Top Picks: Nov. 28 – 30, 2014

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walsh_kids_blog2A very Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Today, my little family and I will head to downtown Chicago at the (yawn) crack of dawn to enjoy the FREE(ish) McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade on beautiful State Street. I say FREE(ish) because yes, the parade itself is FREE, but if you count the $32 parking, then it doesn’t really fit into my FREE & CHEAP category. But sometimes, a splurge like this fantastic parade is totally worth it.

Before I dive in to my “Picks” I want you to know that I am so very thankful for YOU! I’m glad that you find the information on my blog helpful and that you keep returning to see what fun things are available to you in our community! I sincerely wish you a very blessed day with your family!

And now…here are my Top Picks for the weekend of November 28-30, 2014. In my Top Picks this weekend enjoy ice skating, movies, soccer, parades, holiday lights, visits with Santa, and sleigh rides. 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, November 28, 2014
  (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours are Noon to 9:00 p.m. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Friday, November 28, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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, November 28, 2014
Event: Festival of Lights Parade
Town: Crystal Lake, IL
Where: Downtown Crystal Lake–The parade route includes North Caroline Street, Crystal Lake Avenue, Grant Street, Woodstock Street, and Williams Street.
Age: All ages
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Description: Parade with beautiful, light-decorated floats. Santa arrives at the end of the parade in his horse-drawn sleigh to light the downtown Christmas tree. Then, he will begin visits with children at his house at Brink Street Market.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website

Friday, November 28, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Festival of Lights and Tree Sales
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy Cosley Zoo decorated for the holidays with over 20,000 twinkling lights and special displays. Visit the animals and purchase hot chocolate, trees, wreaths and holiday gifts.
Cost: FREE entry. Fee for concessions, trees, etc.
Information: Website or 630-665-5534
Special Note: Tree sales begin at 9:00 a.m., but the lights begin at 3:00 p.m.

Friday, November 28, 2014
Event: Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and Holiday Display
Town: Arlington Heights, IL
Where: North School Park, Eastman St. & Arlington Heights Rd., Arlington Heights
Age: All ages
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Description: Enjoy the annual tree lighting with a beautiful holiday display featuring 70,000 lights: a carousel, ice skaters, train, dump truck, interactive sleigh and much more!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-577-3000

SATURDAY
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Saturday, November 29, 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. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available by age group.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: Call or click here to register for a free trial class. 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, November 29, 2014
Event: Holiday Homecoming–Lighting of the Lights
Town: St. Charles, IL
Where: 1st Street Plaza, downtown St. Charles
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Description: Watch Mayor Rogina illuminate the city. Special performance by the St. Charles East and North High Schools’ Chorales. Appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-443-3967

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Event: Holiday Homecoming–Electric Christmas Parade
Town: St. Charles
Where: On Main St., between 6th St. and 4th Avenue, downtown St. Charles
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Description: Beautiful, fully-illuminated parade
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-443-3967

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Event: Holiday Movie, “The Polar Express”
Town: St. Charles
Where: Arcada Theatre, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Description: Watch the movie “The Polar Express” (Rated G, 1 hr. 40 mins)
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-962-7000
Special Note: Seating begins at 9:30 a.m.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Event: Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
Town: St. Charles
Where: 1st St. Plaza, downtown St. Charles
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Description: Horse-drawn sleigh ride around the downtown
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site or 630-443-3967

Saturday, November 29, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Visits With Santa
Town: St. Charles
Where: 1st St. Plaza, downtown St. Charles
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Drop by Santa’s house for a visit! Bring your list and camera!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-443-3967

Saturday, November 29, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: *Rink hours – Noon to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours are Noon to 9:00 p.m. See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  *Rink closed to the public in the morning due to ice skating lessons (Saturday only). Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Saturday, November 29, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Festival of Lights and Tree Sales
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy Cosley Zoo decorated for the holidays with over 20,000 twinkling lights and special displays. Visit the animals and purchase hot chocolate, trees, wreaths and holiday gifts.
Cost: FREE entry. Fee for concessions, trees, etc.
Information: Web site or 630-665-5534
Special Note: Tree sales begin at 9:00 a.m., but the lights begin at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 29, 2014
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 mins.) (*this event repeats Sun.)
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, November 30, 2014

Event: City Skate outdoor ice skating
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Civic Center Plaza between the Hemmens Cultural Center and City Hall, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: Rink hours – 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Warming shelter hours are 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., See special note below for more info. on times.
Description: Ice skating
Cost: FREE or $4 per person for skate rental (must bring I.D. and exchange shoes)
Information: Website or 847-931-6140
Special Note:  If you don’t need to rent ice skates, you can start skating at 9:00 a.m., but there will be no warming shelter available until posted hours. Please call phone number above for daily update on ice conditions and most current schedule. No hockey playing is allowed, which includes skating with a hockey stick.

