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Finding a new role Over the past few months, I’ve been feeling lost. For 16 years, I’ve been the mom of Irish dancers, and March has been a favorite crazy-busy month with St. Patrick’s Day shows. I loved watching my kids dance for the love of it and seeing the crowds get into the beat as the kids’ feet pounded the floor; the TAMARA L. littlest of littles to the oldest people in O’SHAUGHNESSY the room always caught the pure joy that is Irish dance. nce. This month, though, I find myself no longer a mom of Irish dancncers. My youngest realized she didn’t n’t have the time shee needed to train in n order to compete successfully with other champion dancers. It’s been hard walking away from our wonderrful school, the Mayer School of Irish Dance, which ch has been a family ffor us since the very b beginning. The i th i i Th dedicated teachers helped make my three kids strong, independent and confident. The kids learned how to win and lose with grace (most of the time), to show compassion and kindness to others and how to work hard to reach their goals. They’ve had setbacks with multiple broken bones and sprains between them, but also so many successes. Irish dance has helped make them the people they are. I am positive of that. While this dance journey has never been about me, I threw my energy and time and oh-so-much money into it because my kids loved it. Now that it is over, I feel adrift. But, just like I did once diapers were done, I will find my new role, maybe even my own passion. Imagine that. I wish you a happy and healthy month filled with fun with the kids and time to enjoy your own passions.
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ON THE WEB
Goodbye winter, hello spring on ChicagoParent.com Weather the storm March is a strange month in Chicago, weather-wise. It can be chilly one day, then warm-ish and sunny the next. The solution to Mother Nature’s indecisiveness? Indoor play places! And Chicagoland has a plethora of topnotch ones for families. Visit bit.ly/ CPIndoorFun to check out some of our favorites.
Head to our Coupons & Contests page to win big. Among the awesome prizes we’re giving away this month are tickets to see “A Wrinkle in Time”; the latest American Girl doll, Luciana; and tickets to Bubble Guppies Live! Ready to Rock! at The Chicago Theatre.
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Watch for long-time blogger Shannan Younger on Jeopardy later this month. She won’t even give us a hint about how she did! Shannan, a mom to a lovely teen girl, shares fun ideas for the tween/teen crowd. This month watch for her blog posts about fun on Pi Day and a roundup of librarian recommendations for Children’s Picture Book Day.
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etting healthy together as a family starts with one easy step: Going outside, according to celeb naturalist David Mizejewski, the face of the National Wildlife Federation’s effort to get families to put down their screens and get kids into nature. For him, there is no better place to start than right outside their own door by creating a wildlife habitat garden. Mizejewski will be at the Chicago Flower and Garden Show sharing tips on how to attract birds, butterflies and backyard wildlife. Here’s a sneak peek: u Now is the best time to plan out where your wildlife habitat garden should be. u Add native plants. Get kids involved by letting them grow their own colorful sunflowers. The Purple Coneflower and Blackeyed Susan are good choices, too. u Set out a birdbath. u Put out nesting boxes for birds now so they will be available when the birds need them. “If we make simple changes in the way we manage our own little piece of the earth ... you can really attract a lot of really cool wildlife,” he says. “... When you plant native plants and then the
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How lucky are you this month?
The answer should be: Very. In a city that promotes a vibrant artistic scene—during g a March where the very samee city bedecks itself in All Things gs Irish—luck is everywhere you u look. Here are three of our picks that feel like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. w. (No leprechaun required.)
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater For nearly half a century, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has called the Auditorium Theatre its Chicago home base. The annual Chicago engagement is always relevant and powerful, and 2018’s lineup is no exception. Taking place over six days and with three different programs, the troupe known for its pioneering choreography will feature new works from Twyla Tharp
as well as Chicago-born choreographer Talley Beatty, and each performance ends with Alvin Ailey’s “Revelations,” a stunning work that’s been viewed more than any other contemporary dance piece. (Budding dancer in your home? This is one that will, quite literally, move them.) March 8-11; the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy., Chicago alvinailey.org
‘Family Day: X-Ray Vision’ The Chicago Irish Film Festival There’s way more to the Irish narrative than what you see by the river on St. Patrick’s Day weekend. Now in its 19th season, the Chicago Irish Film Festival showcases the best of the best in new Irish works from across the globe, whether documentary, animation or anything in between. This year’s lineup includes 30 short films screened at three northside locations and are a better bet for your slightly older crew. “Inside I’m Racing” is the story of boy with autism
who dreams of driving a race car, and “Rabbit Punch” centers around a young refugee who finds a new home, courtesy of his boxing club, in case you like a little inspirational storytelling with your film-going. March 4-8; Theatre on the Lake (2401 N. Lake Shore Drive), Logan Theatre (2646 N. Milwaukee), and Gallery Theatre: Society for the Arts (1112 N. Milwaukee Ave.), Chicago chicagoirishfilmfestival.com
Sure, they may wake you up early on weekends, but having kids pays off in spades during events like the MCA’s Family Days. Taking place on the second Saturday of every month (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), March’s take on togetherness is ‘X-Ray Vision,’ inspired by the immersive work of Paul Heyer. You’re not going to want to miss out on playing inside Claire Ashley’s inflatable sculptures, nor the chance to invent comic book characters with long-time Family Day artist Corinne Mucha. Besides the fun workshops, you’ll also be able to take advantage of gallery tours and performances— all free for kids and their pleasantly surprised grownups. March 10; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago mcachicago.org
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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the time of year in Chicago when you might see sunlight past 5 p.m., get hopeful that perhaps the winter might be taking a turn, and then remember you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be truly warm again until mid-May. The good news is that Chicago parents are nothing if not connoisseurs of indoor activities for our little ones. From play places and museums to music classes and craft spaces, we live our six-month winter selves as semi-mole people, only to turn around and come back inside when things get too hot to exist in the summer. Of course this means we are constantly schlepping from place to place to place to get our fill of things to do outside the house. This is where NY Kids Club comes in.
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FAILING WITH GUSTO
The Brawler Back when they were toddlers, my oldest two boys struggled with park rulebreakers and preschool anarchists. Every time a child cut in front of them in line for the slide or pushed them off the swings, my sons would look at me expectantly: TELL ‘EM MOMMY. The problem was, I couldn’t. The little MARIANNE hooligans’ mothers were usually only steps WALSH away, either ignoring the behavior or pretending it was fine. But in the secrecy and safety of my home, I became the Godfather. “You give ONE warning, and then you pop them in the nose. HARD.” In case you missed it, I am vintage. The rules of the playground still count for a lot in my book. The only problem? My boys never retaliated. It simply wasn’t their nature. They were scared to get in trouble, despite my many assurances I had their backs when it came to bullies and scallywags. Then came Joey. The youngest. The one I never thought was listening but who actually was absorbing every last word. Joey clocked his first kid when he was 2 at a McDonald’s Play Place. The offender threw a ball at his head after Joey asked him to stop. I grabbed our Happy Meals and ran like hell. When Joey was 3, an older boy jokingly grabbed a stuffed animal out of his hands. Joey responded with a stiff uppercut and a blood-curdling scream of righteous indignation. I still fear for the long-term psychological damage to that child. By 4, Joey was the line-minder at every amusement park, children’s museum and birthday party he attended. Any kid who dared cut got an immediate dressing-down along with a strong shove by Joey the Enforcer: THERE’S KNOW. THERE S A LINE, YOU KNOW The crazy thing thin is, Joey is silly and goodnatured. He is always happy. He loves He has no real animosity everyone. H towards anyone. Until he becomes Inigo Montoya: Unti You killed my father, prepare to die. Having boys on both ends of Ha dove/hawk spectrum, I do not the d know which is better. But I do know that nobody will Bu ever cut in front of me, so long as eve Joey is around. Jo Marianne Walsh is a Chicago mom of three boys. Want more? Visit webandofmothers. blogspot.com.
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March is supposed to be “in like a lion and out like a lamb.” Meaning the weather is roaring and man-eating at the top of the month and gentle and MATT BORESI pastoral at the end. Whoever came up with this proverb clearly wasn’t from Chicago, where the weather all month is a horrifying, snowy, filthy mess. More apt would be, “In like a drunken polar bear, out like … a drunken polar bear.” What is “in like a lion and out like a lamb,” however, is the experience of being a dad. When I think back to the days before my daughter, Viva, was born (to the extent that sleep deprivation hasn’t obliterated that section of my brain), I recall an ambitious version of myself mightily ILLUSTRATION BY STEPHEN SCHUDLICH assembling nursery furniture, fighting to improve my earning prospects and hastily disassembling the Pabst Blue Ribbon can temple in my garage. I was going to pounce on fatherhood and be the best dad ever. I judged other parents in the wild as their children mewed and pawed about aimlessly: I would do better. I would be Mufasa-like in my fierceness and nobility. But look at me now, broken on the wheel of parenting just like you. Laid low by the dark truth of raising children: No one has any idea what they’re doing, and anyone who says they do is either lying or delusional. Any time I get a handle on Viva’s needs or behavior, she grows and changes and I’m back to zero. Have a second child, they’ll just be so different from the first that nothing you learned will apply. Some lion! Should you survive to empty nest status, you might as well rebuild the PBR pyramid to congratulate yourself for surviving 18+ years of being an authority figure with absolutely no knowledge, training or skills in the department for which you are responsible—your family. The lion, tamed by the whip of reality, is left a shaky little lamb. It’s a funky bit of wisdom, knowing that you’re not a mighty paternal lion, but rather a trembling sheep hoping to accidentally raise a happy, healthy child. Not a “cool” animal to be, but at least you’re cuddly? Viva Humility. Viva Viva. Viva Daddy. Viva is 6 years old. Daddy is about 7x that age. They live happily with Mommy in Chicago.
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hile we aren’t out of the woods yet for a late major blizzard to hit Chicago, I am setting my sights on spring style (the power of positive thinking!). Whether you are a trend follower, a DIY gal or prefer to buy one investment piece per season, I have a little something for everyone.
I can’t think of a more satisfying answer to the question “Where did you find that accessory?” than “I made it!” You might no not be a Martha, definitely DIY but you can defi your way to the spring tassel trend. This year is all about long, swingy fr fringe. your own by grabCreate you bing a pair of hoops from jewelry box and your jewel buying ssome thin nylon cord. I prefer nylon over cotton because it ccreates more re movement. Cut to m double the length you prefer, then tie loop around i a “tu-tu” lo the earring hoop (Google it, I promise it is a thing). Repeat until the bottom off the hoop is full. You can finish the ends with a heatt tool to prevent fraying. When the fringe trend is over, simply remove the cord and your plain hoops are back!
Shade selection Pantone’s 2018 Color of the Year is officially Ultra Violet, but many are taking the vibrant shade down a few notches to lavender. I have worn lavender eyeshadow for years, and you can select a shade to work with any skin tone. For daytime, go with a soft wash
rimmed by violet eyeliner. At night, you can line eyes with a charcoal that fades out to violet shadow. You can grab a color quad palette at the drugstore if you want to experiment with shades, but more expensive shadow often provides a higher pigment payout (more pigment = less shadow used = bolder color).
Try a trend Ready to get a little crazy? Fishnet socks paired with heels are popping up everywhere and I am a fan. I skipped the frilly ankle socks paired with heels trend from a few seasons ago, but this is a more sophisticated form of foot fun. Go with a neutral pair worn with pants and neutral heels or be bold with a fun color that contrasts your shoes. Either way, the fishnet adds both pattern and
texture to your look. Whatever you choose, spring is a time for new beginnings, hope and less layers!
