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Get a Slice of Country Life (& Learn to Make Pumpkin Pie!)

when: Nov 24, 2013 at 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

where: Angelic Organics Learning Center, 1547 Rockton Rd., Caledonia, Il

cost: $20

ages: All ages

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Ramble out to the country to a family farm, where you’ll learn to make a pumpkin pie from scratch. Farmers will teach young and old about how they care for the soil, vegetables and animals. The event includes a tour of the vegetable farm where squash are grown, and a pie to take home. Dress to be outside doing farm work. Adults must register with children and bring sack lunches. Registration required to 815-389-8455 or to the ticket link below.

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Saturday, August 23

Start Developing Your Child’s Love of Music This Summer

Dance the Night Away with Fun Activities

when: Aug 23 at Jul. 25, Aug. 22 & 23, 5-10 p.m.; Jul. 26 3-10 p.m.

where: Naper Settlement, 523 South Webster St., Naperville

cost: $15/adults & seniors; $10/children (ages 4-12); free for children under 4 & members

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Get funky as a family at Naper Nights. With a variety of musical acts, all… read more
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Soar in a Hot Air Balloon & Descend in a Submarine

when: Mar 20, 2014 - Sep 1 at 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Hyde Park, Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: Not included in general museum entry; must buy a Museum Explorer package ($18-$27)

ages: All ages

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Plunge into the world’s eco-zones — Polar Regions, Oceans, Rain Forests, Mountains and Caves and… read more
Dance yourself warm. Don't miss Little Miss Ann Band as they take the stage at Superkindie's first annual Spring Break Show. Both Time Out Chicago and WXRT are fans of Little Miss Ann Band. Find out for yourself how much fun it is to watch your kids rock out at this family concert.

Take a Study Break for Back to School-a-Palooza

when: Aug 23 at 2 p.m.

where: Edgebrook, 5331 W. Devon Ave., Chicago, IL

cost: free

ages: 5-12

the scoop:

It’s time to start the school year off right with Back to School-a-Palooza at your… read more
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Discover the Inner Workings of Plants & Animals

when: Mar 12, 2014 - Jan 4 at Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (last admission at 4 p.m.)

where: Museum Campus, The Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: $13-$31 for museum passes

ages: All ages

the scoop:

How do living things move, thrive and discover? Find out the exhibit “The Machine Inside: Biomechanics.”… read more
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An Active End of Summer Fest

when: Aug 23 at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

where: Lake Shore, Lake Shore Park, 808 N Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: free

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Summer is going to end with a bang during Family Field Day. The kiddos can… read more

Come for the Turkey Leg, Stay for the Jousting

when: Jul 5, 2014 - Sep 1

where: 12550 120th Ave., Kenosha, Wi

cost: $23.95 adult; $11.50 child 5-12; free for children 4 & younger; $125 for a season pass

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Calling all lords and ladies: If you love to party like it’s 1499, this is… read more
I was encouraged by many moms in the Seattle area to write to you to tell you about my business, Enchanting Princess Events.  We are a Princess company who travels to parties, special events, parades, grand openings etc entertaining as "familiar Princesses!"  We don't believe in wigs (well except Rapunzel) and all of our costumes are custom made for each character.  We have 9 different girls who play 9 different characters, which is important to us!  Our specialty is of course birthday parties, but we also put on a big event once a year called the Enchanting Fall Ball, which is held in October.  This is the only event that all 9 of our Princesses attend and it's essentially like you are attending a real Ball.  The attendees get dressed up in semi formal or formal attire and they are escorted down the red carpet and dance the night away with the Princesses and their Fall Ball date!  All of the profits from the event are donated to the Children's Museum of Skagit County and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Snohomish County. We also just launched our Enchanting Apparel tshirt line for young girls.  The shirts feature one word that best describes the inner "character"istic of each of our 9 Princesses.  It is important to inform young girls that being a Princess is not about being pretty on the outside, but more importantly the beauty you possess on the inside and that is what the words on the shirt represent!  At each party we attend, we read a book title, "What Is A Princess" and the book talks about the inner beauty of what a Princess really is and that's where the tshirt line idea came from. For more information about my company and to view photos, please visit our website www.EnchantingPrincessEvents.com and our Enchanting Apparel store at www.EnchantingApparel.com   Thank you!  

Party and Gobble Up Ice Cream with Elsa

when: Aug 23 at 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

where: Bucktown, Little Beans Cafe, 1809 W. Webster Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: $10/ one hour time slot; $8 playspace admission; $5 digital photo

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Cool down with a Frozen extravaganza hosted by Queen Elsa. Step into a winter wonderland where… read more
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All Aboard! Enjoy an Afternoon with Thomas

when: Aug 23

where: Illinois Railway Museum, 7000 Olson Rd., Union, Il

cost: $19/ person

ages: All ages

the scoop:

If you go to sleep wishing you lived in Sodor, you’re going to want to… read more
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Explore the Magic of Science

when: Aug 5, 2014 - Nov 2 at Mon., 9:30 a.m.-noon (9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. June – August); Tues.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun., noon–5 p.m.

where: Kohl Children's Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview, Il

cost: $11/person; free for children under 1

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Your little scientists will get the chance to discover and explore with Science + You.… read more
Kids Weekend Events 2

Celebrate Local Culture with Food and

when: Aug 23 - Aug 24

where: South Loop, Wabash Avenue, between 13th a& 14th streets, Chicago, Il

cost: Suggested donation $5

the scoop:

With its proximity to Soldier Field, this fest is practically required to have a football… read more
Anyone can have their silhouette created by a Master Scissor Artist!Karl is a third generation silhouette artist. His work has appeared in over 30 national publications including “The O List” in O Magazine, People, In Style, Martha Stewart Wedding, Parents, Elegant Bride, Nickelodeon, People, Country Home, Country Living and many others. 
 He has created silhouettes for thousands of special people including celebrities and their children. These include Jennifer Garner, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, Drew Barrymore & Steven Spielberg.   Please call the store at 415-945-0100 for your 5 minute appointment!

