Be entertained at Chicago Parent Playdate, special needs edition

Click here for information on the Feb. 11, 2018 Special Needs Playdate!

Kids of all abilities and ages will find something fun to do at the Chicago Parent Playdate Jan. 28 in Northbrook. One place they’ll love is the entertainment stage, which offers a variety of fun, interactive performances.

If you go

When: Jan. 28, 2017, 10 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Where: JCC Chicago, 300 Revere Dr., Northbrook, IL 60062

Purchase tickets here.

The morning session will feature music with Chicago favorite Mary Macaroni, storytelling by The Storybook Mom and yoga with Buddha Belly Kids Yoga. All three will have kids wiggling and moving.

The Storybook Mom captivates kids with her storytelling. Because she understands kids need to move and participate, she is a perfect choice for the Playdate.

“Storytelling is all about sharing and helping yourself and those around you know you are loved and that every one is unique. We celebrate and use our voices and bodies to feel strong,” she says.

Mary Macaroni puts instruments and scarves in kids’ hands so they are part of the show. Plus, her magic will leave them guessing.

Kids also won’t want to miss Buddha Belly Kids Yoga, which explores yoga through poses, movement, and relaxation while encouraging creativity and fun! Erin Bracco and Meg Hanisch have more than 15 years of experience working with kids and making them feel successful.

“Yoga is meant for all beings and bodies, and Buddha Belly stems from an inclusive philosophy. Our demo class will consist of a magical yoga journey featuring movement, props and relaxation,” Hanisch says. “Just as we meet on our mat, we also meet the children where they are — encouraging body awareness, promoting self-confidence and making yoga tangible. We will experience yoga with our sense of touch, sound and breath. Our playful, positive attitude makes yoga fun and accessible to all children!”

The afternoon session will feature Scott Ingerson of TwistiCity, who always amazes his audiences with his creations made from bubbles and balloons. Plus, he’s a really fun guy.

The day will end with one of Chicago’s best entertainers, Jeanie B!

“I have been fortunate enough to work with special needs kids as a music teacher for many years,” she says. “I engage them at whatever level they are able to participate, whether it’s shaking a hand instrument to just enjoying a cloud of bubbles from my super-duper bubble machine. My songs are interactive and include movement, puppets, singing and other props to enjoy the music with!”

Don’t forget, 30 kids will get to try the JCC’s All In Swim program for free during the Playdate. The sign-up for swimming is available here.

For Playdate tickets and to check out our sponsors, click here.

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