January family events will keep cabin fever away

| January 8, 2015 | Comments (0)

MLK bannerThis month Chicago families have exciting opportunities to avoid cabin fever and do something that they’ll talk about for the rest of the year. From live theater to meeting baseball stars, there truly is something for everyone.

The Chicago Children’s Theatre presents Writers Theatre’s The MLK Project:  The Fight for Civil Rights from January 24 – February 6. Part of its new Later Stages series for kids ages 8 and up, this one-woman show follows a Chicago student’s personal transformation using real interviews, poetry, hip hop, history and multi-media projections. The MLK Project showcases interviews with Chicago-based Civil Rights activists. Some are names you know. Others are people who worked tirelessly, even though they never became household names. This is a great way to introduce children to a movement that they read about in history books and is still relevant today. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Chicago Children’s Theatre.

The Chicago International Puppet Festival brings some of the top contemporary puppet acts and artists from around the world for a nearly two-week festival that includes both family-friendly and grown-up performances. From January 14 – 25 in venues all across Chicagoland, more than 50 artists and a dozen puppet theater acts will perform everywhere from Links Hall to the Field Museum to the Chicago Shakespeare Theater to the Logan Center at the University of Chicago. In addition to the ticketed performances, the Art Institute of Chicago is hosting a free, drop-in, family puppet festival on Saturday, January 17. Puppets! will feature Bullonney Puppetworks’ adaptation of Rikki Tikki Tavi, the classic Rudyard Kipling short story. For more information about the performances or family festival, visit the Chicago International Puppet Festival.

 The Chicago Sinfonietta has been recreating classical music through “high artistic standards and a cutting-edge mix of guest artists” for more than 25 years. The fabulously multi-cultural Chicago Sinfonietta brings its very popular Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to North Central College of January 18 and Symphony Center on January 19. What’s great about the Chicago Sinfonietta is that each program is designed with families in mind. This year’s guests include 17-year-old African-American composter/conductor Jherrard Marseille Hardeman, 13-year-old African-American prodigy cellist Sujari Britt, high school-aged spoken word poets from Young Chicago Authors and the powerful singers of the Waubonsie Valley High School Mosaic Choir. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Chicago Sinfonietta.

The Chicago White Sox host SoxFest 2015 January 23 – 25 at the Chicago Hilton. Presented by Miller Lite, Comcast SportsNet, Beggers Pizza and WGN-TV, SoxFest2015 is the place for fans to meet their favorite current players, as well as manager Robin Ventura. Fans can attend autograph sessions, participate in question-and-answer panels and enjoy other interactive activities. Weekend passes are still available for adults and children. This year the White Sox are offering a new $20 pass for kids between 4 and 13 years of age. Adult passes are just $40 per person.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit SoxFest2015.




Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times the Fun. Images courtesy of the sponsoring organizations.

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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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