The Wee Weekender for September 12-13

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So now that everyone has found their back-to-school groove, I bet that you are looking for a few things to do to chill out on what promises to be a beautiful fall weekend.

If I were you, I would think about one of these options:

The Renegade Craft Fair. Some might argue that the annual Renegade Craft Fair isn't really an event for kids. But I disagree. I think that kids totally belong at this fabulous DIY event. I've brought my kids with me for the past two years. We've had a blast strolling down Division checking out the artist's wares. I've picked up cool items like a hand-knit winter hat for my son and a mermaid shadow puppet for my daughter. This event takes place on September 12 and 13 on Division Street between Damen and Paulina. You should go. Trust me, you'll be glad you did.

Or you could attend the first ever Wake Up and Boogie Down Family Festival Fundraiser sponsored by the Neighborhood Parents Network. If you have early risers (and who among us doesn't), consider supporting a local organization that provides many beneficial services to Chicago families (including their super informational preschool fair). This event kicks off at 9:00 am sharp. Little Miss Ann is performing and kids can make a craft with folks from The Easel. Sounds like a fun morning to me. As an added bonus, you get five complimentary issues of Time Out Chicago Kids (which is jam-packed with kid-friendly stuff you are going to want to know about) with your ticket purchase.

Kilbourn Park Harvest Fest 2009. In case you need another reminder that summer is officially over, take the kiddos over to Kilbourn Park to celebrate summer's bounty.

The Dream Tree Shakers in concert at the Old Town School of Music. On Sunday September 13, bring the whole gang to hear live music. According to the website, this group "will twist and shake like leaves and trees as they sing and play original songs full of the stories of the forest." The concert kicks off at 11:00 am. See the website for details.

Happy weekending to you all -- and then it is back to the school grind first thing Monday.

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