We Found Magic on The Fairytale Trail {2015}

Fairy Tale Trail EventWe asked our Fairy Godmother at Great Lakes Credit Union to grant us someplace warm where we could find fun and friendship through the long, cold winter… so she led us on The Fairytale Trail!

4 Magical Playdates – 4 Family-Friendly Locations

2 Superheroes- 1 Fairy – 1 Queen

15 Pizzas

45 Cupcakes to decorate

200+ Children

300+ Snacks

Hundreds of Smiles

And a heaping helping of Magic!

We invited you to bundle up, get out of the house, and join us at local businesses to meet your favorite characters from Premier Princess Parties, listen to stories, and take part in fun activities.   Your response was overwhelming!  Tickets for one event were completely gone in under two minutes!

At our first stop, Bella’s Bouncies Indoors in Lake Villa started us off with a bang and a bounce.  Kids met everyone’s favorite Web-Crawler who lived up to his name, climbing, jumping, and flipping his way through the inflatables.


At Whole Foods Market Deerfield, kids decorated cupcakes and made their own pizzas in the Culinary Classroom.  The smell of pizza baking was bound to attract wildlife, so we shared our creations with a Pizza-Loving Turtle with mad martial arts skills.


Our third event was derailed by every mother’s worst enemies, the dastardly duo of stomach flu and snowstorm with their minion sidekick sleet.  But keep reading to find out how Little Lake County will reap our revenge…

We kept our chins up and eased on down the road to Cacao Sweets & Treats in Grayslake.  We sprinkled pixie dust on our cupcakes while everyone’s favorite Pixie read to us from “What Do Fairies Do All Day?”  Two lucky kids got to take their own copies home and everyone enjoyed the organic and natural treats.   We hope to see you at Cacao Sweets & Treats for our next Cupcakes for a Cause Day on Saturday, May 16, 2015 benefiting Partners for Progress.  For every one of our Little Lake County signature cupcakes you purchase, Cacao Sweets & Treats will donate a portion to Partners for Progress NFP.  Eat generously!


Finally, for our Grand Finale, the Ice Queen blew you away with storytime, arcade games, and discounted ice skating at Rink Side Sports & Entertainment Center in Gurnee.  Mama Olsen Photography was there to take professional portraits with the Ice Queen and all her new friends. She even melted our hearts with a song…


Throughout our travels, KIND snacks helped to fuel the journey with their wholesome grains bars.

This playdate series would not have been possible without the partnership of Great Lakes Credit Union, Premier Princess Parties, and our other amazing partners.

This month is Credit Union Youth Savings Month at Great Lakes Credit Union and you can win!

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Wild About Savings Drawing
Let’s get in the Wild About Saving spirit! Each deposit made to new and existing YOUTH accounts will enter you to win a 1-Year Basic Membership Pass to Brookfield Zoo! Your deposit will count as an entry for the National Youth Savings Challenge! Drawing ends April 30th. See Official Rules.

The 1-Year Basic Membership Pass includes:

  • Free admission for 2 adults
  • Free admission for adult’s children under age 18
  • Free parking
  • 4 free one-time-use guest admission tickets

National Youth Savings Challenge*
Young people (under age 18) are invited to score big and learn the value of money, how to save, spend and borrow wisely. Visit a GCLU branch to enter to win at $100 cash prize!

* This contest is conducted by CUNA. No deposit required.

Premier Princess Parties wants to make your next birthday party or special event sparkle with your child’s favorite character. Now through May 1, 2015, when you book a character and use code LLC you will receive 15% off.

Thank you for following Little Lake County on our Fairytale Trail!  We can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Luckily, you don’t have to wait a full year to come out and play with Little Lake County.  We have two more awesome playdates this Spring along with the return of The Little Lake County Playground Tour 2015.  

All these events are either FREE or low-cost, but they are ticketed and space may be limited. To make sure you don’t miss our big announcements, sign up for our newsletter. Subscribers get all the important news delivered straight to their inbox so you never miss a beat.

Thursday, May 14, 2015 – Going Wild with Little Lake County presented by Great Lakes Credit Union
Spend your afternoon at Chick-fil-A Vernon Hills and meet Animal Quest and their menagerie of friendly critters!  Cow and Kirby Kangaroo will be there for hugs along with Miss Bonnie.   Full details and the official announcement coming soon…

Friday, June 5, 2015 – Little Lake County Splash at Lake Minear
We’ve got the only invitation to this Members-Only Beach in Libertyville, and we want you to come and welcome summer with us!  Full details and the official announcement coming soon…

June 11 – August 18, 2015 – The Little Lake County Playground Tour 2015 presented by Great Lakes Credit Union
We are headed back on the road to visit playgrounds all over Lake County. We’ll revisit favorites and introduce you to some rockin’ new stops you haven’s seen before. This year’s tour will be bigger and better than ever. Full details and the official announcement coming soon…

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About Loralie 252 Articles
When Loralie isn’t out exploring with her two pint-sized adventurers you’ll often find her in front of her computer plotting to take over the world (or at least Lake County.) She appreciates good friends, good food, expensive shoes and parents who make two lanes in the drop-off/pick-up line at school. Her spirit animal is The Hobbit. She invites you to join her on her quest for unique distractions, diversions and deliciousness in this county we call home. She is the Features Editor and Marketing Director at Little Lake County.

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