Jul 302014

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Endless Summerfest
Carnival rides, food, petting zoo, live music, pony rides, fireworks

Wisconsin State Fair
Road trip time! There really is so much to do at this fair that you’ll have to check their website.

RC Cola Bears Training Camp
Get a first look as your Chicago Bears prepare for the 2014 season. It’s the perfect family affair to enjoy kids interactive areas, theme days, autograph opportunities, and a great view of Bears practice!

Movie and Fun Under the Stars: Monsters University
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, snacks, and family for a night of fun. Pockets the Clown will be on hand for balloon making from 7:30 – 8:30 pm. The movie, “Monsters University” will be shown on center stage at 8:40 pm.

Movies Under the Moon: The GOONIES
Sneak preview: “Heeeey yooouuu guuuyysss,” join us at 7:30 p.m. as we dig for treasures in the sand and make rocky road marshmallows dipped in chocolate and rolled in nuts. Don’t miss the special performance by a pirate. “Arrrgggghhh!” Bring blankets or lawn chair and just kick back and enjoy the show. Popcorn, snacks and beverages will be available for purchase.

Movies in the Park: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
Lights, camera, action! Bring the whole family to our FREE Movies in the Park to experience a unique, outdoor theatre experience. Movies will be shown in the Ty Warner Park gazebo and begin at approximately 8:30 pm.

Community Yard Sale

Woodridge All Village Garage Sale
This event will be held at Echo Point Park, which features a beautifully shaded trail for you to follow as you search for a bargain. Munchies are available for purchase to snack on while you shop.

Annual Fishing Derby
Reel in three hours of family fun at the Annual Fishing Derby. Prizes are awarded for the shortest and the longest fish caught by each age level.

Family Farm Fest
The first Saturday in August, Church of the Holy Nativity turns our parking lot into a suburban farm and invites everyone to have a meaningful day of family fun while raising money and awareness for Heifer International.

Meet the Snow Princesses
Children will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the princesses and get their autograph. It is recommended that you line up early!

Don’t forget that Thursday, July 31 is the last day to get free ice cream bars at the Mars plant! There are also many towns that have live music and entertainment on Thursday, so even though I don’t include Thursday in the weekend events, there are many fun things to do on other days of the week too. :) All of the info can be found on the Kidlist calendar.

 Posted by at 7:26 pm
Jul 292014

Our experience at iFLY was unbelievably unique and so incredibly fun! They make it an awesome and safe adventure for everyone, even kids as young as 3 years old. The experience perfectly replicates the sensation of a skydiving free-fall while eliminating the daunting leap out of an airplane. Fliers simply lean forward onto a cushion of air (toward their friendly, certified iFLY instructor) and the rushing air allows them to float. First-time flyers are given the opportunity to learn basic belly flying. Like any skilled sport, with additional training, flyers can progress to advanced aerial gymnastic maneuvers.

iFLY first time flier

I have never been a thrill seeker, so when I initially heard about indoor skydiving I was tentative about the idea. I think the word “skydiving” threw me off, but my kids and I checked out the video on their website and saw that first timers hover and it simulates flying. Very cool. And definitely not scary like jumping out of a plane! We were all in at that point.

We decided to get there early and ended up watching everyone for about a half an hour. It was apparent that the instructors were very professional and talented! My kids were not only prepared for what to expect, but absolutely bursting with excitement. Our instructor then took us to a small classroom where we watched a four minute video explaining safety, correct form and hand signals for body adjustments. Then the instructor reviewed the hand signals and answered questions.

Next stop, jumpsuits and gear! Each flyer wears a flight suit, ear plugs, helmet and goggles. They were very accommodating with sizes and patient while everyone suited up. Many places we have been to say that younger kids can participate, but the shoes or clothes are too big. I appreciated how prepared they are at iFLY. The instructors ensure that everything fits correctly and comfortably.

iFLY all geared up

Then all of the fliers go into the wind tunnel to wait for their turn on the bench outside the main cavity. There was a sense of camaraderie with fliers high fiving each other after their turns. There was definitely excitement in the air! Each flier’s first turn (flight) was spent flying and making adjustments for optimal body positioning. The instructor is in the wind tunnel with each person the entire time, giving tips with hand signals. He lets go as much as he can so the flier can fly independently when they have a stable body position. During the second flight you have the option to fly up and down in the wind tunnel with the instructor. That was my son’s favorite part!

