Fun Chicago kid activities for the week of Saturday, August 27 to Thursday, September 1, 2011 include a grand re-opening celebration for downtown’s LEGO Store, a free Disney Princess craft event, a story time devoted to a character from classic children’s literature, the grand opening of a new posh consignment store for children’s items in the western suburbs, and many opportunities to sign boys and girls up now for fun fall events.
Saturday, August 27
LEGO Store at Water Tower Place Grand Re-Opening Celebration. Attendees can help a LEGO Master Builder build an 8-foot-tall version of the LEGO Store mascot, Brickley the dragon, and receive a certificate for participating. Visit the newest store in Chicago, relocated from The Shops at North Bridge, now at 835 N. Michigan Avenue on the second level of Water Tower Place. Visitors can receive a free Brickley set with a $35 purchase, while supplies last. (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Princess Royal Craft Event playdate. Kids ages 3 and up can dress up as their favorite Disney Princess (or invent their own princess to dress as) and visit the Disney Store for a craft activity to write their own “happily ever after” stories. (10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Sweet Pea Consignment, holding its Grand Opening on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., brings a new opportunity for families in the western suburbs to buy and sell quality second-hand childen’s items. Brands for sale include children’s clothing Gymboree, Hanna Anderson, Janie and Jack, and Boden, as well as fine toys, books, shoes, and equipment. Visit the store at 41 N. Cass in Westmont, IL.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids. Activities include story-telling and making a craft mobile about healthy eating. (11:00 a.m.)
FREE craft activity at Lakeshore Learning Stores to make a honeybee hive with dangling bees. (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
FREE Kanani’s Hawaiian Beach Craft activity at American Girl Place Chicago for kids ages 8 and up. (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.)
Sunday, August 28
LEGO Store at Water Tower Place Grand Re-Opening Celebration. (11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Visit Medieval Times in Schaumburg and participate in free knight training before the day’s first show.
Tuesday, August 30
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Story Time at Pottery Barn Kids. Activities include story-telling and making a craft mobile about healthy eating. (10:00 a.m.)
FREE Images Collide Summer Studio family program at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. AND 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
Thursday, September 1
Bounce Back to School Carnival Party at Little Beans Café. Children can enjoy a bouncy castle on the deck, play carnival games to win prizes, and get balloon animals. Admission costs $17 for the first child ($12 each for additional kids) for a playspace admission that includes a small coffee, ice cream, entrance to the bouncy castle, and 6 tickets for games. (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.)
Fun Chicago kid activities
Time is running out this summer to visit Bristol Renaissance Faire this year and shop its fantastic Marketplace for imaginative children’s toys including costumes, wooden weapons, stuffed dolls, and even juggling equipment.
Reserve a place now at a variety of fun fall events planned to be held at American Girl Place Chicago, including the August 29 Charity Ball scheduled to celebrate the two newest dolls (Cécile and Marie-Grace) and opportunities to learn how to decorate doll-sized cakes or a Halloween gingerbread house.
Families can also reserve places at fun fall events at Magic Tree Bookstore, including author appearences and a party to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Chicago toy sales and shopping
Families still completing back to school shopping can find out where the best places are in Chicago to find kids’ backpacks and lunch bags and shop for great back to school items like the LockerLookz mix-and-match locker decoration system, KinderCones for first-grade gifts, and fun educational toys like the uKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game and Twisterz Toyz.
Wicker Park and Bucktown Last Call Sidewalk Sale, held along the area bordered by Division Street, Milwaukee Avenue, Damen Avenue, and North Avenue. Children’s stores participating include Psychobaby, The Red Balloon Co. (at 2060 North Damen Avenue), and Building Blocks Toy Store (offering gift bags with purchases of $25 or more). Saturday, August 27 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Sunday, August 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sidewalk Sale at the Elmhurst location of My Favorite Toy Store. Through Sunday, August 28.
Toys R Us Great Trade-In event. Through Sunday, September 18, families can bring in used baby items from specific brands and trade the equipment (cribs, travel systems, car seats, strollers, high chairs, and so on) in for 25% savings on the purchase of select new items.
Semi-Annual Sale at Bullfrogs and Butterflies. Save on children’s items through September 11.
Through Wednesday, August 31, The Chalkboard is offering laminating services at 50% off.
Through the end of August 2011, spend at least $50 at Urba Baby (before taxes) and receive a $10 Urba Baby gift card.
Lakeshore Learning Store Back to School sale: Through September 4, teachers and home-schooling parents can save 20% on great educational materials, art supplies, toys, and other essentials.
Through September 1, charitiable families can still build a backpack full of necessary school supplies for needy Chicago Public Schools students.
Through September 30, Borders Rewards Members can receive a year’s free Magic Tree Membership.
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