Investment piece Inve Each season—and for me, there are only Eac two seasons: cold and not cold—I invest in one piece of clothing that will last for years. I usually invest in outerwear fo because, let’s be honest, we often don’t b eeven remove our coats when the temps fluctuate. When I say investment, it doesn’t equate to expensive. Fit and quality are key here, so you might have to invest your time in finding a piece that ticks all of your boxes. Burberry iisn’t in my budget, so I scour the racks at discount stores and sites to find one that di will go the distance and fits like a glove. wil
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GET OUT OF TOWN
Lowcountry fun with little ones Nature and Southern hospitality score high with families BY SHANNAN YOUNGER
ocated along the coast of South Carolina, the Lowcountry boasts a history, culture and cuisine all its own. With the unique combination of a slower pace of life with plenty to do, this corner of the southeast is a great vacation destination for Chicago families. Bluffton, S.C., located between Hilton Head and Savannah, is a great home base for exploring all that the region has to offer.
Where to stay Montage Palmetto Bluff (montagehotels.com/ palmettobluff) is located within 20,000 acres of nature preserve in Bluffton that offers Lowcountry luxury and activities for all ages. In addition to the rooms within the new inn (with stand-alone tubs that will delight bath aficionados of any age), it also offers cottages and guest houses. Surrounded by the May, Cooper and New rivers, the property is home to canine
ambassadors named after each river. Adorable labs greet guests in the Innâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lobby and are a huge hit with kids! The resort features Paintbox, which offers childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programming for kids 5-12 with a focus on creativity. With the kids in good hands, parents can enjoy tennis or golf at the May River Golf Course designed by Jack Nicklaus, relax and recharge at the spa that feels like a sanctuary, or enjoy authentic Southern cuisine at one of the
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seven dining options. Don’t miss “porching,” which is a verb that describes the enjoyment of lemonade, tea and cookies in the afternoon and also a reason to love Lowcountry life. Another must-do is the s’mores bar offered nightly at the River House featuring homemade marshmallows.
What to do There’s plenty of fun to be had together as a family. You don’t even have to stay on the property to take advantage of many of the activities, restaurants and trails. Take a bike ride (bikes are available to rent) on trails that weave through coastal pines. At Palmetto Bluff, stop to explore the two wondrous tree houses nestled among the pines and the live oak dripping with Spanish moss. The water is the star of the show Mother Nature puts on here, and a great way to see it is riding on the Grace, a recently restored 60-foot yacht built in 1913. It cruises the May River from Wilson’s Landing to Calhoun Street in Bluffton. Along the way, it’s not unusual to spot dolphins. Once there, check out the Bluffton Oyster Company (blufftonoyster.com), take a Bluffton Bike Taxi historic tour (blufftonbiketaxi.com) around town and wander the shops along Calhoun Street. There are dozens of different kinds of birds in the Lowcountry, and kayaking is a great way to see egrets and herons up close. If you’re up for casting a line, saltwater and freshwater fishing is available. Visit Longfield Stables for horseback riding, with Winter the Wonder Pony. Older kids will love exploring via paddleboard, kayak or canoe. There’s also the Palmetto Bluff Shooting Club, where the
staff is happy to teach those trying out sport clay shooting for the first time. Beyond Bluffton, you can find lots to keep you busy in both Hilton Head and Savannah. Hilton Head is known for its beaches and lighthouse, and in Savannah, your favorites scouts may enjoy seeing the home of Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts. Dine at The Pirates’ House (thepirateshouse. com), which opened in 1753 and served as a haven for real pirates.
What to eat You are in the perfect place for enjoying delicious southern cuisine. For breakfast, Buffalo’s is on the Montage Palmetto Bluff property. It has river views and a biscuit bar at breakfast that’s a hit with kids and adults because, well, biscuit bar. Sweet and savory options are available. Seafood, of course, is a star here. The shrimp and grits will blow your mind. If you’re along Calhoun Street in Bluffton, try The Pearl (thepearlbluffton. com) for fresh seafood or FARM (farmbluffton.com), which shines a light on local produce. When in season, oysters are popular here and they are delicious. May River oysters are unique and rather like the area—interesting, satisfying and memorable.
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birdie Create clothespin birds to dress up your windows STORY AND PHOTOS BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER
ring on spring. Until the migrating birds arrive back in Chicago, there’s still time to create your own. With just a simple clothespin, paint and feathers, you can make birds to hang in the windows and to encourage those real birds to return outside.
Paint the inside and outside of a clothespin with acrylic paint. Start with one color and let dry. Then if desired, with another color, add stripes or dots to liven up your bird. Let dry.
2 Materials: u Clothespins u Acrylic paint and brushes u Feathers u Glue or hot glue gun u Small googly eyes u Orange construction paper
Using glue or a hot glue gun, put two small googly eyes side-by-side near the top of each clothespin. Then cut a tiny triangle from orange construction paper and glue under the eyes. Let dry.
Pick 2-3 feathers for each bird and glue the feathers to the back of the top of the clothespin. Let dry.
Use your new “bird” to clip to artwork on a string and hang from windows.
Megan Murray Elsener is a Chicago Parent contributor and mother of three.
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Little yogis 8 poses to try as a family
STORY AND PHOTOS BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER
ids are always in motion, so yoga is the perfect way to get their bodies moving and channel their energy in a positive way. Buddha Belly Kids Yoga co-founder Erin Bracco says the benefits of yoga for kids are endless. “When children develop a yoga practice, their lives begin to transform in subtle yet significant ways,” Bracco says. “Yoga aides in managing stress, postures can help growing bodies build immunity to illness, helps regulate emotions, and breathing techniques create mindfulness and selfawareness. Plus yoga builds self-confidence and self-esteem, while cultivating creativity and self-expression.” And yoga can be a whole family experience. “Touch is magic and such an integral part of family bonding,” says Meg Reckley, Buddha Belly Kids Yoga co-founder. “Partner yoga is a great way for families to do yoga together. It doesn’t have to be super fancy acrobatic poses. Just find ways in which you can connect your bodies in the poses.” Here are eight yoga poses to practice that Buddha Belly Kids Yoga recommends as a great place to start:
This is a standing balancing pose that strengthens all the parts of the leg, opens the hips and aligns the spine. Stand on one leg and twist open your right leg so that you’ve created a kickstand with your foot. Either choose to balance here or clasp your right ankle and slowly draw your right foot up to your inner thigh. With your toes pointing down, press your right foot against your thigh as your thigh pushes against your foot. Reach your arms up to the sky as if you are growing branches. Be sure to balance in tree pose on the other foot. Make it fun: What type of tree can you be? Make your branches into different postures to be different types of trees. Have someone be a powerful wind to see if your tree falls down!
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Warrior 3 pose This is a standing balance pose that strengthens and lengthens the back, while stabilizing the ankles and knees. Stand tall and slowly lean your upper body forward with your arms straight in front. Lift one leg high enough to become parallel to the floor. Be sure to switch your standing foot. Make it fun: Make airplane sounds and imagine what you see as you are flying. You can then do poses to match whatever you saw on your airplane adventure.
Happy baby Frog pose
This is a squatting pose that strengthens the ankles, stretches the knees and hips, and lengthens the spine. Squat down, bending your knees with your hands in between your feet. Clap your hands together while pressing your knees apart. Make it fun: Ribbit like a frog, catch flies with your tongue or jump up and down on your lily pad.
This is a reclining pose that opens the hips, stretches the inner thighs and massages the low back. Lie on your back and bend your knees into your belly. Grab for the outsides of your feet or wherever is accessible on your legs. Open up your knees and rock and roll on your mat. Make it fun: Pretend like you are a pig in mud. Or rock and roll until you blast off up into the air like a rocket ship.
Double downward facing dog
This is a kneeling forward fold that soothes the nervous system and lengthens the spine. Sit on your heels with your toes touching and your knees apart. Lay your chest on your thighs and stretch your arms out in front of you, pressing your palms to your mat. Rest your forehead on the ground. Make it fun: Pretend like you are cookie dough, play dough or clay. Have a sibling or parent massage your back and mold you into a specific shape or yoga pose.
This is a seated balancing pose that builds core strength. Partners sit facing each other, bringing feet to touch the other’s. Holding hands, make sure your legs are in between your arms. Bend your knees slightly. One foot at a time, slowly push the other’s foot to lift one leg off the floor followed by the other one. Make it fun: Sing “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” or try to rock your boat from side to side.
This is a gentle inversion that calms the nervous system and stretches the whole body. One partner comes into downward dog and the other partner places their palms on the floor about a foot in front of the dog’s hands. Then, place their feet on the dog’s hips. Adjust yourself so that both partners feel safe. Make it fun: Have your downward dog be a tunnel through which other family members can crawl.
Starfish on a rock
This is a resting pose that makes for the perfect way to end your day and then get into bed. One partner is a smooth rock that starts in Child’s pose. The other partner starts by sitting on the rock’s bottom and slowly leans back until the whole body is resting on the rock. The starfish keeps straight legs and feet on the floor for stability. You may have to
wiggle around a bit to find the most comfortable spot. Both partners then stretch their arms over their heads to grab for each other’s hands. Make it fun: As the rock, take big deep breaths so that the starfish moves up and down slowly for an even better back massage. Megan Murray Elsener is a Chicago Parent contributor who does yoga regularly with her three children.
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Ah-choo! Is your kid suffering from seasonal allergies? How to tell BY MEGAN MURRAY ELSENER
hen it comes to the “sneeziest and wheeziest” cities, the Windy City earns a dubious honor: it is the sixth worst city for allergies, according to a study by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Many adults who suffer from seasonal allergies know the symptoms: sneezing, runny nose, watery, red eyes. But when it comes to kids, it’s often hard to decipher the symptoms. Is it a cold? Is it allergies?
According to Dr. Brian Rotskoff of the Clarity Allergy Center, seasonal allergies cause a constellation of symptoms in kids, just like in adults, that mimic cold symptoms. Timing and duration matter, he says. The symptoms tend to be mild at the onset of the allergy season and get worse as the season progresses. And paying attention to the time of year can be key to identifying allergies in your child. According to Dr. Amishi Murthy from Illinois Allergy and Asthma Specialists, allergy season is typically spring and fall, but can really be year-round. “Tree, grass and mold
pollens tend to be more prevalent in the spring, and ragweed, mold and dust mites tend to be more prevalent in the fall,” says Murthy. Typically kids develop seasonal allergies between ages 4-6. “Children’s allergies can either improve or worsen over time,” Murthy says. “If a child seems to have other allergic disorders, such as asthma, food allergies or eczema, the seasonal allergies may be worse.”