The iFLY experience is made possible utilizing a technology called the “vertical wind tunnel,” which was historically used by the military and professional skydivers for training. Four powerful, high-efficiency axial fans are mounted at the top of the building, channeling air down the side tunnels into the basement, and then up through the floor of the 14-foot-wide circular flight chamber, creating a strong upward draft. This upward draft, which ranges in speed from approximately 80 to 175 miles per hour (depending on the weight and expertise level of the flyer), creates a stable, safe, wall-to-wall airflow that gently pushes guests aloft and makes it possible for them to fly.

At the end of their flights my kids were glowing! And right when we got home they both stuck their flight certificates to the refrigerator. They have been talking about the experience ever since! I would definitely recommend taking your kids for this incredible and unique experience.

From first-time flyers to professional skydivers, different flight packages are available based on level of experience, number of people and preferred flight time. The basic, beginners-level package for an individual includes two flights, complete with a personalized flight certificate for $69.95. Each flight is 60 seconds in length—actually longer than the approximate 45-second free-fall descent experienced when jumping out of an airplane. Double-length flights are also available at a reduced rate. Flyers who return to iFLY within three months of their last session are classified as “Return Flyers” and offered discounted packages. Experienced flyers also have the opportunity to fly in groups with others of the same skill level in the tunnel.

iFLY offers birthday party packages for an unforgettable celebration. They have a party room (shown below) and you also might consider having an unforgettable corporate event there. They host many events, complete with a conference room as well.

iFLY birthday party room

All ages can now enjoy the excitement of an aerial free-fall at iFLY, Chicago’s indoor skydiving experience. iFLY’s second Chicago area location at 1752 Freedom Drive in Naperville is now open for walk-in flights from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. Beginning Friday, July 4, visitors can experience iFLY during its regular business hours, Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The new iFLY Indoor Skydiving facilities are located in Rosemont at MB Financial Park at 5520 Park Place Rosemont and in the Freedom Commons at 1752 Freedom Drive in Naperville More information can be found at iFLYworld.com. Guests can book flight reservations online at chicago.iFLYworld.com. Walk-in flights are also accepted.


This post brought to you by iFLY Indoor Skydiving. All photographs and opinions are mine. A big thank you to iFLY for sending me the video of my child so I could share it with all of you!

 Posted by at 7:19 pm
Jul 242014

metra train

Make a train from cardboard boxes

Berwyn’s Toy Trains and Models
Chicagoland’s largest collections of model railroading products for your O Gauge layout

Train Restaurants
Get your food delivered in a train car while you enjoy your train-themed surroundings.

Day Out with Thomas event at the Illinois Railway Museum (Union, IL)
You still have one more day to enter to win tickets!

The Model Railroad Garden at The Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe
18 model trains with close to 50 miniature American landmarks and 26 bridges

Go to your local train station to sit and watch the trains

Oakridge Hobby and Toy Store in Darien
A great store that has a model train running around the store near the ceiling.

Kramer Foods in Hinsdale
This grocery store has a small train above the frozen food cases.

Cantigny in Wheaton has a Lego Train Show in December
Large displays with moving Lego trains

National Train Day in early May every year
Many train related activites, play tables, displays and more

Great Midwest Train Show at the DuPage County Fairgrounds (Wheaton)
World’s largest monthly model train show featuring operating model train displays, LEGO layout, HO layout for the kids to operate, the best place to buy, sell and trade since 1972.

The Great Train Story at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago
Model railroad with more than 20 trains running on 1,400 feet of track, completing the winding journey between Chicago and Seattle

Polar Express Rides are offered in December and the registration happens in August and September.

Ride the Metra BNSF
Did you know that children 7 and under are free? Here are some destination ideas when you want to take a ride on the train.

  • Western Springs: Oberweis for ice cream, The Fruit Store for a smoothie, Tropical Sno for hawiian ice, Spring Rock Park to play
  • Naperville: DuPage Children’s Museum
  • Downers Grove: Anderson’s Bookshop, Downers Grove Public Library
  • Chicago: Nuts on Clark in Union Station, Water Taxi along the river, Chicago Trolley Tour, Millenium Park, Uber taxi back to the train station
  • Clarendon Hills: Learning Express toy store
  • Westmont: Veterans Memorial Park
 Posted by at 10:21 pm
Jul 232014

46th Annual “No Glove National” Softball Tournament
Don’t miss the fun and excitement that this historic tournament has to offer! Come out and see the most prestigious and competitive 16” Softball Tournament in the Chicagoland Area. There will be softball, food, beer, pop, and fun for the entire family! The festivities begin on Thursday, July 24, and don’t stop until the Championship on Sunday, July 27. Get with the tradition and have tons of fun, too!

