8 ways to make your family laugh on April Fool's Day in Chicago

Use April Fool's Day this year as an excuse to ditch the routine and share a few laughs with your family.

 

Last April, there was little laughter in our house, my family having just lost a mom and grandmother after a long, grueling sickness.

And, it was missed.

Funny is FUN at the Bozzos'. All those private jokes, silly sayings and stories we share cement us together as a family.

Not only does laughter bond families, it makes us all healthier, less stressed, more fun to be around and yes, happier. So why don't we laugh more often?

Sometimes our lives are too fast and furious to find funny. But not this month, with April Fools' Day providing the perfect reason. I went looking for ways to make my family's days more funny. And you can, too, with these eight ways to get you started.

 
 

1 Make funny a sport

The folks at ComedySportz Theatre make funny good sport. Catch their all-age improv show where teams clad in red and blue sports jerseys compete by creating scenes, songs and games based on shout-outs from the audience. The team with the most claps wins! Best for children 10 and up.

You can catch the show six times a week, Thursdays at 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 and 10 p.m. and Saturdays at 6, 8 and 10 p.m. Ticket are $22-$24 available at (773) 549-8080 or through Ticketmaster.

 

 
 

2 A laughing hyena

Laughter is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle or sneeze. So if you need a quick dose of the wild variety, check out the pair of spotted hyenas at the Lincoln Park Zoo. Kai and Phika are the first hyenas to live at the zoo since the 1970s. So why do they call them laughing hyenas anyway? Because they sound like people laughing their heads off! You can find Kai and Phika on the northeast side of the zoo in between the Sun bear and the Andean bear.

 
 

3 A flub club

Laughter is a serious subject for the Park Ridge Hysterical Society, a club dedicated to celebrating the joy of laughter since April Fools' Day 2008. Join in for a free laughter session Tuesday nights at the Park Ridge Chamber of Commerce; participate in monthly events or call in daily at 9 a.m. to laugh with others on a 20-minute conference call: (712) 432-3900, pin 6071292.

 
 

4 Squeal over this meal

Try the Grilled Laughing Bird shrimp and fried oyster po' boy at the friendly organic joint, Nana's in Bridgeport. Nana packs a meal-and-a-half-size baguette with grilled Laughing Bird shrimp and fried oysters.

 
 

5 The funnies

Back in the day, I'd save my allowance for the Archies comic books with good giggly fun. I realized my girls have probably never seen a comic book and in today's digital age, they don't even read "The Funnies" in the Sunday paper. So this month, I am going to slip comic books in the most unsuspecting places and gear up for giggles. Check out Graham Crackers Comics, the largest comic store chain in the U.S. With nine Chicago area locations, there is sure to be one near you. grahamcrackers.com.

 
 

6 Laugh on the way

With all the time we spend driving, I velcroed the Original 365 Jokes and Puns, America's bestselling jokes calendar, to the dash of our Suburban. Now a fantastic joke is only a reach away! Who needs green lights to make the ride go fast? This month, I laugh at red lights!

 
 

8 Tickle spa?

Moms, would you pay $60 an hour to be tickled? That's what folks are doing at the world's first tickle spa, Cosuille Arte, which opened last June in Madrid, Spain. There you will find masseurs or "tickologists" who lightly caress clients with feathers, fingers and a wire head massager in a candlelit room. Wonder if tickle spas will make their way to the states? Or try on your own on your next at-home date night.

 
 
 







 
 
 
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