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The Mystery of the Pirate Ghost

Lifeline Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

A burglar is at large in Boogle Bay and the prime suspect is the ghost of the infamous pirate Blackeye Doodle. Hungry for adventure, young Otto and his Uncle Tooth set out to capture the mischievous thief and recover the stolen goods. Performances are 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Jan. 12-Feb. 17. One hour before each performance, for an extra $10, kids can participate in Stories Come Alive! Hour, an interactive storytelling session followed by on-your-feet theatre games to explore the characters, plot, and themes of the book


Cost: $15

The Music Man

Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre | Aurora, Ill.

One of the most iconic musicals comes to life. Performances run Jan. 16-Feb. 3, 2013.

Cost: $34.90-$46.90

Annual Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King

Chicago Sinfonietta | Chicago, Ill.

Performances are 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Wentz Concert Hall of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Orchestra Hall of Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Chicago Sinfonietta at 312-236-3681 ext. 2 or online at

Cost: Tickets range from $40–$50 for concert at Wentz Concert Hall and $26-$50 for concerts at Symphony Center, with special $10 pricing available for students.

Breakfast with the Butterflies

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Move, play and explore nature in a safe museum environment specially adapted for young children with development differences. Transition into a quiet, low stimuli breakfast room offering gluten and dairy free treats and enjoy a self-guided tour of the exhibits using the newly created visual support map and activities guide. Then experience the Judy Istock Butterfly Haven with specialized song and floor time activities. Registration required. Jan. 20, Feb. 17, March 17.

When: 8-10 a.m.
Cost: $20 pair, $15 member pair; $10 additional family member

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