Top Picks: October 24 – 26, 2014

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Mommy blog ChicagoAre you ready for this weekend? It’s packed with Halloween fun and so much more! Besides my Top Picks list for this weekend, I am also super excited to remind you about the Mommy Needs Some Bling – Great Jewelry Giveaway Contest beginning this Sunday, October 26! A local reader mom/Lia Sophia® jewelry representative is excited to give away some absolutely gorgeous jewelry–your choice of one piece up to $170 value–PLUS a wonderful discount on anything you may want to buy, simply because you are a Mommy By The River reader! The holidays are just around the corner, so it is the perfect time to get some bling so you can sparkle, and also get a jump on that holiday shopping! Did I mention that Lia Sophia® jewelry is some of my favorite jewelry? All you have to do is enter to WIN. Get complete details on the BLING contest this weekend! Disclosure: This is a sponsored post

In my Top Picks this weekend enjoy ice-skating in costume, soccer, Halloween-themed movies, trick-or-treat events, hayrides, and a vintage trolley ride! Plus, check out the ads to get a sneak peek of an upcoming lacrosse event taking place very soon! Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

FRIDAY
Friday, October 24, 2014
(*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Toons! Spookley The Square Pumpkin (Rated G, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $2 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

Friday, October 24, 2014
Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (resident) or $4 (non-resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, October 24, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Hotel Transylvania (Rated PG, 91 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie!
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

SATURDAY
Trick or treat Elgin
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Saturday, October 25, 2014
Event: Trick-or-treat event
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Elgin State Bank, 1001 S. Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Description: Stop by in costume to trick-or-treat at the bank. Enjoy Mad Science featuring special tricks and treats. Make bubbly potions, edible spider webs and Halloween slime too!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-888-7950

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Event: Free trial class at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: Different soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups specified. Call or click here to register for a free trial class. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available for different ages.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

Saturday, October 25, 2014
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Town: Crystal Lake, IL
Where: Main Beach, 300 Lakeshore Dr., Crystal Lake
Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Description: Wear a costume and trick-or-treat while checking out some big trucks!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 815-459-0680, ext. 1217

Saturday, October 25, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: The Pumpkin Trolley
Town: South Elgin, IL
Where: Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 S. LaFox St., South Elgin
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Trolley ride to a pumpkin patch where you have the option to choose a pumpkin and enjoy a small treat!
Cost: $4 adult; $3 seniors 65+; $2 kids age 3-11; FREE kids under age 3; $2 additional for pumpkin
Information: Website or 847-697-4676

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Event: Hayrides at Cantigny Park
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 12:00 p.m.. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a hayride around the grounds
Cost: $5 parking fee. FREE hayrides
Information: Website or 630-668-5161
Special Note: Hayrides begin at the Visitors Center

Saturday, October 25, 2014
Event: Halloween in the Hollow
Town: Sleepy Hollow, IL
Where: Sabatino Park (click for directions)
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Description: Costume parade with prizes awarded by age group, pumpkin decorating, hay rides, chili contest, bonfire with appearance of Headless Horseman. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-574-8116

Saturday, October 25, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Toons! Spookley The Square Pumpkin (Rated G, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $2 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

Saturday, October 25, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Hotel Transylvania (Rated PG, 91 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie!
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

SUNDAY
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Event: The Great Pumpkin Skate
Town: Hoffman Estates, IL
Where: The Triphahn Center Ice Arena, 1685 West Higgins Rd., Hoffman Estates
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Description: Enjoy free ice-skating and skate rental if you dress in costume. FREE cookies and hot chocolate will be served.
Cost: FREE if in costume (including skate rental). (FYI, the cost is: Adult $8R/$9 NR; Child $6R/$7NR; Plus skate rental $5 per person, so do wear a costume!)
Information: Website or 847-885-7500

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Event: Toons! Spookley The Square Pumpkin (Rated G, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $2 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Hotel Transylvania (Rated PG, 91 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie!
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

Sunday, October 26, 2014
Event: The Pumpkin Trolley
Town: South Elgin, IL
Where: Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 S. LaFox St., South Elgin
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Trolley ride to a pumpkin patch where you have the option to choose a pumpkin and enjoy a small treat!
Cost: $4 adult; $3 seniors 65+; $2 kids age 3-11; FREE kids under age 3; $2 additional for pumpkin
Information: Website or 847-697-4676

Equip Your Child To Handle Bullies – Part 1

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Has your child been bullied? Mine has. At his very first summer camp experience last summer, my five-year old son was bullied by an eleven-year old boy. As a parent, I felt shocked, helpless and angry. Because the camp staff refused to handle the situation with the fervor we expected, my husband and I pulled him out of the camp.

PMA_Logo_smallerSince October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, I’m excited to tell you about an organization that is training kids of all ages in personal safety, as in bullying prevention, through an all-encompassing karate curriculum designed to aid in self-confidence, character development, physical fitness and so much more. Let me introduce you to an organization right in your neighborhood… PRO Martial Arts.