Typically, the first step for parents with children suspected of having mild seasonal allergies would be to try one of the many over-the-counter allergy medications. “Non-sedating ating antihistamines nes such as Claritin, Zyrtec or Allegra; nasal steroid sprays such as Flonase, Rhinocort and nd Nasacort; and nd allergy eye drops such as Zaditor are good places to start,” Rotskoff says. He recommends
beginning allergy medications two to three weeks prior to the start of the allergy season. “Parents should seek the advice of an allergy specialist if their child has a poor response to over-thecounter allergy gy medications or if the aallergy symptoms are sympt interfering with inte sleep, school sle or daily functioning,” fu he says. A specialist can prick test kids on a variety of environallergens, usumental alle ally done during the initial visit, which takes about 20 CONTINUED ON PAGE 28
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Steps to take at home In addition to using medications, parents can help reduce the symptoms by taking some simple steps at home. “Parents should keep the windows shut, both at home and in the car during allergy season,” Murthy says. “Also give your child nightly showers, instead of baths, and change their clothes after being outside.” Clean your house vents and stay inside during the afternoon when pollen counts tend to be highest. “For dust mite allergen sufferers, dust mite encasings for the mattress and pillow, as well as minimizing carpet, reduce the amount of allergens,” Murthy says. “Keeping animals out of the bedroom is helpful as well.” According to Rotskoff, about 5 percent of children will have allergies by age 4 and almost 15 percent will have allergies by age 8. “The number of people with allergies gradually increases and reaches a peak incidence by early adulthood, so in some cases, parents should look into allergy shots for children if symptoms persist or interfere with daily life.”
Getting a shot? Allergen immunotherapy, known as “allergy shots,” is a clinically proven treatment that can reduce or eliminate allergy symptoms, as well as reduce symptoms of asthma. According to Dr. Amishi Murthy, allergy shots are effective and can prevent symptoms for up to 15-20 years once they are discontinued. Shots can start at age 5. Parents might want to consider allergy shots if medications fail to control symptoms, if there are several allergies or if kids have allergic asthma or eczema exacerbated by environmental allergies. “However, it is a time commitment, often requiring weekly shots for a year, then monthly injections for 3-5 years to achieve optimal control,” he says, adding monitoring is necessary to avoid fatal reactions. “Allergy shots improve quality of life for allergy sufferers, and often, patients are able to stop or decrease the amount of medications they take on a regular basis.” Megan Murray Elsener is a Chicago Parent contributor and mom of three.
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t’s hard to be a parent when Spring Break rolls around. Your kids are hearing all about the fab trips to the Caribbean or Disney their friends are taking with their families and they aren’t happy to be “stuck” at home. So we teamed up with our bloggers to find ideas that go down as parent wins this Spring Break.
Dance party! There’s no better place to fuel childlike wonder—where noise is A-OK!—than with the exuberant curious blue guys of the Blue Man Group, which is celebrating 20 years at the Briar Street Theatre this year. Not only have they added shows for Spring Break, but they also have created experiences before or after the show for a great day out in the city. Ticket packages include free tickets to Skydeck Chicago and 360 Chicago for a little sky time and 10 percent off a ticket at Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Co. for some street-level love for our beautiful city. Tickets are available from $39-$99 at (800) BLUEMAN or blueman.com/chicago.
Go exotic Just because you aren’t traveling anywhere exotic doesn’t mean you can’t put a little exotic into your week. The Shedd Aquarium’s Penguin Encounter is infinitely easier than taking a trip to Antarctica, and getting to meet and pet a penguin is fun and memorable.
And no vacation photo envy: You get a photo with your tuxedoed friend as part of the experience. Tweens and teens will appreciate the social media appeal this offers. The Shedd staff tells you how to spot the penguin you meet (they all have colored beads in a unique pattern) so later on the day you can see him or her in the exhibit. It’s really fun to see kids (and parents) excitedly waving to their new friend. If penguins aren’t your thing, Shedd has shark feeding or a chance to hang out with the belugas, and Brookfield Zoo offers chances to interact with exotic animals, too. sheddaquarium. org, czs.org Shannan Younger
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Hit the water If you need an inexpensive warm, wet escape, try a few local yearround water parks: Arctic Splash in Wheeling has a zero-depth pool, lazy river, interactive water play structure and lap pool. wheelingparkdistrict. com/arctic-splash At Splash Landings in Glenview, little swimmers will adore the air traffic control tower-themed waterslide, plus all the fun interactive water play features. Adults can relax in the Splash Landings Whirlpool or the warm therapy pool (double win!). glenviewparks.org/pools/ splash-landings-aquatic-center The Water Works in Schaumburg has plenty of water fun, including zero-depth pool, fountains, slides and other enjoyable contraptions. parkfun.com/facilities/pools/ the-water-works Pelican Harbor in Bolingbrook is a win for tots with its fun Parkie the Pelican slide, while older kids can slip and slide down the
two water slides. bolingbrook parks.org/en/facilities/ pelican-harbor Cheryl Eugenio
Send them to camp Chicagoland is filled with awesome Spring Break day camp options. We especially love the newest: Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Spring Ahead Camp at The Station where kindergarteners-fifth-graders create a mini-show of singing, storytelling and dancing all about their hopes and dreams, then perform it on stage. chicagochildrenstheatre.org/ springcamp
Relive your childhood Put the American Writers Museum on your to-do list and catch the Laura Ingalls Wilder exhibit, “From Prairie to Page,” before it closes March 31. Lots of moms loved those books and I love them even more after reading them all to my daughter. It will be fun to revisit them together and learn more about Laura’s life.
As an added bonus, I suspect it’ll make us grateful for all our modern-day conveniences. Don’t miss the Nagaunee Foundation Children’s Literature Gallery. american writersmuseum.org Shannan Younger
If you can get out of town Last year we packed up the kids and boarded overpriced connecting flights to and from Palm Springs. This year we are looking forward to a short drive to Milwaukee! We are staying at The Journeyman, which has bunk bed rooms for the kids and is less than a mile away from The Children’s Museum, The Milwaukee Art Museum and Discovery World. We are looking forward to a slowpaced week of fun, learning and zero time spent on an airplane. Michelle Elfvin My kids have been begging to go to The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, so we decided Spring Break would be the perfect time to visit. Not only does the museum have a fantastic dinosaur exhibit, but they are also unveiling a new 7.5-acre indoor/outdoor sports experience. childrensmuseum.org Cheryl Eugenio
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Free staycation spot Getting the most out of your public library
re you (involuntarily) taking a staycation this Spring Break and worried about what to do with the kids? There’s one place you can go that has fun for all ages—your local library. And it’s free! Here are just a few things your library might offer: Story time: These classes feature age-specific stories, simple songs and finger play. Some also have free-play time, which is great to interact with other parents. Kids’ play area: Most libraries have an area for little ones. Some have puzzles, toys, puppets or blocks; others are quite extensive with climbing structures and kitchen sets. Board games: There often are tables around the youth services area to play games, such as checkers or chess. You may even find another child looking for an opponent.
Computers: Wish you could Photoshop a picture? No need to buy the software. Libraries have an assortment of specialty software on their computers, such as Photoshop, iMovie and Publisher. Digital Studio: If you’re like me, you might have VHS tapes of family movies sitting in boxes. Chances are, your library (or one nearby) has a studio where you can convert your tapes, photo negatives and vinyl records to digital files. Classes: Check out your library’s website or newsletter to find out what classes are offered. (A couple of years ago, I took a class on how to do my own makeup.) Performances: Many libraries host free performances, including concerts, magicians and wild animal shows. Museum passes: Many have passes for free or discounted entry to museums through Museum Adventure Pass. They are on a firstcome, first-served basis. Natalie Rompella
Plan for Spring Break fun Plan a family game night. Checking out a board game from the library’s collection allows your family to play something new without adding to the sea of games in your basement. Have a movie marathon for free. Most libraries have classics, new releases, documentaries, foreign films and even exercise videos. Learn something new. Common STEM kits to rent at the library include physicsbased activities, such as circuit building, and astronomy kits (many even have telescopes). Get creative. Did you know about all of the strange stuff you potentially can check out from a library? It includes musical equipment and instruments (guitars, drums, microphones), technical equipment (camcorders, digital cameras), sewing machines, fishing poles, umbrellas, early literacy kits and even seeds. Hold a reading challenge: No matter how many times my family visits the library, it’s still a treat to come home with an armload of books.
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BY DANIELLE BRAFF
raveling during Spring Break inevitable equates to grossly inflated ticket prices, ridiculously crowded resorts and museums, and plans that need to be made well ahead of time. That’s why Lilia Arroyo-Barba pulls her kids out of school to go on vacation. Her priorities: “Work around my husband’s schedule, then it is price, then it is school,” says Arroyo-Barba, who put her first- and fifth-graders in private school so she doesn’t have to give excuses for them missing days. “My husband travels a lot and every time we can tag along, we do,” she adds. “My fear of missing out is not what happens at school. My fear is to not take advantage of all the
moments we have together as a family.” So far, they’ve been to Mexico, on a Disney cruise and to Las Vegas. Illinois doesn’t have an official school attendance
rule, though schools must provide at least 185 days to insure that students mostly likely will attend 176 of them, according to the Illinois State Board of Education. But technically, a truant student is one who is absent without a valid cause for just one day—or even for a portion of that day. The question therefore arises, does a vacation count as a valid reason for skipping school? And if so, at what age does that reason lose its validity? For Victoria Hilton, a former teacher, a parent and the owner of Stepping Stones Nursery School in Logan Square, the only reason you should skip school for a vacation is if it’s
a once-in-a-lifetime trip. When she had a class of 30 students, she’d regularly have someone on vacation every single week. “It was a huge problem,” Hilton says. “I’d have to help them settle in, and it was really disruptive for the whole class.” There was always a student falling behind, catching up and figuring out what to do. According to a 2012 study by Johns Hopkins University, 5 to 7.5 million students are chronically absent, meaning they miss 10 percent of school annually. And while most people ditch kindergarten for days on the beach or tours of the Tower of London, a study
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found that chronic absence in kindergarten was associated with lower academic performance in the first grade. That poor attendance in the lower grades influences whether the child can read proficiently by the end of the third grade. But the vacations can be very alluring. Once she became a parent herself, Hilton had her own vacation dilemma. Her fatherin-law died and they planned to make a quick trip back to their hometown in England for the funeral. Instead of opting for a three-day trip, however, the family extended it to 10 days so they could really show their son the country. “We felt as though the whole trip was beneficial, even though we knew he was missing school,” Hilton says of her firstgrader, who toured castles and learned about knights, drawbridges and portcullises during his vacation. This educational aspect is why Cindy Strom, a former teacher and former school administrator, encourages vacations and takes her kids out of school for them. “There’s a lot of power in experiences and learning outside of the classroom,” says Strom, who recently moved from Naperville to North Carolina. In fact, she didn’t even give her students work to do when they went on vacation.
“I always said to parents, ‘Enjoy vacation,’” Strom says. “‘If they’re out of school, they’re out of school. Just enjoy.’” But, she says, this gets trickier as they get older. While Strom believes that elementary school vacations are typically fine, skipping school in middle school is harder because the work load is greater. “And by high school, missing too much can have a devastating impact on grades and grade point averages, depending on the individual teacher’s grading policies,” Strom says. Still, it’s important to think about the positive influence that traveling has on an education, says Margarita Valbuena, a child development specialist and former pre-K teacher in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. “Seeing other parts of the world or the country, seeing how people live, trying new food, hearing new languages, is what school tries to mimic,” says Valbuena, who has a child in pre-K and one in kindergarten. “Humans learn from experience more than any other way because experience engages all areas of development and all senses. We, as a culture, have lost sight of what it means to learn and to be smart.” Danielle Braff is a freelance writer and mom of two.
