Dec. 20, 2007

Get out and play

A caroling you can go this weekend in Millennium Park. This Friday at 6 p.m. you and your family can sing your hearts out with the Chicago Children’s Choir for an evening of festive music at Cloud Gate (also known as the Bean). To add to the festive atmosphere, there will be candles to hold while you sing along.

After fa la la-ing, you and your family can warm up with peppermint hot chocolate, peppermint mocha and Christmas blend coffee free, courtesy of Starbucks. Then head over to the McCormick Tribune Ice Rink for a few laps around the ice. Skating is free if you bring your own skates, skate rentals are available for $9.

Cloud Gate is located in Millennium Park, Michigan Avenue between Randolph and Monroe streets, Chicago. For more information, call (312) 742-1168 or visit the Web site,

Sweet discounts

You and your family can smile at this crocodile when you go to see“Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” during the holiday matinee shows from Dec. 22-Jan. 6. When Chicago Parent Weekend E-dition readers purchase one ticket, the second is half-off. Tickets are $10. The show runs at 1 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday. For more information or to order tickets, call (773) 761-4477 or visit the Web site,

Piece of the prize

This week, five lucky Chicago Parent readers will win“The Simpsons Movie” on DVD from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. To win, tell us on our discussion board what little things you do for your family to show that you love them. Then e-mail your answer, name, phone number and your Chicago Parent ID to You must post and e-mail us for your answer to be counted. We will not release your information–it is purely for contact purposes. Winners will be chosen at random and may have no affiliation with Wednesday Journal Inc. or its employees.

Get fit with this contest

Chicago Parent, Michigan Apple Committee and Wellspring Camps are offering one winning Chicago kid a free four-week weight loss and fitness camp session of their choice valued at $5,900 (transportation not included). To win, submit a photo, application and a 500-1,000 word essay written, by you or your child, between the ages of 5 and 24, explaining why they would like the opportunity to attend camp. For more information and contest applications, visit the Web site. Deadline is Feb. 22.

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