A Little Background:
PRO Martial Arts (PMA) is a nationwide company with facilities in 22 states and Canada. It was founded in 2008 by Pennsylvanian resident Ed Samane who was bullied as an overweight 11-year old. He found a solution to the bullying through karate.

What’s Cool About It:
Because of the impact bullying had on Samane’s self-esteem, he developed a unique karate instruction curriculum that offers a bullying prevention and predator prevention component…the ARMOR® program. It’s the only martial arts program that offers it. I’ll share more about ARMOR® in another post.

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Photo courtesy of PRO Martial Arts

Programs In Your Neighborhood:
With facilities in Hoffman Estates, IL St. Charles, IL and other Chicagoland locations, PMA offers a variety of martial arts classes throughout the week and on Saturdays for kids of all ages. From their Little Rhinos program, specifically for 3- to 5-year olds, their Basic program for 6-to 12-year olds and their teen/adult programs (ages 13+), students will learn the basic moves and principles associated with the martial arts such as kicking, punching, rolling, and falling, as well as more advanced skills such as self-defense, choreographed technique and more. Of course, everything is taught in an energetic and kid-friendly manner. Different colored belts will be earned along the way as students test out of their level and move up to the next one. Many locations, including Hoffman Estates, offer kickboxing classes for adults as well.

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Depending on the age of the student, classes run 30 to 40 minutes in length. Parents are welcome to stay and watch in the waiting room. Payment may be made on a monthly basis and enrollment is always open so kids can join at any time! Talk about convenient!

Want to try it out for FREE?
Well, you can…two absolutely FREE classes! Click here to register for your FREE trial today!

Try these locations below or click on the link for more options in the Chicago area!

PRO Martial Arts, 2509 W. Golf Rd., Hoffman Estates, IL 847-252-4100
PRO Martial Arts, 2422 W. Main St. Unit 4c, St. Charles, IL 630-584-2340

And if they ask who sent you….tell them The Mommy did!

Top Picks: October 17 – 19, 2014

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Mommy blog ChicagoWelcome to my Top Picks! Before we dive into this weekend’s fun, I’m super excited to announce that during the weekend of October 24, I will begin my Mommy Needs Some Bling – Great Jewelry Giveaway Contest! Brought to you by one of my absolutely favorite jewelry companies (and new sponsors), Lia Sophia®, and a local mom who is excited to give you some beautiful jewelry and wonderful discounts. Be watching my Facebook page each day next week for “Sneak Peeks” of some of the jewelry you can win and complete details on the contest.

Do you have some cute kids? Of course you do! If you would like a chance for your kiddos to be my Top Picks monthly models, I am still seeking photos for the months of November & December …so scroll through your phone (or your camera) and send your best Fall/Winter/Holiday photos to editor@mommybytheriver.com.

In my Top Picks this weekend enjoy soccer, Halloween-themed movies, a Viking ship, hayrides, and a vintage trolley ride! Plus, check out the ads to get a sneak peek of an upcoming trick-or-treat event taking place very soon! Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, October 17, 2014
(*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Toons! Spookley The Square Pumpkin (Rated G, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $2 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

Friday, October 17, 2014
Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (resident) or $4 (non-resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch Trick or treat Elginpass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, October 17, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Rated G, 94 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie!
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

SATURDAY
***FEATURED EVENT***
Saturday, October 18, 2014

Event: Free trial class at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: Different soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups specified. Call or click here to register for a free trial class. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available for different ages.
Cost: FREE
Information: Lilkickersintra.com, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities. Disclosure: This is a sponsored post

Saturday, October 18, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: The Pumpkin Trolley
Town: South Elgin, IL
Where: Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 S. LaFox St., South Elgin
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Trolley ride to a pumpkin patch where you have the option to choose a pumpkin and enjoy a small treat!
Cost: $4 adult; $3 seniors 65+; $2 kids age 3-11; FREE kids under age 3; $2 additional for pumpkin
Information: Website or 847-697-4676

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Event: Visit A Viking Ship
Town: Geneva, IL
Where: Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for self-guided tours. Docent-led tours begin every 30 minutes, with the last one at 3:30 p.m.
Description: See and tour a replica of an 1893 Viking Ship that sailed across the Atlantic (from Bergen, Norway to New York) and on to the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
Cost: $5 adult; $3 teen; Kids are FREE
Information: Website or 815-315-8112

Saturday, October 18, 2014
Event: Hayrides at Cantigny Park
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 12:00 p.m.. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a hayride around the grounds
Cost: $5 parking fee. FREE hayrides
Information: Website or 630-668-5161
Special Note: Hayrides begin at the Visitors Center

Saturday, October 18, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Rated G, 94 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie!
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

Saturday, October 18, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Toons! Spookley The Square Pumpkin (Rated G, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $2 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

SUNDAY
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Event: The Pumpkin Trolley
Town: South Elgin, IL
Where: Fox River Trolley Museum, 361 S. LaFox St., South Elgin
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Trolley ride to a pumpkin patch where you have the option to choose a pumpkin and enjoy a small treat!
Cost: $4 adult; $3 seniors 65+; $2 kids age 3-11; FREE kids under age 3; $2 additional for pumpkin
Information: Website or 847-697-4676

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit (Rated G, 94 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie!
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

Sunday, October 19, 2014
Event: Toons! Spookley The Square Pumpkin (Rated G, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater with ultra comfy seating and the option to order food!
Cost: $2 per person admission
Information: Website or 630-480-9557
Special Note: Please make sure to do your own internet research on the movie to make sure it is appropriate for your youngsters.

