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Get lost in wonder Experience nature’s wonders at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Gasp in awe at 1,000 fluttering butterflies. Splash through a river system. Climb into a tree house. Meet live turtles, snakes, frogs, and more. With so much to discover, the Nature Museum is the ideal family adventure, right in the city!

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I started this winter off in such high spirits, hoping beyond hope that it would be a quick one without a lot of snow. (Yeah, my husband laughed at me, too.) Then the Polar Vortex hit and those high hopes were officially and sadly dashed. It’s put me in such a funk. While I’m still doing everything I am supposed to be doing, I would much rather sit on my couch, wrapped in a quilt my mom made and binge on Hallmark movies from sunrise to bedtime. I am so ready for spring—Hello, March 20! I want to fling open the windows to blow the funk out and to find a patch of warm sunshine. But who really knows what March in Chicago will bring? What we do know is that playing together as a family is the antidote to all sorts of woes, including a winter funk. So, we’ve rounded up some big ideas for you to try, whether for a fun spring break staycation or just to get moving and feeling healthier as a family. Plus, we are also putting the final touches on our big Spring Chicago Parent Playdate, set for April 28 in Northbrook. This year we’ve added even more fun, including our new VIK (Very Important Kid) Character Meet and Greet before doors open, plus gorgeous princesses, super superheroes and other characters all day for selfies, autographs and entertainment. Dressing up in princess and hero gear is highly encouraged, but not required, of course. Just thinking about spring has me feeling better already. How about you? Happy March.

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e especially love your Instagram. You do seem so busy. What’s your best tip for doing it all? Just stop believing that you can do it all. You can do it all but not all at once. One of the things I do, I get help when I need it. We have a housekeeper who comes in every week. I have my Instant Pot. We are very strict with our schedules. Try to be super focused. If I try and to do too many things, I find I drop all of the balls.

we are also individuals and we have things that make us happy, bring us joy, that makes us feel like us. What I try and do with my content is show moms that you can do it. While you’ll have to sacrifice those extra two hours on Netflix at night, if you are truly passionate about doing something, you can have it and you can do it. … Focus on little steps and consistency, doing something as opposed to just thinking about it and never actually getting it done.

When it comes to inspiration, what do you think moms are looking for? Looking back to how I was (after the kids were born) … I really struggled. I felt like I lost that sense of my identity, what I loved, what gave me passion. We just get so tied down in our job as mom that we lose sight of the fact that

As a Muslim woman, what’s the best thing about raising kids in Chicagoland? What’s the worst? I love how friendly everyone is. It’s that Midwestern friendliness. It reminds us a lot of Toronto (where she is from.) Everyone is just so nice, there’s that sense of CONTINUED ON PAGE 12

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“As parents, we have this incredible opportunity to expose our kids to different things. I know we all are busy, but one of the things I really want for my kids is that they meet people of all backgrounds and all faiths so they recognize what unites us as people is so much bigger than what divides us. is a 7-year-old with opinions now. … These moments don’t come back. Make that time to take the kids in and enjoy that stage and not worry about whether the laundry is done or the kitchen is clean.

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Revisiting—and reconnecting —with your inner child

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If you’ve felt a little too, well, grown up lately, we’ve got just the antidote for you. Three of ‘em, in fact! Here are a few absolutely awesome picks for snuggling up with your favorite little one, taking a trip down memory lane and celebrating the best of the very best season of life—childhood.

‘Corduroy’ When one of the most beloved children’s picture books needs to be brought to life, few theater companies are more perfect for the task than Emerald City, what with their thoughtful—and magical—way of inviting the youngest audience members into the story. And with the tag line, “a bear, a button, a place to belong,” you just know the tale of Corduroy, Lisa, and a gigantic department store is in excellent paws. The stage adaptation of Don Freeman’s classic tale, best for ages 3 and up, will feature circus arts and focus on empathy and unconditional love for the littles…but parents will mostly just love the chance to revisit their small, favorite bear in overalls as he waits to find his future best friend. March 3-April 14, Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago; emeraldcitytheatre.com

‘Forts: Build Your Own Adventure’ OK, all of you tunnel titans and canopy creators—this is what we’ve been training for. Filament Theatre’s immersive performance/ play space is a hands-on experience like no other. This out-of-the-box (and occasionally in boxes as well) event lets families, caregivers, kids—and even adults for grownup-only BYOB nights—create play spaces out of found materials like clotheslines, sheets and anything you can get your creative little hands on. The addition of theatrical lighting and sound design add to the drama, but we have very little doubt that you’ll need the help. (Watch out for dragons!) Runs through March 10, Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago; filamenttheatre.org

A Whole New World of Alan Menken Alan Menken playing a retrospective concert? An absolute must for any musical devotee (or Broadway baby-in-training)! The prolific composer and pianist with eight Oscars to his name—in addition to his wins at those little ol’ Grammy and Tony Awards—will perform songs from his beloved scores of Aladdin, Newsies, Beauty & the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors and more on the piano. This is a rare chance (as in, one night only) to hear the tales behind the songs in this magic carpet ride of a one-man show. March 30, Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago; auditoriumtheatre.org ChicagoParent.com March 2019 13

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I dropped the ball. Back when my older two sons arrived home with their permission forms for the fifth-grade schoolsponsored “talk” on sex education, I prepped them. There was MARIANNE conversation. I bought a book. WALSH My husband was involved. I even marked the day on the calendar so I could handle any follow-up concerns or questions. But the youngest? I may not have actually read that form. Joey typically hands me school documents, offers up a pen and demands me to “sign here.” It was only when I collected him from school that day that I realized my blunder. “MOM…the whole class couldn’t stop laughing! The teacher kept saying PENIS and VAGINA. And SPERM. There was a LOT OF SPERM. AND EGGS!” Sh*t. When Joey is introduced or reminded of certain terminology, he commences to use such language all the time. In the age of #METOO, I am well aware that the very word “penis” (if at all misused by say, an excitable fifth-grader thrilled to share his knowledge of medical terminology) might be interpreted as sexually aggressive, inappropriate and possibly suspension-inducing. I panicked. “DO NOT USE ANY OF THOSE WORDS EVER EVER EVER. STICK WITH

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The thaw is on the horizon and spring break is just around the corner, but Chicago will most likely give us one last frozen hurrah before it is through with the winter weather. My favorite way to slide into spring is by selecting a few fresh fashion pieces, but they MUST be mom-friendly. I scoured all of the spring fashion trends and found some to welcome in a warm weather wardrobe.

Grown-Up Tie Dye My favorite way to wear this trend is to buy a tie-dye caftan or beach coverup, then wear it over a basic tank dress with a belt. You can also DIY a perfect piece— the key is to use only one color or color family in your work so it doesn’t skew Grateful Dead-esque. Grab an inexpensive white cotton dress from Old Navy or Target, some Rit dye, rubber bands and a bucket. Try a new technique like Shibori or Ice Dye to change up the basic spiral. After years of crafting kids socks and T-shirts, time to put those skills to use for yourself!

Utility theory THIS trend is the most mom-friendly of all because HELLO—pockets! I can finally fit all 400 Shopkins on my person so my 5-year-old doesn’t freak out. I love an olive utility jacket that nips in at the waist. Madewell and Levi’s both have adorable, affordable options. Pair with a white T-shirt and denim and you are set for spring. If you want to go all in, grab a belted utility jumpsuit—try any color except white so you don’t get asked where the paint is. Some women can really rock the utility vest, but on me, it just looks like I am heading for a fly fishing trip. No matter what style you choose, keep those extra pockets stocked for whatever spring may bring!

It was all yellow As a (natural-ish) blonde, yellow is NOT my go-to shade. In fact, I don’t own one piece of yellow clothing. If you want to test this sunny, in-style shade for spring, make sure to grab the correct hue for your skin tone. For fair skin, opt for a darker yellow like mustard. Medium/olive skin? You can handle brighter yellows since they won’t wash you out as much. Tan/dark? Lucky gal, you can wear most shades of yellow because they can really pop against your skin. I find this shade really lifts my mood, and since we haven’t planned anything for spring break I will need a LOT of mood-boosting during the March doom & gloom.

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fter a long, cold winter, many families want to get out of town on spring break trips to warmer climates. Central Florida is a popular destination that’s known for magic—magic found all over the area, not just at the theme parks. As kids get older, a day or two at Disney and/or Universal is great, but it turns out that Mother Nature gives the Fairy Godmother a run for her money when it comes to producing “oohs” and “ahhs” in Kissimmee and the surrounding area.

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The Spirit of the Swamp airboat tours are definitely not something Chicago families can do at home, especially this time of year. If you have ave tween or teen thrill seekers, they’ll love that the boat goes es exhilaratingly fast and d that one of the goals of the trip is to spot gators. Families on the tour also learn about the other flora and fauna, such as turtles and osprey, that call the swamp along Lake Tohopekaliga home. Thankfully, your captain ain knows the swamp like th the b back k of his hand and can explain exactly what you’re seeing. It is surprisingly fascinating and beautiful.

Central Florida is home to the headwaters of the Everglades, and they provide a different kind of water park experience. Whether it it’ss ka kayaking, canoeing or stand paddleboarding, the Paddling up paddle Center at Shingle Creek offers Cente variety of ways to get on a va the water and explore the th uniquely Floridian ecosysu ttem first-hand. A variety of tours are offered, including a full moon tour aand a historical tour.

C Celebrate being in the sun The un unique community of Celebration C l b ti is i contained within Kissimmee and was originally created by Disney. While the company no longer owns the community, it still feels almost like

a movie set with towering old oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, a charming downtown and beautiful lakes. It’s a fun place to explore. The best way to do so is to rent bikes at Celebration Bike Rental and hit the 10 miles of bike paths, which are blessedly flat. Older kids (and adults) will love all the views that are perfect for Instagram.

Out of this world adventures After discovering the natural world, shift your focus to outer space. Head to Titusville, about an hour east of Kissimmee, to the Kennedy Space Center, home to Space Shuttle Atlantis and the Apollo/Saturn V Center. Check out the new five-hour Astronaut Training Experience for kids 10 and older, which features a mission simulation that includes a spacewalk. If Lunch with an Astronaut is available on your visit, take advantage of that memorable experience.

Where to stay Gaylord Palms Resort is a great option. It offers multiple restaurants, including one on a boat anchored on an indoor lake, as well as an escape room and a water area featuring pools, slides and a surf simulator. It’s a good option for active families. If the idyllic and quieter community of Celebration is more your speed, the Bohemian Hotel Celebration’s lakefront location offers lovely views and tweens and teens will appreciate the freedom to explore the downtown. It has a small pool and features local artwork and unique Floridian touches.

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Go BIG

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ur city is best known for its tall skyscrapers, delicious staple foods and world-class attractions. While most of us have partaken in these ‘best of Chicago’ experiences in one way or another, we’ve compiled a list that takes it to the next level.

You’ve probably visited the Shedd Aquarium, but have you ever gone swimming with a Beluga? You’ve likely feasted on deep dish pizza, but have you cooked it alongside the pros? And how about Chicago’s most iconic landmarks—have you seen them from 1,200 feet above? While some of these experiences are on the pricey side, we think the memories are well worth their weight in gold.