Impress with Your Own Handcrafted Silhouette

when: Aug 23 at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Lakeview, Building Blocks Toy Store, 3306 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: $24/person; $10/duplicate; $12/framed black oval

ages: All ages

the scoop:

This is your chance to take home a one-of-a-kind piece of silhouette art from Cassidy… read more
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Travel to the Year 2096

when: May 16, 2014 - Dec 31 at showtimes daily; check website for details

where: Museum Campus, Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: Included in the Adler’s All Access Pass, available for purchase on-site: $29.95 for adults, $27.95 for seniors/students with ID & $24.95 for children (ages 3-11)

ages: All ages

the scoop:

The year is 2096 and space tourism is available to everyone. Including you! Blast off… read more

Find Your Artistic Side with Galleries and Spin Art

when: Aug 23 - Aug 24 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave., Highland Park, Il

cost: free

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Little artists will love this fest where they can gaze at artistic wonders (some by… read more
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Be Dazzled by Daredevils at Cirque Shanghai: Warriors

when: May 21, 2014 - Sep 1 at showtimes vary; check website for details

where: Navy Pier, Navy Pier Skyline Stage, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago, Il

cost: $19.50-$39.50 for adults; $15.50 for children ages 3-10

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Get ready for oohs and aahs. This show will impress daredevils of all ages with thrilling… read more
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Try Everything in Foodie Festival Heaven

when: Aug 23 - Aug 24 at 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

where: Goose Island, Kendall College, 900 N. Branch St., Chicago, Il

cost: $5

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Does your family have trouble agreeing on what to eat? Well, bring your little foodies… read more
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Touch a Stingray

when: May 23, 2014 - Sep 1 at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

where: Museum Campus, Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: Add-on $5/non-members; $3/members; included in the Total Experience Pass (adult/$39.95 per adult; child ages 3-11/$30.95); free for children 0-2

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Are they soft, fluffy or rough? You’ll find out what a stingray feels like during a… read more
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Try a Little of Everything with a Mini-triathlon

when: Aug 23 at 6:30 a.m.

where: Uptown, Montrose Beach, 4400 N Lake Shore Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: $55/person

ages: 7-10

the scoop:

Do your kids want to do everything grown-ups do? Now, they can be just like… read more
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The Exhibit That Brings Extinction to Light

when: Mar 22, 2014 - Dec 31 at Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

where: Lincoln Park, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Dr., Chicago, Il

cost: $9/adults; $6/children 3-12; free for children under 3

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Introduce the kids to the concept of species loss at Nature’s Struggle: Survival & Extinction. The… read more
Winnetka Community House is joining with many local organizations to finish out summer with a fun block party for the whole community! Bring the whole family August 23 for games, music, food, crafts and celebrate everything that makes the North Shore great! Featuring Carnival games, a 24’ climbing wall, inflatables, pony rides, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, dunk tank, Elliebee the Clown, food & drink booths and more! Entertainment includes Children’s Theatre of Winnetka, Jordan Xidas, Thalia Schusteff and Izzy Banna, Winnetka Youth OrganizatIon, and Village Follies.

Climb and Play Carnival Games at This Block Party

when: Aug 23 at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

where: Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL

cost: free; $20 unlimited games & activities

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Celebrate the end of summer in style with the Last Blast of Summer Block Party. The… read more
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Howdy, Partner! The Wild West Is Back

when: May 24, 2014 - Aug 23 at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

where: Donley's Wild West Town, 8512 S. Union Rd., Union, Il

cost: $16/person; children under 2 are free

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Ride, shoot, and take a trip back in time at Donley’s Wild West Town. This cowboy… read more
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Prepare for a Kiddie Fun Overload

when: Aug 23 - Aug 24 at noon to 10 p.m.

where: South Loop, 1300 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL

cost: suggested donation $5

ages: All ages

the scoop:

You’re definitely going to need two days to experience everything at the Kids Bash during… read more
Kids Weekend Events 5

Hogwash: An Improvised Tall Tale

when: every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. to noon

where: North Center, Bug House Theatre, 2054 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL

cost: Donations accepted

ages: 3-12

the scoop:

Hogwash is an improvised children’s show full of music, art, laughs and audience participation. At the… read more
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Traveling Mini Golf Offers Fun All Summer Long

when: Aug 19, 2014 - Sep 1 at 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

where: Lakeview , Blaine Elementary School, 1420 W. Grace St., Chicago, Il

cost: $8/person; $5 for second round; $15 play-all-day pass

ages: All ages

the scoop:

Mini golf is awesome, but it usually involves driving out of the city to a… read more

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