Top Picks: October 10 – 12, 2014

LKF-Ads-Web-IntraSportsComplex-728x90-web(2)SMommy blog ChicagoURPRISE! I finally shifted my blogging schedule around so I can release my Top Picks on Wednesday evenings instead of Thursday evenings. I feel so much better about this because I want to give you more notice for your weekend fun. Also, have you noticed some new ads popping up on my blog? These ads are brought to you by local businesses who now support my blog with their advertising dollars. It is because of these advertisers, that I am able to keep delivering my Top Picks to you, week after week. So check them out, okay? (Thank you!)

Do you have some cute kids? Of course you do! If you would like a chance for your kiddos to be my Top Picks monthly models, I am still seeking photos for the months of November & December …so scroll through your phone (or your camera) and send your best Fall/Winter/Holiday photos to editor@mommybytheriver.com.

In my Top Picks this weekendenjoy airplane rides, scarecrows, corn-picking, African-themed fun, arts & crafts projects, movies, fire engines, soccer fun and much more! Plus, check out the ads to get a sneak peek of an upcoming trick-or-treat event taking place at the end of this month! Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, October 10, 2014

Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (resident) or $4 (non-resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch Trick or treat Elginpass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, October 10, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Casper (Rated PG, 96 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie! Concessions specials
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000

Friday, October 10, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: 29th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest
Town: St. Charles, IL
Where: Various locations throughout downtown St. Charles
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Scarecrows with different themes on display, live entertainment, and more. See daily schedule for full details.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 800-777-4373

SATURDAY
***FEATURED EVENT***
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Event: Free trial class at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids (read my review)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: Different soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups specified. Call or click here to register for a free trial class. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available for different ages.
Cost: FREE
Information: Lilkickersintra.com, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Event: Open House at CAKE Village
Town: East Dundee, IL
Where: 611 East Main St., East Dundee
Age: All ages
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a variety of activities at this African-themed cultural & arts “village” with Queens of Africa dolls, African-flavored cupcakes, performances, art, special drinks and more! Visit the new Gallery 611 while you are there!
Cost: FREE
More information: Website or 224-699-9968

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Event: Accent Kids! Make & Take Art Projects at Side Street Studio Arts
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Side Street Studio Arts, 15 Ziegler Ct., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a variety of make and take art projects.
Cost: FREE
More information: Website or 847-429-2276

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Event: Elgin Fire Department Open House
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Station 2, 650 Big Timber Rd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy station tours, fire engine rides, 20+ games, a maze, fire sprinkler demo, fire equipment on display, face painting, refreshments and medical helicopter landing at 1:00 p.m.!
Cost: FREE
More information: Website
Special Note: Parking available across the street at Verizon, 777 Big Timber Rd.

Saturday, October 11, 2014
Event: Young Eagles Rally: Free Airplane Rides
Town: Lake in the Hills, IL
Where: Lake in the Hills Airport, 8407 Pyott Rd., 2 miles N. of the intersection of Algonquin Rd. and Pyott Rd., Lake in the Hills
Age: Kids age 8 to 17 years
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Description: Sponsored by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), kids take a free airplane ride to introduce them to aviation
Cost: FREE
More information: Website or 815-479-7960
Special Note: A parent or legal guardian must accompany their child and sign a waiver.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Corn Harvest
Town: West Chicago, IL
Where: Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Rd., West Chicago
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Help keep the farm’s cows and sheep fed through the long winter by picking, shocking, shucking, and storing corn! Make corn-husk figures and tour the vintage home, chicken coop, barn, sheep fold and other buildings. Blacksmith demos will take place during a portion of this event.
Cost: FREE
More information: Website or 630-876-5900
Special Note: Dress in shoes for walking in fields and bring work gloves if you have them, for handling the corn and stalks.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Casper (Rated PG, 96 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie! Concessions specials
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000

Saturday, October 11, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: 29th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest
Town: St. Charles, IL
Where: Various locations throughout downtown St. Charles
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Scarecrows with different themes on display, live entertainment, and more. See daily schedule for full details.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 800-777-4373

SUNDAY
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Event: Corn Harvest
Town: West Chicago, IL
Where: Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Rd., West Chicago
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Help keep the farm’s cows and sheep fed through the long winter by picking, shocking, shucking, and storing corn! Make corn-husk figures and tour the vintage home, chicken coop, barn, sheep fold and other buildings. Blacksmith demos will take place during a portion of this event.
Cost: FREE
More information: Website or 630-876-5900
Special Note: Dress in shoes for walking in fields and bring work gloves if you have them, for handling the corn and stalks.

