Family fun is free in March

| March 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

blue-butterfly-1566510Nothing is better than free family activities. This month there are plenty of free activities to keep everyone busy in a budget-friendly way. All the information came from various press releases, so be sure to check websites for the latest details.

Joffrey Ballet
As part of its Winning Works Choreographic Competition, The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, will showcase four world premieres in three free performances at the Chicago Public Library Harold Washington Library Center, Saturday, March 11 at 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM and Sunday, March 12 at 2:00 PM. Winning Works was created to recognize talented and emerging ALAANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab and Native American) choreographers and to provide them with a platform to showcase their original and innovative work. The winning choreographers are awarded a $5,000 stipend and have the opportunity to seek  and have the opportunity to seek guidance from Joffrey Artistic Director Ashley Wheater and Head of Studio Company and Trainee Program Raymond Rodriguez.  For more information on the Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet and its programs please visit

North Park Village Nature Center Maple Sugar Festival
Come and see the entire maple syrup-making process from tapping the tree and collecting the sap, to boiling it down into syrup. Take a walk through the sugar bush, enjoy storytelling, listen to music, make a maple craft, warm yourself by the fire, and taste real maple syrup fresh off the fire. The Maple Syrup Festival is a sweet and warm tradition that is free and fun for all ages. No registration required. For more information, visit

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Immerse yourself in Chicago’s urban gateway to nature and science for free every week at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Illinois residents receive entry at no cost on suggested donation Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Illinois residents can experience the hands-on fun the Nature Museum has to offer. Get a head start on spring at the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven and check out the Live Animal Feedings to see animal experts feed our various species of frogs and toads through the Look-In-Lab. Several new and ongoing exhibits, like Surface Tension and Our House explore the ways Chicagoans experience nature every day. There are also special events planned for each free admission Thursday. For more information, visit


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