With temperatures holding steadying the 20s this weekend, I'm anxious to get outside and be active - without freezing in 5 minutes! The timing couldn't be better with Valentine's Day coming and lots of great family activities set for this weekend.
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend - Friday, February 14, Saturday, February 15, and Sunday, February 16.
1. Geo Love
2312 W. Roscoe St. (Roscoe Village)
Fri., Feb. 14 from 4 - 5:30 pm
$35 per participant (recommended for ages 5 - 11)
After school lets out on Valentine's Day, your kids can head to Wishcraft Workshop in Roscoe Village to make map-inspired, embroidered art. Kids can try their hand at making depicting the "geographic distance between loved ones and the love than spans that distance" through art. Pre-registration for the event is required.
2. Envisioning China: A Festival of Arts and Culture
University of Chicago (various venues)
Now through June 15, 2014
Most events are free to the public
Last night marked the start of the University of Chicago's campus-wide Envisioning China: A Festival of Arts and Culture. The festival includes 40 events and exhibitions related to Chinese culture and heritage, taking place at various venues across the campus now through June 15, 2014. During the five-month long event, Chinese culture and heritage will be showcased through art, film, music, conversations and performances organized by the University of Chicago’s Center for the Art of East Asia, Center for East Asian Studies, Court Theatre, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Department of Music, Department of Visual Arts, Doc Films, Film Studies Center, Oriental Institute, Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, and University of Chicago Presents, among other partners. Families can search online for those programs best suited to you.
3. Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration
Navy Pier's Crystal Gardens
600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago
Sunday, February 16, noon - 3 pm
Neighborhoods of the World returns to Navy Pier once again this winter. The event, which takes place over the course of seven Sundays throughout the winter, celebrates the many ethnic communities of Chicago. It begins this year with a Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration, presented by The Chinese Fine Arts Society, on Sunday, February 16. The Chinese New Year Lantern Celebration will feature live music, dance performances, Chinese cuisine, calligraphy, kids crafts and folk art provided by local groups and businesses.
4. Nutella Day Party
2518 W. Armitage Ave. (Logan Square)
Sun., Feb. 16 from 1 - 5 pm
Save some room on Valentine's Day because on Sunday you can indulge in one of life's sweet infatuations at Multilingual Connections - Nutella. The language school, located in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, is going all out for World Nutella Day. At its Nutella Day Party, you can play Nutella-themed games, purchase Nutella-inspired treats from local bakeries, and attend short beginner-level Italian sessions. The event is free. You can RSVP in advance online.
5. Peking Acrobats
The Paramount Theatre
8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora
Sun., Feb. 16 at 5 pm
Tickets are $35 for adults and $24 for kids 12 and under
The Peking Acrobats are renown for performing daring maneuvers that defy gravity. The performers will climb, flip, and fly to the delight of the entire family. Tickets are available for purchase online.
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