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Casper (Rated PG, 96 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie! Concessions specials
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Event: 29th Annual St. Charles Scarecrow Fest
Town: St. Charles, IL
Where: Various locations throughout downtown St. Charles
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Scarecrows with different themes on display, live entertainment, and more. See daily schedule for full details.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 800-777-4373

Top Picks: October 3 – 5, 2014

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kasch_kids2Happy October! Without question, this is my favorite month out of the entire year. Harvest festivals and Fall fun are in full swing now. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! A big thank you to reader mom Rosanna, who sent in this photo of her kids Sofia (5) and Dominic (3)… my Top Picks “models” of the month! I am now seeking photos of your kiddos for the cooler months of November & December…so scroll through your phone (or your camera) and send your best Fall/Winter/Holiday photos to editor@mommybytheriver.com. Thank you! It is so much fun seeing ya’ll (yes, I did live in Texas for several years).

In my Top Picks this weekend, why not head to South Elgin’s Fall Festival and Pumpkin Patch? Or, if you want to catch a movie, head to Marcus Theatre’s Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series featuring Monster House! Plus, there is a whole lot more happening in our area communities noted below. Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, October 3, 2014

Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (resident) or $4 (non-resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, October 3, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Monster House (Rated PG, 91 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie! Concessions specials
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000

SATURDAY
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Saturday, October 4, 2014
Event: Free trial class at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids (read my review)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: Different soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups specified. Call or click here to register for a free trial class. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available for different ages.
Cost: FREE
Information: Lilkickersintra.com, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Event: Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch
Town: South Elgin, IL
Where: County Park, 225 S. Water St., South Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Pumpkins for sale ($1-$5 each), pony rides ($2), petting zoo, touch-a-truck, pyramid of hay, trolley rides ($2, waived with pumpkin purchase), live entertainment and more!
Cost: FREE entry. Fee for some attractions.
More information: Website

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Event: Cardboard Challenge
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 North Grove Ave, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Description: Build something cool with a mountain of cardboard!
Cost: FREE
More information: Website or 847-742-2411

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Event: Rakow’s Butterfly Dreams
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Rakow Branch, 2751 W. Bowes Rd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Description: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with a bilingual story, craft, Mexican bingo and butterfly face painting.
Cost: FREE
More information: Website or 847-531-7271

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Event: Pumpkinfest
Town: Streamwood, IL
Where: Hoosier Grove Park, 700 West Irving Park Road, Streamwood
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Pumpkin decorating, plus ticketed attractions ($1 each) including tractor wagon rides, face painting, penny in a haystack, moonwalk, pony rides, safety town scavenger hunt, magic show, concessions and more!
Cost: FREE
More information: Website or 630.483.3132

Saturday, October 4, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Monster House (Rated PG, 91 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie! Concessions specials
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000

Saturday, October 4, 2014
Event: Home Depot Kids Workshop
Town: Multiple store locations including: Algonquin, Bartlett, Carpentersville, Elgin, Schaumburg, South Elgin and more!
Where: Home Depot Stores in Various Towns
Age: Kids age 5 to 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Description: This month’s workshop – Build an EMS Truck
Cost: FREE
Information: Website
Special Note: Registration is required. See web site to sign up!

SUNDAY
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Event: Autumn Harvest Festival
Town: Schaumburg, IL
Where: Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, 201 S. Plum Grove Rd., Schaumburg
Age: All ages
Time: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a variety of hands-on demonstrations including blacksmithing, grain threshing, and cider pressing. Many kids activities throughout the day. Live music, 19th century games and a variety of food for purchase including taffy apples, roasted corn and more.
Cost: $5 per person or $20 per family of 6 or fewer. Additional member $5 each. Children age 3 and younger are FREE.
More information: Website or 847-985-2100
Special Note: Parking is available at the Nature Center on Schaumburg Road and off Plum Grove Road across from Heritage Farm.

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Event: Corn Harvest
Town: West Chicago, IL
Where: Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Rd., West Chicago
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Help keep the farm’s cows and sheep fed through the long winter by picking, shocking, shucking, and storing corn!
Cost: FREE
More information: Website or 630-876-5900

Sunday, October 5, 2014
Event: Flick or Treat Halloween Kid Series: Monster House (Rated PG, 91 mins.)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Theatres, 111 South Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie theater movie! Concessions specials
Cost: $2 per person admission; Concessions specials: $2.50 popcorn and $2.50 drinks
Information: Website or 847-622-1000

Top Picks: Sept. 26 – 28, 2014

LKF-Ads-Web-IntraSportsComplex-728x90-web(2)Parker_sept12Happy Weekend! I am glad to report that I obtained my first apple cider donuts of the season at a local (cheap – $3 per person) pumpkin-type farm where my child had a wonderful time running around a hay bale maze, digging in a giant sandbox complete with fun trucks and shovels, climbing through a hay bale maze tunnel, posing for too many photos, (kinda) feeding some farm animals and fully indulging in Fall fun. Oh, how I love this season! If you want to know where this (cheap) pumpkin-type farm is in our area, post your question below in the blog comments section and I would be happy to tell you! And if you have any suggestions for (cheap) pumpkin-type farms in our area ($5 per person admission or less), please post below as well. I’m sure the other readers would appreciate it!

