Feb. 5, 2009

Get out there and play

Your little leapers love jumping and hopping all over the house. Hone in on their frog-like play by making a visit to Amazing Amphibians, the new exhibit at the Notebaert Nature Museum, opening this Saturday. Not only will they learn about frogs, they’ll discover a world of salamanders, toads and other amphibians.Fly into the exhibit by pretending you’re a tree frog as you ride the Zipline through the rainforest. Your little hoppers can test their skills as they compare their jumps to the leaps of various frogs. After all of that jumping, take a breather to meet 13 species of frogs and toads native to Chicago and other animals from around the world, including Cane Toads, Cuban Tree Frogs and Leopard Frogs. Get lost in the Frog Maze, where you can test your amphibian knowledge. Amazing Amphibians runs Feb. 7-April 12. Notebaert Nature Museum is located at 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. The museum is open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Admission is , kids 3-12, seniors and students. Thursdays are suggested donation days. For more information, call (773) 755-5100 or visit naturemuseum.org.

Get your tickets here

Two lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a family five-pack to see“Under the Sea 3D” at Navy Pier IMAX, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. The film opens Feb. 13 and will run through the summer. For more film information, visit imax.com/underthesea. To win, visit our discussion board.

Get out there and play some more

Prepare your sweet tooth and head over to the Garfield Park Conservatory for Sweet Saturdays for three consecutive weekends beginning this Saturday. Taste your way through a celebration of the conservatory’s secret ingredient-providing plants and the treats they produce.Stop by tropical treat stations to sample the different flavors of plants such as bananas, chocolate trees, cinnamon bark and vanilla beans produce. For more savory samplings, stop by the Sugar from the Sun exhibit to try different treats from product partners each Saturday. This Saturday’s partners are Baskin Robbins and Starbucks Coffee. Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance members may stop by the“Members Only” Chocolate Lounge for special extras. After all of that tasting, get creative at the hands-on activity stations to design a scratch-and-sniff necklace, Valentine’s Day card and chocolate sachet.Sweet Saturdays will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 7-21. The Garfield Park Conservatory is located at 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of is recommended. For more information, call (312) 746-5100 or visit garfieldconservatory.org.

Sweet prize

Join New York Zoo animals Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melvin the Giraffe and buddies on their African adventure when you win“Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” and“The Penguins of Madagascar.” Five lucky Chicago Parent readers will win the DVDs, rated PG for some mild crude humor. To win, visit our discussion board.

Inside fun

Celebrate trees and life this Sunday at the Tu B’Shevat Family Program at the Chicago Botanic Garden from 1-4 p.m. Tu B’Shevat, or the Jewish Festival of Trees, celebrates trees, life and the beginning of spring in Israel. Explore trees in the greenhouses, make tree-related crafts and plant parsley to take home.The Tu B’Shevat Family Program is held in the Burnstein Hall and the Greenhouses of the Regenstein Center. Chicago Botanic Garden is located at 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. Admission to the event is free but a parking fee applies. Parking is free for members. For more information, call (847) 835-5440 or visit chicagobotanic.org.

Piece of the prize

This week, three lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a Disney princess costume from the Disney Store. The only catch, the costume you receive will be a surprise. For more information, visit disneyshopping.go.com. To win, visit our discussion board.

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