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Windy City Fieldhouse/ Windy City Sports Academy 2367 W. Logan Blvd., Chicago (773) 486-7300 WindyCityFieldhouse.com/youth
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ew Traditions N Riding Academy 10100 So. Kean Avenue, Palos Hills (708) 598-7718/7719 www.ntridingacademy.com
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OVERNIGHT CAMP: Black River Farm and Ranch Summer Horse Camp for Girls 5040 Sheridan Line Croswell, MI 48422 (810) 679-2505 blackriverfarmandranch.com
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Exceptional sitters. Exceptional care. Whether you have a meeting at school or just need to run errands, College Sitters is the simple solution to your day to day needs. College Sitters are: Engaging, creative & fun | Professional & trustworthy | Matched to meet your families’ unique needs. Scheduling has never been easier or more convenient. So get excited and get started. Barrington + Schaumburg | 847.305.2952 Buffalo Grove | 847.905.9938 Glenview + Park Ridge | 847.998.5657 Lincoln Park + Evanston | 773.697.9326 Naperville North + Elmhurst + Glen Ellyn | 630.446.0592 Naperville South | 630.219.1175
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Please don’t bug out—all of the insects at Bug Bonanza are invited guests, not unwelcome pests. Kids can get up-closeand-personal with all kinds of unusual insects, from beautiful butterflies to creepy cockroaches. Plus, you’ll enjoy more bug-gy games, crafts and activities than you can shake six legs at. And since all the insects are brought by the experts from Men in Black Pest Control Services, you can rest easy knowing there’s no chance of taking any of these little buggers home. Free with museum admission. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. March 31. DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. (630) 637-8000, dupagechildrens.org.
Happy New Year! We may be almost a quarter of the way through 2018 (time really flies!), but Persian people around the world are just welcoming a new year this month. At the Persian Nowruz Celebration, you’ll enjoy learning about the traditions of Nowruz, such as coloring eggs, taking a family photo and visiting a Haft-Seen table. Plus, the museum’s galleries will be open to explore—including more than 800 interesting treasures from Iran, such as vases, coins and jewelry. Free. 1-4 p.m. March 10. Oriental Institute Museum, 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago. (773) 702-9514, oi.uchicago.edu.
You might think that maple syrup is the only acceptable pancake topper, but Pippi Longstocking would beg to differ. The beloved redhead stops by Pancakes with Pippi, an annual event that introduces kids to the Swedish way of eating breakfast (lingonberries just might be involved). After you chow down, the morning amps up with crafts, singing and dancing. No word on if Pippi will be lifting any horses. $17, $12 members; $5 kids 1-2; free kids under 1. 9-11 a.m. March 3. Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago. (773) 728-8111, swedishamericanmuseum. org.
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1 | THURSDAY PICTURE THIS. Celebrate some
favorite children’s picture books. Kids 3 and under enjoy a story that relates to a work of art in the galleries. Free with museum admission. 11-11:30 a.m. Art Institute of Chicago, 159 E. Monroe, Chicago. (312) 443-3600, artic.edu.
2 | FRIDAY SCHOOL’S OUT DAY CAMP - DR. SEUSS DAY. Kids read and share
favorite Dr. Seuss books, play with ooblek, try green eggs and ham, and craft the cat’s hat, then discover Ted Seuss Geisel and his lesser-known works, including political cartoons. $45. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (630) 420-6010, napersettlement.org.
ASTRO-OVERNIGHT. Families with kids 6-12 sleep over at the planetarium and enjoy exclusive hands-on science activities, including activities about comets, constellations and planets, plus two amazing sky shows, an exclusive storytelling experience in the Grainger Sky Theater and access to the Doane Observatory. A light evening snack and a continental breakfast are provided. $60, $30 evening only; $70 VIP. 5 p.m.-8 a.m.; 6-10 p.m. evening only. Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-STAR (7827), adlerplanetarium.org. PRETZEL TWISTS. Kids 5-8, with adult, make tasty pretzels complete with a Cardamon Honey Dipping Sauce. $30 parent/child pair. 5:306:30 p.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn. (847)
230-0330, tastebudskitchen.com/ bannockburn. DOZIN’ WITH THE DINOS. Families with kids 6-12 stay overnight at The Field Museum. Guests get to sleep next to real dinosaurs, meet Field Museum scientists and see rarely viewed items from the collections, and explore an ancient Egyptian tomb after dark. Activities include owl pellet dissections, drawing real specimens, and playing musical instruments from around the world. $65, $78 Premium Package, $90 Tour Package. 5:45 p.m.-9 a.m. The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 922-9410, fieldmuseum.org. WINTER CAMPFIRE IN THE CABIN. An evening of fun around the
fireplace. After meeting at the Nature
Center, enjoy a short hike through the woods down to the Merkle Log Cabin. Tell stories, sing a few songs, enjoy some hot chocolate and practice some pioneer skills. $15 family of four, $10 resident family; $4 additional family member, $3 additional resident. 6:30-8 p.m. Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100, parkfun.com. USA GYMNASTICS TRIPLE CUP WEEKEND. Fans can see three
exciting events that feature top and rising stars from the USA and around the world. $89 and up for all three sessions; $29 and up for individual sessions. 7 p.m. Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. (847) 649-2270, searscentre. com.
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PLAY PALS. Kids 4-11 engage in critically-acclaimed theater education workshops from Emerald City Theatre while parents attend a performance of “Doing It” at Victory Gardens Theater. Through an afternoon of theater games and activities, students will engage their voices, bodies and minds to explore storytelling, create characters and build confidence. $40 (one adult ticket and up to three students). 3 p.m. Victory Gardens Biograph Theater, 2433 N. Lincoln Ave. (773) 871-3000, victorygardens.org. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (LA BELLE). A spellbinding re-imagining
of the classic fairy tale. A young prince learns the story of a princess in a nearby palace. The princess, cursed
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FAMILY DAY: COLOR FIELDS.
Families with kids 4-12 use light and color to make wacky and wild art, like translucent color collages and glowstick photobooth images. 1-4 p.m. Smart Museum of Art, 5550 S. Greenwood Ave. (773) 702-0200, smartmuseum.uchicago.edu.
Get to know a menagerie of reptiles and amphibians during a hands-on experience provided by the Chicago Herpetological Society. Free with museum admission. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive. (773) 7555100, naturemuseum.org.
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Offering gently used boutique and designer clothing by an evil fairy as a young child, (sizes newborn - size 16), shoes, toys, accessories and baby gear. pricked her finger on a spindle and fell into a deep slumber. The prince Saturday, March 17th 9am-4pm & i n g ce Sunday, March 18th 10am-2pm resolves to rescue the sleeping Beauty w Canlan Sportsplex ¢ and sets off for her castle. Once he 28156 W. Northpointe Parkway arrives, he awakens her and instantly Lake Barrington falls in love, marrying her in secret. When the Prince becomes King just There is still time to Consign. Register today at: f s yl a few years later, his marriage to the www.growingcentsofstyle.com. t Beauty is revealed, much to the ire of Free Admission & Parking • BYOB (Bring Your Own Bag) the Queen Mother—who happens to Cash & Credit sweet Cards Accepted • NO STROLLERS ALLOWED growing cents of style typeface: sans medium be an ogress. The Beauty, now a queen (a professional font that needs to be purchased ... mvbfonts.com/sweet_sans) herself, must contend with her motherin-law while protectingcolors: her children. $41 and up. 7:30 p.m. Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University, 50 E. Congress Parkway. (312) 922-2110, hex# for web: 28638E hex# for web: E34345 auditoriumtheatre.org.
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2-5, with adult, put a twist on the classic cookie and whip up a favorite sweet treat. $30 parent/child pair. 9-10 a.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn. (847) 230-0330, tastebudskitchen.com/ bannockburn. SPRING INTO CERAMICS.
Choose item(s) to paint and they will be glazed and fired to a high gloss. Easter and spring items available. Cost for ceramic item. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Pilcher Park Nature Center, 2501 Highland Park Drive, Joliet. (815) 741-7277, jolietpark.org.
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CALENDAR ROCK & MINERAL IDENTIFICATION. Geologist Sara
FOREST PARK ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. The
Johnson presents an introduction to rocks and minerals for ages 8 and up. All materials are provided. Reservations are required. $5, $3 members. 10:30 a.m. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave. (in Wilder Park), Elmhurst. (630) 833-1616, lizzadromuseum.org.
annual parade features bagpipers, local business entries, police and fire, antique cars, Proviso East Marching Band, Medinah Mini Choppers, World Famous Lawn Rangers and more. 1 p.m. Madison Street, Forest Park. (708) 366-2543, exploreforestpark. com.
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ROCKIN’ JEWELRY FOR KIDS.
March 2. Today’s times are 10:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. SMILIN’ SATURDAY STORIES. Professional actors from
Improv Playhouse Theater bring classic folk tales to life with rollicking songs, a touch of improv, important life lessons and hilarious antics. This month’s story is “Goldilocks & the Three Bears.” Reservations required. 11 a.m. Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. (847) 2019032, rlbciviccenter.org.
This class allows kids 8-16 to 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 a jeweler’s tool. $10. 1:30 p.m. Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave. (in Wilder Park), Elmhurst. (630) 833-1616, lizzadromuseum.org. SUNDOWN SUPPER IN THE SUGAR BUSH. Families experience
a time-honored tradition by helping to tap some maple trees, gather sap and tend the boil down. Then enjoy a pancake ‘supper’ at the cabin with
real maple syrup. $50 family of four, $35 resident family; $10.75 additional family member, $7.50 additional resident. 4-6 p.m. Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100, parkfun.com. MUMMENSCHANZ: YOU & ME.
The Swiss mask theater company celebrates more than four decades of motion magic in their new show. $44$52. 7:30 p.m. McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., Glen Ellyn. (630) 942-4000, atthemac.org. 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.” $9, $6 kids; free members ($25 for Make-a-Monkey Workshop). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Midway Village Museum, 6799
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Guilford Road, Rockford. (815) 3979112, midwayvillage.com.
4 | SUNDAY CHICAGO READ AND BUILD. After a storytelling session of design-focused children’s books, members of the education department lead kids 3-6 and their caregivers in creating a project based on the subject of the story. Guests will explore architecture, design and the city of Chicago, and work with others to build something to take home. 9 a.m.-noon. Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan Ave. (312) 922-3432, architecture.org. COLD BLOODED WEEKENDS WITH THE CHICAGO HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY. See
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CALENDAR (amphibians and reptiles) with kids, fostering an appreciation of wildlife and nature through educational speakers and hands-on interactions. Free with museum admission. Noon1:30 p.m. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 755-5100, nature museum.org. THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (LA BELLE). See March 3. Today’s time
is 2 p.m. GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: HOLI. Celebrate Holi, a Hindu spring
festival celebrated in India and Nepal, also known as the “festival of colors” or the “festival of love.” Performances by Funkadesi, Zeshan B, Surahbi Ensemble, Mandala Arts, Bollywood Groove and Cabinet of Curiosities. 1-5 p.m. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. (312) 595-PIER (7437), navypier.com.
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SUBURBS GREEN AND WHITE SKATE. An afternoon of skating, a dance performance, raffles and music provided by a DJ. $3 skate rental. 1-2:30 p.m. Oak Lawn Ice Arena, 9320 S. Kenton Ave., Oak Lawn. (708) 857-5173, olparks. com. SENSORY FRIENDLY EXHIBIT HOURS. Visitors can ex-
plore the interactive exhibit, “XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness,” and enjoy sensory activities during the library’s quiet hours. This event is especially suited for those with autism spectrum and sensory processing disorders. Quiet space is available. To help prepare kids for a library visit, read a guide online. 9-11 a.m. Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. (847) 392-0100, ahml.info. WEEKEND FAMILY CLASS: MAKE YOUR OWN BUTTER AND PANCAKES. Kids 4-10 learn about
the plants used to make breakfast and take home recipes to replicate the feast at home. $24. 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 835-5440, chicagobotanic.org.
