Ideas to keep your kids busy during Spring Break

| March 20, 2014 | Comments (0)

spring-daffodils-1439856-sSpring break is coming up soon. Do you know what you are doing with your kids? From looming to learning to laughing, here are some ideas whether you need something to keep your kids busy all week or just a one day outing to break up the togetherness. In true school fashion, the ideas are in alphabetically order by the organization name. You can take the students out of school, but, well…you know the rest.

The Adler Planetarium announced Here Comes The Sun, a fun mix of solar-themed programming and special events starting March 22. You can participate in as many events as you want, encouraging families to make their own Spring Break camp including Young Explorers’ Monday for children ages 3 – 5, Spotlight on Sundials every Wednesday for all ages and Homegrown Solar Science where families can cook using sun power. For more information about Here Comes The Sun, call 312-922-7827 or visit adlerplanetarium.org.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is at Chicago Shakespeare Theater March 22. This 75 minute abridged production is part of the Short Shakespeare series, a great way to introduce audiences of all ages to Shakespeare. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a funny play with a mischievous spirits, an enchanted forest, fumbling characters and a series of mishaps creating situations where nothing is as it seems. This is for children 10 and older. For more information visit http://www.chicagoshakes.com/plays_and_events or call (312) 595-5600.

The Chicago Wolves are hosting a Rainbow Loom expo on March 23. Rainbow Loom creator  Choon Ng will be a the inaugural Rainbow Loom Expo from Noon – 2:00 p.m. “Loomers” will participate in a new technique showcase, receive hands-on lessons and learn about the latest Rainbow Loom product. For more information about the Rainbow Loom Expo and purchase tickets to Chicago Wolves games, call 1-800-THEWOLVES or visit ChicagoWolves.com.

Future scientists will enjoy the Field Museum’s new exhibition The Machine Inside: Biomechanics. This exhibition “allows visitors to explore how plants and animals stay in one place, endure extreme temperatures, find food against fierce competition and sense the world around them.” According to the press kit, “Biomechanics is the most interactive exhibition the Museum has ever created: feel how hard a giraffe’s heart works to pump blood up to is head, learn to fly with different wing types, and more. The exhibition is presented in both English and Spanish.”

The music of Queen and Michael Curry (Cirque du Soleil, The Lion King on Broadway and Shrek the Musical),  combine with the illustrations and writings of Edward Gorey in the Trey McIntyre Project performances at the Harris Theater. There are three opportunities to see this family-friendly show. April 3 for an evening performance, April 4 for an Eat to the Beat show and April 5 for the Family Series performance. If your kids will sit still for a full show or you’re dealing with shorter attention spans, the Trey McIntyre Project has something for everyone. For more information visit http://www.harristheaterchicago.org/ or call (312) 334-7777.

Lifeline Theatre’s KidSeries premiers Lyle Finds His Mother, a musical based on the children’s book series by Bernard Waber. What’s great about taking your kids to see Lyle Finds His Mother is that Lyle stars in a number of books. You can use the show to help build your child’s interest in reading. The entire family will travel the world on a journey of hilarity and heart in this world premiere musical. This one hour show is best for children ages five and up (children under two not permitted). Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the Lifeline Theatre Box Office, 773.761.4477, or by visiting www.lifelinetheatre.com.

You can introduce your elementary school aged children to poet Rudyard Kipling when Strawdog Theatre Company’s Hugen Hall premieres of Best Beloved: The Just So Stories. Created by the Forks & Hope Ensemble from Rudyard Kipling’s “Just So Stories for Little Children,” the show brings magical creatures to life as a young mother struggles with a great loss. This is a funny and heartbreaking story which looks at the power of storytelling. Tickets are $15 and may be ordered online at strawdog.org or by calling OvationTix toll-free: 866-811-4111.

Shari is currently seeking ways to keep her daughters busy during Spring Break. She writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Image courtesy of Stock Exchange.

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About Shari: Shari is a mom, wife, marketing communications professional, gardener, Chicago Blackhawks fan, college sports fan, traveler, quilter, community volunteer, sister, daughter, aunt, friend, Siberian Husky owner, Girl Scout troop leader and book lover. You can find Shari blogging about life with twins at Two Times the Fun and tweeting @slcs48n1. View author profile.

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