It’s a holiday weekend. So draw out the fun as long as you can. Click here for our story on MLK Day activities and you’ll be off to a good start. You can also celebrate National Pizza Week, take the kids to music gigs in Lakeview and Wilmette, enjoy a new take on fairy tales, and get your kids’ picture snapped for Valentine’s Day. Read on for the details and have a blast.



Pizza Week at Frasca
Get your pie face on at Lakeview’s popular family pizzeria, which is celebrating National Pizza Week with seven days of specials and events. A good bet is go to on Sunday, for a benefit for Friends of Saint Andrew’s School (10% of all pizza sales for Sunday go back to the school) and a pizza class for kids from 2-4 p.m. (the “pizza pupils” get to eat their work afterward). Held thru Sun. Pizza class is $15/child. Event details.

Lakeview Children’s Acoustic Music Series
Chicago just got more musical. This series has just kicked off (hurray, hurray!) and you can catch its next act, Miss Jamie From the Farm, as she plays an energy-filled show and celebrates the release of her first CD. You’ll dance, laugh and have a wang-dang-doodle of a time as Miss Jamie and her puppet friends take you on a magical barnyard adventure that’s fun for kids and grownups alike. Held Fri., 3 p.m. Heritage Littles. $6. All ages. Event details.

Navy Pier

Fairy Tales by Chicago Shakespeare Theater & Chicago Chamber Musicians
Once upon a time, you went to Navy Pier and had a blast. That’s how your story will start if you attend “Fairy Tales by William Bolcom,” a one-hour concert that introduces families and children to the joys of live performance. Actors imaginatively retell classic fairy tales accompanied by chamber music. You’ll enjoy The Frog Prince, The Hare and the Hedgehog and more. Held Sat. & Sun., 10 & 11:30 a.m. Chicago Shakespeare Theater. $20, adults; $15, ages 12 and under. Ages 4 & upEvent details.

Lincoln Park

Valentine’s Day Photo Shoot for Charity
Tiia Norsym Photography will take your kiddo’s photo in a mini session, and proceeds benefit Dando Amor‘s orphans in Ecuador and Africa. For the the 20-minute session, you can choose from two Valentine’s Day-themed sets and props. After, view 10-15 images presented in a private online gallery. Photo collections start at $149 and include V-day cards, prints and digital images. The $75 session fee donation goes directly to the cause. Held Sat. & Sun., 2-7 p.m. Kids Science Labs & Tiia Norsym Studio. All ages. Event details.


Campfire Desserts Progressive Dinner
You’ll have sticky mittens after this event. In the style of a progressive dinner, walk outside from shelter to shelter; at each stop you’ll prepare a campfire dessert while enjoying the beauty of a winter afternoon. Expect Strawberry Shortcake S’mores, Toasted Taffy Apples and more. Held Sun., 1-2 p.m. Emily Oaks Nature Center. $6 Skokie residents; $8 non-residents. Event details.


“Monumental” Hands-On Exhibit
Learn about the cool features of Greek and Maya architecture, re-create the famous pyramids at Chichen Itza using building blocks and stones, and construct your very own version of the Acropolis. Using interactive components, kids place themselves among mythological icons of ancient times and use costumes and props for exciting dramatic play. Held thru mid-April. DuPage Children’s Museum. Included in general museum admission of $11/person. All ages. Event details.

What are you up to this weekend? Let us know in the Comments section below.

— Kelly Aiglon

Photo: Frasca Pizzeria