The 10 biggest best things for kids to do in Chicago

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Snap a selfie with big dinos

Visit Máximo (meaning “maximum” or “most” in Spanish), the Titanosaur that replaced Chicago’s beloved Sue in Field Museum’s Stanley Field Hall. This plant-eating dinosaur, which weighed 70 tons more than 100 million years ago in what is now

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Climb the walls

Let your kiddos take adventure to new heights by exploring more than 50 interactive climbing walls under one roof, some that reach up to 20 feet in height. Funtopia, with locations in Glenview and Naperville, is an

Rayin Ramnani explores Sue’s World at the Field Museum. Photo by Samie Deyo

Patagonia, Argentina, reaches 122 feet across the room and stands 28 feet tall at the head. Guests can walk underneath him and touch him. Still need a Sue fix? Visit the famous 40-foot-long and 90 percent complete T.rex at her fancy new home in Griffin Halls of Evolving Planet. 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago; fieldmuseum.org

active child’s paradise. All of the walls and structures are themed in fun motifs that correlate to children’s stories or imaginations, with various skill levels needed for each wall. Kids can climb a beanstalk, scale across a city or climb into a spider web. 2050 Tower Drive, Glenview; 2639 Aurora Ave., Naperville

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Fly high

Slip into a flight suit, soar like an eagle and experience the sensation of skydiving without jumping out of a plane at iFLY, the world’s largest indoor skydiving operation with locations in Lincoln Park, Naperville and Rosemont. Little ones ages 3 and up will learn about flying in a wind tunnel and then suit up with a helmet,

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Make deep dish pizza with the pros

Learn how to make deep dish pizza from the restaurant that invented it in 1943 with a cooking class at Pizzeria UNO. Hands-on classes are taught by UNO chefs with decades of deep dish knowledge. Pizza lovers will shape the famous dough into an UNO deep dish pan, crush tomatoes to make their own sauce, layer cheese and add toppings of choice before feasting on their creation. While the pizzas are in the

oven, UNO chefs will school guests on the history of deep dish. Want to re-create it at home? All participants leave with the secret recipe. 29 E. Ohio St., Chicago; unos.com/cookingclasses

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Ride the Zamboni at a Blackhawks game

Seriously, is there anything cooler (literally) than riding a Zamboni at a Blackhawks game? For a $500 donation to Chicago Blackhawks Foundation, young Blackhawks fans can ride the

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Swim with gentle giants

Put on a wetsuit and get up and close and personal with the Belugas by feeding them, petting them and practicing tricks with their trainer in the underwater ledge at the Shedd

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Aquarium’s Grainger Beluga Encounter Habitat. This personal encounter, for kids 12 and up, allows participants to learn about these “gentle giant” mammals, try some training techniques, and see how the animals are cared for. 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago; sheddaquarium.org

Experience the sights of the city from 1,200 feet above it! Chicago Helicopter Experience, a helicopter touring company with a heliport in Bridgeport, takes families on an epic and unforgettable journey through some of the city’s most popular sights. From the Willis Tower and 875 North Michigan Ave.

Zamboni during the pre-game (giving riders the opportunity to watch the visiting team warm up) or in the first and second intermissions. The 6,500-pound ice resurfacing machine washes and shaves the ice to create perfect hockey-playing conditions. United Center; 1901 W. Madison St., Chicago; nhl. com/blackhawks/fans/ game-experiences

(formerly the John Hancock Center) to Soldier Field and Navy Pier, the live, narrated tour covers 24 miles of the skyline in just 15 minutes. Before the tour departs, kiddos can enjoy games like bags and giant Jenga, or build up their excitement by watching others take off through viewing windows. 2420 S. Halsted St., Chicago; chicagohelicopterexperience. com

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Tour (and taste) the best doughnut shops in Chicago

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No playing games with the

head M By HILLARY BIRD

oodiness, headaches, problems sleeping, that’s a typical teenager, right? These can also be the symptoms of a greater head injury for kids involved in a car accident, sports injury or fall on the ice. In October, the Illinois Bone & Joint Institute released the results of a survey that asked parents about their knowledge of concussions and what they should look for. Seventy-two percent of parents could not identify all of the symptoms of concussion or chose unrelated symptoms, the survey found.

Parents should know what concussion symptoms to watch for “I think it’s good to recognize that (parents) did a good job in recognizing some of the symptoms,” says Dr. Anthony Savino, sports neurologist at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute. “What I think is tricky about concussions is that no one concussion is the same, often times between individuals, or even the same individual, if they have more than one concussion. So, we really have to be able to recognize all the concussion symptoms if we are to properly diagnose these athletes.” What’s important to know is that while concussions happen primarily to athletes, they aren’t exclusive to players on a field. “Concussion, I always tell people, doesn’t need to be trauma to the head,” says Dr. David Lessman, a primary care sports medicine physician with Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge. “It’s any movement of the brain inside of the skull, so that could be the head, the face, the neck, that could be the body. I see a lot of car accidents where there is no head trauma, but the rapid movement of the head, meaning rapid movement of the brain, can cause concussion symptoms.” Those symptoms include headaches,

nausea and vomiting, balance inconsistencies and dizziness, blurry or double vision, sensitivity to light and noise, feeling sluggy or groggy, concentration and memory problems, confusion and feeling a little off. Athletes in high school are given a “baseline” test at most high schools before athletes in contact sports begin their seasons, but Savino says that any athlete that is involved in any contact sport should have a baseline test before he or she begins the sport. In Illinois, the test used most often is called the ImPACT test, which gives doctors an idea of what each person’s normal brain looks like. “I don’t do them in kids that are younger than 12 years of age because the data is pretty poor—they don’t understand the directions, they don’t take it the right way, the data is invalid,” Lessman says. Even parents whose kids aren’t athletes should know concussion symptoms. Savino says that the No. 1 cause of concussions in youths is riding a bike. Falls from heights and slips on the ice can also cause concussions. “There’s risk in driving in a car and walking down the street, we’re

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“There’s risk in driving in a car and walking down the street, we’re not going to sequester these children or wrap them in bubble wrap.” Dr. Anthony Savino, sports neurologist at Illinois Bone & Joint Institute not going to sequester these children or wrap them in bubble wrap,” Savino says. “However, I think that education is most important as far as identifying these symptoms and the possibility of an injury and having it assessed.” A law that went into effect Jan. 1 in Illinois requires free handouts and pamphlets to be distributed at schools so that parents and guardians know what to look for and the effects of concussion. “A parent knows their child

best, so they are able to identify not only symptoms that the child or athlete is reporting, but also how they look: are they more tired than usual, are they more irritable, are they more happy or have change in behavior, are they off-balance,” Savino says. “They are the front line, in addition to trainers and coaches who tend to know their athletes well, as far as identifying possible signs and symptoms.” In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed an app for

immediately is important to children to teach them how the speed of health, Lessman concussions can happen, why says. Removing an athlete from telling a coach or adult is a game as soon as an injury important even if the injury is has occurred, or making sure a to a friend or sibling and why child is checked after a fall can rest is important after head injuries. The “HEADS UP Rocket change the path of recovery. “There Blades” app is freee on There is research that Apple, Amazon and nd shows tthat if they Android. come out right away and get “Headache, aw Read the Illinois evaluated and sleep and mood ev Department of stop playing, problems are st Health’s concussion they will get common in our th information brochures at better faster youth and high be ChicagoParent.com. than if they conschool populatha tinue to play or tion and oftentinu times these thingss finish the game or are not discussed, finish the tournament, them longer to talked about and managed that will take the get better,” Lessman says. properly and they need to “You also risk the possibility be before they’re involved in of a second head injury, which contact sports,” Savino says. Lessman adds that he sees is more severe, but even the young patients who have been fact that coming out right away in car accidents or who have decreases how long it takes to had a mishap constructing sets get better, because everyone is for the school play. always scared to come out of Determining a concussion the game.”

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Skip the nuggets Advice and recipes to get healthy dinners on the table BY Y MEG EGAN N MURRAY ELSENER Aree yo y u embarrassed to adm d it how oft f en you ffaall l bac a k on n fro r zen pi p zza, chicken e nuggets or froz fr o en n fish sticks to o pass as dinner for your family? (I know I fall in this category!) It’s a parenting fact that th a din i ner with kids is a struggle. “Almost every parent has heard the advice not tto o become a short-order cook for their child dren,” says sa y Briian a ne Kellogg, MS RDN. “However, most of us are tem mpt pted ed d to find ways for our children to eat nutr nu t it i io ous u foods, evven if it i means making concess ons at mealtime.” si W ether yo Wh y u ha h ve a picky eater or make differen nt meals for each per erson, er n don’t give up hope! The g od news is it’s never to go oo late to startt trying to make kee mealttim i e a success. We co cons nsul ulted dietitians and nutrition experts fo or wa ways to o get healthy, fami m lyy-frien en endly meeaalls l onto tto o your dinner table that everryb body wi w lll enj n oy. Megan Murray Elsener is a Chicago Parent contributor, freelance writer and mother of three.

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Recipe suggestion: Veggie Fried Rice

Get meal planning The number one thing to do is make a food schedule and stick to it! Children thrive on schedules and routine, and mealtime is no different. By creating regularly scheduled meals and snacks, you are providing your children with a routine they need. Involve your child in meal planning and shopping because kids love the opportunity to help their parents plan family meals. It helps the child feel they have some control over what they eat. When meal planning for the week, the parent can give the child five choices for possible meals and the child can then choose two to three meals from that list. Kellogg, nutrition coordinator at Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry

This recipe is a full meal with whole grains, vegetables and protein from eggs. It’s even tastier if you use cold, leftover takeout rice because it makes a nice, crunchy rice. 1 Tbsp. + 2 tsp. oil, peanut or vegetable 2 eggs, beaten 1 Tbsp. scallions, diced 1 tsp. ginger, minced 2 Tbsp. red bell pepper, chopped ½ cup peas

1 cup cooked brown rice ½ tsp. sesame oil 1 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce

Heat 2 tsp. of oil in a wok or non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add the eggs and coat the entire pan with it. Scramble for 1-2 minutes or until cooked through. Place the eggs on a plate. Cut into bite size pieces. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in the same skillet over medium high heat and saute the

scallions, ginger and red bell pepper for 2 minutes. Add the peas and rice and continue to stir and cook 1 minute. Add the eggs, sesame oil, soy sauce and cook another minute or until all the ingredients are thoroughly combined. Serve. (Recipe courtesy of Weelicious)

Pick family favorite meals

Separate components to give choices

Rather than asking kids what they want to eat, parents need to be the gatekeeper of food. By reducing their options, they learn to choose what is offered. Sit down as a family and make a list of 10 meal options that everyone enjoys. This makes menu planning easier and also gets the necessary buy-in from the kids. Additionally, I think it is very important to have two to three meal options that can be made quickly when you are in a rush. Some ideas are 100 percent whole grain pasta tossed with proteinpacked Tuscan beans, omelets with frozen veggies such as spinach or bell peppers or a quick stir fry with brown rice, edamame and veggies. Lara Field, MS RDN and owner of FEED Nutrition Consulting

Cooking for your family can feel like trying to figure out how to be a magician in the kitchen. Something that I have practiced with my family is making one meal, but making the components separate. If I make pasta, I’ll do the pasta and the sauce separate and veggie separate and I let the kids compile their own pasta dish with the ingredients I have on hand. This also works great with tacos, where we let each member be creative and choose from what you have on the table. My rule is that everybody has to at least try one thing that they choose from the table. When meal planning, an easy way to start is to make sure you have a protein base, fruit and vegetable and a carbohydrate for each dinner you can make. Your list can be based on what you have in the kitchen or what you need to get from the store and go from there. Pinterest has tons of food ideas even for those who are not used to cooking or don’t prefer to cook. Katisha Nielsen, RD, LDN, MPH, owner of Nutrition for All Inc.

Recipe suggestion: Hidden Veggie Meatballs

Recipe suggestion: Pan-Seared Chicken

These meatballs are great because they add some hidden vitamin-filled veggies and can be prepped ahead of time for a busy weeknight meal.

