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The Boxcar Children

The Theatre of Western Springs | Western Springs, Ill.

Orphaned and in danger of being sent to different foster homes, the four siblings run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar. Performances are 7:30 p.m. May 9-11; 2:30 p.m. May 11.



Cost: $12, $6 kids

Beauty and the Beast Jr.

The Wilmette Theatre | Wilmette, Ill.

Performances are 10 a.m. April 27, May 4 and 11; 7 p.m. May 12.




Cost: $15

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center | Evanston, Ill.

Take a zany journey through the stairways of Wayside School. Performances run 7 p.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays from May 3-12.



Cost: $5-$10

The Waa-Mu Show 2013: Flying Home

Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center | Evanston, Ill.

Imagine a world in which Wonderland, Oz and Neverland collide. The journeys of Alice, Dorothy and Wendy intersect and are woven together with a brand new fantasy. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday from May 3-12, with an additional show at 2 p.m. May 11.





Cost: $10-$30

Magic Matinee

Theater Wit | Chicago, Ill.

Swing back in time and experience the wonder of a vaudeville magic show. Sean Masterson brings to life the magic and stories of magician "Herrmann The Great". Herrmann's magical matinees were a Chicago tradition at the end of the 19th century. Sean imaginatively combines sleight-of-hand magic and illusions with tales of Herrmann's off stage antics in the Windy City.


When: 2 p.m.
Cost: $16, $13 kids

Play for All

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

The museum will open early for registered kids and families with disabilities to experience CCM's playful, multisensory exhibits and activities. The first 100 visitors to register receive free admission (limit six per family). To register and for more information, call (312) 321-6551.

When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: Free for 100 registered visitors

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