Weekend Events: March 6-8, 2015

 Posted by on March 4, 2015
Mar 042015
 

kidlist weekend events

Friday, March 6

Museum of Science and Industry: Free Day (Chicago)
Illinois residents receive free museum entry. Exhibit tickets are available for $9 for each adult and $7 for each child (ages 3-11) for Coal Mine; Omnimax; U-505 Submarine: Optional On-board Tour; WOW! Tour; Fab Lab; Future Energy Chicago.

Art Adventures: Puppet Designing (Glenview)
Art Adventures are guided art activities that children and their caregivers can create together and either take home or replicate in the home. Create a moveable art object imitating the animals found around the Museum.

Family Friday Night: March Mischief (Oak Park)
A great time to get the whole family together and unwind from a busy week. March is traditionally a time for mischief, from leprechauns on St. Patrick’s Day, to Spring Break shenanigans, to preparing for April Fool’s Day. Join them for skating, crafts, snacks, and other fun activities celebrating the restless mischief we will all be feeling at Winter’s end!

St. Patrick’s Day Dance (Riverside)
Fling into the dancing scene this spring! All that enjoy dancing and good company are invited to join the party! Dress the part, get festive and wear green! Most festive dressed will win a door prize. Everyone is Irish for the night! Ages 7-10.

 

Saturday, March 7

Kids Workshop: Learn How to Build Bookends (various locations)
Free hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12. Come learn how to build a pair of bookends with sports or flowers stickers.

Family Workshop with Nnenna Okore (Elmhurst)
Make art with Nnenna Okore and learn about the materials and methods she uses to produce her work.

Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Now ranked as the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Chicago area, a record crowd is expected this year. Ample parking, security & planning will make for comfortable viewing conditions for all family members. The parade features over 80 floats, marching units & animated characters along with local organizations, businesses & clubs.

Handmade Charlotte DIY Crafting (various locations)
Join them in making an exclusive free craft project that complements our kits for purchase. Kids can create super hero wristcuffs or an owl habitat.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Forest Park)
Forest Park’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, features bagpipers, local business entries, police and fire, antique cars, Proviso East Marching Band, Medinah Mini Choppers, World Famous Lawn Rangers and more!

Keepin’ It Wheel: Parm Crack (Hinsdale)
This is the sixth year Whole Foods Market is celebrating Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy by holding a wheel cracking with its crack heard around the world at all of our stores globally. Most Parms are aged 12 months but Whole Foods Market ages our wheels 24 months for an amazing flavor. If you’ve never tasted our freshly cut parm, make sure to stop by for a chunk of cheese!

Daddy-Daughter Dance (Indian Head Park)
Dads, Grandpas, Uncles, Brothers, God-Fathers grab your special girl and dance the night away. The night will include a pizza and salad buffet, soft drinks, dessert and candy bar. Then grab your special girl and dance the night away. Ages: 5-18.

 

Sunday, March 8

Paper Floral Creation (Elmhurst)
Spring is Near! Make your own paper floral creation in preparation for the Chicago Flower and Garden Show.

The Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra Annual Children’s Concert (Batavia)
The Fox Valley Philharmonic Orchestra will join with the Batavia High School Drama Club to present a special “Children’s Concert” featuring the sequel to Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf.

 

There are also many reoccurring events every week and you can browse through them here: More Weekend Events.

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mcdonalds westchester playplace

 

 

This Playplace consists of a tree with a spiral staircase inside to climb up and a slide. There is also a very small slide for little ones. Other than this treehouse, there is no other space for running around. This falls on the smaller side of many of the Playplaces in the area, but the tree idea is different.

 

 

Is there ample parking? Can you park close?

  • Yes, there is a good-sized parking lot.

How much does it cost?

  • Free.

When are they open?

  • The Playplace is open from 9 am to 8 pm.

When is the best time or day to go? When is it the least crowded?

  • This one has had consistent attendance on the various times I’ve been – breakfast, lunch and mid-afternoon. You will get the least crowds mid-morning.

Was it crowded when you went? or About how many kids were there when you went?

  • I’ve been this one often and there are usually 4-6 kids there. The last time we went, it was my two kids and two others.

Are there public bathrooms? Is there a changing table? Are the bathrooms kid-friendly?

  • There are bathrooms with changing table, but in the main part of the restaurant, not in the Playplace room.
  • Nothing especially kid-friendly about the bathrooms.