FAMILY WOODWORKING. Families with kids 4 and up build and decorate a birdhouse. All materials are provided and no experience is necessary. $20. 1-2:30 p.m. Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100, parkfun.com.
2-3 p.m. Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children’s Museum of Immigration, 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago. (773) 728-8111, swedish americanmuseum.org.
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9 | FRIDAY DOZIN’ WITH THE DINOS. CHICAGO. See March 2.
10 | SATURDAY CHICAGO
CLOVERS AND RAINBOWS. Kids SOCK MONKEY MADNESS FESTIVAL. Rockford. See March 3.
5 | MONDAY CASIMIR PULASKI DAY: BATTLE CUPCAKE CAMP. Kids learn
techniques to make melt-in-yourmouth cupcakes, then invent their own versions using an array of flavors and mix-ins. The cupcakes will be judged by the TBK panel of chefs. $60. 9 a.m.-noon (ages 4-8); 1-4 p.m. (ages 9-13). Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn. (847) 230-0330, tastebudskitchen.com/ bannockburn. MOON MONDAYS. The Buzz Aldrin
Education Cart, a tech-equipped mobile exhibit, is available for exploration. Free with museum admission.
18-35 months, with adult, hunt for clovers and explore the colors of the rainbow in this sensory-based program. Hike, listen to stories, play and make colorful art to take home. $22. 9:30-10:45 a.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.
FAMILY DAY. Kids 12 and under, with adults, take part in workshops, open studio sessions, gallery tours and performances, all designed and led by Chicago artists. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. (312) 280-2660, mcachicago.org.
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READ AND BUILD. Chicago. See
March 4. CLOVERS AND RAINBOWS. Kids 3-5 hunt for clovers and explore the colors of the rainbow in this sensorybased program. Hike, listen to stories, play and make colorful art to take home. $25. 9:30-11 a.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org.
WEEKEND FAMILY CLASS: MAKE YOUR OWN BUTTER AND PANCAKES. Glencoe. See March 4. NAPERVILLE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. Residents celebrate
Irish heritage by joining the West Suburban Irish for the city’s annual parade. 10 a.m. 899 N. Mill St., Naperville. (630) 375-7725, wsirish. org/st-patricks-parade.
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POT O’GOLD HUNT. Kids 4-7 follow the leprechaun’s trail and hike through the prairie and forest to find the hidden treasure at the end of the rainbow. $10.50, $7 residents. 10-11:30 a.m. Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100, parkfun.com. FATHER AND SON SPORTS OF ALL SORTS EVENT. Kids 4-9, with
dads, participate in a variety of fun sport competitions where everyone will be a winner. Enjoy a fun snack and craft as well. $12, $10 resident. 11 a.m.-noon. Schaumburg Park District, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. (847) 490-7020, parkfun.com. AG ALL AROUND US. Ask a farmer, peek at live barnyard babies, explore plants and soil, and play with your food. National Agriculture Week kicks off with cute crafts, earth-loving activities and eye-opening information. Free with museum admission. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. (815) 9636769, discoverycentermuseum.org. PIONEER PANCAKES. Kids 7-12
help make maple syrup the pioneer way by collecting sap from maple trees and boiling it down in a wood fired evaporator. Afterward, enjoy some maple syrup on pancakes made over the campfire. $10, $8 residents. 1-3 p.m. Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100, parkfun.com. BUCCANEER BASH MOTHER-SON DANCE. Feast and enjoy entertain-
ment. Pirate attire is encouraged but not required. $30, $20 kids. 5-8 p.m. Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, 2007 N. Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach. (847) 201-9032, roundlakeareaparkdistrict.org.
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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. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California. npnparents.org. LAURA DOHERTY & THE HEARTBEATS. Laura Doherty re-
leases her fifth children’s album “High Five,” which celebrates the themes of friendship, family and childhood. Along with her band The Heartbeats, she’ll perform the full album live, along with a few favorites from her other award-winning albums. $12. 11 a.m. The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave. oldtownschool.org. SOUTH SIDE IRISH ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE. Alcohol-
free parade on Chicago’s South Side (Beverly/Morgan Park). Noon. 103rd to 115th Street. (773) 916-SSIP, 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 parade; 1 p.m. after party. 6633 W. Raven St. northwestsideirish.org.
SUBURBS REPTILE RAMPAGE. Spend the day getting up close and personal with reptiles from all over the world. Visitors can meet more than 150 animals including snakes, lizards, turtles, tortoises and more. Children can engage in many activities. $10, free kids 3 and under. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wildlife Discovery Center, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest. (847) 810-3663, wildlifediscoverycenter.org. SHAMROCK SCRAMBLE. Kids 1-6
enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day snack and craft before heading out into a field of green clovers for a shamrock scavenger hunt. Plus, enjoy a special treat. $7, $5 resident. 1-2 p.m. Schaumburg Park District, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. (847) 490-7020, parkfun.com.
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CALENDAR 13 | TUESDAY CLOVERS AND RAINBOWS. Lisle.
of Immigration, 5211 N. Clark St., Chicago. (773) 728-8111, swedish americanmuseum.org.
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14 | WEDNESDAY CLOVERS AND RAINBOWS. Lisle.
See March 6.
16 | FRIDAY TODDLER EXPLORATION TIME. Kids learn about plants and
nature by listening to a story, engaging in a hands-on learning experience, and enjoying a short walk in the conservatory. Registration is required. 9:3010:15 a.m. Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield St., Oak Park. (708) 725-2400, oakparkconservatory.org. HEJSAN - STORY & CRAFT HOUR.
A story and craft hour, focusing on the rich music culture of Sweden. Free with museum admission. 11 a.m.-noon. Swedish American Museum & Brunk Children’s Museum
KIDS NIGHT OUT: CREATE THE RAINBOW. Kids 5-12 use vibrant
and delicious ingredients and are introduced to a dazzling display of naturally colorful foods. Features both savory and sweet recipes from Veggie Spring Rolls to Berry Pop Tarts. $60. 5-8 p.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn. (847) 230-0330, tastebudskitchen.com/ bannockburn. KIDS’ NIGHT OUT: LUCK OF THE IRISH. Parents enjoy the night out
while kids 4-12 have their own night out making leprechaun hats and shamrocks, hunting for a pot of gold, participating in a Shamrock Challenge, making Root Beer Floats and more. Dinner and juice are provided. $38, $25 resident. 6-9 p.m. Naperville Park District, 305 W. Jackson Ave., Naperville. (630) 848-5000, naperville parks.org.
immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music designed to entertain the entire family. $35-$150. 8 p.m. Cadillac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Randolph St., Chicago. (312) 977-1700, broadway inchicago.com.
17 | 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 and proceeds north. The viewing stand will be located in front of Buckingham Fountain. 9 a.m. dyeing; noon parade. (312) 942-9188, chicagostpatsparade.org.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY FESTIVAL AND CELEBRATION. This large-
scale, family-oriented celebration features traditional and contemporary Irish music, dance, food and drink for purchase, children’s activities and an Arts and Craft Fair, with vendors selling Irish gifts. $15, $12 advance; free kids 12 and under. 1 p.m.-midnight. Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave. (773) 282-7035, irish-american.org. THE MAGIC OF ADAM TRENT. See
SUBURBS ST. PADDY’S RAINBOW CUPCAKES. Kids 2-5, with adult,
learn how to make a cupcake with rainbow colors inside. $30 parent/child pair. 9-10 a.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn. (847) 2300330, tastebudskitchen.com/ bannockburn.
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CALENDAR a pancake breakfast, authentic demonstrations of maple syrup production, a pioneer sugar camp, children’s puppet show and a wagon shuttle to event area. Syrup and other goodies available for purchase. Breakfast is $7 for full stack and $5 for half stack. 9 a.m.-noon. Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100, parkfun.com.
SYRUP TREE AND SILVER DOLLAR BRUNCH. Take a guided
hike to learn the history of maple tapping and see how it’s done. Complete your experience with maple syrup sampling and family-style brunch. $25, $18 member. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org. SPRING FLING BICENTENNIAL DAY. Complete an Illinois passport
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by visiting some historic buildings and learning about important events in our state’s history. Explore the meanings behind the Illinois flag and state symbols, discover important people in Illinois history, make a craft and learn a historical dance while enjoying 12 beautiful acres. $10, $13 kids. 1-4 p.m. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (630) 4206010, napersettlement.org. UNDER THE COVER OF NIGHT.
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with roasting marshmallows and hot chocolate around a crackling fire. $11.25, $9 resident. 7-8:30 p.m. Lincoln Marsh Natural Area, Harrison
and Pierce avenues, Wheaton. (630) 871-2810, lincolnmarsh.org. SUGAR BUSH FAIR. Features
from the garden—tomatoes, wheat, herbs and vegetables. Kids 4-10 learn how these plants grow and how they are used to make pizza. Participants will plant their own herb garden to take home. $24. 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. (847) 835-5440, chicagobotanic.org.
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CALENDAR SYRUP TREE AND SILVER DOLLAR BRUNCH. Lisle. See March
17. MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL.
Celebrate the arrival of spring with a special day of activities including crafts, games, tree tapping and maple syrup history. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. River Trail Nature Center, 3120 N. Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook. (847) 824-8360, fpdcc.com.
into fettuccini and fill perfectly delicious raviolis. $45. 5-7 p.m. Taste Buds Kitchen, 2521 Waukegan Road, Bannockburn. (847) 230-0330, taste budskitchen.com/bannockburn. SUGAR BUSH FAIR.
Schaumburg. See March 17.
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prepare two different 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. 1-2 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St., Skokie. (847) 6777001, skokieparks.org.
nurtures middle school girls’ interest in science and math to pursue careers in STEM with hands-on workshops. The keynote speakers are Dr. Enid Montague of DePaul University and Northwestern University and Corlis D. Murray of Abbott Laboratories. $5. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. University of Chicago, Kersten Physics Teaching Center, 5720 S. Ellis Ave. eyhchicago.com.
HANDMADE PASTA. Families with
kids 9 and up learn all the tips and tricks to turn into pasta aficionados. Learn to knead, roll and cut pasta
DOZIN’ WITH THE DINOS. See
MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL.
See the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree and collecting the sap, to boiling it down into syrup. Take a walk through the sugar bush, enjoy storytelling, make a maple craft, warm up by the fire and taste real maple syrup fresh off the fire. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road. (312) 744-5472, chicagoparkdistrict.com. GOOD FOOD FESTIVAL.
The expo brings together families, producers, top chefs and experts to celebrate the fast-growing Good Food movement. Attend workshops; watch celebrity chef demonstrations; participate in micro workshops and have your backyard soil tested; connect kids to food with the Purple Asparagus Kids’ Corner and Scavenger Hunt; eat at the Good Food Court; and much more. Online registration is required. UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road. goodfood festivals.com.
WEEKEND FAMILY CLASS: PIZZA PARTY. Glencoe. See March 18. NANO DAY. Bump elbows with scientists and take part in hands-on activities and science demonstrations. Explore the many shapes of carbon, mimic the iridescence of a butterfly’s wing, compare manufactured materials, and understand how science that’s too small to see is shaping today’s technology. Free with museum admission. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. (815) 9636769, discoverycentermuseum.org.
