Feb. 19, 2009

Get out there and play

Walk like an Egyptian down to the Oriental Institute Museum Sunday from 1-4 p.m. for the Mysteries and Mummies event. Use your super sleuth skills and check out ancient Egypt with films—including“Mummies Made in Egypt”—tour the ancient Egyptian Gallery and take a self-guided treasure hunt. Learn to write your name in hieroglyphs and make a souvenir that looks like it’s straight from ancient Egypt.

The Mysteries and Mummies program is set to celebrate African-American Heritage Month with the current exhibit,“The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer of Ancient Egypt.” The exhibit looks at the life of an Egyptian priestess through art, science and the actual mummy.

The Oriental Institute Museum is located at 1155 E. 58th St., Chicago. This event is free and recommended for kids 5 and up. For more information, call (773) 702-9514, or visit oi.uchicago.edu.

Sweet tickets

This week, two lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a family five-pack of tickets to see Corn Productions’ new show,“Mileep Saves Tuesday.” Tickets are good for any Saturday or Sunday show at 2 p.m. through March 22. Corn Productions is located at 4210 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. For more information, visit cornservatory.org. To win, visit our discussion board.

Get out there and play some more

This weekend is literally going to the dogs. The International Kennel Club of Chicago Dog Show hits McCormick Place Saturday and Sunday with more than 9,000 fuzzy four-legged competitors in 169 breeds vying for top prize.

Saturday’s events include breed judging, agility, rally and obedience competitions and junior showmanship. Dog show lovers will flip over meeting last year’s Westminster Kennel Club winner, Uno the beagle, who is signing“pawtographs” for his fans. Uno will appear at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Sunday concludes the breed and group judging as well as other competitions and the conclusion of Best in Show.

After taking in a few judging categories, watch demonstrations from seeing-eye dogs, canine companion for independence and Dogs for Disabled veterans. If your family is looking to adopt a dog, check out the Pro Plan Rally to Rescue Ambassadors, who are bringing adoptable dogs to meet and greet.

The International Kennel Club Dog Show is held at McCormick Place West, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is , seniors 62 and older, kids 2-12. Discount coupons are available on the Web site. For more information, visit ikcdogshow.com.

Get your tickets here

Ten lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a family five-pack to the Chicago Kids Expo Feb. 28-March 1. For more information, visit chicagokidsexpo.com. To win, visit our discussion board.

Inside fun

Check out a new sport this weekend at Our World Underwater on Saturday and Sunday. Although scuba diving might not seem inviting in the middle of February, the show will take you away from the frigid outdoors. The show is the oldest running scuba diving event of its kind and holds seminars, workshops, classes and plenty of booths to explore. Talk to the environmental agencies to learn what your family can do to help preserve the oceans and the environment. While you’re there on Saturday, make sure you stop by the Children’s Program area, open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., to see Chicago Parent.

Our World Underwater is held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, 9301 Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont. The event is held from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is , kids 9-12, free kids 7 and under. Bring in the Chicago Parent discount coupon on page 5 in the January issue and page 2 in the February issue to receive one free kid’s admission with one paid adult. For more information, visit Ourworldunderwater.com.

Piece of the prize

Celebrate your little girl’s upcoming birthday in style when you win a Jewelry Making Party for eight at Team Blonde, 7442 W. Madison, Forest Park. The party, won by one lucky Chicago Parent reader, includes 1½ hours for jewelry making, where partygoers may use glass beads to create their own design, such as a bracelet, anklet, necklace or earrings. The package includes instruction and materials. Team Blonde’s boutique, along with jewelry-making parties, includes a spa, where manicures, pedicures and massages are offered. These are not included in the party package. For more information, visit teamblonde.com. To win, visit our discussion board.

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