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8 Fun Indoor Activities That Are Calling Your Name

Happy New Year! With 2017 in full swing, me and little Z are hitting the ground running. While it’s easy to succumb to the couch and countless hours of movie time, I want to keep Zelda’s brain active and engaged (as much as she would love if I let her watch Doc McStuffins all day). From free admission to the Shedd to a special breakfast party with American Girl at Williams Sonoma, we’re working hard to get out and about and enjoy the weekends! What indoor activities are you and your littles doing to stay entertained this weekend? Tell me in the comments below.

Indoor activities to do in Chicago.

Free General Admission at the Shedd Aquarium: This Monday and Tuesday are two of the Shedd’s free admission days for Illinois residents! I know what you’re thinking, these free days can be busy, but this is a fun way to stay out of the cold and spend some time outside of the house with the kiddos. Get the full run down of the details here

Art and Storytime at Monica & Andy: Why do one activity when you can do two?! On Monday, the 9th pop over to Monica and Andy for storytime followed by an art project! The $10 event requires registration, which you can do here

Winter Wonderfest at Navy Pier: The last day for this winter extravaganza is Sunday, January 8th, so if you haven’t made it there this is your last chance! The festival features all kinds of winter fun, think rides, ice skating and so much more! Info on tickets can be found here

American Girl Breakfast Party at Williams Sonoma: This $30 event is a little further down on the calendar (January 21st), but I have a feeling it’s going to fill up fast! American Girl obsessed babes will love this cooking class, where waffles are the main focus. Oh and be warned, there is an American Girl cooking collection available at the store. Call to reserve a seat. 

Target Free Family Night at the Chicago Children’s Museum: On Thursday, the 12th from 5-8pm, admission is free at this kid favorite venue. They have activities for every interest, and this is the perfect opportunity to check it out!

Frogs – A Chorus of Colors at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum: This is another exhibit that closes soon, its last day is January 22nd. In addition to a ton of cool frogs, they have a few activities within the exhibit to keep busy babes happy! 

Photo Credit: Smart Destinations, Monica + Andy Blog, Chicago Tribune, La Jolla Mom, Mini Time and the Daily Herald. 

AUSTIN, TEXAS

Consider our plane ticket already purchased, this Texas city has so much to do it’s not even funny! Coupled with the weather, visiting Austin during the winter is a no-brainer. 

Children's activities in Austin, Texas.

Photo Credit: 6AM, Austin Groupon & Gyroscope.

Austin Zoo: This zoo has all our favorites and even some new friends that are found locally. Adult admission is $11 and $8 for kids between 2 and 12 years old. 

Thinkery: This is the place for the inquisitive babe who is always asking why. They have a ton of exhibits across a range of topics, and you might even learn something yourself!

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