Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam - Ticket Giveaway

Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam, starring the biggest performers on four wheels is coming to the Allstate Arena on Feb. 8-10. Come celebrate Monster Jam’s 30th anniversary of Grave Digger!


While at the show, you will be captivated by an incredibly family-friendly experience starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam monster trucks. The twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over or smash through! Monster Jam provides a massive night’s entertainment tailored perfectly for your family’s budget, and these colorful, larger-than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old.

Save 33% on adult tickets to all shows Feb. 9-10 with code MOM*.

Kids tickets are always just $10.

All tickets increase $2 day of show so buy your tickets now! Monster trucks are big and they're loud so bring ear plugs for the family. Pit Passes are limited so buy your pit pass in advance. Don't wait until the day of the show! Check out for Advance Auto Parts truck display locations. There are 3 in Chicago the Thursday before the show. 


Saturday and Sunday 11am-1pm Pit passes available for $10 through the Allstate Arena Box Office and Ticketmaster while supplies last. (A Saturday, Feb. 9 2pm or Sunday, Feb. 10, 2pm event ticket along with Pit Pass are required for entry.)

Enter to Win 4 Tickets to Opening Night!

Answer this question in the comments below:

Which Monster Truck is your favorite?

Make sure you leave an email so I can contact you should you win. The prize is 4 tickets to Monster Jam on Friday, February 8, 2013 at 7:30, in Rosemont, IL. Please make sure you can attend before entering. There will be no substitutions! Contest ends on February 4 and winner will be notified via email. Tickets will be left at will call in your name, so please leave your real name.

*Offer Not valid on opening night. Discount does not apply to VIP or Gold Circle seats. No double discounts. Service charges, handling, and facility fees may apply. 

Disclaimer: My family received tickets to attend Monster Jam for sharing this information with you.
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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! - Review

In the words of 4 year old Aiden:

I was in the car with Mommy and Daddy and Ari. Desi and Leah were in their own car, but not with their daddy. I played with my iPad. Daddy was driving to Yo Gabba Gabba and when we got there we wanted to get popcorn but it was a long line to the wall, so we didn't get popcorn.

Our seats were really close to the guys and the chairs tipped and go backwards. The orange guy came out first and he got all the other guys and they had to get the giggles out with tickles. And there was colored paper falling from the roof.

Everyone was dancing and I was jumping and there was a birthday. Ari wasn't jumping, she was just watching with her thumb in her mouth.

There were bubbles and kids were trying to pop them and some came in my eyes. But I didn't cry, I just wiped them out. I was happy and excited. It was a good surprise.

Leah sat on her momma's lap and sucked her thumb. I never got on the stage. But the guys on the stage had the giggles.

Mom's opinion:

My family and I had a great time at the Yo Gabba Gabba Show in Rosemont Illinois. The show did a great job of keeping both my kids (aged 20 months and 4 years) engaged and entertained. The music had all of us dancing and singing along with the colorful characters. All the kids got really excited whenever the confetti cannons went off and loved trying to catch the bubbles. The characters were full of energy kids loved seeing them on stage larger than life.

If your family needs to GET THE SILLIES OUT, Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get the Sillies Out! is on the road with a new show. Check out the show's page to see if they'll be stopping in your town soon.
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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pink in the Rink - Rockford IceHogs

Think pink this weekend as the Rockford IceHogs will host their 4th Annual “Pink In The
Rink Night”
on Saturday when the IceHogs take on the Grand Rapids Griffins at the BMO Harris Bank Center at 7:05 p.m.

For tickets to the game, visit, call (815) 968‐5222 or in person at the BMO Harris Bank Center Box Office or at any Ticketmaster location.

The ice at the BMO Harris Bank Center will be painted pink for the game and the IceHogs will wear special pink jerseys, which will be made available via blind silent auction, to help raise funds for breast cancer research. Two of the jerseys will also be raffled off during the game and raffle tickets will be available for $5 per ticket or five tickets for $20.

The blind silent auction will open at 6 p.m. on Saturday and bids will be accepted until the end of the second period. Bids can be placed behind section 124 and the winners will be announced in the third period. Winning bids will get an opportunity to get their jersey autographed following the game and receive a pair of the game worn socks.

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the Mary Kay Foundation and American Cancer Society through the IceHogs Charitable Foundation.

Also on Saturday, the first 5,000 fans to the BMO Harris Bank Center will receive an IceHogs pink rally towel and pink neon glow bracelet courtesy of Dickerson & Nieman Realtors, Ferrellgas, Metropolitan Title Agency and Rasmussen College.