Is there a private space to nurse?

  • No private space to nurse.

What was your child’s favorite part of the play area? Least favorite?

  • Quotes from my son on his favorite part — “All of it! Sliding.”
  • His least favorite part — “Not seeing the really big boys so I needed to go quickly.” (It’s so narrow and tight inside the tree, it’s hard to tell where the other kids are).

What was your favorite part? Least favorite?

  • My favorite thing about this Playplace is that it’s pretty small, so we don’t end up staying there very long!
  • My least favorite part about this particular Playplace is that you cannot see inside the play area. The steps up the treehouse are pretty tight, so if there are kids going both up and down, it can get crowded and things can get a little pushy.

mcdonalds playplace westchester toddlerIs it clean?

  • It was fine. Not gross, but could use a wipedown.

Was the staff friendly? Attentive? Pleasant?

  • 
The staff was nice. I was there one Sunday morning about 20 minutes before the play area was supposed to open and they unlocked it for me.

Is food allowed? Are there designated snack areas? Is food sold there?

  • You can only eat food purchased there.

What ages do you feel the play area caters to?

  • I think this is good for age three to about ten.
  • There isn’t good space for babies/crawlers.

Is there an infant/baby area? Toddler friendly?

  • 
There is a small area for kids meant just for kids under three–a few steps to climb up to a small slide. It’s pretty tiny.

McDonalds Playplace Westchester
11110 West 31st Street
Westchester, IL 60154
(708) 531-1236

Review by: Lisa Katzenberger, mom to four-year-old twins

Thanks Lisa! If anyone has something to add feel free to comment below.
Want to check out other indoor places to play? Click here: Kidlist • Indoor Play Areas

St. Patrick’s Day Events 2015

 Posted by on March 2, 2015
Mar 022015
 

elmhurst st. patrick's day parade

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that St. Patrick’s Day is a huge deal around here! I’ve included the major events in the city as well as many in the suburbs to enjoy.

 

Friday, March 6

St. Patrick’s Day Dance (Riverside)
Fling into the dancing scene this spring! All that enjoy dancing and good company are invited to join the party! Dress the part, get festive and wear green! Most festive dressed will win a door prize. Everyone is Irish for the night! Ages 7-10.

 

Saturday, March 7

Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Now ranked as the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Chicago area, a record crowd is expected this year. Ample parking, security & planning will make for comfortable viewing conditions for all family members. The parade features over 80 floats, marching units & animated characters along with local organizations, businesses & clubs.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Forest Park)
Forest Park’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, features bagpipers, local business entries, police and fire, antique cars, Proviso East Marching Band, Medinah Mini Choppers, World Famous Lawn Rangers and more!

Trinity Dance Academy “TriniJig” (various locations)
Trinity’s World Champions free Irish dance classes and family-friendly activities throughout the day. Click on the event title for location information.

 

Saturday, March 14

Dyeing of the Chicago River
Click the event title to find out the best place to see the river being dyed and the history of this famous Chicago tradition.

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Necklace Making (Elmhurst)
Kids can create their own shamrock necklace.

A Taste of Ireland: Corned Beef ‘n Beer (Hinsdale)
Leprechauns (or team members) will be serving samples of corned beef, beer, Irish cheeses, and more at the end of the rainbow (in the café) to fundraise for Whole Planet Foundation. The beer buyer John will be pouring samples of Irish style dry Stouts and Red Ales.

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Click the event title for the parade route, how to get there and parking information.

 

Sunday, March 15

Northwest Side Irish Parade (Chicago)
The Northwest Irish Parade is a celebration of faith, family, and heritage on the Northwest side of Chicago.

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Necklace Making (Elmhurst)
Kids can create their own shamrock necklace.

South Side Irish Parade (Chicago)
The South Side Irish Parade is a family-friendly event. Leading the way down South Western Avenue for the the 2014 South Side Irish Parade were our Grand Marshals, the Mulliganeers and the 2015 parade details will be released soon. Click the event title for the parade route and time.

 

Tuesday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Necklace Making (Elmhurst)
Kids can create their own shamrock necklace.

Shamrockin’ Smoothie & Juicing Class (Hinsdale)
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a healthy and delicious way! These smoothie recipes, such as the Shamrock Shake contain natural ingredients and essential nutrients to keep you and your family energized and healthy. These green smoothies and juices are so delicious that your family will never know that they’re packed with fruits and vegetables.