3 Tbsp. butter 1 Tbsp. olive oil 4 chicken breasts, sliced in half and pounded thin

1 lb. ground beef (90% lean), turkey or chicken (breast meat) 1 cup baby spinach, finely chopped, or zucchini, shredded ¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated ¼ cup dry whole wheat bread crumbs 1 large egg 1 clove garlic, minced ½ tsp. salt

Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place wire rack on top of prepared baking sheet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside. Combine ground meat of your choice and remaining ingredients. Shape mixture into 2-inch rounds. Place on prepared rack. Bake at 425˚for 12 to 15 minutes or until meatballs register 160˚F on instant read thermometer. Serve with whole wheat pasta or spiralized veggies.

Salt and pepper 2 shallots or ½ cup red onion, chopped 1 clove of garlic, minced ½ cup chicken broth

Melt 1 Tbsp. butter and heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and brown on both sides in the skillet. Cover, and continue cooking 10 minutes, or until chicken juices run clear. Set aside and keep warm. Mix shallots and garlic into skillet over medium heat and cook until tender. Stir in broth, and continue cooking 5 minutes, or until reduced and slightly thickened. Mix in the remaining butter until melted. Serve the sauce over the chicken along with a side vegetable. ChicagoParent.com March 2019 27

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BEING small

Helping to make my short daughter feel more comfortable in her own skin BY LORI ORLINSKY

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hen my daughter, Hayley, was 3, she came home and declared that day would be her last attending the preschool she loved so much. When I asked her why, tears began streaming down her face. She explained to me that the teachers hung up a growth chart in the classroom and placed a piece of tape next to the measurements to show the height of each child. While her friends landed at the top and middle of the chart, her name was at the very bottom, with no other names in sight. “I’m the worst because I’m at the bottom,” she told me. “Everyone is taller and better than me.” Being 5-foot-1 on a very good day (with heels and volumized hair), I understood. I was always the shortest kid in class, but it never seemed to bother me the way it affected her. Sure, I knew at an early age that I’d never be on the basketball team, but I relished in the little privileges I was afforded, like being front and center in a class photo. “I don’t like being called a munchkin,” Hayley told me. So rather than telling my strong-willed daughter that she should ignore these comments, I armed her with all of the things I could think of that gave her an advantage over her taller peers. For example, she can squeeze into the best hide-and-go-seek spots. I also began to look for some children’s books with short heroines. Much to my surprise, no book on this topic existed. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, more than 160,000 kids stay home from school each day to avoid being bullied. Research indicates that bullying behavior can start as early as age 3, with girls facing a larger chance of teasing. The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress believe that bullying has a real and profound psychological impact into adulthood, causing the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me,” to ring untrue. CONTINUED ON PAGE 30

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For the most part, physical damage from a fight heals quickly, but words can cause damage to a child’s self-concept and identity. I didn’t want Hayley to be another statistic. While I knew the comments made about her height were innocent and playful, I worried that being labeled as short would cause her to lack self-esteem and self-confidence at a crucial time in her emotional and social development. So, I began writing my own story for Hayley (at times on post-it notes), not knowing what a meaningful undertaking it would prove to be for both of us. Initially, my vision was to produce a short bedtime read that would send shorter kids off to dreamland with a “short power” message. But as I began writing, I felt as though the undertones within the story were universal: everyone has their own unique qualities that make them special. We shouldn’t encourage children to bury these qualities or to just “blend in.” Rather, they should be taught to embrace them. A few weeks (and a lot of iced coffee and all-nighters) later, I had a completed manuscript and a book offer from a prominent publisher quickly followed. u Mascot Books, April, 2019 On Dec. 21, 2018, u $14.95 | mascotbooks.com/ which happened to be landingpage/beingsmall/ National Short Girls u Chicago Parent special: Save Appreciation Day $2 with code BEINGSMALL2 (since it is the shortest day of the year), I u Join the conversation: read “Being Small Facebook.com/beingsmall (Isn’t So Bad After All)” to Hayley’s kindergarten class, with her sitting beside me, turning the pages. It was one of those surreal, once-in-alifetime moments that I will hold onto forever. Although this book was a labor of love for Hayley, it also serves as my gift to the millions of kids who are different than what society deems “normal.” We are raising the next generation, and in today’s day and age, it has never been more important to instill qualities of self-confidence and self-worth in our children, especially young girls. Do you have a young child who is too short? Has hair too curly? Wants to mismatch their shoes daily? Talk to them about how to accept themselves, find their advantages and celebrate their differences. While Hayley measures about 4 inches below the growth curve for a child her age, she actually stands taller with the knowledge that she is valuable and deserving of life’s best offerings and opportunities.

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We Got Game’s sports and variety summer camp at Burley Elementary. Sessions available all summer long, keeping your kids the best kind of busy.

Register now until Feb 28 with Early Bird Pricing: Full Price $1250  Now $1000 (4 week session) Full Price $700  Now $560 (2 week session)

with Tom Nazziola composer & conductor

• Daily sports instruction • Weekly Sports Tournaments • Weekly Swim • Electives  Art, Drama, Yoga • Field Trips

Northside Sports Camp Burley Elementary • 1630 W Barry Ave WGGSportsKids.Com • (773) 685-1682 ChicagoParent.com March 2019 31

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COLORING outside the lines

Chicago mom doing her part to change the world

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Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004) was an American composer and conductor.

ne day, if Rachel Barton Pine gets her wish, more children of color will see themselves on stage with a symphony, playing the music of black composers. In what has become a passion project over the past 15 years for the internationally renowed violinist and Chicago mom, Pine and her Rachel Barton Pine Foundation have collected more than 900 pieces of music by more than 350 black composers from the 18th-21st centuries. She is starting to put that music in the hands of young musicians in a multi-prong approach that also includes the first coloring book of its kind, one featuring 40 important black composers. Her hope is that music and coloring book will be the fuel for kids of color to connect

with classical music in a new way and possibly open doors to music careers. Going through the music with her own daughter, Pine was convinced of the need for the project. “To see her really responding to the music itself really confirms for me, this is simply great music at a very pure level and we are all missing out by not having this great music in our lives and having these voices silenced.” For all of the kids who do not see a future in music for themselves, Pine located black role models to profile in the music collections being published. One of those is Terrance Malone Gray, associate conductor for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras. Gray, a Chicago dad of two, has been part of efforts to diversify orchestras for decades, particularly focusing on encouraging kids (and their parents) to reach for opportunities in music. Gray says he says he sees the project as a way not only to bring pride and joy to people of color, but also a way to bring all people together. “My hope is that kids who grow up learning this variety of music and loving classical music will not tolerate going to a concert series or orchestra series where the programming doesn’t reflect” the diversity of the community, Pine says.

u Find the coloring book and sheet music at sharmusic.com/ musicbyblackcomposers “We are hoping that a generation from now, we will have done our part in helping to change the world,” she says. Tamara L. O’Shaughnessy Margaret Bonds (1913-1972) was an American composer, pianist, and teacher born in Chicago.

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Perfect for play 7 new places your kids will love

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heck out one of these newer Chicago-area play places the next time your kids have a case of the blahs.

Code Ninjas 3108 S. IL-59, Suite 144, Naperville Kids 7-14 learn computer programming, robotics and problem solving while building video games they already love, like Roblox and Minecraft. What kids will love: Everything is martial arts themed, presenting learning in a less intimidating way. Classrooms are called ‘dojos,’ teachers are referred to as ‘senseis’ and kids earn a ‘belt’ as their skills progress.

We Rock the Spectrum 553 E. Dundee Road, Palatine Every child deserves a safe and supportive play environment. We Rock the Spectrum is Chicagoland’s first sensory gym, featuring both open play and classes for infants through age 13. What kids will love: Trampolines, swings, arts & crafts and even a zip line (with crash pit) offer endless opportunities for exploration and skill building. Classes like yoga and music therapy make learning a fun experience.

Waterlemon Kids 25 S. La Grange Road, La Grange This light, airy spot that is a combo play place, retail boutique and cafe gives you plenty of reasons to dream about sunny days. What kids will love: A custombuilt clubhouse with two slides, a reading corner and multiple play zones with toys.

The A’s Club 1801 Knapp Drove, Crest Hill Littles will find creative stimulation in classes like music, movement and mini yoga. Children 6 and older can join one of the “clubs,” which include dance, cheer, video and board game playing and arts & crafts. Plus, an inclusive playgroup is available for children with special needs. What kids will love: The sheer variety of activities mean children will never run out of things to do, and fun coordinators help make group play engaging and entertaining.

Northbrook Play Northbrook Court, 1515 Lake Cook Road, Northbrook Northbrook Play is not your average free indoor playground. This play area (designed by the Chicago Children’s Museum) offers families a bright and creative space to get the wiggles out. What kids will love: Kids will jump at the chance to hang with friends and play dress up, climb playground equipment or snap some pics at the selfie station.

Altitude Trampoline Park Skokie 7037 N. Central Ave., Skokie (additional locations in Chicago and Oswego) Offering wall-to-wall trampolines, a rock climbing wall and trampoline games, kids and parents will jump for joy over this allages play space. What kids will love: Whether they’re in the mood to battle it out over extreme dodgeball and trampoline basketball, or would rather simply bounce around, kids of every age will have a blast.

Luv 2 Play 4845 W. 111th St., Alsip Nothing beats cabin fever like a 30,000-square-foot indoor play area filled with playground equipment, imaginative play centers and an arcade. What kids will love: Slides, tubes and obstacle courses will keep children in motion for hours. When they’re done on the playground, kids can get some downtime building at the kinetic sand area. ChicagoParent.com March 2019 33

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camp 2019 // special advertising section DAY CAMPS Association of Illinois Montessori Schools

Learn through discovery - attend a Montessori Camp! www.ILMontessori.org

See website for Member school information and checkout their camps!

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Explore Chicago’s parks, museums and culture during Camp GEMS, running June 17 through July 26.

Code Ninjas Algonquin, Bartlett, Buffalo Grove, Elmhurst, Glenview, Gurnee, Homer Glen, Libertyville, Naperville, Oak Park, Orland Hills, Oswego, Park Ridge, South Naperville (630) 718-4327 codeninjas.com

Debate it Forward 541 N Fairbanks Ct, Chicago (but camp is held in Hyde Park) (312) 714-2310 debateitforward.org

Fun and engaging debate camp for kids ages 6-14!

Eyas Landing Summer Camps 1409 W. Carroll Ave., Chicago (312) 733-0883 https://eyaslanding.com/ specialprograms/

Eyas Landing hosts a variety of summer camps for age 4-10.

Frankfort Park District Founders Community Center 140 Oak Street, Frankfort (815) 469-9400 www.frankfortparks.org

Frankfort Park District Summer Day Camps: Fort Frankfort Adventures & Teen Adventures Field Trip Camp.

Funtopia Glenview Naperville

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iD Tech Camps Held at Northwestern, Loyola, GEMS World Academy, Benedictine, and Lake Forest College (888) 709-8324

Moraine Valley Community College 9000 W. College Parkway, Building H, Palos Hills www.morainevalley.edu

The Department of Campus Recreation will offer 9 weeks of summer camp for youth ages 5-13.

Morgan Park Academy Summer Camp 2123 w 111th street (773) 881-6704

mpasummercamp.org Come join the fun! June 24 -August, something for everyone.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum 2430 N Cannon Drive, Chicago (773) 755-5100 camps@naturemuseum.org www.naturemuseumcamp.org

The outdoor-play, muddy hands, expanding minds, nature and science camp! Campers spend fun-filled days participating in nature play, science and art activities, and animal encounters.