DuPage County Fair
kids entertainment, live music, contests, exhibits
Has anyone gone yet? I would love to hear what you thought… comment below!

RC Cola Bears Training Camp
Get a first look as your Chicago Bears prepare for the 2014 season at RC Cola Chicago Bears Training Camp presented by Chase, starting Friday, July 25th. Held at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais – just 60 miles south of Chicago – Training Camp is FREE and open to the public. It’s the perfect family affair to enjoy kids interactive areas, theme days, autograph opportunities, and a great view of Bears practice! See the schedule and details at ChicagoBears.com/events. Training Camp is also brought to you by The Daily Journal and Verizon.

Inflata-Palooza & Rootbeer Floats
Age: 12 & under All children must be accompanied by an Adult. $5 per person for unlimited inflatable FUN! $1 per rootbeer float. This event will benefit “Feed My Starving Children”. Come jump with us as we support a good cause! Spend the night using our big inflatables, playing on the soccer field and enjoying root beer floats. SOCKS MUST BE WORN TO PARTICIPATE

Olympia Chiropractic Family Fun Ride
Families of all ages are invited to join us for a fun bike ride around the same route the professionals will be using for the Elmhurst Cycling Classic bike race. Ride the 1.2 mile course around Elmhurst College and get cheered on by the crowds!

Family Fun Fest
Come out this summer to the Lisle Park District’s Family Fun Fest! The Community Park Bandshell area will be filled with fun for the whole family. Win prizes at more than 20 fun fair games that will entertain and challenge. Snacks will be available.

Movies Under the Moon: The Nut Job
Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter – Maury’s Nut Store.

Drive-in Movie at the Park
Featuring “The Lego Movie”. Movie begins at Dusk. Concessions Available Rain Date: August 1

Fishing Derby
Grab your pole and head over to Prospect Park Pond for our Annual Fishing Derby!! The pond will be stocked with farm-raised catfish and bass for the event. Trophies will be awarded for Longest Fish caught in each age group (7 & under, 8-12, 13-17 and 18 & older). A two-pole limit will be enforced. This will be a catch and release event. Remember to bring a bucket! For Clarendon Hills residents only.

 Posted by at 7:41 pm
Jul 222014

thomas 2014The Illinois Railway Museum is pleased to announce their Day Out With Thomas 2014 event!

  • Saturday, August 16th, 2014
  • Sunday, August 17th, 2014
  • Saturday, August 23rd, 2014
  • Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Activities during the Day Out With Thomas event:

  • 20-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™
  • Meet Sir Topham Hatt™
  • Clowns
  • Puppet Shows
  • Magic Shows
  • Live Music
  • Thomas & Friends™ Storytelling and Video Viewing
  • Thomas & Friends Playtable
  • Balloon Animals
  • Thomas & Friends Coloring
  • Temporary Tattoos of Island of Sodor Friends

The Ticket price is $21.00 each. All riders of the train with Thomas the Tank Engine™ who have passed their second birthday must have a ticket. Day Out With Thomas tickets include one train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine™ for the trip specified on the Day Out With Thomas ticket, unlimited rides on all other trains and streetcars; all entertainment (puppet shows, live music, magic shows, etc.); and access to all Museum exhibits on the date specified on the ticket. Food, snacks and beverages will be available at several locations around the Museum grounds.

Parking is free and plentiful. The parking lot will open at 7:30am every day and the gate will open at 9:00am.

Purchase your Thomas tickets online now!

This is a huge event for train lovers, especially fans of Thomas of course. We took our son and he was so excited to be there- I actually got tears in my eyes witnessing his joy! The awesome news is that I have 16 tickets to give away!! So 4 families of 4 can win tickets to the event.

Here’s how to enter:

1. Join the Kidlist email list by entering your email address in the form below.

You have to verify that you want to be added to the list, so watch out for the confirmation email. Please stay on the list until the contest is over because I need to verify active subscriptions of winners… if you would like to unsubscribe afterwards I don’t hold grudges. :) But I hope you stay to receive kid-friendly updates straight to your inbox! Let me know that you are on the email list by commenting below.

2. Comment below with your family’s favorite summer time activity. Do you have a favorite splash pad? A park you love? I would love to hear anything you want to share about fun things to do over the summer.

Contest ends on Friday (July 25, 2014) at 8pm. Four winners will be chosen at random from the comments below. Good luck!

Illinois Railway Museum
7000 Olson Rd
Union, IL 60180

This post brought to you by The Illinois Railway Museum.

 Posted by at 8:00 pm