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Event: Festival of Lights and Tree Sales
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: Cosley Zoo, 1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy Cosley Zoo decorated for the holidays with over 20,000 twinkling lights and special displays. Visit the animals and purchase hot chocolate, trees, wreaths and holiday gifts.
Cost: FREE entry. Fee for concessions, trees, etc.
Information: Website or 630-665-5534
Special Note: Tree sales begin at 9:00 a.m., but the lights begin at 3:00 p.m.

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Event: Visits With Santa
Town: St. Charles
Where: 1st St. Plaza, downtown St. Charles
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Drop by Santa’s house for a visit! Bring your list and camera!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-443-3967

Sunday, November 30, 2014
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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: Nov. 21 – 23, 2014

LKF-Ads-Web-IntraSportsComplex-728x90-web(2)walsh_kids_blog2Hello to all of my faithful readers and the new ones who are visiting my blog for the first time. I’m so glad you are here! Welcome to my Top Picks for the weekend of November 21-23, 2014. Historically, this weekend has offered a “sparser” line-up as far as events. However, the holiday festivities will be going full tilt Black Friday weekend, so be sure to check in with me after Thanksgiving for a very full listing!

In my Top Picks this weekend enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, reading activities, and planting seeds in a prairie, as well as soccer, swimming and movies! 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, November 21, 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, November 21, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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
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Saturday, November 22, 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. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available by age group.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: Call or click here to register for a free trial class. 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, November 22, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Town: Schaumburg, IL
Where: Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, 201 S. Plum Grove Rd., Schaumburg
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a 15-minute wagon ride around the grounds. Tickets are sold 15-minutes prior to the first ride of the day and until 15-minutes prior to the last ride of the day.
Cost: $3 per person admission. Children 3 and under are FREE.
Information: Website or 847-985-2100
Special Note: Rides begin/end next to the Farm Visitor Center. Wagon holds a maximum of 15 passengers. Please note that rides may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call for most updated ride information.

Saturday, November 22, 2014
Event: Discovery Weekend Family Events at Barnes & Noble
Town: West Dundee, IL
Where: Barnes & Noble Spring Hill Mall, 1468 Springhill Mall Blvd., West Dundee
Age: Ages 4+ (see description)
Time: 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Description: 11:00 a.m. – Learn to Draw Like Mo Willems – Storytime & Activity. Kids age 4+ will enjoy the storytime book, “Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus,” then learn how to drawn the Pigeon! 1:00 p.m.- Puppet Making & Holiday Sing-Along. Kids age 4+ will create a puppet and sing along with their puppet friends!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-426-5614

Saturday, November 22, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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, November 23, 2014
Event: Prairie Planting
Town: Barrington
Where: Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd., Barrington
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Description: Sow seeds in a prairie.
Cost: $3 per person admission. Children 3 and under are FREE.
Information: Website or 847-381-6592
Special Note: Dress for the outdoors. Sturdy shoes also encouraged!

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Event: Discovery Weekend Family Events at Barnes & Noble
Town: West Dundee, IL
Where: Barnes & Noble Spring Hill Mall, 1468 Springhill Mall Blvd., West Dundee
Age: Ages 4+ (see description)
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Description: Snowmen at Night – Storytime, Crafts & Activities. Read this fun winter tale, then create a snowman to bring home!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-426-5614

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Event: Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Town: Schaumburg, IL
Where: Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, 201 S. Plum Grove Rd., Schaumburg
Age: All ages
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy a 15-minute wagon ride around the grounds. Tickets are sold 15-minutes prior to the first ride of the day and until 15-minutes prior to the last ride of the day.
Cost: $3 per person admission. Children 3 and under are FREE.
Information: Website or 847-985-2100
Special Note: Rides begin/end next to the Farm Visitor Center. Wagon holds a maximum of 15 passengers. Please note that rides may be cancelled due to inclement weather. Call for most updated ride information.

Sunday, November 23, 2014
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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: Nov. 14 – 16, 2014

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walsh_kids_blog2Um brrrrrrrr……If this weather is any indication of what is coming over our long winter (and this is still considered autumn!), then let’s hope I can find a lot of fun indoor events for you in the upcoming months! Welcome to my Top Picks for the weekend of November 14-16, 2014.

