Feb. 28, 2008

 
 

Kate Pancero

 

Get out there and play



As days go, this Friday is special since it only comes around every four years. Celebrate Leap Day with your family by making a visit to the Museum of Science and Industry, 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. The best part, admission into the museum is free. The U-505 boat on-board tour and 3-D theater shows will require an additional ticket, however. The museum hours are 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

On Saturday, you can celebrate the first day of March, as well as National Pig Day at Brookfield Zoo, 8400 W. 31st St., Brookfield. You don’t have to live in a pig sty—but it’s OK if you do—to enjoy the festivities, which include a pig parade, led by the Pigmobile. Pig-related activities will have your kids tickled pink and they’ll be squealing with joy when they see Pinto, the Yucatan miniature pig, show off a few tricks. This event will be held in the Children’s Zoo and the Hamill Family Play Zoo from 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and is free with museum admission.

If celebrating extra days and pink, four-legged creatures isn’t enough, stop by the Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago, to help commemorate the opening of the new permanent exhibit, “Sugar from the Sun.” The exhibit will have pathways leading through four different botanical environments to demonstrate how plants take in and use air, water and sunlight to make sugar energy. The 2,000 tropical plants have been arranged to allow visitors to hide amongst vanilla beans, walk “on air” and through towers of gnarled roots and of course, stop to smell the sweet flowers. The exhibit opens at 10 a.m.

Get your tickets here



Ten lucky Chicago Parent readers will have the opportunity to see "Horton Hears a Who" during an exclusive screening at the AMC River East, 322 E. Illinois St., Chicago, at 11 a.m. March 8. Each winner will receive two admit-two passes. To win, tell us about your family’s favorite thing to do in the spring. Post your answer on our discussion board, then e-mail your answer, name and your Chicago Parent ID to [email protected]. 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.

Sweet tickets


This week, two Chicago parents will win tickets to the Chicagoland Kids Expo at the Renaissance Convention Center, 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, March 8-9. Each ticket will grant one adult admission into the expo. To win, tell us about your child’s favorite outside activity. Post your answers to our discussion board, then e-mail your answer, name and your Chicago Parent ID to [email protected]. 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



This week, five lucky Chicago Parent readers will win The Name of this Book is Secret on an audio book CD. To win, tell us your family’s favorite book to read at bedtime. Don't forget to tell us why. Post your answers to our discussion board, then e-mail your answer, name and your Chicago Parent ID to [email protected]. 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 read our review of this book, click here.

 
 







 
 
 
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