Hope you’re hungry. This weekend kicks off National Pizza Week and Frasca in Roscoe Village is hosting a week-long pizza party. And you’ll find plenty more events to sink your teeth into. See mini trains chugga-chugga at Morton Arboretum, catch a Chinese shadow puppet show at The Field Museum, and slide down Polar Peak in Rosemont. Read on for the dish on these and other happenings.
National Pizza Week
Each day at Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar features a specialty pizza, and a special giveaway or event. To top it off, kids eat free daily between 4:30-6 p.m. The week culminates with a Pizza Class for Kids. Learn to make a Margherita or pepperoni pizza and eat it, too. Held thru Sun; pizza class takes place Sun., 3:30-5 p.m. $15/child. Ages 12 and under. Event details.
Chinese Shadow Puppetry
The New York-based Chinese Theatre Works is bringing its magic from the street theaters and festivals of China to the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. You’ll see famous stories, like Monkey King and Journey to the West, along with pieces that draw inspiration from The Field Museum’s own shadow puppet collection. Held Sat., 3 p.m. at The Field Museum. Free with museum general admission ($18/adults, $13/children (3-11). All ages. Event details.
Family Festival: Puppets!
Kiddos can imagine a tall tale and act it out with their very own hand-made puppets. Interactive family gallery tours of the Art Institute’s “Puppets” exhibit happen at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Your gang can also check out Rudyard Kipling’s “Rikki Tikki Tavi,” which will be told using hand puppets, rod puppets and masks. Held Sat., 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at The Art Institute of Chicago. Free. All ages. Event details.
“Lions in Illyria” on Stage
This kid-friendly retelling of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” follows Violet, a lioness, on a whirlwind adventure full of hilarious animals. This little lioness was lost at sea, and is now in the land of Illyria all alone. She disguises herself as a boy and befriends a peacock, who convinces her to go on a quest to impress the most powerful gazelle in town. Held thru Feb. 15 at Lifeline Theatre. $15/ticket. Ages 5 & up. Event details.
Enchanted Railroad Mini Train Exhibit
Watch trains travel through all four seasons; there are bright orange pumpkins in the fall display, and fluffy little daffodils as the trains sweep through spring. This interactive display is specially designed for young ones because it’s meant to be viewed from just two feet off the ground. Held Sat.-Feb. 22 at Morton Arboretum. Free with general admission ($9/adult; $6/child; free for children under 2). All ages. Event details.
Russian National Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty”
Get whisked the land of fairies and evil queens at this family-friendly performance. Kids love the sparkly costumes and dreamy movements that bring this story to life. As an added bonus, if you attend the matinee show, your gang can attend a fancy Tea Party just before the show. Held Sat., 3 & 8 p.m. at McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage. $55/adult; $45/child; $25/person for pre-matinee tea party. All ages. Event details.
Polar Peak at FROZEMONT
MB Financial Park has turned into a wonderland of fun, complete with tubing, ice skating, brilliant lights and more. At the center of “FROZEMONT” is the four-story Polar Peak tubing hill — the grade is steep and the ride is thrilling. (There is a kiddie slope for those that don’t need as much adrenaline.) Sledding held thru Jan. 19. $20/hour for tubing; ice skating is free and skate rentals are $8. All ages. Event details.
Remarkable Raptors Family Event
Discover how these roaring dinosaurs became beautiful birds during a fun-filled morning. You little dino fans will learn about raptors and how to spot their descendants all around us. They’ll even get to take a short walk on the trail to test their skills, and make rap-tacular dinosaur crafts. Held Sat., 10-11:30 a.m. at Fuller Air Station Prairie and Tyner Interpretive Center. $12/resident; $15/non-resident. Ages 4 & up. Event details.
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— Kelly Aiglon & Natasha Davis
photo: Frasca Pizzeria & Wine Bar