In my Top Picks this weekend, you can still take a FREE trial class with Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids at the Intra Sports Complex in Elgin! I will be out there with my son doing that very thing, so why not come out and say hello, as I would love to meet you! Or, if you have been waiting to visit a local planetarium, head to Elgin School District U-46’s very own Public Sky Show! Plus, there is a whole lot more fun happening in our area communities noted below. Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, September 26, 2014
Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (resident) or $4 (non-resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, September 26, 2014
Event: Public Sky Shows: (Two different shows) “The Moon & Eclipses” and “Premiere of Dawn of the Space Age”
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: 312 Watch St. (corner of Watch St. & Raymond St.), Elgin
Age: All ages. Please note that discretion is advised for kids age 5 and younger due to length of time sitting in the darkness
Times: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. “The Moon & Eclipses: Learn about why we see eclipses;” 4:30 – 5:45 p.m. Premiere of “Dawn of the Space Age” full dome video;” 6:30-7:30 p.m. “The Moon & Eclipses”
Description: Enjoy a viewing of the autumn sky under the dome, a special presentation on the dome and a brief history of the building
Cost: $3 per person or $10 max. per family. CASH ONLY.
Information: Website or 847-888-5324
Special Note: Seating is limited. There is FREE parking available at Raymond St. and National St., one block away. No parking on Watch St. or in private lots. Also, self-guided building tours are available before presentations.

SATURDAY
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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Event: Free trial class at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: Different soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups specified. Call or click here to register for a free trial class. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available for different ages.
Cost: FREE
Information: Lilkickersintra.com, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Event: National Alpaca Farm Days
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Rivendell Alpacas, 9N942 Dittman Rd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Tour the farm and learn all about alpacas! Music, live demonstrations and learn about raising and breeding alpacas.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-715-7895

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Event: Johnny Appleseed Festival
Town: Crystal Lake, IL
Where: Downtown Crystal Lake, 50 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake
Age: All ages–lots of activities for little ones especially!
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Music, martial arts demos, pony rides, petting zoo, pumpkin train, moonwalk, craft fair, farmer’s market, pie eating contest, decorated scarecrows, concessions and more!
Cost: FREE & CHEAP admission/entertainment; fee for some activities ($1 to $3 each)
Information: Website

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Event: Fall Fest  (this event repeats Sun.)
Town: Huntley, IL
Where: Huntley Park District, 12015 Mill St., Huntley (throughout)
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Description: Petting zoo, pony rides, car show, hayrides, pumpkin patch, library book sale, carnival (fee), tractor show, scarecrow contest, live music, tethered rides in hot air balloon.
Cost: FREE (except after 5:00 p.m.–see web site for more details)
More information: Web site or 847.381.6592 x 394
Special Note: Many events take place at Deicke Park–see my blog entry on this GREAT playground/park and do it all! Also, event begins Friday, but most kid-friendly events on Sat. and Sun.

Saturday, September 27, 2014
Event: 4th Annual Harvest Fest
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Crafts, games, music and fall treats
Cost: FREE
More information: Web site or 847.742.2411

SUNDAY
Sunday, September 28, 2014

Event: Fall Fest
Town: Huntley, IL
Where: Huntley Park District, 12015 Mill St., Huntley (throughout)
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Petting zoo, pony rides, car show, hayrides, pumpkin patch, library book sale, carnival (fee), tractor show, scarecrow contest, live music, tethered rides in hot air balloon.
Cost: FREE
More information: Web site or 847.381.6592 x 394
Special Note: Many events take place at Deicke Park–see my blog entry on this GREAT playground/park and do it all! Also, event begins Friday, but most kid-friendly events on Sat. and Sun.

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Event: Caboose Days
Town: South Elgin, IL
Where: Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 S. LaFox St. (Rte. 31), South Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Take a ride on on the Big Red Caboose or the Locomotive
Cost: $4 per adult; $3 per senior (age 65+) or $2 per child (age 3-11); kids under 3 are FREE
Information: Website or 847-697-4676

Sunday, September 28, 2014
Event: National Alpaca Farm Days
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Rivendell Alpacas, 9N942 Dittman Rd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Tour the farm and learn all about alpacas! Music, live demonstrations and learn about raising and breeding alpacas.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-715-7895

 

Top Picks: Sept. 19 – 21, 2014

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Welcome to my “Top Picks” for this weekend! Are you as ready for fall as I am? I say, bring on the apple pickin’, pumpkin farms, beautiful trees, apple cider donuts, caramel apples, costume prepping, and harvest partying! My favorite season begins next Monday, September 22nd (yes, it’s the First Day of Fall)…and I’m ready to celebrate it with a traditional dutch apple pie! It’s kind of our family tradition now…

In my Top Picks this weekend, you can still take a free trial class with Lil’ Kickers Soccer at the Intra Sports Complex in Elgin! Or, if you are ready for your first Scarecrow Festival of the season, head to Hoffman Estates’ Vogelei Park. Plus, there is a whole lot more fun happening in our area communities noted below. Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

DISCLAIMER: Although I am careful to report accurate dates and times as they are provided, I realize that sometimes I receive inaccurate information, events may be cancelled or I simply make a boo boo. I strongly encourage you to confirm the information before heading out and/or to click the link that is provided for each activity to check the details.

