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Friday, September 30, 2011

This Weekend

There is a lot going on this weekend! Here are a few highlights:

8am Cossitt Sale
9am Free Pumpkin Pickup for Decorating Contest
11am Luurs Fall Festival

11am Luurs Fall Festival

There are also Farmers Markets still going on and check out the list of Apple Orchards. I added distances and maps for each orchard to help you decide which ones to investigate.

And as always, you can use the {kidlist} Calendar for local events!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Western Springs Fall Festival

This year the Western Springs Fall Festival is Friday, October 7 from 6:30-8:30pm. I wanted to give you guys a heads up though because they have free pumpkins for the kids to take home and decorate! You can pick up yours this Saturday, October 1 from 9-11pm at the Tower Green. Bring the pumpkins back during the Fall Festival for judging because the winning pumpkins will be displayed all fall in the windows of local businesses!

The Fall Festival is at the Tower Green and will include hayrides, a children's storyteller, and food. We go every year... what a great opportunity to have some hot chocolate and enjoy the brisk fall weather with friends!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hike & Seek at Bemis Woods

The new Chicago Hike & Seek event will be held at Bemis Woods South in Western Springs this Saturday, September 24. I love the way this event is described by saying "trade screen time for green time!"

The hike starts at 9am and lasts about 2-3 hours. There will be five Stop & Study Stations where your children will enjoy nature facts and interactive lessons. After completing each Stop & Study Station they will earn a colorful naturalist badge!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Luurs Fall Festival

Luurs Garden & Flower Shoppe's fall festival is coming up! They have pony rides, train rides, and inflatable jack-o-lantern jumpy on both Saturday and Sunday for the next three weekends. There are also fire trucks on Sundays during the festival for the kids to explore. In addition to the great kids activities they have food... sizzling sheboygan brats, hot dogs, burgers, fresh popped popcorn, delicious pumpkin and apple slices, and hot and cold drinks. To top it off there are huge discounts on most perennials, nursery stock and fountains! You can also pick up fall decorations, mums, pumpkins, gourds, cornstalks, indian corn and straw bales.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Giveaway: "Llama, Llama, Red Pajama" by Anna Dewdney

Bright Horizons has offered to give away 2 copies of “Llama, Llama, Red Pajama” to {kidlist} readers! Enter to win below...

Monday, September 19, 2011

Read for the Record

Jumpstart’s Read for the Record is on October 6th! 

Jumpstart is a national early education organization that helps at risk children develop language and literacy skills they need for school.  One of their largest programs is Read for the Record in which schools, libraries, organizations, and parents pledge to read the same book on the same day nationwide.  Last year, almost 2 million people participated!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Susanna Farms

Susanna Farms in Lake Villa is just a short drive off I-94 and offers a wonderful family farm experience! You can take hayrides through the woods, find your way through corn mazes (they have one for little kids and another for bigger ones), totem pole painting, face painting, pumpkins, farm animals and a great snack shack including Diane's famous chocolate chip cookies.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Cossitt Sale is October 1

Cossitt Elementary School in La Grange will be hosting its fall clothing sale on Saturday, October 1 from 8am to Noon.  Gently used fall and winter clothing for boys and girls infant - size 20 will be available for sale.  Clothing sold at the sale is carefully screened to ensure only the best quality is offered.

In addition to clothing, baby equipment, sporting goods, costumes and bikes will also be available for sale.  Cossitt School is located at 115 West Cossitt Avenue in La Grange.  Adults only from 8am-10am, children admitted with adult from 10am-noon.

Want to sell your stuff at the Cossitt Sale?

Cossitt School Clothing Sale Registration to begin Tuesday, Sept 20

Are your closets overloaded with clothes that no longer fit your kids?  Sell them at the Cossitt School Clothing Sale and keep 60% of the proceeds!

Registration for the Cossitt School clothing sale will take place on Tuesday, Sept 20 from 9am-3pm or 5-7pm and the following Tuesday, Sept 27 from 5-7pm in the lower level of the La Grange library, located at 10 West Cossitt Avenue.  Sellers must register in person to pick up information packets and tags.  There is no registration fee and no late registration will be accepted.  Registration will be limited to 400 sellers.

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Monday, September 12, 2011

A Birthday Tradition

I'm not sure where my mom got the idea, but it's a good one; every year on our birthday we would wake up to balloons over our head! While we were sleeping my parents hung balloons from the ceiling so when we opened our eyes we would see big balls of color that corresponded to how old we were. I started doing this for Elliott when he turned two (I hung two balloons over his bed) then continued with three when he turned three etc.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Sunday Funday at the Elmhurst Historical Museum

This Sunday, September 11, Elmhurst Historical Museum is having a "Sunday Funday" making personalized note cards. This event is from 1-3pm. Members are free, $2 for non-members.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Neighborhood Activities This Weekend

Friday, September 9:
  • Last day to order fresh taffy apples at a discount from District 101, forms available at McClure
  • La Grange Park District presents Toy Story 3 at Waiola Park, 8:30pm, free movie and popcorn

Saturday, September 10:
  • McClure Car Wash, 10am-12:30, $5 per car, a dog washing station will also be set up
  • La Grange Sidewalk Sale

Sunday, September 11:
  • Western Springs Fire Department Pancake Breakfast, 7am-1pm, $4 per person
  • First Congregational of Western Springs Party, 4-5pm open to everyone, face painting, bounce house, live entertainment
  • La Grange Sidewalk Sale

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Kid's Fair at Whole Foods Market Hinsdale

Whole Foods Market in Hinsdale is having a Kid's Fair on Saturday, September 17th from 10am to 2pm. You can click on the flyer above to read or print the details. (I have also typed out the schedule of fun activities below)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Giveaway: UPrinting Rolled Canvas Print

You can win a 16" x 20" rolled canvas print from UPrinting!

UPrinting is an online printing company that offers many printing services at reasonable prices. They have many options for invitations, greeting cards, letterhead, canvas printing, yard signs... the list goes on!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Make a Rainbow Cake!

Welcome guest blogger Anna Sparks! I love this cake that she made and wanted to share with everyone....

Just take a look at this picture and you will want to make this cake with your kids!

I saw this online and just thought it would be so much fun to make. Also the different dyed cakes started me spinning all kinds of ideas (Halloween cake – orange, black, and yellow; St. Pat’s cake – layers of various greens, Christmas cake – red and green; 4th of July – red, white, and blue – you get it!)

So I decided to make this cake the next time I would have an opportunity to serve it to a whole bunch of kids. Because who could love a rainbow cake more than a bunch of two and three year olds?