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Fun & Free Holiday Activities!

Happy holidays everyone!

As promised, I have another fun Nanny Tip of the Week to share with you all regarding fun and FREE things to do in the city with your kids to get you in the holiday spirit! As most of you nannies probably know, finding unique and creative things to do with your kids when the weather is not necessarily desirable (i.e. snowing and windy) can be a challenge. I hope that this list of ideas helps give you a place to start and helps you to create some lasting memories during these cold months!

1. Lincoln Park Zoo Lights – Although this is an activity meant for night time, if you are able to make a special trip to go see the Zoo Lights, DO IT! I can personally attest to the fact that I had so much fun going myself that I’m sure your kids would love to see all of the fun lights (and animals!). So, bundle up, grab some hot chocolate and make your way over there because it’s free! Remaining dates and times are December 11–23, 26–31; January 1–3 from 4:30p-9p each evening. For more details, check out this link here: http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/zoolights

2. Sledding Cricket Hill at Montrose Harbor – If you are feeling all cooped up in the house, grab some sleds, thick socks and gloves and head on over here to have some fun! Be sure to keep an eye on other kids that might be sledding nearby so you can avoid sledding accidents and keep your own kids safe. Also, bring some hot chocolate and snacks for when they might be feeling worn out and need a little break. This activity will be sure to be a hit whenever you’re ready for a snowy adventure! For more details, check out this link here: http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/

3. The People's “A Christmas Carol” - A great weekend activity that is also free is the live music and puppet production of “A Christmas Carol” that takes place at The Blue Theater! Come hear this classic holiday story with your kids on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays but be sure to snag a reservation prior to attending! This show is only going on for two more weekends so be sure to swing by to see it quickly. Performances are Fridays at 8p, Saturdays at 2p and 8p and Sundays at 2p.  For more details, check out this link here: http://questensemble.org/current.php

4. Target Free Family Night at Chicago Children's Museum – If you’re looking for a fun and free Thursday evening activity for your kids that is indoors, I recommend checking out the Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier—specifically, their new exhibit called “Snow Much Fun.” This exhibit is great for toddlers, preschoolers and early elementary age kids and is also a great way to get some energy out while still having fun! Family nights take place on Thursdays from 5p-8p so you have just enough time to make the kids dinner, check out the exhibit for a bit then take them home to be tucked in for bed all in one evening. For more details, check out this link here: http://www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org/

I gathered some of my inspiration for today’s post from this great resource listed below that has even more activities to do in the city that are either low cost or free and geared specifically for kids. Check out that link here: http://www.chicagokids.com/Blog/Detail/106/2015-50-free-things-to-do-with-kids-this-winter-

Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you readers as well! What fun and free/low-cost activities have you done that your kids have loved that you can recommend? We would love to hear your feedback!

Best of luck to all of you great nannies and happy holidays!


Samantha Carney