With help from the Rockford IceHogs Booster Club, the BMO Harris Bank Center will be decorated in pink.

Rockford takes on the Peoria Rivermen on Friday night to kick off the weekend at the BMO at 7:05 p.m.

The game is an Illinois Lottery Cup showdown between the Midwest Division rivals.

For more information regarding the IceHogs Pink In The Rink game or any upcoming promotion, visit

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Exploration Station


Exploration Station...a children's museum in Bourbonnais, IL

Come Explore 10,000 square feet of hands on learning. Fix a tire in the Wreck Resort Auto Center, serve a sundae in the Lickety Split Soda Shop, shop for groceries in the Shop-a-Lot Market, and set the table in My House. 

Children and parents can get lost in imagination and time in a 2 story Castle. Younger visitors can explore and climb in New Little Squires Toddler area for ages 2 years and under. 

Don't forget to take to the sky in the Exploration Station Airliner, and dig for Dinosaurs in Dino Tracks. 

Exploration Station is known for creating an environment where children get lost in imagination. 

Come Join us and experience it for yourself. Admission is only $6 

Got Cabin Fever! Get out of the house and explore in the Exploration Station...a children's museum. 
My readers can save $1 off Admission with this exclusive coupon! 

This is an exclusive offer brought to you by WindyCityKidsGuide!
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Monday, January 14, 2013


The sillies are crazy little creatures that live inside of us and need to be shaken out! DJ Lance Rock and everyone’s favorite cast of colorful characters are calling all fans in Cincinnati to get ready to jump, shake and shimmy them out at the new live tour Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out!. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get The Sillies Out! tour will visit more than 50 cities across the U.S. in 2013.  Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is touring in support of their first national beverage launch, a new line of toys, a new line of kids sportswear and a DVD/ CD collectors' edition. 

For a complete list of tour dates, cities and show times, and a preview of the show, visit 
Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! will have four performances in Rosemont at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont on Sat., January 19th/ Sun. January 20th. CLICK HERE for ticket information for the shows (2:00PM and 5:00pm both days). Tickets start at $23.00. VIP Party packages are available as well which include a ticket in the first 15 Rows, a pass to "Get the Sillies Out" in the private VIP room featuring a super fun party with the Gabba Gang (costumed characters) and more. Children under 1 year old do not require a paid ticket to sit on a parent's lap.
Yo Gabba Gabba! is an award-winning, live-action television series and live stage show whose unconventional formula has created a triple stacked fan base, making it one of the most popular entertainment properties among preschoolers, parents and indie music lovers alike. The television show, now in its fourth season, airs several times a day on Nick Jr.

Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: Get the Sillies Out! marks the third tour for the successful Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! concert series. The first tour, Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: There’s a Party in My City!, launched with a float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and a performance at the White House in 2010.  Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! 2010 tour played to sold out venues in 60 cities. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE!: It’s Time to Dance! enjoyed repeat success in 2011, energizing audiences across North America at over 120 shows.
I received tickets to attend for sharing this information with you!
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Friday, January 11, 2013

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage

Any Lucy fans out there?

I'm thinking there are quite a few as I Love Lucy is still wildly popular after premiering 60 years ago!

Lucy fans will really enjoy this step back into television history where you're part of the studio audience at Desilu Productions. Ninety minutes of hilarity right before your eyes as Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel dance, sing and entertain a packed house in "Hollywood." Even the commercials are recreated exactly as they appeared originally!

With Alka-Seltzer you're sure to say,
Relief is just a swallow away.

Sirena Irwin did a convincing job with Lucy's mannerisms and Bill Mendieta nailed Ricky's accent.

Ricky singing at the Tropicana Nightclub.

I know that's another hairbrained scheme of Lucy's!

I Love Lucy: Live on Stage is playing at the Broadway Playhouse until March 3. Tickets are $35-$65 and available through Ticketmaster. You won't want to miss this award winning show!

I was given complimentary tickets to attend I Love Lucy: Live on Stage, all opinions are my own
Photos used with permission from the Broadway Playhouse.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Enjoy a Rockford Icehogs Game

THIS is the face of a little boy who LOVES hockey!

The NHL lock out meant nothing to him, because at the age of 3 it didn't matter so much who played, as long as they DID play!

And quite honestly I'm glad it doesn't matter to him, because I'd much rather enjoy the game with tickets starting at $8 at a smaller venue like the BMO Harris Bank Center.