Sauganash Montessori School Summer Camp 5750 N Rogers Ave, Chicago (773) 545-6295

www.sauganashmontessori.com Three, 3 week sessions for ages 3-6. June 10th-August 9th

Soul City Kids Camp 1150 West Adams St, Chicago (312) 252-3062 Soulcitychurch.com/kidscamp/

Soul City Kids Camp is a multi-week summer camp for kids ages 3 years – 8th grade.

Summer at Sacred Heart

OVERNIGHT Camp Anokijig W5639 Anokijig Lane, Plymouth, WI 53073 (920) 893-0782 anokijig.com

Camp Foley 9303 Father Foley Dr., Pine River, MN, 56474 (218) 543-6161 www.campfoley.com

Foley campers grow Grit and investigate Independence. Join us today!

Cub Creek Science Camp 16795 State Route E, Rolla, MO 65401 (573) 458-2125

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SPECIALTY CAMPS: A Fairytale Ballet & Academy

61 West Superior Street, Chicago

Youth Summer Poetry Camp (Grades 6–8): Tuesday & Thursday, July 9 & 11, 1:30–3:30 PM Teen Summer Poetry Camp (Grades 9–12): Tuesday & Thursday, July 16 & 18, 1:30–3:30 PM Enroll your young writer in a FREE summer camp at Chicago’s home for poetry! Space limited; email library@poetryfoundation.org.

Sarah Hall Theatre Company Summer Camp at: Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont, Chicago.

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Sports Broadcasting Camp Chicago (800) 319.0884

FIELD TRIP

1545 Rockton Road Caledonia, Il 61011 (815) 389-8455

Fleetwood Roller Skating Rink

Children’s Multi-Arts Camps and Family Camp

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36 South Wabash Avenue,Chicago http://www.saic.edu/continuingstudies/children/summer-camps Email: cs@saic.edu

Kids learn to discover, explore, and imagine in their own unique ways, experimenting with a variety of art materials and methods.

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Exceptional STEAM summer experience. Western & Northern Chicagoland Suburbs

Poetry Foundation Youth Summer Poetry Camps

Angelic Organics Weekend Camps for Adults & Families

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TinkRworks

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ParamountSchooloftheArts.com

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Debate it Forward

21 W. Second Street, Suite 300, Hinsdale (630) 819 8926

Summer Camps 20 S Stolp Ave, Aurora (630) 896-6810

Lakeview, Bucktown, Evanston (773) 477-4488 (LV & EV) (773) 606-0318 (BT)

Sacred Heart Schools 6250 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago (773) 262-4446

www.shschicago.org/summercamps

Paramount School of the Arts

7231 W. Archer Ave., Summit (708) 458-0300 Public skating, private parties, fundraisers. Artistic speed and roller derby skating.

Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago 2100 Patriot Blvd Glenview (847) 832-6600

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541 N Fairbanks Ct Chicago (but camp is held in Hyde Park) 312-714-2310

Odyssey Fun World

Fun and engaging debate camp for kids ages 6-14!

Featuring two full floors of games, laser tag and rides.

The Paintbrush

Pump It Up Party

Art Camps for Kids 2646 N. Halsted 773 636-1968 thepaintbrush.net

Tinley Park: I-80 & Harlem Ave. (708) 429-3800 OdysseyFunWorld.com

Orland Park Chicago

(708) 479-2220 (312) 664-PUMP

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At iD Tech Camps, students ages 7-17 can learn to code, design video games and more.

Latin School of Chicago

Pre K -12th Grade 59 W. North Blvd., Chicago (312) 582-6000 (312) 582-6080 Summer at Latin Latinschool.org

Latin School has set standards for academic excellence in Chicago for more than 130 years.

The Little Gym of Chicago 3216 North Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 525-5750 TheLittleGym.com/ChicagoIL

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Summer Program An exciting and educational summer program for children ages 4-14. Three (3) sessions available: June 17-28 / July 1-12 / July 15-26 View 2019 Summer Program information online:  www.averycoonley.org/summerprogram 1400 Maple Avenue, Downers Grove, IL, 630-969-0800

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From coding and game dev to robotics and design, your child will develop in-demand skills and ignite lifelong passions—all in a fun, inclusive environment. Choose from 50+ innovative courses and join our community of over 400,000 alumni. Get ready for the best summer ever!

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“What at AMAZING two weeks my daughter had! She wished it would never end.” – Summer Camp Parent

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Summer Camp Debate it Forward offers a summer camp that goes beyond a classroom. We integrate the fun of camp, the adventure of exploring Chicago, and the rigor of an academic program into one cohesive and exciting week. Each day, the students embark on field trips around Chicago where they do research into the debate topic of the day. After lunch, students utilize their research in skill-building activities and formal debates. Drop your kids off at camp and we will take care of them and make sure that they will have fun for the rest of the day.

We offer partial and full scholarships!

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camp 2019 // special advertising section Kids converge on Camp Foley each summer from all over the world. They put aside their phones and computers and work on faceto-face social skills. Camp Foley has over 30 activities for campers to chose from. They can try new activities and take risks in a safe, kid-focused environment.

9303 Father Foley Dr. Pine River, MN, 56474 218-543-6161 • www.campfoley.com

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Our summer day camp is the perfect way to keep children’s minds and bodies active. Campers will make art, attend local festivals, experience live theater and explore all corners of the city. Camp GEMS is designed and run by GEMS World Academy Chicago teachers.

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Frankfort Park District

Summer Day Camp

Come Join the Summer Fun!

Fort Frankfort Adventures Day Camp (1st-5th grade) *

• 8 Weeks • June 10 - August 2 • Monday - Friday

• Two pool days/week • One field trip/week • Arts & Crafts

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• Session 1 - June 17-28 • Session 2 - July 8-19 • Monday - Friday

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Visit our website at www.frankfortparks.org - Frankfort Park District - 815.469.9400

Dates June 17-July 26

Ages 3-12 years old

Summer at Sacred Heart provides the perfect blend of academics, fitness, and fun! Camp focus classes include STEAM Explorations, Kids Who Code and Summer Sports. Early-morning care and extended day options available.

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atmosphere. Our camps not only teach kids how to embody characters and act out stories,

3-week sessions for children ages 3-6 June 10 - August 9.

but also help them to gain confidence, express themsel more fully, and work patiently and themselves respectfully with each other.

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The classroom is prepared with traditional Montessori materials and is enriched with themed activities. Maximum outdoor/park time and projects. Sessions will be taught by current teachers, who will maintain the high standards of Montessori theory and practice. Lots of fun, lots of outdoor time and an educational summer your children will love. All materials included. Organic lunches and snacks provided by Gourmet Gorilla, Inc.

No other food may be brought into SMS due to allergies. Session I (June 9 - June 28)- “I Love Art” Session II (July 1 - July 19)- “Dance Around the World” Session III (July 22 - Aug. 9)-“Kids “N” Clay- In the Garden ”

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CALL 773-761-4477 or visit www.lifelinetheatre.com to register your child today!

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camp 2019 // special advertising section a High-energy, hands-on stem camp

Farm Camp We are a week-long, overnight farm camp for girls and boys ages 8-15 on a working farm 1.5 hours from Chicago. Adorable animals, organic food, hikes in the woods, a winding creek, building projects and more! At Farm Camp, kids immerse themselves in the rhythms of life on a working farm, forming deeper connections to the land, animals, food, and each other.

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At Bennett Day Camp, we provide an enriching atmosphere that enables our campers to develop self-identity, leadership skills, and a lifelong sense of adventure. Our campers and counselors will participate in field trips, team sports, music, arts, scientific discovery, and water play in a collaborative culture. 955 West Grand Avenue. All camps are full days (8:15-3:15) or half days (8:15-11:30). Extended hours (MorningCare, AfterCare as well as Optional Add-ons) are available.

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REGISTRATION BEGINS SOON! Sign up for updates and check out all camps at

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Magic & Juggling Shows

“Laughter and wonderment...fun and inclusive.” -The Wilmette Beacon

Balloon Animals and Puppets

Providing Quality, Professional Entertainment since 1991 Several Themed Characters available. Video clips and party ideas are provided on the website.

www.IYQENT.com

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Princess & Character Parties Magic • Clowning Guitar Sing-a-Longs Face Painting & Balloons!

Children’s Parties! Corporate Events!

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Spring Sports Thrills • Character Visits • Bounce Houses • Train Rides Obstacle Courses • Entertainment Stage • all ages welcome!

Sunday, April 28 • 10 a.m.  3 p.m. • Athletico Center • Northbrook 1900 Old Willow Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062

Discover Chicago Parent Marketplace! Shop at a dozen small retailer booths as part of the fun!

Visit ChicagoParent.com/playdate for advance tickets and info!

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The kids garden at the Chicago Flower & Garden

Show is dirt full of hands-on fun and a live

butterfly exhibit with animals from the Racine Zoo. For more established gardeners, expect a full educational series, culinary demonstrations and more than 700 varieties of plants. $5 kids 4-12, $20 adults. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday & 10 a.m.6 p.m. Sunday, March 20-24. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. chicagoflower.com

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In a story reminiscent of “Jack and the Beanstalk,” the Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents “The Boy and the Violin” as part of its “Once Upon a Symphony” series. A boy sells his family’s possessions to buy a violin, then sets out on a journey of joy and laughter. The series serves as a fantastic introduction to the sounds of the violin. The CSO will present the program twice on March 23. $17. 10 a.m. & 11:45 a.m. Symphony Center, 220 Michigan Ave., Chicago. (312) 294-3000, cso.org

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Slime celebrities, slime construction and all things slime will be on display at Maddie Rae’s Slime Bash at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. Slime Star Maddie Rae launched the slime convention in 2018 and is bringing the show to the Chicago area this year. Demos, competitions and chances to buy and trade slime are on the calendar for the two-day event. $20-$35. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 31. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. slimebash.com

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CALENDAR 1 | FRIDAY MOMMYCON CHICAGO.

MommyCon takes a gentle, positive approach to educating parents about the emotional and physical benefits of natural birthing, breastfeeding and baby wearing. $25-$150. 1-7 p.m. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 692-2220, mommycon.com. WINTER CAMP-IN FOR KIDS.

Pitch a tent indoors, explore the Emily Oaks Nature Center outdoors at night, roast marshmallows over a fire and play games in the morning. Friday evening snacks and breakfast on Saturday are provided. A supply list will be emailed prior to the sleepover. Recommended for ages 8-10. $44, $35 residents; preregistration required. 7 p.m.-10:30 a.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 6777001, skokieparks.org.

2 | SATURDAY CHICAGO TEEN OPPORTUNITY FAIR AT KENNEDY KING COLLEGE.

Teens ages 13-19 years old will have access to information about job readiness and connect with organizations in attendance to receive feedback and critique. Teens seeking volunteer opportunities and skill development offerings will find ample options during the fair. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Kennedy-King College, 740 W. 63rd St. chicagoparkdistrict.com.

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more about how to take the nature play fun at Garfield Park to your home. This play-based workshop will include different stations for parents and young ones to explore, from making art supplies at home to nature journaling to nature play in the kitchen. Each family will take home a booklet of recipes, ideas and activities. $15 per family of two adults & up to three children; registration required. 10-11 a.m. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. (773) 638-1766, garfieldconservatory.org.

About the calendar The deadline for submitting listings for the April issue is Feb. 25. All events are subject to change. Please call the event sponsor at the number listed to confirm before you go. Events taking place on four or more dates during the March are listed in Ongoing Events, beginning on page 54.