In my Top Picks this weekend enjoy weather science, a model train exhibit, an interactive music event, learning about mammals, and an outdoor “almost winter” festival, as well as soccer, swimming and movies! 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, November 14, 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, November 14, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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, November 14, 2014
Event: Weather Science Night
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Elgin Public Museum, 225 Grand Boulevard, Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Description: Enjoy an interactive study of the skies and atmosphere. Learn about rain, snow and extreme weather events through hands-on activities throughout the museum.
Cost: $2 per person.
Information: Website or 847-741-6655

SATURDAY
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Saturday, November 15, 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. Class is 50 mins. in length.
Description: Try out a soccer class. Several different classes available by age group.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website, 847-488-0088 or lilkickers@intrasportscomplex.com
Special Note: Call or click here to register for a free trial class. 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, November 15, 2014
Event: An Almost Winter Day
Town: South Elgin, IL
Where: County Park, 11 W. Plum St., South Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Description: Horse-drawn sleigh rides, petting zoo, children’s activities, cookie decorating (limited supplies), s’mores making, bonfire, pony rides ($2 per ride), letters to Santa ($2 per letter), concessions, Santa (4:30 p.m. arrival), tree lighting (5:00 p.m.).
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-742-5780

Saturday, November 15, 2014
Event: Model Train Exhibit
Town: Wheaton, IL
Where: DuPage County Historical Museum, 102 E. Wesley St., Wheaton
Age: All ages
Time: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Description: See over 2,000-ft of track in this model train exhibit that operates on a loop the 3rd and fifth Saturday each month.
Cost: FREE–donations welcome!
Information: Website or 630-210-4941

Saturday, November 15, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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, November 16, 2014
Event: Keys 4 Kids Interactive Music Program
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Elgin Art Showcase, 164 Division St., Elgin (The Professional Building, downtown Elgin, 8th Floor)
Age: Kids age 5+ with adult (feel free to drop your kids off if they are age 6 or older)
Time: 2:30 – 3:15 p.m.
Description: Pianist Brooke Hage hosts this musical event with sing-alongs, games like musical chairs, the opportunity to create music-inspired artwork, free style dance, a raffle and snacks!
Cost: $5 suggested donation per person
Information: Facebook, 224-829-9631 (see special note) or bhagestudio@gmail.com
Special Note: An RSVP that you will attend is preferred. Call or text to phone number above. Street parking available.

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Event: Mammals: Ice Age to Late 1800s
Town: Barrington, IL
Where: Crabtree Nature Center, 3 Stover Rd., Barrington
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Description: Learn about caribou, mammoths, bears and horses–mammals who have called Illinois home through the ages
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-381-6592

Sunday, November 16, 2014
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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.

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Congratulations to: Rachel McCabe!

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest. There were 74 entries and the winner was drawn at random with the help of random.org via Rafflecopter.

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Top Picks: November 7 – 9, 2014

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walsh_kids_blog2Hello and welcome to my Top Picks for the weekend of November 7-9, 2014. With October behind us, my mind is already focused on the holidays. Can you believe that Thanksgiving and Christmas (and other holidays) are just around the corner?

And don’t you want to look your best when you are all dressed up for one of those special parties or church gatherings you will be attending? Then be sure to enter the Mommy Needs Some Bling – Great Jewelry Giveaway Contest. You can enter to win a piece of Lia Sophia® jewelry valued up to $170–and you get to pick the piece! Talk about fun! Make sure to click HERE for all of the details. You only have until this Saturday, November 8th to enter to win. So do it, now! {sponsored post}

A big thank you to reader mom Michelle W., who sent in a photo of her kids Leah (4) and Shelby (6), who are my Top Picks models for the month of November!  Please continue to forward Fall/Winter/Holiday photos to editor@mommybytheriver.com. I would love to see some family photos (that includes mom and dad too)–and I know many of you are taking them for Christmas cards, so feel free to send them my way too! Who knows, you may end up being my Top Picks models in the near future!

In my Top Picks this weekend enjoy an introduction to lacrosse with Playtime Lacrosse, a kid movie, swimming, soccer, a holiday kickoff event, a nature hike/story, and a farm experience!  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, November 7, 2014 (*this event repeats Sat. & Sun.)
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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, November 7, 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.