Rockford IceHogs Hockey Games are not all about hockey, but instead about a great family experience!

Check out Top Shot, an interactive hockey inspired shooting game located on the main concourse, and test your hockey skills, join the IceHogs Runts Club and take your little one down to the tunnel to high-five all the players as they walk off the ice, then escort them out on the ice to help pick up chuck-a-pucks.

Don't want to go down on the ice? You can purchase Chuck-A-Pucks and take part in one of the most exciting intermission activities where you have the opportunity to win $500 Oink Outfitters bucks and other prizes.

Every IceHogs game offers tons of contest, raffles, and enter to wins for the whole family! So come check out the Rockford IceHogs, the proud American Hockey League Affiliate to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Here are some promotions going on this month:

*Jan 19 at 7:05 P.M.- Pink in the Rink- $5 from every ticket sold referencing pink in the rink will be donated between the American Cancer Society and the Mary Kay Foundation. The jerseys worn by the players will be auctioned off during the game for charity and the highest bid will win the right to purchase the jersey.

 *Jan 21 at 1:05 P.M.- Kids Day! Kids tickets are just $5, Kidcessions $1 Hot dogs and $1 Sodas, first 1,000 kids 14 and under through the doors will receive a drawstring backpack

*Jan 25 at 7:05 P.M.- Fleece Blanket night- First 2,500 fans receive a fleece blanket courtesy of OSF Tickets start as low as $8!

My family received tickets in exchange for sharing this information with you.
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Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat and Frog Prince, Continued - Emerald City Theatre

 Press Release-

On January 26, 2013 Emerald City opens two hot new titles at their Lincoln Park home, The Apollo Theater. Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat (a Chicago premiere) and The Frog Prince, Continued (a world premiere) open on the same day and will run in repertory with each other during the winter and spring of 2013.

After a critically acclaimed premiere at The National Theatre in London, Katie Mitchell’s stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat is crossing the pond for its Chicago premiere at Emerald City Theatre. The Cat, Fish, and Things One and Two all come to life on stage in this script that the Evening Standard calls “faithful to the chaotic exuberance of the original, yet also winningly fresh.”

Running concurrently is the world premiere of the musical adaption of The Frog Prince, Continued with music and lyrics by the acclaimed Ryan Scott Oliver. Ryan Scott Oliver is a 2008 Richard Rodgers Award Winner and a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant recipient. In addition to this commission from Emerald City, Oliver is currently writing the score for Disney Theatricals’ Freaky Friday. This adaptation of the favorite John Sciezka (The Stinky Cheese Man, True Story of the Three Little Pigs) brings Ryan Scott Oliver to a Chicago theatre for development of a new script for the first time.

About Dr. Suess’ Cat in the Hat 


The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy afternoon. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat brings all sorts of trouble to this grey day--but will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? This Dr. Seuss classic leaps onto the stage with chaotic exuberance in this adaptation from the National Theatre in London. As the day moves from dull to daring with the help of The Cat in the Hat, Sally and her brother share a story about Learning Responsibility. The story’s theme is the main educational focus for each Emerald City Theatre show. Each production seeks to access a life skill that is relevant to early learners and their grownups. A preshow activity in the lobby and the unique Grown-up Guide in every production’s Playbill let families connect with the show and the story’s Theme throughout their experience. Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat will explore what it means to be responsible when others are making poor decisions.

About The Frog Prince, Continued 

When "happily ever after" isn’t what he expected, The Frog Prince heads out for a new adventure. While searching for his true amphibian self, he meets witches from Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Hansel and Gretel, and Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother. This musical tour through the enchanted forest is an Emerald City world premiere. While adventuring through the fairy tale kingdom, the royal family will share a story about Building Self-Esteem. The story’s theme is the main educational focus for each Emerald City Theatre show. Each production seeks to access a life skill that is relevant to early learners and their grownups. A preshow activity in the lobby and the unique Grown-up Guide in every production’s Playbill let families connect with the show and the story’s Theme throughout their experience. The Frog Prince, Continued will explore what it is like to find out what it truly means to “be yourself” and be unafraid of who you are meant to be.

The Frog Prince, Continued! runs January 26-June 2, 2013
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat  runs January 26-May 19, 2013

Tickets: Starting at $13 for kids and $16 for adults

Location: Apollo Theatre, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave.

Schedule: Performance times vary. Please visit

Disclaimer: My family will receive tickets to each performance in exchange for sharing this press release with you.
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