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The Legends of Oz Express

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.


Families can follow their hearts at the Tin Man’s Friendship Club by making friendship pins, test their brains in the Scarecrow’s Workshop with arts and crafts, and show their courage by performing on the Lion’s “Mane” stage. They will also hang out in cozy “Candy County” and hear the story that inspired the film, Dorothy of Oz, written by celebrated children’s author Roger Stanton Baum. Kids will virtually follow the yellow brick road in the “Legends of Oz World” iPad gaming stations, and Dorothy and her friends will be there for pictures, prizes and fun. Guests are encouraged to bring a new book to be donated to Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

When: 12:30-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Kicks Off Water Safety Month!

Bernard Weinger JCC (Northbrook) | Northbrook, Ill.


Meet 4-Time Olympic Gold Medalist Swimmer Lenny Krayzelburg and get autographs and photos. Children can receive a free swim evaluation and two free swim lessons when they register for the Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy ("LKSA") swim program.

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

Interactive Family Open House

Language Stars | Evanston,


Parents and children will have the chance to participate in three short demo lessons and an international sing-along. Each child will receive a passport, which will be stamped at each language or music lesson attended, and there will be opportunity for tuition discounts and door prizes.

When: 4-6 p.m.
Cost: Free

Eggs to Chicks

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit features the rare Black Java and White Java strains of chicken, which were an endangered species less than a decade ago. Includes a special child-height egg incubator, hatchery unit and a pen for newborn chicks. Runs from March 18-June 16.

When: Open during regular museum hours
Cost: Free with museum admission

Japan and Nature: Spirits of the Seasons

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A multi-media, interactive, exhibit that allows children to discover how nature is reflected and celebrated in the lives of Japanese children through special seasonal environments and traditional Japanese activities. The exhibit focuses on the regions of Lake Biwa, Sapporo, Kyoto and Fukuoka, offering an in-depth exploration of each region through video, audio and visual media, as well as authentic props and hands-on interactive activities.

Cost: Free with admission

Pet Vet

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Kids will be able to explore the pet vet office and learn a new respect for creatures as they nurse sick and injured animals back to health on the examining and operating tables; examine x-rays; get play animals clean; determine what diet is best and make a healthy meal; climb aboard a large format animal scale; help the lost pets find their correct homes and clamber through the pet obstacle course.

Cost: Free with admission

Little Princess: The Musical

The Wilmette Theatre | Wilmette, Ill.

This magical musical story is filled with adventure, imagination, friendship, family in a multicultural world and ultimate triumph defying the class prejudices. Performances run 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 26; 2 p.m. April 27, May 3 and May 4.



Cost: $18, $15 in advance

Thin Ice Ensemble Theater presents James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl & Richard R. George

Mayer Kaplan JCC | Skokie, Ill.

Escape with James and his insect friends on a marvelous journey as he travels in a giant peach across the ocean.

When: 7:30 p.m. May 2-3 at 7:30; 3 p.m. May 4
Cost: $10, $8 students

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