Family Fun Weekend – Bears Family Fest and Arlington Park Family Fun Day
Posted Aug 04 2014 4:20pm
Good morning! How was your weekend?
We had a really busy weekend. I think I walked more in the past two days than I have in a month! I am a little sore and really tired today but it was worth it to have such a great weekend!
On Saturday afternoon, we attended the Bears Meijer Family Fest at Soldier Field.
The Bears Family Fun Fest included entertainment and activities for the kids.
Jacob and Jaden waited in line to play Dr. Pepper Pong and they won some pretty sweet Dr. Pepper sunglasses.
There were different sampling booths and games set up before the gates to Soldier Field opened. It was crazy crowded and the lines were super long but the kids still had fun.
At 5:00 pm, the gates opened and we were able to go into Soldier Field.
We stayed for awhile to watch the Bears practice. They announced each player with fireworks as they ran on onto the field.
It was neat being able to see how the Bears warm-up and practice before games. It was a different experience from watching a regular football game.
We didn’t stay too ling to watch them practice because by that time we had already been there a few hours and I was having a hard time with my hip.
The Bears Family Fun Fest was the same day as Lollapalooza so of course getting home was crazy!
On Sunday, we were invited out to Arlington Race Track.
We usually go to Arlington Park every couple of years to watch the horse races and sometimes we go on the Fourth of July to watch their amazing fireworks show.
My dad was really excited to be there:
This was the kids first time going to watch the horse races. Every Sunday throughout the summer, Arlington Park has Sunday Family Fun Day which is perfect for the kids!
They have a Jockey Junior Zone set up which includes pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting, a magician, caricaturist, juggler, bounce house, live music, and hands-on activities.
The kids loved the pony rides. My niece is such a big girl riding the pony all by herself!
I was intrigued by the llama at the petting zoo.
They even had the Arlington Park mascot out and about playing with the kids.
We were able to watch the horse races and be in the winner’s circle for one of the races.
The kids loved being up close to the horses and watch the winning horse walk through the winner’s circle.
They spray the horses after each race to keep them cool.
They also had retired race horses out and the kids got to feed them peppermint candies.
After yesterday, Jaden and my niece are both expecting horses for pets. My niece kept pointing to the horses and saying, “I want that one.”
Yesterday at Arlington Park was FireZone First Responders Day featuring The Gary Sinise Foundation which honors local fire, police, and military.
About the Gary Sinise Foundation:
Gary Sinise Foundation Mission Statement: At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. (Source)
You might better know Gary Sinise as Lieutenant Dan from Forrest Gump and Mac Taylor from CSI:NY.
We were lucky enough to see Gary Sinise at the track yesterday. It was exciting for Danny and me because we’re huge CSI fans and my dad is a big Forrest Gump fan.
Overall, it was a great day yesterday. We had a wonderful day at the track with my family and the kids got to have some fun new experiences!
Today, I am really tired. We did a lot of walking these past few days and I am definitely feeling it! We were up early this morning because Jaden had an allergy appointment and I am ready to go back to bed!
I talked to the doctor’s assistant on the phone on Friday and she said that by Wednesday I should be able to walk without the crutches and hip brace. I should also be able to start driving again as long as I’m careful. She said that hitting the brakes puts my hip in a position that may not be good for it so I just need to take it easy!
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!!
What did you do this weekend?
Disclaimer: I was provided with tickets to both of these events and all opinions are my own. A huge thank you to Arlington Park for having us as guests and to the Bears Family Fest.