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STORY TIME WITH THEATRE Y. Listen to your favorite

children’s books read aloud and performed by actors from the Theatre Y Ensemble. Recommended for ages 6 and under. 10 a.m. The Ready, 4546 N. Western Ave. theatre-y.com. SNOWTREKKING AT NORTHERLY ISLAND. Get a new

perspective of the city’s natural area while exploring for winter birds and native animals or enjoying the view of Chicago’s skyline. Participants can also enjoy a good old-fashioned snowball fight, build a snowman or two and take a break from the cold weather by warming up inside the field house. There must be at least three inches of snow for snowtrekking. $5 for two hours of snowshoe rental. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Northerly Island, 1400 S. Linn White Drive. (312) 745-2910, chicagoparkdistrict.com. DR. SEUSS’S BIRTHDAY BASH. Dive into the imaginative

world of Dr. Seuss to celebrate his birthday. Enjoy Seuss story time, Seuss crafts, meet the Cat in the

Hat, mix Seussian Oobleck and more. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. North Berwyn Community Center, 1619 Wesley Ave. nbpd4fun.org. GLOBAL CONNECTIONS.

A celebration of the diverse people and cultures that make up Chicago’s local character. Each of the events in this series at Navy Pier will feature music, dance, art and more from a variety of cultures. 1-5 p.m. Today’s event: International Carnivale Celebration featuring art, music, dance, food and drinks from Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Brazil, New Orleans and more. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595PIER (7437), navypier.com. MINECRAFT PARTY. A social

night for kids 7-12 to play and meet other fans of the game. Each party is a supervised session of open play time, where kids may join private servers set up for the evening, or play on public servers of their choice. $25. 5:30-8 p.m. Power Up Tech Academy, 2867 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago. (312) 659-3082. powerupta.com.

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CALENDAR SUBURBS DADDYCON CHICAGO. DaddyCon is the ultimate dad focused parenting convention. The event will feature first-hand accounts from today’s most prominent father figures while exploring the bond fathers have with their children. The event will feature workshops, exhibitors, giveaways and even the Dad Games Competition. $25. Check website for schedule. Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 5555 N. River Road, Rosemont. (847) 692-2220, daddy-con.com. MOMMYCON CHICAGO. See March

1. Today’s schedule: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. PANCAKE MINI MUFFINS. Bakers ages 2-8 will prepare scrumptious Pancake Muffins and create a culinary masterpiece with choice of chocolate chips or blueberries (or both!). Pajamas welcome and this class is designed for kids and parents to cook together. $30 per child with

one caregiver included; registration required. 9-10 a.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn. (847) 2300330, tastebudskitchen.com/ bannockburn. FESTIVAL OF THE SUGAR MAPLES. Visitors will discover

how maple syrup is made from the sap of maple trees as they hike the half-mile trail through the woods. Tours leave every 15 minutes and last about an hour. Festival is free; pancake breakfast $6, $3 kids. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Coral Woods Conservation Area, 7400 Somerset Drive, Marengo. (815) 338-6223, mccdistrict.org. NATURE PUPPET SHOW SERIES: WINTER SURVIVAL.

Enjoy a puppet show exploring a different subject about nature on the first Saturday of each month. 10 a.m. Sand Ridge Nature Center, 15891 Paxton Ave., South Holland. (708) 868-0606. fpdcc.com.

SOCK MONKEY MADNESS FESTIVAL. A unique celebration of

Rockford’s past by highlighting the stuffed sock toy made from Rockford Red Heel Socks. Includes crafts, storytime, Make-a-Monkey workshop and Sockford General Hospital. This year’s theme is Under the Sea. $8, $5 kids; free members ($20 for Makea-Monkey Workshop). 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Midway Village Museum, 6799 Guilford Road, Rockford. (815) 3979112, midwayvillage.com. ROCK & MINERAL IDENTIFICATION. Geologist Sara

Johnson presents an introduction to rocks and minerals. All materials are provided. Reservations required; recommended for ages 8-adult. $5, $3 members. 10:30 a.m., Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave. (in Wilder Park), Elmhurst. (630) 8331616, lizzadromuseum.org. OAK FOREST FLEADH.

The Fleadh includes the Oak Forest

Fleadh 5K, an open streets event, family parade (157th to 151st), and pub and restaurant open house. 11 a.m. Ireland on Parade, 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest. (708) 6879323, oc-chamber.org. FOREST PARK ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE.

The Forest Park Chamber of Commerce’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade features bagpipers, marching bands, Irish dancers, local businesses, Medinah Shriner parade units, local police and fire departments and more. 1 p.m. Forest Park Main Street, 7344 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-4777, exploreforestpark.com. ROCKIN’ JEWELRY FOR KIDS.

Kids ages 8-16 can make their own gemstone jewelry to keep. Choose two different types of jewelry to make with stones from the Museum Shop and learn how to work with jeweler’s tool. Completes Girl Scout jeweler’s badge. $12, reservations

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CALENDAR required. 1:30 p.m. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave. (in Wilder Park), Elmhurst. (630) 833-1616, lizzadromuseum.org.

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activities. Visitors can add their names to a larger-than-life birthday card while special certificates will be available for individuals born on March 4. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago. (312) 642-4600, chicagohistory.org.

SUBURBS KIDSFEST. Discover and

celebrate the flora and fauna of the South American Tropical Rainforest showroom. Children may come dressed as their favorite rainforest animal. This annual family event includes hands-on educational activities, scavenger hunt and crafts. Timed tickets required. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. (708) 7252400. oakparkconservatory.org. MOMMYCON CHICAGO. See March

CASMIR PULASKI DAY: BATTLE CUPCAKE (LATE ELEMENTARY/ MIDDLE SCHOOL). Bakers ages

9-13 will learn the techniques to make melt-in-your-mouth cupcakes. The masterpieces will then be judged by a panel of chefs to see whose cupcake reigns supreme. $60. 1-4 p.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn. (847) 230-0330. tastebudskitchen. com/bannockburn.

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1. Today’s schedule: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. DADDYCON CHICAGO. See March

2. FESTIVAL OF THE SUGAR MAPLES. See March 2. GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS.

Immerse the whole family in the colorful theatrical world of Chinese acrobatics. $32, $24 seniors & students 2 p.m., Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg Court, Schaumburg. villageofschaumburg.com.

4 | MONDAY PULASKI DAY: BATTLE CUPCAKE (PRESCHOOL/EARLY ELEMENTARY). Bakers ages 4-8

will learn to make melt-in-yourmouth cupcakes, then invent a version of this traditional sweet. The cupcakes will then be judged by a panel of chefs to see whose cupcake reigns supreme. $60. 9 a.m.-noon. Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn. (847) 230-0330. tastebudskitchen. com/bannockburn. CHICAGO’S BIRTHDAY.

The museum honors the city’s 181st birthday with family-friendly

PANCAKES WITH PIPPI. Join Pippi Longstocking, a popular Swedish character, for Swedish pancakes, crafts, singing and dancing. This is a unique opportunity to meet Pippi and learn how to make pancakes Pippi-style. $20, $15 members, $5 kids 1-2, free kids under 1. 9-11 a.m. Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, 5211 N. Clark St. (773) 728-8111, swedishamericanmuseum.org. FAMILY DAY: MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART. Monthly

programs for kids and their grownups. Take part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours, and performances, all designed and led by Chicago artists. Free for families with kids 12 and under. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. (312) 280-2660, mcachicago.org. CIRQUE ELOIZE’S SALOON. The wild west comes alive in a Family Series matinee featuring excerpts from Cirque Éloize’s newest creation: Saloon. Audiences will enter a mythical world where theater and circus collide, combining live folk music with the incredible

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strength, agility and original choreography of the boundary-breaking ensemble. This presentation will include ASL interpretation. 2-3 p.m. Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 E. Randolph Drive in Millennium Park. (312) 334-7777. harristheaterchicago.org. ST. PADDY’S DAY MINI CUPCAKES & COOKIES CLASS.

Kids ages 5-14 will bake mini cupcakes and royal icing cookies in St. Paddy’s Day theme colors. $40. 3-4:30 p.m. Sugar Bliss Cake Boutique, 115 N. Wabash. sugarblisspatisserie.com.

SUBURBS THOM MCNAMEE MEMORIAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE.

Festivities include a Kilted 5K Race, a Big Wheel Race, a Dress Up Your Pet St. Patrick’s Day Pet Parade Irish

dancers, music, marching bands and more. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 319 N. River St., East Dundee. dundeestpats.com FESTIVAL OF THE SUGAR MAPLES. See March 2. AG ALL AROUND US. Explore

the ways agriculture makes use of science, technology, engineering and math. Meet a local farmer, climb aboard a tractor, get the scoop on soil and more. Free with museum admission. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. (815) 963-6769, discoverycentermuseum.org. ELMHURST ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. Ranked

as the second largest St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Chicago area. Includes more than 80 floats, Irish dancers, the Shannon Rovers, local team mascots—Benny the Bull,

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CALENDAR Southpaw & Tommy Hawk, Chicago Highlanders, Medinah Clowns, Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra, featuring the world’s largest drum & the York High School Marching Band. Noon. Spring Road and Wilson Street, Elmhurst. elmhurststpatsparade.com. COUNTRYSIDE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. The

parade steps off on Kensington Avenue at 61st Street and proceeds one mile ending at 55th Place & Edgewood. All parade proceeds will benefit the Pulmonary Hypertension Association and the Illinois Carol Fisher Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. Prizes will be awarded for the best floats, banners and “Best Party Along the Route.” Everyone is invited to check out the local establishments participating in this year’s post-parties. 1 p.m. Kensington Avenue at 61st Street, Countryside. countrysidechamber.org. THE ROARING TWENTIES.

Dust off your glad rags, brush up

your Charleston and step back in time with Chicago Philharmonic to a golden era of decadence and fun. Pieces in the concert include: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G Major, Kurt Weill’s Suite from The Threepenny Opera and Josh Harbison’s Remembering Gatsby. $10-$75. 7:309:15 p.m. Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 467-4000, chicagophilharmonic.org.

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to international fame. $30. 2-4 p.m. Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. (773) 638-1766, garfieldconservatory.org.

SUBURBS NATURE DISCOVERY DAYS.

Designed for children and adults to explore nature topics together. Enjoy fun hands-on activities, games, crafts, experiments, nature books and more. This month: Animal Babies. 1-4 p.m. Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville. (630) 848-5000, napervilleparks.org.

CUBAN DUAL-PIANO CLASSICS – THE ALONSO BROTHERS. The

FESTIVAL OF THE SUGAR MAPLES. See March 2.

show is an immersive experience that places the audience at the center of the “Golden Era” of Cuban music and entertainment, from the 1940s and 1950s—a time in Cuban history when the contagious Afro-Cuban rhythms of the Mambo, Cha-Cha, Bolero, Danzón and Rumba, among others, flourished

REPTILE RAMPAGE. Spend the day getting up close and personal with some amazing and fascinating reptiles from all over the world. Visitors can meet more than 150 animals including snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises and more. Featured exhibitors include Jim Nesci from

Cold Blooded Creatures, the Chicago Herpetological Society, the St. Louis Herpetological Society, The Field Museum, the Madison Herpetological Society, the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Grove Nature Center. $10, free kids 3 and under. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest. (847) 234-6700, cityoflakeforest.com. STICKY MITTENS SMORGASBORD. Kids ages 3 and

up prepare two desserts and sip hot chocolate while enjoying the beauty of a winter afternoon. Warm up by a campfire and snack along the way. $8, $6 resident; preregistration required. 1-2 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 677-7001, skokieparks.org.

