April 3, 2008

 
 

Kate Pancero

Get out there and play



It seemed so far away mere weeks ago, but spring has finally arrived, kind of. To celebrate, we have a few ideas to get in tune with our planet Earth and its inhabitants. From flowers to scales, we have you covered this weekend.

Stretch your legs and get some fresh air during the Free Trail Walk at The Grove, 1421 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview, 2 p.m. Saturday. During the walk, your family will see wildflowers, learn about bird migration and view other signs that spring has finally sprung. The walk will be lead by a staff naturalist. Meet at the Interpretive Center—the group will leave promptly at 2 p.m. For more information, call (847) 299-6096 or visit the Web site, www.glenviewparkdist.org.

Although Chicago is void of rainforests, that doesn’t mean you can’t learn about them. The Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, will host Amazing Aroid Plantings from 1-3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Learn all about aroids, a type of rainforest plant and then create a habitat for your own. The project will last about 15-20 minutes. This is a free event. For more information, call (312) 746-5100 or visit the Web site, www.garfield-conservatory.org.

If you have had enough of flowers and fresh air, head over to Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago, on Saturday and Sunday to visit a few scaly creatures during Snakes, Lizards and More from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Chicago Herpetological Society will bring along a few friends, including eyelid-shedding snakes, lumpy frogs, blue-tongued skinks and perhaps a few slippery salamanders. The specialists from the Herpetological Society will be able to give your family a few facts about the anatomies and behaviors of frogs, snakes and toads. If you can’t make it this weekend, the program will be running twice a month through June. While you are at the museum, visit the Judy Istock Butterfly. Interacting with the Herpetological creatures is free, but admission to the museum is $9, $7 seniors and students (13-22) and $6 kids 3-12. For more information, call (773) 755-5100 or visit the Web site, www.naturemuseum.org.

To find more to do this weekend, visit our calendar at www.chicagoparent.com. Photo courtesy Glenview Park District.

Get your prize pack here



You don’t have to be an astronaut to visit the moon. Through the month of April, five Chicago Parent readers will have a chance to win family five packs each week to go see “Fly Me to the Moon” at Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, as well as general admission to the planetarium. To win, we’ll post a different question to answer on our discussion board every week. For this week, we want to know your family’s favorite place to visit on the weekends. Post your answer on our discussion board, then e-mail your answer, name and your Chicago Parent ID to e-dition@chicagoparent.com. You must post and e-mail us for your answer to be counted. We will not release your information-it is purely for contact purposes. Some answers may appear in Chicago Parent magazine. Winners will be chosen at random and may have no affiliation with Wednesday Journal Inc. or its employees.

To find out more about, “Fly Me to the Moon,” check out the article in our April edition here.

Get your tickets here



This week, three lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a family five pack to see “The Blue House” 2 p.m. April 13 at Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago. For more information on the show, visit the Web site, www.vittumtheater.org. To win, tell us the best parenting tip your mom ever gave you. Post your answer on our discussion board, then e-mail your answer, name and your Chicago Parent ID to e-dition@chicagoparent.com. You must post and e-mail us for your answer to be counted. We will not release your information-it is purely for contact purposes. Some answers may appear in Chicago Parent magazine. Winners will be chosen at random and may have no affiliation with Wednesday Journal Inc. or its employees.

Piece of the prize



Five Chicago Parent readers will “get munked” this week when they win “Alvin and the Chipmunks” on DVD. To win, let us know what kind of pet your kid would like if they could have any animal live under your roof. Post your answer on our discussion board, then e-mail your answer, name and your Chicago Parent ID to e-dition@chicagoparent.com. You must post and e-mail us for your answer to be counted. We will not release your information-it is purely for contact purposes. Some answers may appear in Chicago Parent magazine. Winners will be chosen at random and may have no affiliation with Wednesday Journal Inc. or its employees.

 
 





 
 
 
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