FRIDAY
Friday, September 19, 2014
Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (Resident) or $4 (Non-Resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, September 19, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Toons Movie Series: “Calliou” (PG, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Website or 630-480-9557

SATURDAY
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Saturday, September 20, 2014
Event: Free trial class at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: Different soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups specified. Call or click here to register for a free trial class. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available for different ages.
Cost: FREE
Information: Lilkickersintra.com, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Event: Interactive Wizard of Oz
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Description: Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the movie classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” by viewing the movie with some fun interactive elements: flying monkeys, ruby red slippers, melting witches and lots of props. Come dressed as a movie favorite if you like!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-741-2411
Special Note: Children younger than 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Event: Scarecrow Festival
Town: Hoffman Estates, IL
Where: Vogelei Park, 650 W. Higgins, Hoffman Estates
Age: All ages
Time: Noon to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a display of scarecrows, live music, kids activities, food and more
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-885-7500

Saturday, September 20, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Toons Movie Series: “Calliou” (PG, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Website or 630-480-9557

SUNDAY
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Event: Fire Department Open House
Town: Roselle, IL
Where: Roselle Fire Department, 100 E. Maple Ave., Roselle
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Station tours, meet the firefighters, see fire gear, snacks and more!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-980-2043

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Event: Caboose Days
Town: South Elgin, IL
Where: Fox River Trolley Museum, 365 S. LaFox St. (Rte. 31), South Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Take a ride on on the Big Red Caboose or the Locomotive
Cost: $4 per adult; $3 per senior (age 65+) or $2 per child (age 3-11); kids under 3 are FREE
Information: Website or 847-697-4676

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Event: Toons Movie Series: “Calliou” (PG, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Website or 630-480-9557

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top Picks: Sept. 12 – 14, 2014

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Parker_sept12Hooray…it’s the weekend! Summer is on its way out and fall is on its way in! Even with the cooler weather, there are still lots of options available for fun indoors and out. But before we jump into my Top Picks, I want to mention that you can still send in a photo of your child/children for a chance to be featured in my Top Picks. Send your favorite photo to editor@mommybyriver.com. Close-ups and largest photo (size) possible are preferred. So keep ‘em coming! Photo above is my son pictured at age 5 mos.

Also, a big THANK YOU to everyone who checked out the Lil’ Kickers Soccer Open House last weekend in Elgin and mentioned you heard about it from my blog. I really appreciate the mention because it helps my advertisers know that the “Mommy blog” (as many of you call it) is a helpful resource in the community–and this helps keep my blog going! So thank you again!

In my Top Picks this weekend, you won’t want to miss out on taking a free trial class with Lil’ Kickers Soccer at the Intra Sports Complex in Elgin! Or, if hands-on science is more their style, head to the Elgin Public Museum, where they will get their fill of all kinds of cool things in the universe. Plus, there is a whole lot more fun happening in our area communities noted below. Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

FRIDAY
Friday, September 12, 2014
Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru. 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (Resident) or $4 (Non-Resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

Friday, September 12, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Toons Movie Series: “Calliou” (PG, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Website or 630-480-9557

Friday, September 12, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Heritage Fest
Town: West Dundee, IL
Where: See maps. FREE shuttle available from Spring Hill Mall.
Age: All ages
Time: Various Hours. See schedule for details.
Description: Fireworks (Fri. only), plus a variety of different features each day including trackless train, magic show, classic and antique car show, scarecrow decorating, penny in a haystack, old-fashioned games and races, music and more!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website

Friday, September 12, 2014
Event: Science Night
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: The Elgin Public Museum, Lords Park, 225 Grand Blvd., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Experience hands-on fun as you learn about the universe, planets and solar systems through experiments and demonstrations.
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Facebook or 847-741-6655

SATURDAY
***FEATURED EVENT***
Saturday, September 13, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Free trial class at Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: Different soccer classes available between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon for all age groups specified. Call or click here to register for a free trial class. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available for different ages.
Cost: FREE
Information: Lilkickersintra.com, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Saturday: Blue Box Cafe Family Fringe
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Carlton Rogers Park at Spring & Division in downtown Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Face painting, bounce house, take-home crafts, many performances for kids including “Wonder Puppets,” yoga for kids, Captain Jack, Paint & Play with Princess Maggie and much more!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website

Saturday, September 13, 2014
Saturday: Mexican Independence Day Parade & Celebration
Town: West Chicago, IL
Where: Downtown West Chicago (Main St., W. Washington St. and more)–see website for locations
Age: All ages
Time: Noon to 4:00 p.m..
Description: Parade at Noon, plus children’s arts & crafts, face painting, and main stage entertainment including Ballet Folklorico Quetzacoatl and more.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-293-2200 ext. 170