14 | THURSDAY OPEN PLAY FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS. Wonder

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CALENDAR in front of Buckingham Fountain. 9 a.m. dyeing; noon parade. St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Columbus Drive between Balbo Drive and Monroe Street, Chicago. (312) 9429188, chicagostpatsparade.org.

Thursday of every month for kids up to 8 with special needs. They are welcome to stay when the museum opens to the public at 10 a.m. $5 per person. 9-10 a.m. Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. wonder-works.org. PI DAY - STEM AFTER SCHOOL.

TEEN OPPORTUNITY FAIR AT MALCOLM X COLLEGE.

Kids will discover how pi, circles, spirals and proportions are hidden in the natural world. Spend some STEM activity time outdoors and eat pie. Recommended for ages 8-12. $11, $9 residents. 4-5:30 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 6777001, skokieparks.org.

Teens ages 13-19 will have access to information about job readiness and connect with organizations to receive feedback and critique. Teens seeking volunteer opportunities and skill development offerings will find ample options. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren St. (312) 850-7000, chicagoparkdistrict.com.

15 | FRIDAY KIDS NIGHT OUT: TASTE THE RAINBOW. Drop off kids ages

5-12 for an evening workshop to learn savory and sweet recipes from Veggie Spring Rolls to Berry Pop Tarts. $60. 5-8 p.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road,

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Bannockburn. (847) 230-0330, tastebudskitchen.com/bannockburn

16 | SATURDAY CHICAGO CHICAGO ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. This parade features

more than 200 floats and marching

bands. The river dyeing can be best viewed from the east side of the Michigan Avenue bridge, the west side of the Columbus Drive bridge or upper and lower Wacker Drive between Michigan Avenue and Columbus Drive. The parade starts at Balbo and Columbus. The parade proceeds north on Columbus Drive and the viewing stand will be

SUBURBS NAPERVILLE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. The parade kicks off

from Naperville North High School, continues south on Mill Street, east on Jefferson Avenue, south on Main Street and west on Water Street to the Municipal Center. 10 a.m. 899 N.

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Mill St., Naperville. (630) 375-7725, downtownnaperville.com. ST. PATRICK’S DAY FIREWORKS. Fireworks kick off

with the Dundee Scottish Bagpipes on either end of the bridge. 8 p.m. 319. N. River St., East Dundee. dundeestpats.com.

17 | SUNDAY CHICAGO SOUTH SIDE IRISH PARADE. Alcohol-free parade from

103rd to 115th on Western Avenue on Chicago’s South Side (Beverly/ Morgan Park). Noon. (773) 916SSIP, southsideirishparade.org. NORTHWEST SIDE IRISH PARADE. The parade and party are

all about kids, with activities ranging from face painting to balloon art. Also features dance demonstrations. Noon. 6633 W. Raven St. northwestsideirish.org.

ST. PATRICK’S RAINBOW CUPCAKES. Bakers ages 2-8 and

a caregiver will learn how to make cupcakes with rainbow colors in the cake. This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together. $30 per child with one caregiver included, registration required. 9-10 a.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn. (847) 230-0330. tastebudskitchen. com/bannockburn. HANDMADE PASTA. This work-

shop will teach cooks ages 9 and older to knead, roll and cut pasta into fettuccini and fill perfectly delicious raviolis. This class is designed for kids and parents to cook together. $45 per person. 2-4 p.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn. (847) 230-0330, tastebudskitchen.com/bannockburn. FAMILY NIGHT OUT. An evening of play and learning for

children with special needs and their families, focusing on autism spectrum and other sensory processing disorders as well as physical disabilities. Registration required 5:30-8 p.m. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. (630) 637-8000. dupagechildrensmuseum.org.

20 | WEDNESDAY CHICAGO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW. Features

garden displays, demonstrations, seminars, kids activity garden and daily potting parties. There also will be cake decorating contests featuring top pastry chefs. The theme for this year is “Flowertales: The Story Grows On,” as creators interpret the unique role flowers, plants and gardens play in the stories of our lives and literature. $20; $5 kids 4-12. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595-PIER (7437), chicagoflower.com.

21 | THURSDAY CHICAGO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW. See March 20.

22 | FRIDAY FRIDAY FUN. The Children’s Neighborhood Museum playtime with theme-related activities to the theme: Blow Off Some Steam. Recommended for ages 1-6. $13, $12 residents. 9:30-11 a.m. Round Lake Area Park District Robert W. Rolek Community Center, 814 Hart Road, Round Lake. rlapd.org. CHICAGO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW. See March 20.

23 | SATURDAY CHICAGO ONCE UPON A SYMPHONY: THE BOY & THE VIOLIN. Vibrant music,

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CALENDAR how dinosaurs are related to animals living today. $5. 2 p.m. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave. (in Wilder Park), Elmhurst. (630) 833-1616. lizzadromuseum.org.

engaging storytelling and enchanting visuals blend together in a playful concert experience designed especially for the youngest audience members. In this tale, a young boy sells his family’s meager belongings to buy a violin. The boy and the violin set out on a journey bringing joy and laughter to creatures big and small who hear the beautiful strains of the instrument. $17. 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 220 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 294-3000, cso.org.

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CHICAGO FLOWER AND GARDEN SHOW. See March 20. THIS IS LIFE YOUTH CONCERT AND RESOURCE EXPO. Fifteen

youth performance acts showcase their talents through rapping, singing, dancing, poetry and more while community organizations share resources designed to enhance the quality of life of Chicago residents. Recommended for ages 1-18. $11.48. Noon-4 p.m. Dr. Martin Luther King

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SUBURBS RIDIN’ THE RAILS. Enjoy stories,

songs, history and humor as a local storyteller shares her real-life train adventures. Then practice talking like a train and make your

own whistle. $11. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. (815) 963-6769, discoverycentermuseum.org. DINOSAUR DISCOVERIES. Kids 4 and up become dinosaur detectives with Paleontologist “Illinois Bones” to learn about the world of dinosaurs. Live animals show

ALL AGES BARN DANCE. All ages and experiences are welcome to an afternoon of dancing to live fiddle music. 2-3:30 p.m. Grace Lutheran Church, 493 Forest Ave., Glen Ellyn.

25 | MONDAY UNICORN PARTY. Enjoy first day

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CALENDAR Recommended for first-fifth grade. $28. 10-11:30 a.m. Palos Heights Parks and Recreation Department, 6601 W. 127th St., Palos Heights. palosheightsrec.org.

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p.m. Courts Plus, 186 S. West Ave., Elmhurst. epd.org.

30 | SATURDAY CHICAGO FLASH BACK, FLASH FORWARD.

SMALL ANIMAL CARE BASICS.

This class will demonstrate the general care needs for small animals like snakes, turtles, rodents and birds. Kids ages 8-12 learn about feeding, handling and cleaning through hands-on experiences with the Nature Center animals. $10, preregistration required. Noon-3 p.m. Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet. (815) 741-7277, jolietpark.org. EGG-CITING CRAFTY KIDS FEST.

Kids 3-10 enjoy spring fun and games, including egg shell mosaics and bunny crafts. An egg hunt will be offered. Dress for outdoor fun and messy projects. $15, $12 members; preregistration required. 6-7:30

Imagine a child from 1919 meeting a child from 2019. Though their lives are very different, they discover joy and meaning in music in the very same ways. This program reflects on the CSO’s century-long tradition of presenting a series of concerts for children, and how composers, musicians and audiences are the architects of the future. Recommended for ages 5 and up. $6-$57. 11 a.m. & 12:45 p.m., Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 220 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 294-3000, cso.org.

SUBURBS MADDIE RAE’S SLIME BASH.

Meet, take pics with, and buy slime from 30 of the biggest

slime celebrities on Instagram & YouTube; make and take home slime from the Slime Pits; compete for trophies and prizes in a variety of slime contests; enjoy stage entertainment including slime making demos, Q&A sessions, trivia, giveaways and more; and trade slime with other attendees. $20-$35. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (800) 4-PHEASANT, slimebash.com. ADOPTION AND FOSTER CARE INFORMATION FAIR. Learn

about the Illinois children in need of foster care and adoption through foster care. This town hall-style event features many foster care licensing agencies in and around Joliet and the surrounding Chicago area. We also feature an expert keynote speaker. Whether you have your foster care license or not, this is a great way to learn how to start or continue your journey through foster parenting and learn about opportunities regarding foster

care and foster care adoptions. Pre-registration requested. 10 a.m.-noon. Cemeno’s Pizza, 1630 Essington Road, Joliet. letitbeus.org.

31 | SUNDAY CHICAGO NPN DEVELOPMENTAL DIFFERENCES RESOURCE FAIR. This event brings together

service providers, school options and nonprofits in one place that focus on serving parents of children with developmental differences. Browse the exhibit hall and attend free parent workshops on topics such as IEPs, cyberbullying and finding the right physician or clinician for your child. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California. npnparents.org.

SUBURBS MADDIE RAE’S SLIME BASH.

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ONGOING EVENTS EXHIBITS TREEHOUSES. In this new, hands-on exhibition, children roam from tree to tree as they discover the many habitats trees provide for animals. Features special viewfinders, natural artifacts and sound to immerse young explorers into a forest environment. Climb through large treehouses, encounter wildlife of all sizes, dance to a forest-sound symphony and more. Included with admission, $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, $6 for children 3-12. Thursdays are free for Illinois residents. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 755-5100, naturemuseum.org.

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PURCHASED LIVES: THE AMERICAN SLAVE TRADE FROM 1808 TO 1865. Curated by The

Historic New Orleans Collection, the exhibition reveals slavery’s machinations and widespread persistence in America, long after the importation of slaves was made illegal in 1808. The exhibition conveys the inhumanity of slavery through original artifacts, personal stories and interactive displays. Free with museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Illinois Holocaust Museum, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. (847) 967-4800, ilholocaustmuseum.org. AFRICAN AMERICAN DESIGNERS IN CHICAGO.

Featuring work from a wide range of practices including cartooning, sign painting, architectural signage, illustration, graphic design, exhibit design and product design, this exhibition is the first to demonstrate how African American designers remade the image of the black consumer and the work of the black artist in this major hub of American advertising/ consumer culture. Daily through March 3. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. (312) 744-6630, chicagoculturalcenter.org. AMPLIFIED CHICAGO BLUES.

Immerse yourself in the history of Chicago blues of the 1960s through

pictures and experience the blues by playing guitar, designing an album cover, writing lyrics, and singing karaoke. Free with admission, free 18 and under Illinois residents. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago. (312) 642-4600, chicagohistory.org. BRONZEVILLE ECHOES: FACES AND PLACES OF CHICAGO’S AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC. Explore Chicago’s music

legacy through ragtime, jazz and blues in an exhibition that highlights the contributions of important places and people that shaped the music scene. Check museum schedule. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. (312) 7446630, chicagoculturalcenter.org. BUILD IT! Exhibit puts an innova-

tive spin on classic building blocks by letting children explore and interact with varieties of blocks in a single space. Stations in the exhibit include Shadow Boxing: kids can build structures and cast shadows using directional lights; Build It, Test It, Shake It: kids can build and test the strength of their structures by using weights to see if they can

withstand a downward force; It’s All Looking Up!: examine building on vertical and horizontal planes. Free with museum admission. 9:30 a.m.noon Mondays; 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. (847) 832-6600, kcmgc.org. CECIL MCDONALD JR.: IN THE COMPANY OF BLACK. Over

the course of seven years, artist and educator Cecil McDonald Jr. photographed people he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary.” The photographs of “In the Company of Black” live in the space between, including tender moments with McDonald’s daughters, informal portraits of his friends and collaborators and references to music, art, history and popular culture. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. (312) 744-6630, chicagoculturalcenter.org. CHAGALL FOR CHILDREN.

