This fall's Chicago Parent Playdate is the best one ever

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By Community Editor

We know what kids love—FUN!—and we're filling the MAX McCook Athletic and Exposition Center with so much fun they won't ever want to leave.

Imagine, nonstop entertainment from our favorite kids' entertainers—Miss Jamie's Farm for some high-energy singing and dancing, those amazing Storybook Princesses that will have kids screaming with glee, an interactive storytime with famed Storybook Mom and magical moments with Miss Lauren from Bubbles Academy, among others.

Then, add in a mini train, bouncy houses, soccer drills and hula hooping.

Not enough? There's more. Brooklyn Boulders (brooklyn takes the play up—literally. It's bringing its 8-foot-tall Boulder Board for climbing, Giant Jenga game and a super-fun slack line for Nik Wallenda wannabes, all big hits with kids, says Claire Bao, Brooklyn Boulders' marketing and events coordinator.

"Kids love to challenge themselves," Bao says. Kids ages 2 and up will measure up to the challenge.

Families also can feed their competitive need thanks to The Playground Games. CEO and President Ryan Miller, who started the company just out of college because he wanted something unique and purely fun for all ages, will be bringing the uber popular Bubble Soccer. He'll even have a giant GaGa pit, all the rage for elementary and middle school-age students. A DJ interactive area will be running active contests for kids and families all day.

"It should be a good time and we're excited for it," Miller says.

In addition, nearly 30 of our favorite advertisers will have fun activities at their booths for little hands while parents get lots of great info.

For Pokémon hunters who want to "catch 'em all," MAX McCook has a nearby Pokéstop. We'll be equipping it with a lure to draw in even more Pokémon.

And that's all just a start for our big Playdate.

If you go:

Chicago Parent Playdate
Max McCook Athletic & Exposition
4750 Vernon Ave., McCook (just 15 miles from downtown Chicago)
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 2
Tickets: $8 kids 3-14, $4 kids 2 and under, parents play free.
Ticket prices increase Oct. 1.


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