May 21, 2009

 
 

Kate Pancero

Get out there and play

Think—and act—like a critter with the Morton Arboretum, located at Interstate 88 and Route 53 in Lisle, as it opens its newest exhibit, Animal Houses, Friday. The exhibit showcases 11 oversized and interactive animal shelters that give your family a chance to climb, perch and explore, just like skunks, spiders and polliwogs.

The exhibit’s goal is to teach visitors the importance of trees—the arboretum’s specialty—and the environment. Animal houses are scattered throughout the arboretum with shelters such as the Beaver Lodge and Great Blue Heron Rookery in the wetlands near Bur Reed Marsh and an Ant Colony and Coyote Den at the Schulenberg Prairie. Special animal house-themed drop-in programs, including guided walks, exhibits and family education programs, are offered in the Children’s Garden.

Animal Houses is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. or sunset from May 22-Nov. 15. Admission is free with arboretum admission, which is $10, $7 kids 3-17, free kids 2 and under. Discounts are available on Wednesdays. For more information, call (630) 968-0074 or visit mortonarb.org.

Get out there and play

Your rockin’ family will dance to the beat with this contest. One lucky Chicago Parent reader will win five tickets to see Dan Zanes and Friends on May 30 at either the 1 or 4 p.m. show. The performance, Dan Zanes and Friends Celebrate Chicago, will be held at the Harris Theater, 205 E. Randolph Drive, Chicago, and features the Pilsen Choir. Ten other lucky Chicago Parent readers will win Dan Zanes’ 2008 album, “¡Nueva York!” To learn more about Dan Zanes, read Chicago Parent’s recent interview, here. For more information, visit danzanes.com. To win, visit our discussion board.

Get out there and play

Take your family out to the ballgame with the Joliet Jackhammers. Five lucky Chicago Parent readers will win family 10-packs of flex vouchers to their choice of Joliet Jackhammers home games. For more information, visit jackhammerbaseball.com. To win, visit our discussion board.

Get out there and play

Discover the stars with your family this weekend at Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass opening Friday at Adler Planetarium, 1300 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Check out a few of the oldest telescopes, some of which are seen for the first time in this exhibition, learn how they work and help explore our universe through interactive areas. There are more than 100 telescopes on display, including a working 20-foot telescope that was built in 1675 that you can take a peek through.

Telescopes: Through the Looking Glass is included with general admission, which is $10, $8 Chicago residents, $6 kids 3-14, $5 Chicago resident kids 3-14, free kids 2 and under. For more information, call (312) 922-STAR (7827) or visit adlerplanetarium.org.

Piece of the prize

You don’t have to hit the road to enjoy this engine revving prize. Two lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a Matchbox prize pack, which includes a Color Blaster Play Set and two Color Shifters. For more information, visit matchbox.com. To win, visit our discussion board.
 
 





 
 
 
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