Get hands-on with the works of master artist Marc Chagall. Create mosaics, weave tapestries, use touch screens to digitally alter Chagall’s masterpieces, create flower

arrangements, conduct symphonies and even insert yourself into one of his paintings. Recommended for ages 2-12. Visit website for library hours. Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. (847) 392-0100, ahml.info. DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD: A GRR-IFIC EXHIBIT. Children enter the

world of Daniel Tiger and friends to explore the Neighborhood. Free with museum admission. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. (630) 637-8000, dupagechildrensmuseum. org. FREDERICK DOUGLASS AGITATOR. Highlights excerpts from

speeches and writings, some recorded by students from Young Chicago Authors. Other excerpts include Douglass’ speech on Haiti at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and “The Reason Why “ pamphlet he and Ida B. Wells distributed to protest African-American exclusion from the fair. Free with museum admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. TuesdaysWednesdays and Fridays-Sundays;

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ONGOING EVENTS 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago. (312) 374-8790, americanwritersmuseum.org. FORGOTTEN FORMS. A collaborative exhibition between members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance, the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture and the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Check museum schedule. Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago. (312) 744-6630, chicagoculturalcenter.org. HEART’S DESIRE: REFLECTIONS ON LOVE & MARRIAGE. Contemplate the power

of love represented in unique and never-before-displayed 19th and 20th century wedding dresses and early 1900s valentines from the EHM collection. 1-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays through March 17. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 833-1457, elmhursthistory.org.

IMAGINE THE MOON SKY SHOW. The planetarium’s new sky

show, Imagine the Moon, takes a closer look at humanity’s relationship with Earth’s nearest neighbor. Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-STAR (7827), adlerplanetarium.org.

Chicago-based manufacturers. This exhibition looks at how design has shaped how Americans think about bicycles. Daily through March 3. Expo 72, 72 E. Randolph St., Chicago. chicagoculturalcenter.org.

sap thicken over the fire, and try a taste of real maple syrup. 1.-4 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays beginning March 8. Kline Creek Farm, 1N600 County Farm Road, West Chicago. (630) 876-5900, dupageforest.org.

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MUMMIES. The exhibit uses

KEEP MOVING: DESIGNING CHICAGO’S BICYCLE CULTURE.

pop-up museum includes hands-on STEAM activities for kids 3-8 and their families. The pop-up will feature elements from the “Animal Secrets” exhibition including the “Naturalist’s Tent” where children can role-play working as a naturalist in a canvas tent outfitted with real field equipment. It also includes a Puppet Theatre with three stations, an art studio and a reading nook. 5-7 p.m. Thursdays & 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 23. Urban Edge, 220 W. Clayton, Waukegan. kcmgc.org.

Just before the turn of the century, the popularity of the bicycle in America was at an apex and the majority of American-made bicycles were being produced by

MAPLE SUGARING. Discover how sap becomes syrup as you try tapping with tools from the 1890s, check the collection buckets, watch

INFINITE POSSIBILITIES.

Featuring Moon by UK artist Luke Jerram, this installation shines a light on humanity’s fascination with the Moon throughout history, the exploration it inspires and the mysteries it still holds. Free with museum admission. Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-STAR (7827), adlerplanetarium.org.

modern technologies to take an unparalleled look at the remains of the ancient people within the wrappings. With the help of CT scanners and 3D imaging, scientists can explore what these people’s lives may have been like and even what they looked like when they were alive. Visitors will be able to explore mummies and artifacts with digital interactives, like touch tables of 3D scans of mummies, and see full-sized dioramas of what burials looked like. Included with a Discovery or All-Access pass. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-9410, fieldmuseum.org. REMEMBERING DR. KING: 1929-1968. The exhibition invites

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ONGOING EVENTS visitors to walk through a winding gallery that features more than 25 photographs depicting key moments in Dr. King’s work and the Civil Rights movement, with a special focus on his time in Chicago. A reflection space prompts visitors to reflect on King’s impact and how his work for equality remains relevant today. Free with museum admission. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago. (312) 642-4600, chicagohistory.org. ROXIE! In conjunction with Chicago’s Year of Chicago Theater, “Roxie!” explores the portrayal of Jazz Age Chicago written by former Chicago Tribune reporter Maurine Watkins. While fictional leads in the theater production “Chicago,” Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, have risen to almost folkloric icons of that era in this city, the story, through all its adaptations, provides a poignant warning of the dangers resulting from inequity, injustice, sexism and media abuses. Chicago Cultural Center, 78

E. Washington St., Chicago. (312) 744-6630, chicagoculturalcenter.org. TROLL HUNT. Visitors journey to find the larger-than-life guardians of the forest. The 15- to 20-foottall trolls invite visitors to interact with them, while elements of the exhibition encourage visitors to consider their personal responsibility as stewards of our environment. Some trolls are in plain sight, while others are hidden among the trees. Free with arboretum admission. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org. UNDERWATER BEAUTY. Get a glimpse of the grandeur beneath the waves as 100 species from around the world come together. Watch sea jellies pulse, eels ribbon and a rainbow come alive with reef fishes. Free with admission. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 939-2438, sheddaquarium.org.

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than 50 animal species reside in the Look-in Lab. Get up-close and hands-on with one of those critters and learn about our animal friends that live at the Nature Museum. Free with admission. Noon daily. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 7555100, naturemuseum.org.

STORY TIME. Listen to a story selected for the littlest visitors, and then keep the fun going with games and activities. Free with admission. 11 a.m. daily. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 755-5100, naturemuseum.org. FAMILY BUILD: TRANSPORTATION. Design and

build with your family. Join experts in the studio for themed stations to

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ONGOING EVENTS introduce you to architecture basics, a design challenge and a take-home project. Family Build is great for families with children ages 3 and up. $12, free members. 10 a.m. Sundays. Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago. architecture.org.

and staff whose skills are in family and child development. Discuss developmental issues and watch them unfold as children play. $25 per family. 1:30-3 p.m. Mondays. Virginia Frank Child Development Center, 6639 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago. jcfs.org.

SHADOW PUPPET STORY TIME. An exciting adventure

BABY & ME. A chance for parents

with Bill, the museum’s story time expert, and his trusty sidekick who puts on an amazingly shadowy performance. Free with museum admission 11:30 a.m. Mondays & Fridays. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. (708) 3834815, wonder-works.org. THE GET TOGETHER. The Get Together is a weekly group for parents, grandparents, caregivers and children ages newborn-5 years to meet others with young children. Get away from feeling “cooped up” and “isolated.” Share experiences, ideas, and concerns with others

of infants to meet others adjusting to parenthood, ask questions and make friends. A nurse representative from Advocate Lutheran General Hospital will answer questions and facilitate discussions about early childhood development. Free with admission. 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays. Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. (847) 832-6600, kcmgc.org. STROLLER GROOVES.

The inaugural series showcases premier local talent who specialize in music arrangements for younger audiences, ideal for toddlers and young children. Series performers

include Little Miss Ann and other noteworthy talented acts. Noon-1 p.m. Tuesdays. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. (312) 595PIER (7437), navypier.com. ARBOR READING ADVENTURES.

Interactive story time and fun crafts indoors before heading out on the grounds for an adventure walk. Themes change each week. $5. 1111:45 a.m. Wednesdays & Fridays. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org. READ AND BUILD: TRANSPORTATION. Join a read-

ing of Twenty-One Elephants by April Jones Prince, build a bridge from a variety of wacky supplies, and then test how much weight it can hold. Recommended for ages 3-6. $12, free for members. 10-11:30 a.m. & 1-2:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago. architecture.org.

MINDFULNESS AND MORE.

Guided activities designed to help children develop focusing skills and strengthen self-regulation. This is done through oral storytelling, read alouds and mindful awareness games. Free with museum admission. 3:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Wonder Works Children’s Museum, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. wonder-works.org. LEGO LAB. These casual weekly builds are inspired by a new theme each month and are a great place to learn about design principles while exploring the playful side of architecture. Creative challenges will introduce you to iconic Chicago buildings, unique design challenges and essential architecture concepts. $12, free members. Noon Thursdays. Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago, architecture.org. SONGS AND STORIES. Join artists at Bubbles Academy every Thursday

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afternoon for songs and stories. Entry includes cost for open play. $12, free enrolled families. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Bubbles Academy, 2184 N. Elston, Chicago. (312) 944-7677, bubblesacademy.com. PLAY LATE THURSDAYS. On the

first Thursday of each month, kids take center stage with programs including open mic nights with guest MCs to run the show, themed dance parties for the whole family, kid-friendly and kid-starring performances and more. $14.95 for up to four people, $5 each additional person. 4-8 p.m. Thursdays. Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier, Chicago. (312) 527-1000. chicagochildrensmuseum. org.

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TEEN OPEN STUDIO. Design professionals and CAC education staff provide project supplies and offer suggestions for teens working on design projects. Chicago Public School students who attend 10 or more Teen Open Studios during the Spring 2019 series may be eligible to receive a $150 stipend for their participation. 5-7 p.m. Thursdays. Chicago Architecture Center, 111 E. Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago. architecture.org. JUICEBOX. A music and performance series for the stroller set. Performances are on the first and third Friday at the Chicago Cultural Center and first and third Saturday at Garfield Park Conservatory.

Parents and young children can enjoy Chicago’s best music, dance and theater in a kid-friendly setting. Parents are welcome to bring snacks and juiceboxes. 11-11:45 a.m. cityofchicago.org/specialevents. KIDS POKEMON LEAGUE.

The Cat & Mouse Games Kids’ Pokemon League brings together kids 6-12 who enjoy collecting the cards and are serious about learning how to play the game. Participants need to understand the official rules and be able to play independently. For those who need to learn, there is a drop-in group instructional session 10-10:30 a.m. every Saturday. Must have a deck of 60 cards. 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Cat & Mouse Games, 1112 W. Madison St., Chicago. cat-n-mouse.com. LITTLE SQUIRRELS STORYTIME.

Stories and songs celebrating classic literature for preschool-age kids. Free with admission. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan, 2nd Floor, Chicago. (312) 374-8790, americanwritersmuseum.org. S.T.E.A.M. SATURDAYS. Each

week, kids get a chance to learn more through play, mostly focusing on chemistry, geometry and physics. Parents will get some great ideas to try with little ones at home. Free with museum admission. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. (708) 3834815, wonder-works.org.

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EXHIBIT

Reach for the Adler unveils a brand new sky show

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hat is the first thought that comes to your mind when looking at the moon? The man in the moon? Apollo 11? The cow jumping over the moon? Adler Planetarium’s brand new sky show, “Imagine the Moon,” explores humans’ relationship with the moon beginning with Galileo to the Apollo 11 landing (celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019) and today’s most recent discoveries. The audience can sit back in the planetarium’s domed theater to see different themes of the moon in history, science and art shared through stunning visuals. You’ll even recognize

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some familiar landmarks in Chicago! Kids and families are encouraged to “ooh” and “ahh” during the show, and you can’t help but marvel over the moon in a new light. “Imagine the Moon” was created by an in-house creative and technical team at the planetarium with a runtime of about 25 minutes. Katina Beniaris

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ESTUDIO SOBRE EL EJERCICIO DURANTE EL EMBARAZO

The University of Minnesota is seeking women who are currently less than 20 weeks pregnant to participate in a research study examining the effect of exercise and wellness on mood following childbirth.