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Saturday, November 8, 2014

Event: Intro to Lacrosse
Class with Playtime Lacrosse

Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Intra Sports Complex, 37W950 Mason Rd., Elgin
Age: Kids age 3.5-yrs. to 8-yrs. old with parent
Time:12:00 Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Description: Try out lacrosse and learn why this is the fasting growing sport in America! This introduction to lacrosse class is perfect for kids who have either never played before or have minimal lacrosse experience. They will learn proper hold/grip of a stick; cradle, scoop, catch & throw; shooting form and technique; dodging and stick protection; hand-eye-foot coordination; and sportsmanship. Don’t miss it!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 630-220-0329
Special Note: You must register prior to attending the event. Parent will need to complete a waiver form on-site. Please make sure your child wears comfortable clothes and sneakers for lacrosse activities. All equipment will be provided!

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Saturday, November 8, 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, November 8, 2014
Event: Elgin Home For the Holidays Kickoff
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 North Grove Ave., Elgin
Age: All ages
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: Live entertainment, holiday photo booth, bilingual storytime with Mrs. Claus, free carriage rides outside (1:30-3:30 p.m.), kids’ crafts, see the Ecker Center Festival of Trees and more!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-742-2411

Saturday, November 8, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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, November 9, 2014
Event: “From Hog House to Smokehouse”
Town: Schaumburg, IL
Where: Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Rd., Schaumburg
Age: All ages
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Description: All things pork! Find out where bacon comes from, make sausage, smoke hams and more! Plus, children’s activities and a wagon shuttle from the Nature Center to the Heritage Farm. Refreshments will be available for purchase.
Cost: $3 per person or $12 per family of 6 or fewer with each additional member $3 each; Kids age 3 and under are FREE
Information: Website or 847-985-2100

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Event: Children’s Story Time: “When Winter Comes” by Nancy Van Laan
Town: Crystal Lake, IL
Where: Prairieview Education Center, 2112 Behan Rd., Room #210, Crystal Lake
Age: All ages
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Description: Listen to a story, take a hike and then make a craft based on the story!
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 815-479-5779

Sunday, November 9, 2014
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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: Oct. 31 – Nov. 2, 2014

LKF-Ads-Web-IntraSportsComplex-728x90-web(2)Mommy blog ChicagoHello to all of my readers! It’s going to be a fantastic (and cold) weekend. I hope you and your little trick-or-treaters stay warm and safe! My six-year old will be marching around as a king in the Northeast part of Elgin on Halloween. It is always a great time and brings to mind so many wonderful memories.

Besides giving you my Top Picks list for this weekend, I want to remind you about the “Mommy Needs Some Bling – Great Jewelry Giveaway Contest. You can enter to win a piece of Lia Sophia® jewelry  valued up to $170–and you get to pick the piece! Talk about fun! Make sure to click HERE for all of the details. {sponsored post}  Oh, and almost forgot…Don’t forget to fall back on Saturday night because Daylight Saving time beings (i.e., turn your clocks back one hour). Will someone please tell me when that will actually mean more rest for us parents?

In my Top Picks this weekend enjoy trick-or-treating at a 19th century farm, swimming, soccer, a movie, reading fun, and craft fun! And check out the ad below for a sneak peek of an upcoming lacrosse event in Elgin! 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 31, 2014
Event: Trick-or-treating at the Heritage Farm10.21_Mommy_300x250
Town: Schaumburg, IL
Where: Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, 201 S. Plum Grove Rd., Schaumburg
Age: All ages
Time: 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Description: Wear a costume and enjoy trick-or-treating from building to building
Cost: FREE.
Information: Website or 847-985-2102

Friday, October 31, 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***
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Saturday, November 1, 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, November 1, 2014 (*this event repeats Sun.)bank_theme_2011_logo
Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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, November 1, 2014
Event: Read, Create, Play: Building Bricks
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove, Elgin
Age: 3-yrs. to Kindergarten, with parent
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Description: Develop early literacy skills through this fun program that combines reading, creating and playing.
Cost: FREE
Information: Website or 847-742-2411

Saturday, November 1, 2014
Event: “The Home Depot’s Kids Workshop” (featured craft: “Build A Pallet Coaster”)
Town: Algonquin, Bartlett, Carol Stream, Carpentersville, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Elk Grove Village, Geneva, Glendale Heights, Schaumburg, South Elgin and more.
Where: Area Home Depot Stores. See link to enter your zip code and find your preferred location.
Age: Geared for 5- to 12-yr. olds, though younger can probably handle with assistance
Hours: 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Description: All supplies are provided for the craft. Kids keep the craft, plus get a free orange apron that looks like the ones the Home Depot associates wear and a special achievement pin!
Cost: FREE
More information: Website
*Special Note: This event requires registration. Click on link above, then choose “Register.” You will then be able to select your preferred store and register your kiddos

SUNDAY
Sunday, November 2, 2014

Event: Berenstain Bears (Rated G, 60 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.

