Dec. 27, 2007

Get out and play

When it comes to figuring out what to do with your family this weekend, pencil in running, jumping and playing at Mayor Daley’s Sports Festival at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Martin Luther King Drive, Chicago. The fest began as the Holiday Hoops basketball tournament in 2000, but has grown to encompass a plethora of different sports and activities families can participate in for free.


Play your hearts out on the giant indoor playground as you immerse your family in sports such as golf, football, bowling, martial arts and tennis, just to name a few. There will also be a 50-yard dash, climbing walls and open courts for volleyball and basketball and inflatables for tumbling and sliding.


If bouncing around isn’t exactly your family’s speed, there will also be fishing ponds, an all-ages chess tournament and table tennis as well as ongoing tournaments in various sports, which will allow everyone to play the spectator. There will also be a tot’s zone for smaller kids.


Mayor Daley’s Sports Festival runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday. For a complete list of events and more information, visit the Web site,

Get fit with this contest

Chicago Parent, the 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 (ages 5 to 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.

Piece of the prize

This week, five lucky Chicago Parent readers will win“Christmas Television Favorites” on DVD, which is out this holiday season. The four-disk DVD set features eight Christmas classics including“The Year Without a Santa Claus” and“Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” To win, tell us what Santa brought your kids this year. Post your answer on our discussion board, 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.

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