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,
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.