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Have you been to the classes at Whole Foods Market in Hinsdale? How cool is it that you can get unique experiences at their store? My family is all over the sushi class towards the end of the month… we’ll see if they will try sushi again!

Kid’s Club is back again with the Hinsdale Public Library story time in the store, learn a shamrock shake smoothie recipe at the Juicing Meetup, listen to world music at the Chicago Philharmonic Concert, and so much more in March. Great events from Whole Foods Market Hinsdale this month!

Every Friday during lent: Fish lunches available from our seafood department at the demo cart from 11:30 – 1:30 pm. (Remember last year’s crab cakes? Yum!)

Chicago Philharmonic Concert Series in Hinsdale
Sunday, March 1    3 pm
The Chicago Philharmonic Chamber Players present a series of 3 one hour-long concerts of uninterrupted beautiful music at the Union Church of Hinsdale on 3/1, 4/12, and 5/10. The first concert, Feel the Beat!, features Latin rhythms, Hungarian dances, American Ragtime and Mozart. All concerts take place on Sunday at 3 p.m. Families are welcome; 18 and under are free. Refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market Hinsdale. For details, please visit www.chicagophilharmonic.org

Keepin’ It Wheel: Parm Crack
Saturday, March 7    2 pm    FREE
In Specialty
What’s 85 pounds, round and edible? (Hint: a big cheese) This is the sixth year Whole Foods Market is celebrating Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy by holding a wheel cracking with its crack heard around the world at all of our stores globally. Most Parms are aged 12 months but Whole Foods Market ages our wheels 24 months for an amazing flavor. If you’ve never tasted our freshly cut parm, make sure to stop by for a chunk of cheese!

Dr. Adam Mead’s Juicing Meetup: Shamrockin’ Smoothie & Juicing Class
Tuesday, March 17    7 – 8 pm    FREE
In the Lifestyle Center
Dr. Adam Meade teaches a How & Why juicing class every 3rd Tuesday of the month. Dr. Meade, of Abundant Health Chiropractic, incorporates juicing into his practice and personal life. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in a healthy and delicious way! These smoothie recipes, such as the Shamrock Shake contain natural ingredients and essential nutrients to keep you and your family energized and healthy. (And no food coloring necessary to make these drinks festive.) These green smoothies and juices are so delicious that your family will never know that they’re packed with fruits and vegetables. Juice samples with produce provided by our store and recipes will be provided.
You must register for this free meetup by calling 630-590-5670 or visit online at meetup.com/juicing-for-Abundant-Health/

 

wfm kids clubKid’s Club: Hinsdale Public Library Story Time
Wednesday, March 18   9:30 – 10 am    Ages 3 – 6    FREE
In the cafe
We’re featuring a monthly activity time designed just for preschoolers. (Parent must remain in the store or Starbucks.) Once again, our special guest will be our partners Hinsdale Public Library who will be featuring a Pop- Up Story Time with stories, songs, and a snack. Meet our favorite librarians for a fun-filled class!
To find out more about programs offered at our local library, visit hinsdalelibrary.info/

 


Whole Planet Foundation

A Taste of Ireland: Corned Beef ‘n Beer
Saturday, March 14    12 – 3 pm    Donation
Leprechauns (or team members) will be serving samples of corned beef, beer, Irish cheeses, and more at the end of the rainbow (in our café) to fundraise for Whole Planet Foundation.
Our beer buyer John will be pouring samples of Irish style dry Stouts and Red Ales.

A Taste of Spain: Tapas & Wine
Saturday, March 21    12 – 3 pm    Donation
In the cafe
Pretend you’re vacationing in Spain as you listen to the sounds of Spanish guitarist Guitarra Azula while you samples Spanish tapas (appetizers) and wine.


 

FamilySushiClass_FBFamily Sushi Class
Tuesday, March 24    6:30 – 7:30 pm    FREE
In the Lifestyle Center
Sushi demystified by Chef Pau, from Fusion Sushi in our Prepared Foods department, who will show us how to prepare a few veggie maki rolls the easy way. Eat here or take your creation home.
You must sign up/call Customer Service by 3/20 to reserve a place in this class. 630-986-8500

 

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Whole Foods Market Hinsdale
500 E. Ogden Ave.
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Weekend Events: February 27 – March 1, 2015

 Posted by on February 25, 2015
Feb 252015
 

kidlist weekend events

Friday

Field Museum: Free Basic Admission (Chicago)
Free basic admission, which includes entry to most permanent exhibitions.

