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FREE Lowe’s Kids Workshop! 12/10…Coal Car

FREE Lowe’s Kids Workshop! 12/10…Coal Car

Mark Your Calendars ~ the FREE Lowes Kids Workshop is back again on 12/10! Your kiddos will each be able to build a Free Coal Car!

Go here for more information and to pre-register your little ones for this fun, FREE event!

November 30, 2011 at 8:05 pm Leave a comment

Polar Express at Hickory Creek Metra Train Station

You better not shout! You better not cry! You better not pout, and I’ll tell you why! Santa Claus is coming to town, and you’re going to go pick him up! Hop aboard the Polar Express at Hickory Creek Metra Train Station in Mokena because you’re invited to go on a trip to the North Pole! On this voyage you’ll get to enjoy a story time and some cookies. Once you arrive to your destination, you’ll find Santa and bring him back to Mokena for pictures and fun. This event is sponsored by the Frankfort Park District, though there are other locations in Illinois where you can catch the Polar Express. Click here for more information and locations.

Where: Hickory Creek Metra Train Station, 9430 Hickory Creek Drive, Mokena.
When: 9:31 a.m. and 11:31 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 4.

November 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm Leave a comment

Santa Visits

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and it’s to meet the jolliest one of them all – Santa Claus! Good thing Santa will be making special appearances in Frankfort, Homer Glen/Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park and Tinley Park before Christmas this year! Whether it’s for brunch, lunch, a day of games or a simple meet and greet, your kids will have the opportunity to explain just how good they were this year and to share those Christmas lists they worked so hard on.
Where: Frankfort: Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St., Frankfort.  //  Homer Glen/Lockport: Prairie Bluff Golf Club, 19433 Renwick Road, Crest Hill.  //  Mokena: Aurelio Restaurant, 310 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort.  //  New Lenox: Lions Community Center, 1 Manor Drive, New Lenox.  //  Orland Park: Sportsplex, 11351 W. 159th St., Orland Park.  //  Tinley Park: Bettenhausen Recreation Center, 8125 W. 171st St., Tinley Park.

When:  Frankfort: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 10.  //  Homer Glen/Lockport: 8:30-10 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17.  //  Mokena: 9-10:30 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 3.  //  New Lenox: 10 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, Dec. 10.  //  Orland Park: 9 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, Dec. 3.  //  Tinley Park: 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 10.

November 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm Leave a comment

Santa is visiting Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Dec 10

For the first time ever, Chicagoland Speedway is kicking off the holiday season with an afternoon of holiday festivities and family fun.  Teaming up with Toys for Tots and the Joliet Fire Department, Santa Claus will visit Chicagoland Speedway on Saturday, December 10 from noon – 4:00 p.m.  With the donation of a new, unwrapped gift to Toys for Tots, families can get their photo taken with Santa Claus in Gatorade Victory Lane. In lieu of donating a toy, families can donate $10 to Toys for Tots. 

“We are thrilled to support Toys for Tots and welcome Santa Claus to Chicagoland Speedway this December,” said track president, Scott Paddock.  “We look forward to kicking off this holiday season by celebrating with our fans while giving back to local community. This will be a fun and memorable afternoon for all ages.” 

After getting their photo taken, children can warm up in Chicagoland Speedway’s Media Center and decorate picture frames to take home or hang up at the Speedway. Parents can also sign their kids up for Kids Club!, Chicagoland Speedway’s exclusive club for kids 12 years of age and younger, free of charge. The Joliet Fire Department will also be onsite providing fire safety tips, and the Joliet Forest Preserve will be providing nature arts and crafts.   

 Guests should enter through Gate 5 off Laraway Road, leading directly into the Infield.  Parking will be located to the right in between the garages. Gates will open promptly at noon.     

Each person that attends the event on December 10 is eligible to win a Chicagoland Speedway Prize Pack which includes four tickets to the STP 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Sunday, July 22. The event is open to all ages although in order to be eligible for the Prize Pack you must be 18 or older.  

For guests who are unable to attend the December 10 event but would still like to donate to Toys for Tots, they can do so by dropping off a new, unwrapped toy during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. starting November 28 up until Monday, December 19 in the Chicagoland Speedway Administration Building lobby. 


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November 22, 2011 at 12:20 am Leave a comment

Lego Nutcracker – December 6th at your local Lego store!

Mark your calenders! If you live near a Lego Store, kids ages 6 – 14 can build & take home a new FREE Lego Modeleach month!

On Tuesday {December 6th} at 5:00pm, your kiddos can build a FREE Lego Nutcracker!

Always call your local store to verify if they are participating.  Get there early!

Join in the LEGO® Store Monthly Mini Model Build!
Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited to approximately 250 per store and offer is good while supplies last only. A new model will be available every month and will be specially themed to that month – ask a Store Associate for details! Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. See store for more details.

Upcoming Mini Model Build:
LEGO Nutcracker: Tuesday, December 6, begins at 5:00 pm until supplies last.

November 17, 2011 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

Happy birthday to Mickey Mouse!

Mickey Mouse will be turning the big 8-3, and the Frankfort Park District is inviting you to come out and celebrate it! With games, crafts, pizza and (of course) cake, you won’t want to miss this birthday bash. Register by Thursday. Click here for more information.
Where: Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St., Frankfort.
When: Register by Thursday, Nov. 17. Mickey’s Birthday Celebration will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Monday, Nov. 21.

November 16, 2011 at 3:20 am Leave a comment


Once again, I have to apologize for being MIA.  It seems that the Fall is throwing some curve balls.   My daughter is having a tough time with school and going through an attachment phase, my husband is traveling about 2 weeks out of the month, I came down with one nasty illness (it’s been a month and still not completely over it),blah blah blah, offered a FANASTIC, ONCE IN A LIFETIME, INCREDIBLE opportunity to go back to work at an old company of mine at almost the level I left 5 years ago (IT field) and at a great pay (one that would afford the ability to hire a nanny).  Offered position.  Accepted position.  Start date okayed with HR.  Weeks of research and emotional torment about going back to work and leaving kids with nanny, down to two of them. As paperwork started to process, CIO halted hiring in Chicago and rescinded my offer.  Joyous.  Huh.  So I am no longer starting work on November 30th as thought. I am still crushed. The day I found out the news I had only eaten a bagel and drank an entire bottle of wine.  NOT like me at all.  My lovely husband took care of me.  So with that… back on the trail again.

November 16, 2011 at 3:19 am Leave a comment


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