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CALENDAR Barbershop, as she celebrates the release of her debut middle grade novel, The Harlem Charade. The author will give a brief reading and talk about the writing process, with activities for kids. Books will be available for sale. 1-3 p.m. Historic Pullman Foundation Visitor Center, 11141 S. Cottage Grove Ave. (773) 785-8901, pullmanil.org. MAPLE SYRUP FESTIVAL. See
SUBURBS JBABY CHICAGO’S PASSOVER ULTIMATE PLAY DATE. Spend the
morning exploring the museum, plus enjoy a Passover concert, arts and crafts and snacks. $25 family. 9:3011:30 a.m. Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. juf.org/ jbabychicago.
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know your state with a day dedicated to Illinois’ 200th birthday. Explore Naper Settlement’s historic buildings, experience fun, games and chores from Illinois’ past and present. Test your state trivia, taste uniquely Illinois foods and hear stories about famous Illinoisans. Complete the celebration with a special Bicentennial snack. $45. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. (630) 420-6010, napersettlement.org.
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Plaza Hotel, 520 S Michigan, Chicago. chicagodetours.com/architecturetours/1893-worlds-fair-tour-families.
30 | FRIDAY 1893 WORLD’S FAIR TOUR FOR FAMILIES. Chicago. See March 29.
FAMILY BINGO & PIZZA. Families
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St. Pat’s parades Chicago’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is legendary, and for good reason. The annual celebration of everything Chirish is one of the largest events in the country. But did you know that lots of Chicago’s suburbs also host their own parades? Here are five that caught our Irish eye.
East and West Dundee host Irish I Was in DUbliNDEE, two days of festivity that include a pet parade, the Kilted 5K and Walk (yes, kilts are encouraged), and a fireworks show, complete with bagpipers. 8:30 a.m. March 10 5K; 11 a.m. March 10 parade; 7 p.m. March 17 fireworks. dundeestpats.com.
The largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lake County is the only St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Lake County. The Village
of Lake Villa St. Patrick’s Day Parade is followed by a Corned Beef and Cabbage luncheon—all that jigging is sure to work up an appetite. Noon, March 17. lake-villa.org.
home to multiple Irish restaurants, so you can enjoy some authentic fare. 1 p.m. March 3. exploreforestpark.com.
If you’re still hoping to make it downtown, Forest Park’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is perfectly timed. This early celebration includes everything from Irish dancers to marching bands. And Madison Street, where the parade is held, is
The annual parade is just one part of the fun at Palatine’s Paint the Town Green. The northern suburb embraces its Gaelic side with an Irish Market and a family-friendly scavenger hunt. 11 a.m. March 17. stpatspalatine.com.
If you’ve ever wanted to see the world’s largest drum, the Elmhurst St. Patrick’s Day parade is for you. The Elmhurst Armpit Orchestra, a kazoo and bucket drum band, marches every year with its giant percussion. And the food, music and fun continue throughout the afternoon. Noon, March 10. elmhurststpatsparade.com. Elizabeth Diffin
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ONGOING EVENTS EXHIBITS BUILD IT! Through March 4. Exhibit
puts an innovative spin on classic building blocks by letting children explore and interact with 10 varieties of blocks. Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. (847) 832-6600, kcmgc.org. ANIMAL SECRETS. Opens March
20. Families learn where chipmunks sleep, how an eagle feeds its young and more, as they explore the hidden habitats and secret lives of forest animals. Kids discover nature from an animal’s point of view in naturalistic environments, including a stream, woodland, meadow and cave. Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview. (847) 832-6600, kcmgc.org. SNOOPY AND THE RED BARON.
Opens March 23. The exhibit tells the full story of the beloved character from its early origins to the detailed research on World War I that Schulz brought to the strips. Visitors learn about this favorite Peanuts storyline through reproductions of Schulz’s original comic strips; World War I artifacts; photographs; film clips, and themed objects and ephemera inspired by Snoopy as the Flying Ace from toys and model airplanes to dolls, books and more. Museum visitors can step into character as the Flying Ace by donning flying caps and goggles for a photo-op next to Snoopy’s doghouse. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst (630) 833-1457, elmhursthistory.org. XOXO: AN EXHIBIT ABOUT LOVE & FORGIVENESS. Through
March 31. This play exhibit offers families an opportunity to think about and explore feelings through activities designed to help you understand, appreciate and express emotions. Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. (847) 392-0100, ahml.info. HEART & SEOUL: GROWING UP IN KOREA. Exhibit digs into the
heart and soul of the Korean culture. Chicago Children’s Museum, 700 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier, Chicago.
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(312) 527-1000, chicagochildrens museum.org. BIRDS OF PARADISE: AMAZING AVIAN EVOLUTION. Guests can
challenge others to a bird-like danceoff in “Dance, Dance Evolution,” witness the transformations species undergo to attract mates, put themselves in the shoes a National Geographic photographer, discover maps and diagrams of the birds’ ranges across New Guinea, explore old and new scientific knowledge about the birds-of-paradise, and play interactive games to learn how sexual selection works. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 755-5100, naturemuseum.org. CURIOUS GEORGE: LET’S GET CURIOUS! Transport yourself to the
neighborhood where everyone’s favorite monkey lives and explore a world of science and engineering. Little ones can build, maneuver and manipulate
in a colorful hands-on exhibition that encourages creativity. $11. Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. (815) 963-6769, discovery centermuseum.org. WASHED ASHORE: ART TO SAVE THE SEA. A traveling exhibit
featuring massive, colorful sculptures of ocean animals made entirely of plastic marine debris removed from West Coast beaches. The collection provides a powerful, visual reality of the proliferation of plastic pollution in the world’s waterways. John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (312) 939-2438, shedd aquarium.org. THE BIRD HOUSE. Features macaws, aracari, serama chickens and native bobwhite quails. Learn about where these exotic birds live, what they eat and some of the amazing adaptations that help them survive in their native habitats. Then, discover some of the fascinating bird species
you can find in your own backyard. Every day at 11:30 a.m., enjoy a live bird showcase. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (773) 755-5100, naturemuseum.org. ART IS INSTRUMENTAL. This hands-on, open-ended exhibit explores artist’s representations of instruments in 2D and 3D works. Activities include building a musical sculpture out of household items, creating a still-life out of musical instruments, playing a tune on a PVC pipe organ and conducting an “orchestra.” DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. (630) 637-8000, dupagechildrens museum.org. REMEMBERING DR. KING: 1929-1968. The exhibition invites
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
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ONGOING EVENTS movement, with a special focus on his time in Chicago. As visitors exit the gallery, a reflection space prompts them to reflect on King’s impact and how his work for equality remains relevant today. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago. (312) 642-4600, chicagohistory.org RACE: ARE WE SO DIFFERENT?
Exhibit tells the stories of race from the biological, cultural and historical points of view, and explores how they have shaped the history of this country and society. Educational programs tailored for middle and high school students give youth the opportunity to talk about the history of race in Chicago, with help from facilitators, and how it continues to impact contemporary life. Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago. (312) 642-4600, chicagohistory.org. EXTREME ICE. Through photographic documentation and time-lapse videography, guests experience a visual representation of climate change. Plus, touch a real 7-foot-tall ice wall, interact with maps showcasing the potential impact of coastal flooding and see how rising temps will affect Chicago. Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. (773) 684-1414, msichicago. org.
OTHER EVENTS 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: Every garden has a story to tell.” $17; $5 kids 4-12. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. March 14-18. Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. chicagoflower.com CHICAGOLAND FAMILY PET EXPO. The Midwest’s largest pet expo
features more than 200 vendors and exhibitors with the latest pet products/services, and pet rescue groups. Enjoy entertainment shows and get
up and personal with hundreds of animals. $10. 1-9 p.m. March 17; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 18; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 19. Arlington International Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. (847) 385-7500, petchicago.com. SPRING INTO SCIENCE. Celebrate STEM by playing with numbers, exploring translucent colors, dabbling in reflection and using refraction to make a rainbow viewer. Plus, engage in fun art activities and enjoy live science demonstrations. Free with museum admission. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 26-30. Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. (815) 963-6769, discoverycenter museum.org. SPRING BREAK SNOOPYPALOOZA. Includes a
Snoopy scavenger hunt, craft times and cartooning workshop. Free with museum admission. Check website for schedule. March 27-30. Elmhurst History Museum, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 833-1457, elmhurst history.org. BEGINNER’S ART STUDIO. Kids
and adults can explore their creative sides. Materials change daily and trained facilitators assist with the artistic process. Free with museum admission. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays-Saturdays; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sundays. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. (708) 383-4815, wonder-works. org.
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An exciting adventure into story and legend 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 and Fridays. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. (708) 3834815, wonder-works.org. STROLLER GROOVES. New music series created by Navy Pier and the Chicago Children’s Museum for toddlers and young children. March 6: Future Hits; March 13: Q Brothers; March 20: Little Miss Ann; March 27:
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ONGOING EVENTS Muntu Dance Theatre. Noon-12:45 p.m. Tuesdays. Navy Pier’s Crystal Gardens, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. navypier.org. TINY TOT OPEN PLAY. Kids 5 and under and their parents can explore the indoor playground with ball pit, slides, tunnels and cushy mats. $3. Noon-2 p.m. Tuesdays. Schaumburg Park District, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. (847) 490-7020, parkfun.com.
PAINT COVERED WEDNESDAYS. Kids use a variety of paints, styles and canvases as they learn to tell their stories. Painting helps children by enhancing problem solving skills, improving fine motor skills, boosting self-esteem and allows them to express themselves in a positive way. Free with museum admission. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. (708) 383-4815, wonder-works.org. ARBOR READING ADVENTURES.
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indoors before heading out on the grounds for an adventure walk. Themes change each week. $5. 1111:45 a.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org. SEWING WORKSHOPS. Kids 3 and up join Lucia, the museum’s sewing master, to learn all about the basics of sewing. Free with museum admission. 3:30 p.m. Thursdays. Wonder Works, 6445 W. North Ave., Oak Park. (708) 3834815, wonder-works.org. JUICEBOX. A music and per-
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BUNNY BREAKFAST. Enjoy a fam-
ily-friendly breakfast with the Easter Bunny. Each child will receive a gift and holiday crafts to take home. Plus, an Easter egg extravaganza for each child. $12, free kids 2 and under. 8:30 a.m. March 24. Barber Oberwortmann Horticultural Center, 227 N. Gougar Road, Joliet. (815) 741-7278, ext. 5, jolietpark.org.
BRUNCH WITH THE BUNNY.
Includes refreshments, face painting, entertainment, visit with the Easter Bunny, music and more for kids 6 and under. Parent must accompany child. Advance ticket purchase is required. $10. 10 a.m.-noon. March 22. Merrimac Park, 6343 W. Irving Park Road, Chicago. (773) 685-3382, chicagoparkdistrict.com.
BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY. Enjoy French toast, eggs,
sausage, bacon and juice. Handmade crafts will be on sale for spring gift giving. Photos with the Bunny will be taken at the start of the event. $16, $13 residents. 9 a.m. March 24. Al Hattendorf Center, 225 E. Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove Village. elkgrove parks.org
EGGSPALOOZA. Families learn how to dye eggs, create a festive spring basket and go on an egg hunt in the woods near Merkle Log Cabin. $20 family, $15 resident family. 10-11:30 a.m. March 24. Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. (847) 985-2100, parkfun.com. BUNNY BASH. Celebrate spring with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. Activities include egg hunts, a photo with the Bunny, games, crafts, moon jumps, concessions, pony rides and a petting zoo. $15 day of event registration, $12 preregistration. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 24. Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. (847) 490-7020, parkfun.com.
POOL EGG HUNT. Kids 3-14 enjoy
an egg hunt at night and discover all the yummy treats at the bottom of the pool. $2. 5-6:30 p.m. March 23. Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St., Chicago. (773) 478-2889, chicago parkdistrict.com.
EGG HUNT AT SHERIDAN.
Kids 3-12 enjoy an egg hunt in the park and discover yummy treats. 10 a.m.-noon March 24. Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St., Chicago. (773) 478-2889, chicagoparkdistrict.com.
FLOSSMOOR LUCKY EGG HUNT. As the sirens sound on the
Homewood Fire Truck, a special guest arrives to start the egg hunt for kids 6 and under. Pictures with the Bunny will be available after the hunt. 10 a.m.
March 24. Irwin Park, 18120 Highland Ave., Homewood. hfparks.com. EASTER EGG HUNT. Kids are divided into age groups and at separate hunt areas. Bring a basket. Plus, an appearance by the Easter Bunny. Please bring a non-perishable food item. 10 a.m. March 24. Batavia Park District, 40W101 W. Main St., Batavia. (630) 879-5235, bataviaparks.org. BEECHER EASTER EGG HUNT. Kids 10 and under hop over to
the park for the Easter Egg Hunt. 11 a.m. March 24. Firemenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Park, 673 Penfield St., Beecher. (708) 946-2261, beecherchamber.com. EASTER EGG HUNT.
Thousands of eggs will be hidden throughout the playground of the Terrace Centre. Kids 12 and under will be divided into age groups. Bring an Easter basket and a camera. 11 a.m. March 24. Kennelly Park, 11500 S. Beloit Ave., Worth. (708) 448-7080, worthparkdistrict.org.
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BUNNY EVENTS LUNCH WITH THE BUNNY.
BUSY BUNNY EGG HUNT.
Includes music, an inflatable moon jump and a chance to get a picture with the Bunny. $11, $9 resident. Noon-1:30 p.m. March 24. Terrace Centre, 11500 S. Beloit Ave., Worth. (708) 448-7080, worthparkdistrict.org.
Includes a visit with the Easter Bunny, an egg dash for kids 2-10, crafts and activities, animal visits and private after-hours access to the zoo. Kids will be divided into age groups for the egg dash portion. $13.50 kids 2-10, $5 ages 11 and up, free kids under 2. 4-5:30 p.m. March 24. Cosley Zoo, 1356 Gary Ave., Wheaton. (630) 665-5534, cosleyzoo.org.
THE GREAT EGG HUNT. Grab a basket and head out to Nowell Park Baseball Field or Heggie Soccer Field. The parks will be divided by age groups. 10 a.m. Nowell Park; 1 p.m. Heggie Field. jolietpark.org. SWIM WITH THE BUNNY. Play games, swim, meet and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Bring a basket to collect eggs and turn them in for prizes. $10, $7 resident. 1-3 p.m. March 24. Pavilion Aquatics Center, 1000 Wellington Ave., Elk Grove Village. (847) 593-6248, elkgrove parks.org.
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Families can enjoy breakfast and meet the Mr. and Mrs. Bunny costumed characters. The band Banjo Buddies will provide musical entertainment. Call for reservations. $29.95, $21.95 kids 3-11, free kids 2 and under. 9 or 11 a.m. March 24, 25, 31. Brookfield Zoo, 8400 31st St., Brookfield. (708) 688-3555, czs.org.
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EGG-STREME OBSTACLE EGG HUNT. Compete in age groups for
prizes. Enjoy crafts, games and food. $10. 1-3 p.m. March 25. Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org. FAMILY EGG DECORATING NIGHT. Bring a dozen hard-boiled
eggs; all egg decorating supplies will be provided. While the eggs dry, participants enjoy a flashlight egg hunt in Safety Park (weather permitting). $9, $7 residents. 6:45-7:45 p.m. March 28. Schaumburg Park District, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. (847) 490-7020, parkfun.com. BUNNY BONANZA. Kids 6 and under can enjoy face painting, a craft project, temporary tattoos, inflatables and egg hunt. Parents can bring their cameras to capture a photo with the Bunny. Advance tickets required. $6. 10-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-noon March 28. Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave., Chicago. (312) 742-7511, chicagoparkdistrict.com. UNDERWATER EGGSTRAVAGANZA. Includes
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pool egg hunts, entertainment, games and prizes. Scheduled egg hunts by age group will be in the play pool and parents can assist small children. Kids must be accompanied by an adult at all times. $18, $12 resident; free adults. 6-8 p.m. March 29. Schaumburg Park District, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. (847) 490-7020, parkfun.com.
FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT. Kids 9-13 hunt for prize-filled eggs under the stars. Refreshments will be served. Bring a flashlight and a bag or basket to put your eggs and prizes in. Preregistration is required. $15, $10 resident. 7:15-8 p.m. March 29. Knoch Knolls Park, 336 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville. (630) 848-5000, napervilleparks.org. EGGSTRAVAGANZA. Event includes
egg hunt, inflatables, gift bag, crafts and photo op with the Easter Bunny. $5. 9 a.m.-noon March 30. Olympia Park, 6566 N. Avondale Ave., Chicago. (773) 631-6861, chicagoparkdistrict. com. EGG HUNT AT PASCHEN PARK.
Hop on over to the park and join the annual egg hunt. $3. 11 a.m.-noon March 30. Paschen Park, 1932 W. Lunt Ave., Chicago. (773) 262-5871, chicagoparkdistrict.com. ILLUMINATING EGGSTRAVAGANZA. Kids 5 and up
find out the different types of eggs one can find in the spring and then enjoy a nighttime glow-in-the-dark egg hunt. Children must be accompanied by an adult. $15, $10 resident. 6:30-8 p.m. March 30. Lippold Park, 2001 S. River St., Batavia. foxvalleyparkdistrict.org. FLASHLIGHT EGG HUNT. Kids 9-12 bring flashlights and running shoes to discover a special delivery of goodies and treats. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served after the egg hunt. $5. 8-9 p.m. March 30. Hartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Woods
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BUNNY EVENTS Park, 814 W. Hart Road, Round Lake. roundlakeareaparkdistrict.org. BREAKFAST WITH THE BUNNY.
Enjoy a tasty springtime buffet featuring a visit from the Easter Bunny. The Easter Bunny will roam throughout the Ginkgo Restaurant visiting with families and delivering an Easter treat to the kids. Check website for cost. 9-11 a.m. March 30-31. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. (630) 968-0074, mortonarb.org. BUNNY BRUNCH AT LAMBS FARM. Enjoy a buffet and then take a
walk over to the Bunny Patch, where kids can do crafts, activities and take a photo with the Bunny. Call for reservations. $16.95, $7.95 kids 23 months and under for activities. Seatings at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and noon March 30-31. Lambs Farm, I-94 and Route 176, Libertyville. (847) 362-4636, lambsfarm.org.
a breakfast buffet, photos with the Easter Bunny, multiple egg hunt waves for different age groups, musical entertainment, crafts, animal viewing, complimentary rides on the carousel and more. $25, $22.50 members; $35 kids 2-15, $31.50 member kids. 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. March 31. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2200 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. (312) 742-2000, lpzoo.org.
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buffet at Le Jardin inside the Visitors Center, a photo with the Easter Bunny, a balloon entertainer and a face painter. $29, $20 kids 4-10, free kids 3 and under; free parking. 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. March 31. Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. (630) 260-8260, cantigny.org.
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BUNNY EVENTS coop, ride a horse, visit the newborn animals, meet the Easter Bunny and find a colored egg in the Magic Forest. Advance tickets required. $24, free adults. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 31. The Children’s Farm at the Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. (708) 3613650, thecenterpalos.org/farm. EGG HUNT. Hop into two museums
to fill your basket with yummy treats. Kids 9 and under can look for eggs at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The rest of the time, children of all ages can create springtime art and jump into egg-cellent fun. Presented by Discovery Center Museum and Burpee Museum. $12; $10 adults; member children are $3 and member adults are free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 31. Discovery Center Museum, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. (815) 963-6769, discoverycenter museum.org. WILDER PARK EASTER EGG HUNT. Kids 1-10 can hunt
for eggs and visit with the Easter Bunny. Bring a camera and a basket. 10 a.m. March 31. Wilder Park, 175 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. (630) 9938901, epd.org. MILO’S MARVELOUS EGG HUNT.
Kids 9 and under hop over for a traditional outdoor egg hunt. Plastic eggs filled with candy and prizes will be hidden for three different age groups. Plus, take a photo with the Easter Bunny. Check website for cost. 10-11:30 a.m. March 31. Blackberry Farm, 100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora. (630) 892-1550, foxvalleyparkdistrict.org. PARK DISTRICT OF HIGHLAND PARK EGG HUNT.
Gather colorful eggs filled with toys and fun surprises. One special egg will hold a family pass to Hidden Creek AquaPark. Be sure to keep an eye out for a special guest. 10 a.m.noon March 31. Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Road, Highland Park. (847) 579-3120, pdhp.org.
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RED KITE TREASURE ADVENTURE. Through March 4.
An interactive theatrical experience with live music and sensory moments created specifically for young people on the autism spectrum. Audience members will join Oswald and his precocious siblings as they attempt to replace a priceless family heirloom. Inspired by characters from Edith Nesbit’s The Story of the Treasure Seekers. $10. 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Fridays; noon, 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturdays. Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, 100 S. Racine Ave., Chicago. (872) 222-9555, chicagochildrenstheatre.org. SHORT SHAKESPEARE! A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM.
Through March 10. A 75-minute abridgment of William Shakespeare’s riotous tale of mismatched love among mischievous fairies, young lovers and an amateur theatrical troupe of local workers. After each
performance, the actors remain on stage for a Q&A session before joining the audience in the lobby for conversation and photos. $22-$34. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays. Chicago Shakespeare Theater, 800 E. Grand Ave. at Navy Pier, Chicago. (312) 5955600, chicagoshakes.com. AN EPIC TALE OF SCALE. Opens
March 10. Incorporating original music, science experiments, games, arts and craft projects and more, kids and adults alike embark on this world premiere, interactive theatrical experience spanning two levels of The Station. Kids will explore the wonders and mysteries of scale while journeying deep inside the human body and out to the farthest reaches of the galaxy. Recommended for families with kids 6 and up. $47. Check website for schedule. Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Station, 100 S. Racine Ave., Chicago. (872) 2229555, chicagochildrenstheatre.org.
MOTHER GOOSE’S GARDEN.
Through March 11. Join Jack and Jill as they search for Mother Goose and help out a gaggle of favorite characters along the way, using hand-puppetry and interactive play. $16. Check website for schedule. Emerald City’s Little Theatre, 2933 N. Southport, Chicago. (773) 935-6100, emeraldcitytheatre.com. THAT’S WEIRD, GRANDMA: STORIES THAT GROOVE. Opens
March 12. Features an eclectic mix of silly songs, heartfelt ballads and high intensity dance numbers. The stories are created during Barrel of Monkeys’ creative writing residencies in Chicago elementary schools and adapted into songs and performed by Barrel of Monkeys Company members. Recommended for families with kids 5 and up. $15, $5 kids 12 and under. 8 p.m. Mondays. Barrel of Monkeys, 5153 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago. (312) 409-1954, barrelofmonkeys.org.