Saturday, September 13, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Heritage Fest
Town: West Dundee, IL
Where: See maps. FREE shuttle available from Spring Hill Mall.
Age: All ages
Time: Various Hours. See schedule for details.
Description: Enjoy a variety of different features each day including trackless train, magic show, classic and antique car show, scarecrow decorating, penny in a haystack, old-fashioned games and races, music and more!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website

Saturday, September 13, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Saturday: Toons Movie Series: “Calliou” (PG, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Website or 630-480-9557

SUNDAY
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday: Toons Movie Series: “Calliou” (PG, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Website or 630-480-9557

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Event: Heritage Fest
Town: West Dundee, IL
Where: See maps. FREE shuttle available from Spring Hill Mall.
Age: All ages
Time: Various Hours. See schedule for details.
Description: Enjoy a variety of different features each day including trackless train, magic show, classic and antique car show, scarecrow decorating, penny in a haystack, old-fashioned games and races, music and more!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website

Sunday, September 14, 2014
Saturday: Pioneer Day
Town: Elk Grove Village, IL
Where: Elk Grove Historical Museum, 399 Biesterfield Road, Elk Grove Village
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Candle-making demos, petting zoo, re-enactments, historical craft & games, stuff & take home a scarecrow (fee).
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-439-3994

Top Picks: Sept. 5 – 7, 2014

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amanda_top_picksHello and a very happy weekend to you! Thank you for sending in photos of your kiddos for a chance to be featured in my “Top Picks!” Reader mom Denise sent this photo of daughter Amanda (age 5) shown enjoying the last days of summer. Even though it is September, the first day of Fall does not officially begin until September 22…so squeeze in a few more summertime outings while you can!

If you would like a chance for your kids to be featured in a “Top Picks” post, please send your photo to editor@mommybytheriver.com. Close-ups and the largest size photo you have is preferred. In the subject line note Top Picks, and provide your children’s names and ages if you want them included. Additionally, if you are a local photographer specializing in kids’ portraits, please contact me. Perhaps there is a way we can work together to serve both of our purposes. Now, let’s move oSTCharlesBank2__croppedn to my Picks!

In my Top Picks this weekend, you won’t want to miss the Lil’ Kickers Soccer Open House at the Intra Sports Complex in Elgin! With all of the running and kicking planned, your kids will likely want to take a nap afterwards (bonus!) Or, if trucks are more their style, head to Elk Grove Village for the annual Touch A Truck event where kids can experience the excitement of fire trucks, dump trucks, police cars and more! Plus, there is a whole lot more fun happening in our area communities noted below. Best of all, the events listed are all FREE or CHEAP! And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

FRIDAY
Friday, September 5, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Toons Movie Series: “Calliou” (PG, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Website or 630-480-9557

Friday, September 5, 2014
Event: Tot Time Swimming
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Adventure Island Pool at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way, Elgin
Age: Children from birth thru. 5 years with adult
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Adult swims with their kids in the Adventure Island leisure pool
Cost: $3 (Resident) or $4 (Non-Resident) per child. Adult is FREE.
Information: Website or 847-531-7030
Special Note: If you like this event, you may opt to purchase the Passport 2Play punch pass. More information on this program may be found on the website.

SATURDAY
***FEATURED EVENT***
Saturday, September 6, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids Open House
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 9:45 a.m.) Classes for all ages will run every 20 mins., so arrive at any time. Event ends at 1:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy soccer games and exciting activities. At the event, kids will be separated into three separate age groups: 18 mos. – 3 Yrs. with parent involved in class; 3 yrs. – 6 yrs. beginner level (parent watching); 6 yrs. – 9 yrs. intermediate level (parent watching). Concessions will be open (fee).
Cost: FREE
Information: Lilkickersintra.com, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Event: Touch A Truck
Town: Elk Grove Village, IL
Where: Pirate’s Cove Children’s Theme Park Parking lot,  901 Leicester Rd., Elk Grove Village
Age: All ages
Time: 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Description: Police cars, fire vehicles, dump trucks and more!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-437-9494

Saturday, September 6, 2014  (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Bartlett Heritage Days
Town: Bartlett, IL
Where: Various locations throughout Bartlett. See website for details.
Age: All ages
Time: 9:45 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.
Description: A variety of activities and music including children’s games, animal show, inflatables, touch-a-truck, children’s art activities, carnival (fee), food vendors and more! Activities vary each day. See schedule for complete list.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website
Special Note: Heritage Days begins on Friday, Sept. 5. However, most children’s activities take place on Sat. and Sun.

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Event: Home Depot Kids Workshop
Town: Multiple Store locations including: Bartlett, Carpentersville, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Schaumburg, South Elgin
Where: Home Depot Stores in Various Towns
Age: Kids age 5 to 12
Time: 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Description: This month’s workshop – Build a Wizard of Oz TM birdhouse
Cost: FREE
Information: Website
Special Note: Registration is required. See web site to sign up!

