Tickle your family’s funny bone this Sunday with a little sketch comedy. For the first time this year, the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival introduces Sketch Day for Kids, with two family-friendly afternoon shows. At 1 p.m., enjoy “Unintentionally Hilarious,” a show written and performed by 30 junior high kids, with comedy that ranges from musical to silent with plenty of fun and chaos. Enjoy an hour of quiet time with “Bri-Ko” at 2 p.m. The all-silent sketch show takes on simple every day tasks and turns them into inventive adventures. A cast Q and A session follows the “Bri-Ko” performance, where audience members will have a chance to discuss writing and performance with the actors.Sketch Day for Kids is held at the Theatre Building Chicago, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. Tickets are $12.50, $8 kids for a single show and $25, $12 kids for both shows. Reservations are recommended. For more information, call (773) 539-4596 or visit ChicagoSketchFest.com.
Two lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a Martian Matter Alien Maker from Hasbro Toys. The Alien Maker is recommended for kids 5 and up and retails for $17.99. For more information, visit HasbroToyShop.com. To win, visit our discussion board.
Help your kids get in touch with their inner Bard at The Newberry Library this Saturday with “50-Minute Hamlet.” The Shakespeare Project of Chicago condensed William Shakespeare’s masterpiece into a kid-attention-span-friendly 50-minute performance. The two-person performance introduces kids not only to one of Shakespeare’s classics, but also to passion, poetry and pathos in a theater production. A discussion with the cast will follow the show. “50-Minute Hamlet” is produced in conjunction with the library’s Artifacts of Childhood: 700 Years of Children’s Books exhibit.The Newberry Library is located at 60 W. Walton St., Chicago. “50-Minute Hamlet” is a free production. For more information, call (312) 943-9090 or visit newberry.org.
Free is one magic word that we can’t get enough of. This month, the Museum of Science and Industry is hosting its January Free Days, which means one thing—plenty of fun without an admission fee. Parking fees, Omnimax films and tours of the U-505 aren’t included in the free offer.During January Free Days, the museum will host live science demonstrations, interactive exhibits and access to the 2009 Black Creativity exhibit, Green Revolution. The exhibit explores African-American inventions that have aided in going green and is open from Jan. 15-March 1. The Museum of Science and Industry, 57th Street and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, is open 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free from Jan. 5-31, but parking is $16. Omnimax film tickets are $7, $5 kids 3-11 and U-505 on-board tours are $6. For a full list of events and more information, call (773) 684-1414 or visit msichicago.org.
This week, five lucky Chicago Parent readers will win the DP-152 Digital Photo Frame Keychain from Coby Electronics. The keychain has a 1.2-inch screen that holds up to 60 pictures, comes in four color choices—red, blue, pink and black—and retails for $29.99. For more information, visit cobyusa.com. To win, visit our discussion board.
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