Lia Sophia® Exclusive: $10 OFF $30+ Jewelry Order

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I’m so excited about this exclusive offer reader mom Kim Montag, a consultant for Lia Sophia® Jewelry is offering MommyByTheRiver.com readers! Lia Sophia® Jewelry is my favorite!

Take $10 off any order of $30 or more in the Fall/Winter 2014 Lia Sophia® Jewelry catalog placed between Tuesday, October 28th and Friday, November 7, 2014 midnight. This offer is only good with Kim Montag. If you choose an item that is around $40, that’s 25% off!

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This offer is good through 11/7/14.

Disclosure: Mommy By The River has been compensated for this post.

 

Equip Your Child To Handle Bullies – Part 2

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As I mentioned in part one of myEquip Your Child To Handle Bullies” post last week, October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, so it is an opportune time for PMA_Logo_smallerparents, teachers and children to learn how to take action against bullying. Previously, I told you about an organization right in our neighborhood 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. That organization is PRO Martial Arts (PMA).

kid-kickThis week, I’m excited to share about the PRO Martial Arts ARMOR® program. Designed by child psychologists, educators and law enforcement officials, ARMOR® is a program designed exclusively for PRO Martial Arts. An ARMOR® class is just 25 minutes in length and is offered as a FREE elective for any students ages 6+ enrolled in a PRO Martial Arts class. Comprised of 12 weekly lessons on Bullying Prevention and 12 separate lessons on Predator Prevention, students will learn how to combat both bullying behavior and predator activity–both online and on the playground. Every lesson is a stand-alone, ensuring students can enter the course at any time.

During the Bullying Prevention segment your child will learn how to:

  • Recognize bullies and not become their victims
  • Carry themselves with confidence
  • Set and respect personal boundaries
  • Be assertive when seeking help
  • Use the martial arts to defend (as a last resort)

During the Predator Prevention segment your child will learn:

  • About listening to their instincts–the “uh-oh” feeling–and to tell a trusted adult about their uneasy feelings
  • The difference between appropriate and inappropriate adult behaviors
  • The importance of good communication between them and their parents
  • The real issue isn’t just strangers, but STRANGENESS

My ARMOR® Class:
I had the opportunity to sit in on one of the ARMOR® classes recently.ARMOR_small I must say that I was quite impressed. The class began with interactive questions between the instructor and the students to get them thinking about real life situations and then evolved into a practice session on what to say and do if a predator tries to harm them.

Then, they physically practiced punches, kicks and where to strike the predator to protect themselves. The take-away for me was that kids were being empowered to defend themselves if needed. I absolutely love the psychology behind that philosophy. As parents, we cannot be with our children at all times. The ARMOR® program knows that and has taken a proactive approach to truly arming our kids with what they need to stay safe.

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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!

 

 

Lia Sophia® Jewelry Giveaway

lialogoThe holidays are just around the corner and we moms deserve a little “bling” to help us sparkle! That’s why I’m pleased to give you a chance to WIN a piece of Lia Sophia® jewelry valued up to $170. I’m so excited because Lia Sophia® jewelry is my favorite!

If you win, you can choose any one item in the Fall/Winter 2014 Lia Sophia® Jewelry Catalog up to $170  with no exclusions. This giveaway is exclusive to all MommyByTheRiver.com readers and comes to you compliments of reader mom & local Lia Sophia® consultant Kim Montag. I’m calling it the “Mommy Wants Some Bling” Jewelry Giveaway! Enter to WIN through the GIVEAWAY widget below.

Enter to WIN JEWELRY below through Saturday, November 8, 2014.

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Contest Details:
Winner will receive a certificate for one item in the Fall/Winter 2014 Lia Sophia Jewelry Catalog up to $170. No exclusions. This prize is only good with Kim Montag. Winner will be selected at random. Mommy By The River (MBTR) will contact the Grand Prize Winner via email and/or through a blog post on November 9, 2014. Only one prize winner per household is eligible to win every 180 days. This contest is open to anyone who is at least 18 years of age. See complete terms and conditions on entry form above.

Disclosure: Mommy By The River (MBTR) has been compensated for this giveaway.

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
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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

***FEATURED EVENT***
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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
Event: Truck or Treat10.21_Mommy_300x250
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