Volo Auto Museum {Volo, IL}

(Disclosure: I am receiving a family pack of tickets to the Volo Auto Museum for posting about it.)

Volo Auto Museum is not just for car lovers or men, its fun for the whole family!  36 acres, mostly all indoors and includes fifty thousand square feet of antiques and gifts, a life like military combat zone, Betty’s Diner featuring decor which includes Elvis Presley’s autographed guitar, PeeWee Hermans Bicycle and more.  Plus over 300 restored collector automobiles from the early teens through today.

The largest collection of famous Hollywood TV and movie cars like the Batmobile, Ecto 1 from Ghostbusters and numerous others.  New for 2013 is the Cars in Wonderland Exhibit; it has all your favorite childhood cars from the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine to Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater from CARS all surrounded by movie-like setting from your favorite Disney and Looney Tunes Cartoons, such as Beauty and the Beast, Litter Mermaid, Coyote and Road Runner and others.

Volo Auto Museum is more than a car museum, its memories and education for all ages! My Readers can save up to $12 off Admission at Volo Auto Museum with this coupon.

Disney Cars Themed Birthday Party Ideas

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The boys had a blast at their Disney Cars themed birthday party.

Below are some of the Cars decorations, treats, and fun themed activities we did:

Indoor Fun: Car mat w/ cars

Find a similar rug here: Disney Pixar Cars Racing Interactive Game Rug


Jacob colored a Lightning McQueen cutout and then we had smaller cars as well to decorate the living room


The cake table was setup with balloons, some cars cutouts, and the goodie bags


Dessert #1: Rice Krispie Treat Stoplights- I had planned to dip the rice krispie treats in chocolate before putting the m&m’s on them but we were short on time.


Dessert #2: Cars cake


The boys LOVED this huge Cars mural. It was over 5 feet tall. I got it from Party City and plan on finding a permanent home for it in the boys room.

Here is a similar wall mural: Disney Pixar The World of Cars Giant Decorating Kit


I found this trophy and thought it would be perfect for the party. I told them it was the Piston Cup, just like the Cars try to win in the movie. They are still carrying it around days later :)

Here is a similar Trophy Set- Great for Goody Bags


The kids enjoyed doing a Cars sand art project. It was really messy so I was happy that I’d chosen to do it outside!


All of the children had fun breaking apart the pinata. I liked this one because all they had to do was pull strings for it to open. The ones that need to be broken open with a bat are not so easy for my young kids to do.

Find one on Amazon here: Disney Cars Lightning McQueen Pinata, Pull String


I bought Mater party hats but we found them hard to put together. The kids didn’t like them because the hats covered their eyes. This was the one party item I bought that I wish I wouldn’t have.


At the end of the party the kids got Cars themed goodie buckets overflowing with Cars themed fun.

Overall it was a great party! :)

Cars 2 Giveaway

Cars 2 is going to be racing into theaters everywhere on June 24th. I am looking forward to taking Jacob to see the movie (his first time going to the movie theater!) If you have a child who loves Cars as much as mine do, be sure to check out the FREE themed activities they have online including mazes, soap box dragster activities, t-shirt designs, a Radiator Springs play set and much, much more!

About the movie:

Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car.  But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.  Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer).  Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world.  The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.


Disney is providing one lucky winner with a Cars 2 prize pack that includes:

CARS 2 t-shirt (in youth sizes of S, M, L, XL)

CARS 2 set of 3 bumper tickets

CARS 2 temporary tattoo sheet (2 per winner)

CARS 2 puzzle


(Do any or all of the following)

1. What is your’s (or your child’s) favorite Cars character

2. Like Making Time For Mommy on Facebook

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7. Enter another one of my giveaways and tell me which one you entered

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Giveaway ends July 5, 2011 at 11:59pm Central.

(Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post. All thoughts are my own.)