It’s hard to believe that March is here – and that spring will be on the way soon. Even with temperatures back down in the teens and low 20s, there are still plenty of good reasons to head out for some family-friendly fun in Chicago.
Here is the Raising World Citizens list of the top five events for families in Chicago this weekend – Friday, February 28, Saturday, March 1, and Sunday, March 2.
1. Global Activism: India
Chicago Cultural Center, GAR Hall and Rotunda
78 E. Washington St.
Friday, February 28 from 4 – 9 p.m.
Free event (open to all ages)
New for 2014, WBEZ 91.5 FM is hosting Worldview’s Global Activism Series, a year-long program that focuses on “specific countries, cultures and topic areas that have global relevance and models for service.” The series begins this weekend with Global Activism: India, a cultural exploration of India through conversation, art, dance and food. At the event, you can meet global activists who have worked in India, join a discussion on India: Lessons in Development, enjoy dance and music performed by the Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts, see curated works of art, and sample food from across India as prepared by Chicagoans. It is open to the public and geared to people of all ages.
2. An African Art & Cuisine Affair
The C.A.K.E. Village
611 E. Main St, East Dundee
Saturday, March 1
$20 for adults, $12 for children 12 and younger
The C.A.K.E. Village in East Dunee marks Ghana’s 57th year of Independence with a party filled with food, music, crafts and history that celebrates the African country. Throughout the afternoon, you can enjoy music from DJ Bonsu, folktales by children’s author Xavia McCloud, food from Grace’s Restaurant, kente weaving with Bobbo Ahiagel, Jr. and more. Tickets for the event are available for purchase online. The C.A.K.E. Village aims to foster an enriched, positive connection between children and Africa. The center includes a theatre, dance and music room, art studio and lounge.
3. Dr. Seuss Day
213 W. Institute Place, Suite 207
Saturday, March 1, 10 am – 1 pm
Free event (suggested ages are 3 years and older)
Did you know it’s Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Sunday, March 2? Open Books, a used bookstore and nonprofit social venture that promotes literacy in Chicago, is getting the celebration started one day early with “Dr. Seuss Day.” The event, held on Saturday, March 1, celebrates the wonderful books that have found a special place in the hearts of children and adults everywhere. Kids can enjoy coloring activities, face painting, book readings and, of course, have a piece of birthday cake. Throughout the day, there also will be a special classes lead by Wishcraft Workshop, storytime with Chicago Junior League’s Mad Hatters and theatre games led by Emerald City Theatre Company.
4. Family Day: Domino Throwdown
Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Saturday, March 1 at 1 pm
The University of Chicago’s campus-wide Envisioning China: A Festival of Arts and Culture, which began on February 13 and runs through June 15, 2014, includes 40 events and exhibitions related to Chinese culture and heritage. This weekend, families can stop by the Smart Museum of Art to make their own domino cards and try their luck in a dominoes tournament. (The activities are geared to kids ages 4 – 12 years old.) You can search online for other family-friendly programs happening throughout the five-month festival.
5. Starcatcher Sunday
1300 S. Lake Shore Drive
Sunday, March 2 from 11 am – 3 pm
Activities are free with museum admission (tickets need to be purchased for “Night Sky Over Neverland” show)
Do you kids dream of sailing the high seas? If so, you and your “mateys” should head to the Adler Planetarium and let their pirate-fueled imaginations run wild during Starcatcher Sunday, which celebrates the opening of the new Broadway in Chicago show, “Peter and the Starcatcher,” a prequel to Peter Pan. From 11 am – 3 pm, kids ages 10 and under can grab a treasure map and head out on a swashbuckling adventure that includes hands-on activities, a “Make your own star” workshop, a story time with a constellation activity, and open access to the Doane Observatory. You and your little pirates also can purchase separate tickets to the special sky show, “Night Sky Over Neverland.”
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