Saturday, September 6, 2014
Event: Worldwide Day of Play: A Nickelodeon Event
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Wheaton Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard, Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Bounce house, open gym, obstacle course, youth fitness classes and contest, giveaways, childcare for kids age 2 and under.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-665-4710

Saturday, September 6, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Toons Movie Series: “Calliou” (PG, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Website or 630-480-9557

SUNDAY
***FEATURED EVENT***
Sunday, September 7, 2014
Event: Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids Open House
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 years old with parent
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 9:45 a.m.) Classes for all ages will run every 20 mins., so arrive at any time. Event ends at 1:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy soccer games and exciting activities. At the event, kids will be separated into three separate age groups: 18 mos. – 3 Yrs. with parent involved in class; 3 yrs. – 6 yrs. beginner level (parent watching); 6 yrs. – 9 yrs. intermediate level (parent watching). Concessions will be open (fee).
Cost: FREE
Information: Lilkickersintra.com, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Event: Bartlett Heritage Days
Town: Bartlett, IL
Where: Various locations throughout Bartlett. See website for details.
Age: All ages
Time: Noon to 5:00 p.m.
Description: A variety of activities and music including children’s games, animal show, inflatables, touch-a-truck, children’s art activities, carnival (fee), food vendors and more. Activities vary each day. See schedule for complete list.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website
Special Note: Heritage Days begins on Friday, Sept. 5. However, most children’s activities take place on Sat. and Sun.

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Event: Toons Movie Series: “Calliou” (PG, 45 mins.)
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Studio Movie Grill, 301 Rice Lake Square, Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a family-friendly movie in comfortable seats with the option to buy food
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Website or 630-480-9557

Lil’ Kickers Soccer Open House

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Mommy By The River is excited to give my loyal blog readers a special invitation to a fabulous FREE event taking place in Elgin on September 6 & 7, 2014…The Lil’ KickersSoccer For Kids‘ Open House! Kids age 18 mos. through age 9 and parents will have an opportunity to sample what the Lil’ Kickers soccer program is all about through a variety of games and activities. Make sure to scroll down to the very end of this post for complete details! The Lil’ Kickers Fall Session begins Tues. Sept. 9th, so it is the perfect opportunity to check it out!

This event will, of course, be listed in my Top Picks next weekend, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek of this exciting event so you can invite your friends, your neighbors and even your friends’ neighbors to an open house experience you will not want to miss! And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

BuNxrMeCAAARQbfFirst, a little background:
Lil’ Kickers is a nationally renowned, non-competitive child development soccer program that was founded in 1999 and now serves 650,000 boys and girls nationwide. The Intra Sports Complex in Elgin is now home to Lil’ Kickers and is one of only a few locations in our immediate area to offer the program.

What’s cool about it:
This isn’t just a soccer class. Lil’ Kickers has developed a program that understands how kids learn best. They have done this by hiring child development professionals who have created the classes to aid children in social, emotional, cognitive and physical skills. Kids will learn the game of soccer through a highly creative approach. Plus, they have skilled coaches who know everything there is to know about playing soccer!

pic2The man to know:
I had the pleasure of speaking with Thomas Cahue, the Lil’ Kickers Coordinator for Elgin. Cahue said, “In Lil’ Kickers, we don’t just teach soccer to kids. Instead we use soccer as a tool to teach kids about teamwork and cooperation. Kids have a blast learning the fundamentals of soccer while building coordination and confidence – a great combination for growing children.”

Want to enroll your child in the Fall Session?
If you enjoy the Open House, perhaps you will want to enroll your child in the Fall Session, Sept. 9 – Nov. 26, 2014. Classes are 50 minutes in length and offered on Tuesday & Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enrollment is always open so kids can join at any time (classes are pro-rated). BONUS: If you enroll your child in the Fall Session at the Open House Sept. 6 or 7, they will throw in a FREE Lil’ Kickers jersey! (I just love FREE, don’t you?)

Can’t make the Open House?
Never fear. You can always schedule a FREE Trial Class to see if you like it!

banner2Lil’ Kickers Soccer For Kids Open House Details:

Date: Sat., Sept 6 and Sun. Sept. 7, 2014

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Doors open at 9:45 a.m.). Classes for all ages will run every 20 mins., so arrive at any time! Event ends at 1:00 p.m.

Town: Elgin, IL

Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin

Age: Kids age 18 mos. through 9 yrs. plus parent

Description: Enjoy soccer games and exciting activities. At the event, kids will be separated into three separate age groups: 18 mos. – 3 Yrs. with parent involved in class; 3 yrs. – 6 yrs. beginner level (parent watching); 6 yrs. – 9 yrs. intermediate level (parent watching). Please note that these age groups are specific to the Open House. If your child enrolls in the Fall Session, there are a total of seven (7) groups, separated by age.

Cost: FREE

Information: Lilkickersintra.com, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com

Special Note: You may register in advance for this event or register on-site when you come on Saturday or Sunday. You will need to complete a waiver form. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for soccer activities.

*Disclosure: This post was sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

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