La Universidad de Minnesota está buscando mujeres con menos de 20 semanas de embarazo para participar en el estudio de investigación que examina los efectos del ejercicio y la salud del estado de ánimo posterior al parto

Athletico Center Northbrook 1900 Old Willow Rd., Northbrook, IL 60062

• Program delivered to you via the mail and phone • Must be 18 years of age or older • Must not currently exercise regularly • Must not take antidepressants • You will receive $100 & a FitBit for your time (you will be allowed to keep the FitBit after the study is over) • Program can be delivered in English or Spanish • Must be considered low-income, defined as: -Enrollment in any government assisted program (e.g., WIC, SNAP) AND/OR -Annual income that is considered low (less than $45,510 for a family of four, less than $30,044 for a family of two, and less than

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• Programa ejecutado vía correo o teléfono • Debe ser mayor o igual a 18 años de edad • No debe hacer ejercicio regularmente • No debe tomar antidepresivos • Debe considerarse de bajos ingresos, lo cual se define como: -Inscripta en cualquier programa asistencial del gobierno (por ejemplo, WIC, SNAP) y / o - Ingresos anuales considerados como bajos (menos de $ 45,510 para una familia de cuatro, menos de $ 30,044 para una familia de dos y menos de $ 22,311 si es soltera). • Usted recibirá $100 y un FitBit por su tiempo (será permitido quedarse con el FitBit después de la culminación del estudio)

To see if you qualify for this research study: English Speaking: Call or TEXT to 612-345-0325 or mompro@umn.edu.

Llama al 612-237-1004, envía la palabra “TEXTO” al 612-237-1004, o un email mompro@umn.edu para ver si califica para éste estudio

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PERFORMANCES ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER. The legendary multi-

cultural company commemorates its 60th anniversary featuring new works and timeless classics. Each performance ends with company founder Alvin Ailey’s signature work Revelations. Check website for ticket information. 7 p.m. March 6; 7:30 p.m. March 7; 11 a.m. (one-hour student performance) & 7:30 p.m. March 8; 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. March 9; 3 p.m. March 10., Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago. (312) 922-2110, auditoriumtheatre.org. ANASTASIA. The story transports the viewer from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family. $27+. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday & Sunday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 8 p.m. Saturdays beginning March 26. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago. (800) 775-2000, broadwayinchicago.com. BILINGUAL ROMEO & JULIET.

In addition to Teatro Vista’s already popular student version of Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers, for the first time, Teatro Vista will also present select performances in a new bilingual, Spanish/English staging. $9. 10 a.m. March 19-20. The Miracle Center, 2311 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago. teatrovista.org. BOYZ II MEN. Winners of four Grammy Awards, the all-time bestselling R&B group and recipients of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Boys II Men will perform for one night at the Paramount. $59-$140. 8 p.m. March 30. Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora. (630) 896-6666, paramountaurora.com. CHICAGO KIDS COMPANY PRESENTS THE THREE LITTLE PIGS. Meet Roxanne, Petunia,

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and Babe, three Sister Piggies who set out to build their own houses. Roxanne (the Rock ’n Roll Pig) builds hers out of sticks, Petunia (The Pretty Pig) builds hers out of straw, and Babe (the sensible, smart Pig) builds hers out of bricks. Recommended for ages 2-10. $14. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, March 13-29 & 1 p.m. March 30. Pheasant Run Resort, 4051 E. Main St., St. Charles. (800) 4-PHEASANT, pheasantrun.com. CHICAGO KIDS COMPANY PRESENTS JACK & THE BEANSTALK. Join Jack and his

dancing Spanish Cow, Carmelita, as they try to save their village from a crazy Giant. All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs, and plenty of audience participation. Recommended for ages 2-10. $14. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. (773) 4453838, beverlyartcenter.org. CHICAGO KIDS COMPANY PRESENTS ‘LITTLE RED

RIDING HOOD.’ Sing along with Red and her friends as she travels through the forest to visit her Grandma. Will she get to Grandma’s before the Big Bad Wolf? All CKC productions feature professional actors, colorful scenery and costumes, sing-along songs and plenty of audience participation. This show is recommended for children ages 2 to 10. $14. 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays-Fridays beginning March 27. Stahl Family Theater, 5900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 286-8470, stpatrick.org.

DEAR EVAN HANSEN. Evan

Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. “Dear Evan Hansen” is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. Recommended for ages 14 and older. $85 and up. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Thursdays, 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays-Sundays, 8:30 p.m. Fridays & 8 p.m. Saturdays through March 10. Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago. (800) 775-2000, broadwayinchicago.com. DJEMBE! THE SHOW. Every

CORDUROY. Based on Corduroy

and A Pocket for Corduroy by Don Freeman, the play is recommended for 3 and up. The department store comes to life with circus elements and physical comedy as small bear Corduroy must stay a step ahead of the Night Watchman to be ready for Lisa when she returns to the store. Learn the importance of empathy and unconditional love along with a young girl and her mother in this adaptation. $19. Beginning March 3. Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. (773) 9356875, athenaeumtheatre.com.

audience member gets to be part of this U.S. premiere experience; they receive a djembe to play along with the world-class African and international musicians during the show that mixes music, rhythm and African and Western traditions. A portion of proceeds benefit Lighting Up Lives, a philanthropic organization to improve healthcare, education, cultural exchange, energy and employment for the people of West Africa. $39-$69. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 8 p.m. Saturdays & 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays, beginning

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PERFORMANCES March 19. Apollo Theater Chicago, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. (773) 935-6100, apollochicago.com. THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK.

The iconic story of Anne Frank’s ordeal as a Jewish girl during WWII, living in hiding with her family for more than two years. $13-$20. 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays & 2 p.m. some Saturdays, March 8-30. Overshadowed Theatrical Productions, 900 Foster Ave., Medinah. (630) 634-2100, overshadowedproductions.com. DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST - THE MUSICAL. Beauty

and the Beast tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. $16-$25. 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, March 1-23. Woodstock Opera House, 121 Van Buren St., Woodstock. (815) 3385300, woodstockoperahouse.com.

EVANSTON DANCE ENSEMBLE: SPACE ODYSSEY. The Evanston

Dance Ensemble concludes its 22nd season with a reprise of its original work “Space Odyssey: the solar system in dance.” Inspired by both the science and the mythologies surrounding the heavenly bodies, each planet is given a distinct musical personality, and the choreographers capture the essences of the planets, the sun, and comets through an eclectic variety of dance styles. $16-$24 ($15 on March 14 only). 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, March 14-17. Josephine Louis Theatre, 20 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston. (847) 491-7023, tic.northwestern.edu.

Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with coloring, crafts, board games and dress-up fun for kids on the stage. $17.50-$26.50. 3 p.m. Sundays. Under The Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave., Chicago. (773) 2702440, undertheguntheater.com. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. The sci-fi musical follows the story of a floral assistant who stumbles across a new breed of carnivorous plant that promises to grant him fame, fortune and all his desires—as long as the blood keeps flowing. $35-$65. 8 p.m. Wednesdays-Fridays, 5 p.m. & 8:30 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, beginning March 1. Mercury Theater, 3745 N. Southport, Chicago. (773) 325-1700, mercurytheaterchicago.com.

THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD. Professional improvisers

RADICAL. After a swastika is spray-

take suggestions and volunteer performers of all ages from the audience to come on stage and co-create a 45-minute story. Each original performance is transformed into a digital and physical storybook.

painted at their school, a group of students and teachers wrestle with how to bring to the stage a memoir about a reformed white power skinhead. As the provocative material ignites questions of race, representation

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and redemption, their collaboration explodes open their own biases and notions about whose stories get to be told in America. Recommended for high schoolers and older. $20. 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. March 2; 7:30 p.m. March 8; 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. March 9; 7:30 p.m. March 15; 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. March 16. Steppenwolf Theatre, 1650 N. Halsted St., Chicago. (312) 335-1650, steppenwolf.org. RED KITE GREEN MOUNTAIN. An

interactive, immersive theatrical production designed for young people with autism and sensory sensitivities and their families. With the flora and fauna of the Green Mountain State of Vermont as its inspiration, audiences explore nature while experiencing “impressionistic and fantastical” animal puppetry. Audiences are introduced to a Mountain Music Man and band of handcrafted, interactive, larger-than-life, yet approachable puppets including foxes, hares, an owl and caterpillars. For ages 6-21. $20-$45. 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and

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PERFORMANCES 1 p.m. Fridays, noon & 1:30 p.m. Saturdays, March 1-23. The Station, 100 S. Racine Ave., Chicago. ochildrenstheatre.org. SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL. Some of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters are lovingly brought to life with the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos of Whoville. These classic, colorful tales are brought together by Jojo, a young “thinker of strange and wonderful thinks.” $18.23. 10 a.m. WednesdaysSundays through March 31. Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (847)634-0200, marriotttheatre.com. THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM - 1963. When

Kenny’s older brother starts getting into too much trouble in Michigan, it’s decided that he needs to pay a visit to Grandma Sands in Birmingham, Ala., to straighten him out. The whole family—Momma, Dad, Byron, Kenny and Joetta—sets

out on a wild cross-country journey in the family car, the “Brown Bomber.” When they make it to Birmingham, however, they find much more than they bargained for. Good for ages 9 and up. $20-$45. 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 3 p.m. Saturdays beginning March 30. The Station, 100 S. Racine Ave., Chicago. chicagochildrenstheatre.org. THE WORLD INSIDE OF ME. The production is designed specifically for pre-K youth, and is part art and part science, showcasing the creative abilities of our youngest children. The interactive experience celebrates the human body, following human development from pre-natal through age 5 (the age span of the participants). Appropriate for ages 2-5. $20$45 9:30 & 11:30 a.m. Saturdays & Sundays through March 3. The Station 100 S. Racine Ave., Chicago. chicagochildrenstheatre.org. WHEN SHE HAD WINGS. A

fiercely determined young girl and

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aspiring pilot named B. has decided that she must realize her destiny to fly before turning 10. In a makeshift airplane built in her backyard treehouse she recounts the thrilling and legendary victories of her hero, Amelia Earhart. That night following a tremendous summer thunderstorm, a mysterious birdlike visitor takes up residence in her

imaginary cockpit and B. wonders if the strange creature may be an incarnation of her hero and inspiration to finally take flight. $10-$12. 7 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through March 10. Hal and Martha Hyer Wallis Theater, Northwestern University, 1949 Campus Drive, Evanston. wirtz.northwestern.edu.

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he month of March is meant for green! Get in the spirit of the Irish by making your own eraser-stamped T-shirts for St. Patrick’s Day. This freezer paper stenciling project is easy and something all ages can help with. Once completed, you will be shamrock ready for the parades and parties in your custom made luck o’ the Irish shirt.

Directions: D

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Draw or print out a clover shape large enough for the front of the T-shirt. I drew a clover on a sheet of white paper.

Materials: u White T-shirt u Freezer paper (found at grocery or craft stores) u Pencil with unused eraser u Green fabric paint u Scissors

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A Attach the drawn clover to the non-shiny side of a piece of freezer paper. Use a few pieces of tape to attach, then cut out the clover shape from the freezer paper.

Use the eraser of the pencil and dip into green paint. Start stamping around the edge of the clover. Cluster the dots closer together around the clover edge, then gradually fade them out as you move away. Keep dipping the eraser with paint and dotting as you desire.

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Let the paint dry completely and peel off the freezer paper. If needed, follow the instructions on your fabric paint to set the color.

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Put the clover with the shiny side down on the shirt where you want it placed. With a medium-warm iron, carefully iron on the clover to the shirt. Make sure the edges are sealed with the iron.

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Megan Murray Elsener is a Chicago Parent contributor

Pro tip: Slip an extra piece of freezer paper inside the shirt so that paint doesn’t leak through.

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