Guest Blog Post: Top Picks for Families to do in the Area

Guest Blog Post: Mommy by the River

Happy Weekend! I’m so excited March is arriving because it is the first sign that winter will be leaving us soon and also–Mommy By The River is grateful to announce a First Anniversary in March! It was one year ago that I launched this blog. It has been a journey of learning the ”blog world,” but it also has been a lot of fun (as well as a lot of work–but gratifying work!)

To celebrate my First Anniversary, I’m excited to announce a GREAT-FUL GIVEAWAY, which will launch Friday, Feb. 28th at midnight (technically, March 1st)! So stay up late Friday and when midnight hits, check my blog (or check your email if you are a subscriber) for all of the details and the opportunity to enter the GREAT-FUL GIVEAWAY!  It’s my way of saying THANK YOU for your support and encouragement!

In my Top Picks for this weekend, you will find fun places to bring your kids in the following towns: Algonquin, Bartlett, Bloomingdale, Crystal Lake, Elgin, Geneva, Hoffman Estates, Schaumburg, St. Charles, West Dundee, and Wheaton. Best of all, they are all FREE or CHEAP! Please note that most of the events listed are drop-in and require no registration,with the exception of the hockey and Home Depot workshop. And if they ask who sent you…tell them The Mommy did!

DISCLAIMER: The events posted below may change due to weather and other crazy circumstances, so I do encourage you to phone and/or check event information before heading out.

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Event: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Gail Borden Public Library, 270 North Grove Ave., Elgin
Age: Children under age 8 are invited as long as their caregiver stays
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Description: Fun and festivities celebrating Dr. Seuss! Puzzles, games, and more!
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site or 847-742-2411

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Event: Home Depot Kids’ Workshop: Build A Trojan Horse Bank (from the new DreamWorks animated film, “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” coming March 2014)
Town: Various Illinois Home Depot Stores including Elgin, South Elgin, Bartlett, Crystal Lake, Algonquin and many more.
Where: Home Depot Stores
Age: Kids age 5 to 12 with caregiver
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Description: Hands-on workshop! Kids will complete mentioned project and receive a free apron, certificate of achievement  and pin.
Cost: FREE
Information: Web site
Special Note: Please register for this event

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Event: Kids Dream Winter Film Series – “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2“ (PG) *(repeats Sunday, but note time change)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Cinema, 111 S. Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie and enjoy concessions specials!
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site or 847-622-1000

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Event: Barnes & Noble Event: LEGO Movie Building Event
Town: Crystal Lake, Geneva, Schaumburg and West Dundee
Where: Various Illinois Barnes & Noble stores
Age: Age 4+
Time: Various times, depending on the store
Description: Build a scene from the movie
Cost: FREE
Information: Web Site
Special Note: This event requires registration at most stores listed. See web site for details on times and store phone numbers.

Sunday, March 2, 2014
Event: Kids Dream Winter Film Series – “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2“ (PG)
Town: Elgin, IL
Where: Marcus Cinema, 111 S. Randall Rd., Elgin
Age: See rating
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Description: Enjoy a movie and enjoy concessions specials!
Cost: $2 per person
Information: Web site or 847-622-1000

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Mommy by the River

About Mommy by the River: My name is Pamela. I’m a mommy who lives by the Fox River in Elgin, IL who has longed for a local resource that would tell me WHERE to go with my child that costs me either nothing or nearly nothing. Full Bio