JUST DANCE LIVE. An explosive 2+ hour experience, where the world of Just Dance comes alive like never before. Part stage show, part audience-involvement, fans play an integral role in the show—from walking the red carpet, to mingling with other Just Dancers, to transforming their hair and makeup looks in the “Get Ready For it” zone—all before entering a thrilling live performance that surrounds audience members. $45 and up. 8:30 p.m. March 15-16; 3:30 and 8:30 p.m. March 17; 3:30 p.m. March 18. Pre-show activities start 90 minutes early. Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. justdancelive.com/ tour-tickets/chicago. KNUFFLE BUNNY: A CAUTIONARY MUSICAL. Opens
March 24. A comedic musical adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book by Mo Willems. After losing the beloved toy rabbit at the laundromat,
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a desperate dad, a merry mom and toddler Trixie learn the power in communicating, even when there are no words. $19. 10:15 a.m. select weekdays; 10:30 a.m. weekends. Emerald City Theatre Company, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. (773) 9356100, emeraldcitytheatre.com. JOURNEY FOR THE SUN: A SCIFI CARTOON CIRCUS. Through March
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25. A cosmic adventure featuring aerialists, acrobats, retro-futuristic sounds and songs, and an enormous intergalactic robot. It’s 1964 and the sci-fi-loving owner of an Indiana drive-in movie theater is called upon to save the galaxy using only human and popcorn power. $25 and up. 7:30 p.m. Fridays; 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; 3 p.m. Sundays. The Actors Gymnasium, 927 Noyes St., Evanston. (847) 328-2795, actorsgymnasium.org. ROOTS IN THE ALLEY. Opens
plan your party around these coming movies! 3/9 Disney A Wrinkle in Time • 3/23 Sherlock Gnomes 4/13 Sgt. Stubby: An Unlikely Hero 5/4 Avengers: Infinity War
March 31. Honey and Blanca are twin fish out of water in Chicago until they stumble into the Ceiba Network, an online game with real world consequences. The hero sisters struggle to level up in a mysterious digital underworld where they discover something strange to them—a heritage worth fighting for. The play reinvents the Mayan creation myths of The Popol Vuh, provoking questions about history and heritage. Check website for cost. 7 p.m. Fridays; 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Adventure Stage Chicago, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago. (773) 342-4141, adventurestage.org. THE EMPEROR’S NEW CLOTHES.
An inexperienced emperor learns an important lesson on his journey to taking the royal throne through this lively musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytale. $18.23. 10 a.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. The Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences, 10 Marriott Drive, Lincolnshire. (847) 634-0200, marriotttheatre.com. CINDERELLA. See that dreams
really do come true in this re-telling of the most popular fairytale ever told. Recommended for families with kids 2-12. $12. 10:30 a.m. selected weekdays. Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. chicagokids company.com. THE GREATEST STORY NEVER TOLD. Professional improvisers 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. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. with coloring, crafts, board games and dress-up fun for kids on the stage. $17.50-$25. 3 p.m. Sundays. Under The Gun Theater, 956 W. Newport Ave., Chicago. (773) 270-2440, greateststorynevertold.org.
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WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS
Ye olde egg hunt
tep aside, Easter Bunny; your special brand of creepy is not welcome here. The Great Chicago Egg Hunt draws its inspiration from the olden days, with noble knights taking the place of any oversized rabbits.
But alarming mascots aside, this egg hunt is aiming for epic status, with 10,000 candy-filled eggs ready to be snatched up by kids 2-12. To prevent any Dark Ages’-style injuries between eager candy chasers, the egg hunt will take place in waves—but you might still want to remind your kids not to be greedy with their sweet spoils. The Medieval-themed festivities (the event is presented by Medieval Times, naturally) include an opening parade of knights on horseback, swordfighting demos, photo ops with the Medieval Times’ queen and fun knights-in-training activities for the 6-12 set. And in keeping
with more traditional springtime hoppenings (#sorrynotsorry), there will be crafts, games, face painting and other family fun all morning long. It all takes place at Chicago’s Maggie Daley Park, which also features playground equipment for all ages, an ultra-modern climbing wall and lots of open space to run. So once you’ve snatched up all the eggs that will fit in your basket and learned how to joust as well as Lancelot himself, be sure to take some time to play in this urban gem. And hopefully the Easter Bunny will be nowhere to be found. Elizabeth Diffin
Great Chicago Egg Hunt u 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 30 u $10 u Maggie Daley Park, 337 E. Randolph St., Chicago u maggiedaleypark. com
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Visit our popular Animal Secrets March 20 - August 26, to uncover hidden habitats of our furry and feathered friends. Let curiosity be your guide and discover why we’re The Place Where Awesome Lives! KOHL CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF GREATER CHICAGO • 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview • (847) 832-6600 • WWW. KCMGC.ORG
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Chicago Chicago Montessori
1713 W. Cullom Ave., Chicago 60613 www.chicagomontessori.org 773.525.4358 AMI Accredited since 2005. Serving ages 15 months – 15 years.
Intercultural Montessori Language School
114 S. Racine, Ste. 100, Chicago 60607 interculturalmontessori.org 312.265.1514
Chicago North/ Northwest
Brickton Montessori School
8622 West Catalpa Ave., Chicago 60656 Brickton.org 773.714.0646
Ravenswood Montessori School
through Middle School in Spanish, Japanese, and Caring for and educating children 2-6 years old, offering full, half and flexible programs with Chinese Mandarin. Oak Park campus as well. enrichment classes. Fully licensed.
1335 W. Randolph St., Chicago 60607 www.montessoriacademychicago.org 312.243.0977
Full-day, full-year accredited programming including Spanish and music for students infant thru middle school.
Near North Montessori
1434 W. Division St., Chicago 60642 nnms.org 773.384.1434
Rogers Park Montessori School
1800 W. Balmoral Ave., Chicago 60640 www.rpmschool.org 773.271.1700 Located in Andersonville, RPMS educates children ages 2- 14 years old. Fully AMS & ISACS accredited. Full & Half day programs available.
Buffalo Grove Montessori School
950 Ellen Dr., Buffalo Grove Est. 1963 serving children 6 months – 8th grade. 847.541.8111 bgmsweb.net Early morning, Afterschool & summer programs. Fully Accredited.
3652 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 60613 Prairielandmontessori.com 773.698.7514 Growing young minds…organically! Infants through Kindergarten; 3 campus locations.
University Village Montessori School
1304 S. Halsted St., Chicago 60607 www.uvmontessori.com 773.800.9780
Igniting a passion for learning in children 2 months to 6 years. Half, School and Full-day programs. AMS Full Member School.
Chicago Southwest Montessori Foundations of Chicago
3575 S. Archer, Chicago 60609 www.montessorifoundations.com 773.254.5437
AMI Accredited 1982. Birth to 14 years. Paula Polk Lillard, Lynn Jessen founders.
Midwest Montessori Demonstration School 926 Noyes St., Evanston midwestmontessori.com 847.328.6630
Demonstration School (MMTTC) ages 3 - 6 years, full and part time.
Montessori School of Lake Forest
3013 S. Country Club Rd., Woodstock www.clms.org 815.338.0013
Montessori Academy of Illinois
Est. 1970. Beautiful woodland setting. Serving children 2 - 6 years; am & pm, full-day Kindergarten. Spanish, Gym, Yoga, Music & Summer school. Accredited by NAEYC.
Suburban West Greenbrook Montessori School
1675 Greenbrook Blvd., Hanover Park www.Greenbrook-Montessori.com 630.830.1675
Accredited by AMS. Serving children 15 months – Kindergarten all day, every day.
Mansio Montessori of Geneva 102 Howard St., Geneva 60134 www.genevamontessori.org 630.232.6750
2031 Elmwood Avenue, Wilmette 847.256.2922
5728 Virginia Ave., Clarendon Hills www.SetonMontessori.org 630.655.1066
Vernon Hills Montessori
West Suburban Montessori School
Ronald Knox Montessori School
21 Hawthorn Parkway Vernon Hills, IL 60061 Est 1981. AMS Accredited for and serving children 12 weeks to 14 years. Offering Spanish, www.vernonhillsacademy.com 847.918.0342 PE, Music, Art & Band, Before & After Care, Summer camp, and after school activities inc. chess, robotics and coding.
Nurturing children 15 months – 6 years to help them develop their natural sense of wonder, motor and social skills, self-esteem and cognitive Serving children from birth to 15 years. We strive ability. Est. 1981 to cultivate in every MSLF child a life-long love Seton Montessori School of learning.
13700 W. Laurel Dr., Lake Forest www.mslf.org 847.918.1000
Fostering confident, creative, curious, citizens AMS accredited serving infants through kindergarten, Providing a lifetime foundation for to be tomorrow’s collaborative leaders and innovators. 6 months – 6 years. Parent/Child, over 40 years. Toddler, Full day Primary & Kindergarten. Est. Crystal Lake Montessori School 1963
15 months - 6 years; afterschool, summer camp, private piano & voice; semi-private karate, swimming, skating & music.
Est. 1965, a Lab School serving students 2 months - 12 years; accredited by AMS and NAEYC; offering full and half day, summer programs and Parent-Child class.
1039 S. East Ave. OakPark 708.848.2662
AMI Accredited 1988; ages 3 - 12 years. Full and half day options available.
418 W. Touhy Ave., Park Ridge, IL 60068 Suburban South montessoriacademyofillinois.com Montessori Children's Schoolhouse 847.292.1229 5935 Hohman Ave., Hammond, IN EST in 1993. Serving ages 3 months-6 years. mcshammond.com Year-round; Full & Part-time programs. After 219.932.5666 school and Summer Camp to age 9. Offer Spanish, Polish, music, dance, & robotics
Suburban North Chiaravalle Montessori
425 Dempster St., Evanston www.chiaravalle.org 847.864.2190
Providing a quality Montessori education to Parent/Child, Toddler — 8th grade children ages 6 weeks to 6 years at an affordable AMS & ISACS accredited, 2017 ED Green Ribbon School price.
3140 Riverwoods Rd., Riverwoods www.montessori-schools.com 847.945.8661
Est. 1966, AMS Accredited & Living Legacy. 3 mos. - 12 yrs., Full & Half day, Elementary & Est. 1986. Serving children 24 mos. through 8th Summer Camp. grade. Accredited by AMS and ISACS. Half to Forest Bluff School Full day. Extracurriculars and summer program. 8 W Scranton Ave., Lake Bluff
1945 W. Wilson, Suite 200, Chicago 60640 www.ravenswoodmontessori.com Dual-language Montessori programs from Pre-K 773.293.6655
Montessori Academy of Chicago
Deerfield, Glenview & Riverwoods Southwest Suburban Montessori Montessori Schools 8800 W. 119th St., Palos Park
AMS Accredited (22 months - 12 years), before and after care available. Est. 1968
Montessori School of Lemont 16427 W. 135th St., Lemont lemontmontessori.com 815.834.0607
Est. 1972; Preschool – 8th grade. Spanish, Mandarin, Before/After School Programs, Summer School. 7 acre natural playground with chicken coop, creek and nature trails.
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