.,South Barrington (other locations also)

The first 150 kids at Pinstripes can participate in a free Easter egg hunt, where they can search for colorful eggs filled with candy. New this year, Pinstripes will be offering decorative Easter Egg Baskets for $3 each to the first 150 kids (12 and under) that arrive at each location. 95% of the proceeds from each basket will benefit No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to end child hunger in America. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for fun photo opportunities with each guest. Worked up an appetite after the egg hunt? The delectable brunch buffet will include favorites such as carved prime rib, a new bruschetta bar, shrimp cocktail and poached salmon, waffles with a choice of toppings, made-to-order omelets, salad bar, chocolate fountain and more.

Details: Free for first 150 kids

Tip: Interested in brunch? Check out our review of the Santa Brunch at Pinstripes. It was fantastic!

QUICK GIVEAWAY: Tickets to Chicago Parent Playdate at The Accelerated Center

 

Chicago Parent Playdate The Accelerated Center

The lovely people at Chicago Parent want to get together! Join me and my family and other Chicago Parent families for a play date on April 26. Looks like tons of fun!

WHY YOU NEED TO GO

  • Kids can play, play, play. Tons of activites including: a climbing wall, bounce houses, food, train rides, visits from characters and some sports events/contests.
  • Adults and kids under 2 are free. I don't know about you, but I loathe paying for adults at kiddie establishments.
  • Support a good cause. A portion of the proceeds benefits Bernie’s Book Bank.
  • Books overflowing? We love reading so our collection of books has gone out of hand. Bring your overgrown books and they'll donate it too!

NITTY GRITTY

Where: The Accelerated Center, 1900 Old Willow Road, Northbrook
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 26
Time: Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m.
Tickets: Admission: $5 kids 2-14; free under 2 and adults. Maximum fee $15 per family. Tickets $8 at the door. Visit ChicagoParent.com/Playdate to buy tickets and complete the waiver form

GIVEAWAY

I'm offering (4) tickets for you and your family. Enter the giveaway below and I'll pick the winner on March 25.

Let's play! Interested in attending the Chicago Parent Playdate? Enter away and winners will be picked March 25. Good luck!

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What or who are you looking forward to seeing?