Friday, October 10, 2008

Family Fun Friday: Free and Cheap Chicago-Area Events This Weekend

I dunno, what is it with Cookie this week? I love this magazine, even if it is aimed at high-spending moms with its ads for fancy designer clothes and its spreads on how some people with kids still manage to have gorgeously modern living spaces.

Anyhoo, the magazine is throwing a FREE party in Chicago Sunday, Oct. 12, 1 - 4 p.m. That's this Sunday. It's called Kidsfest Chicago Family Arts & Music Festival, and it's at the River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois St. at North Pier.

Here are the deets, according to the flyer I got -- and the ad in the magazine:

-- Register at cookiefest.com
-- Free admission
-- live performance by Milkshake (?)
-- Jam with GuitarHero
-- Paint your own jungle mural
-- color-by-ingredient
-- story center
-- mom and dad mini massages
-- and so much more!

I really wanted to bring Nutmeg to this, but she has other ideas: She picked up a flyer at the Brookfield Zoo this week for a kite festival there. This is going on both Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on the East and West malls of the zoo.

It even says the first 2,500 kids will get a free kite. And that the Children's Zoo and Play Zoo, where they will have kite-related activities, will be admission-free during the festival. But apparently you do have to pay the regular zoo admission -- $11 for adults, $7 for children. So, we'll see -- I like the idea of a free party much better!


3 comments:

Annie's Antics :-) said...

I love your blog - I've just discovered it and so glad I did because we just recently relocated to Chicago. Anyhow, you can get free admission to various attractions (i believe Brookfield is included) w/ a Museum Passport from your local library. You might already know this, but I just wanted to toss it out there, just in case!

Thanks for all the great saving-money tips - I'm salivating over here! LOL!

Carrie said...

Thanks Annie, and welcome to Chicago! Those museum passports are great. When we lived in Chicago proper we used them ALL the time. I will be writing more about free museum and zoo opportunities next week.

Carrie said...

Thanks Annie, and welcome to Chicago! Those museum passports are great. When we lived in Chicago proper we used them ALL the time. I will be writing more about free museum and zoo opportunities next week.