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Friday, February 11, 2011

Downers Grove Ice Festival

The Downers Grove Ice Festival is this weekend: February 12-13

- Live ice carving demonstrations
- Decorative ice sculptures
- Ronald McDonald Magic Show
- Pancake Breakfast
- Street Vendors
- Disney Radio AM 1300 Road Crew
- Free face painting
- $1 movie at Tivoli Theatre (Happy Feet)

The live demonstrations will be from 11am-4pm throughout downtown Downers Grove.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Garfield Park Conservatory

I can't tell you how much I love Garfield Park Conservatory. It is especially wonderful to go in the dead of winter when everything is gray... you can walk into a paradise of plants and flowers where it's always warm (usually I pretend I'm on vacation)!  There are water falls and streams with stepping stones, paths to explore... it's close, it's free, and it has a great children's area called the Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden. Check out their website because there always seem to be special events that are perfect for young children.

Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Avenue
Chicago, Illinois
Daily Hours: 9am-5pm
Wednesdays: 9am-8pm
(312) 746-5100

Morning Glories for Families
Every Monday Morning Year Round
Time: Drop in anytime between 10 am – Noon
No registration required.
Location: Elizabeth Morse Genius Children’s Garden
Cost: $2 suggested donation per family

Enjoy learning together with your preschooler during this weekly drop-in activity and storytime. Projects are fun, interactive, and encourage children’s curiosity about plants. Preschoolers and their care-givers participate within a group of children to complete a hands-on activity and listen to a related story. Each group session takes approximately 20 minutes. After completing your project, be sure to stick around to dig in the soil, shake musical plant instruments, or help water our plants. (interactives change weekly). They suggest a donation of $2.00 to help cover the cost of materials.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Free Open Gym Pass for Flying High

Flying High is offering a free Open Gym pass for all blog followers! Just click the "like" button on the right hand side and mention "the kidlist blog" when you go. (You can print out a non-member waiver form from their website before you go or fill it out when you get there.)

5400 East Ave
(708) 352-3099

"little tykes" (ages 5 and under):
Wednesday and Thursday, 10-11am 
Friday, 1-2pm
$5 per child

all ages
Saturday 12-2pm
$6 members, $8 non-members
The third Saturday of every month is called "Inflatable Open Gym," a 60 foot inflatable obstacle course ($2 extra per child)

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Chicago Museum Free and Discount Days

A friend of mine compiled all the upcoming museum free and discount days... thanks Sarah! Some of them only release the dates a few months at a time, but this is all the information available right now:

Shedd Aquarium
Community Discount Days (Mondays and Tuesdays):
February 7, 8, 14, 15, 28
Community Discount Weeks:
February 20-24

Field Museum
Target Free Second Mondays (9am-5pm):
February 14
March 14
Other regularly scheduled FREE Basic Admission Days:
February 8, 9, 15, 17
April 11
May 9
June 7, 13
July 11
August 8, 29, 31
September 1, 6, 7, 12, 13, 20, 21, 27, 29
October 3, 5, 6, 10, 24, 25
November 2, 7, 14, 21
December 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 20, 22

Museum of Science and Industry
General admission1 is free on the following dates:
January 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31
February 1, 8, 14, 15, 22
June 1, 2, 6, 7, 8, 9
September 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
October 31

Chicago Children’s Museum at Navy Pier
Target Free First Sunday of every month (free admission for ages 15 and under)
Kraft Free Family Night Thursday evenings 5-8pm (free admission for everyone)

Adler Planetarium
Discount Days:
February 7-11, 15, 16, 22, 23, 28

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!

A friend of mine just told me about Emerald City Theatre... thanks Melissa! They have performances for little ones as young as 3 and well as acting classes and events. You can read your kids "Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!" and then go to see the performance with them! The theater website has the songs and lyrics so your family can learn the words and sing along during the show. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is also coming up. Check the website for details.

Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus!
From the books by Mo Willems
January 15, 2011 through April 10, 2011
Starting at: Adults $16, Kids $13

For tickets: (773) 935-6100 or buy online

Emerald City Theatre Info

Emerald City Theatre School
2933 N. Southport Ave
Chicago, Illinois

Emerald City Administrative Offices
2936 N. Southport Ave - 3rd floor
Chicago, Illinois
(773) 529-2690

All Performances at (unless otherwise noted) 
Apollo Theater
2540 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 

(773) 935-6100