Coming to Sweet Home Chicago.

Hi there, did I startle you? You must not have expected a blog post on a Saturday did you?

Well we are having are first snowfall of the season here in the Windy City so I am keeping it low key here on a Saturday morning, and after I grabbed myself a cinnamon roll from Ann Sathers to go (which you MUST try by the way), I thought I’d make a cup of coffee, and have a seat and try to remember to blog.

I guess you can say it is a combination of not being motivated, and being anxiously awaiting and preparing the home for my 3 and a half year old to arrive after being on an extensive stay at her grandparent’s in Europe as reasons why I haven’t been writing lately.

It almost felt like waiting for the arrival of a new baby execpt this time it was waiting for an arrival of a little one that has grown into a little lady, speaking a second language(she is officially bilingual),and officially out of diapers amongst other things.

When she arrived home in Chicago she immediately went to her toys she hasn’t seen in awhile (hello Disney Princess Castle and Little People!) even though it was 11pm. The girl was a chatterbox the whole ride home from the airport,in her newly learned second language. I am truly amazed.

When she had left she was pretty verbal but just a little over 2 and a half and speaking only English and still in diapers. Her grandparents who live here have been spending time with her recently while I go to work and they are just as impressed and amazed how much she has grown.

So far we have been having great adventures and she got to meet her new niece for the first time. It has been a bittersweet reunion.

Since I went ages without posting kid’s pictures on here, I will do so today, hope you don’t mind. 🙂

I am truly excited that she is here for the Holidays and looking forward to exploring what the city has in store and spending quality time with her.

First day back here,she loved the welcome balloon I got her:

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Free Community Store Events for Children

As a mom to an almost three year old, it is a must that we always come up with activities to keep her occupied. You have taken them to the park already for the day or the weather is pretty crummy so going to the park is not always possible.

However, children are a big business which means lot of places do charge admission. Sometimes, these are unavoidable and us parents are willing to pony up the money for our children so they can have well rounded experiences and not be cooped up at home all day.

But if you are in a pinch sometimes and want to take a break from paying to take them to a playcafe or museum, here are a couple places that offer free community events:

Barnes and Noble:

B&N offers free in store community events for children. I like their events because they are mainly on the weekends, and for working parents like myself,this fits our schedule. They also offer storytime,and do crafts for the kids, it’s pretty cool.

 

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Pottery Barn Kids:

I just stumbled upon this one myself. Every Tuesday, Pottery Barn Kids has a weekly storytime event for the kids. They offer diy project events for kids as well and other activities.

 

The Land of Nod:

This store offers free events during the week as well as weekends. Activities include storytime,children’s musicians,and holiday events. When I tell parents about this store they are often surprised since they had no idea but yea, check it out!

 

Please make sure you check your local stores for specific details and to confirm dates and times,they usually are all around the same time but it can vary. And just a disclaimer,these are places that I have personally have either attended or just stumbled upon. I know for a fact that there is no admission charge for these events.

 

There was one time where Land of Nod was doing a Valentine’s Day photo shoot where kids can take pictures with a local photographer and although the session was free, I was told we would have to purchase the pictures from the photographer. The rest of the event was free though.

So do your own research. But for the most part, the point of these events is to get all the local kids and parents together, and most likely a marketing strategy to get parents in the stores and consider taking a look at their products that they sell at the store. Their focus is not on trying to make more money on these particular events.

If anyone else knows of any other free community events please share! I would love to know about them.