No School – Make Art Here (Elmhurst)
Grades 1-5 with Adult. Spend the day off at Elmhurst Art Museum with fun and creative guided art activities based on their current exhibitions.

Girls Nite (Forest Park)
Make body lotion, lip gloss, fashion bracelets, while enjoying raffles, pizza and sundaes. For ages 7 and up.

 

Saturday

Field Museum: Free Basic Admission (Chicago)
Free basic admission, which includes entry to most permanent exhibitions.

Snowshoe Hike (Downers Grove)
Bundle up, strap on snowshoes, and hit the trails at Lyman Woods! Join a naturalist on a snowshoe hike and discover the beauty and wonder of the winter forest. Snowshoe hikes are free with the rental of snowshoes at the Interpretive Center.

Donuts for Dads (River Forest)
Crafts, books, and board games out for you to enjoy a long breakfast treats from Blue Max Coffee. Then head upstairs for a fun story time by the fireplace. Moms, grandparents, and caregivers also welcome.

Free Music Together Class (Western Springs)
Come visit a free demo Music Together class. Sing, dance, play instruments, and have lots of musical fun! For children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.

Brookfield Zoo: Free General Admission
General zoo admission is free on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday through February 28, 2015. Parking: North Entrance $10/car.

Chicago Family Palooza (St. Charles)
51,000 Square Feet “playground” with attractions, rides, and fun. More details and coupon in event listing (click the event title above).

Exploration Station: Chocolate (Oak Park)
Celebrate the most popular plant on planet Earth and see how an odd looking fruit is transformed into yummy confections.

Celebrate Black History Month Storytime (Oak Brook)
Storytime and activities featuring two notable figures with the titles I am Rosa Parks and I am Jackie Robinson.

Whole Planet Foundation: Supplier Alliance Tasting (Hinsdale)
The Customer Service team will be providing samples from Supplier Alliance products for any donation to Whole Planet Foundation. Supplier Alliance Microcredit members are vendors who financially support WPF’s mission with an annual pledge of $50,000. WPF’s mission is to alleviate poverty through microcredit in communities around the world that supply Whole Foods Market with product.

“By All Accounts” Public Grand Opening Weekend (Elmhurst)
Join in the festivities and celebrate the grand opening of the new Elmhurst history exhibit, “By All Accounts.” Enjoy a tour, refreshments, musical entertainment, and family-friendly craft activities. Explore this journey through Elmhurst’s past, and check out the interactive and informative new multi-media displays.

Cantigny’s Frozen Eve (Wheaton)
Enjoy the movie Frozen with vanilla ice cream with blue sprinkles, mini cookies, fresh made popcorn and hot chocolate. Get a cool design painted on your face, decorate a princess crown, build a snow man out of marshmallows and pretzels and sing-along with Frozen Characters. Don’t forget to dress up like your favorite Frozen character.

Rockin’ Lock-In (Elmhurst)
Calling all fourth- through sixth-graders! Grab your friends and join them for a fun night of open gymnastics, slice of pizza, drink, DJ, dodgeball, and more.

 

Sunday

Chicago Children’s Museum: Free First Sundays
Free admission all day for ages 15 and under.

Chicago Family Palooza (St. Charles)
51,000 Square Feet “playground” with attractions, rides, and fun. More details and coupon in event listing (click the event title above).

KidsFest (Oak Park)
This annual family event is free and includes hands-on educational activities for children and a chance for them to explore a tropical rain forest and other eco-climates. Get a jump on springtime by enjoying some of the early spring flowers on display at the Conservatory.

DuSable Museum of African American History: Free Sundays (Chicago)
Admission is FREE to all on each Sunday of the year.

“By All Accounts” Public Grand Opening Weekend (Elmhurst)
Join in the festivities and celebrate the grand opening of the new Elmhurst history exhibit, “By All Accounts.” Enjoy a tour, refreshments, musical entertainment, and family-friendly craft activities. Explore this journey through Elmhurst’s past, and check out the interactive and informative new multi-media displays.

Chicago Philharmonic Concert Series (Hinsdale)
Feel the Beat! features Latin rhythms, Hungarian dances, American Ragtime and Mozart. Families are welcome; 18 and under are free. Refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market Hinsdale.

 

There are also many reoccurring events every week and you can browse through them here: More Weekend Events.