Get out and play
Use your imagination and climb into the world of your favorite dog at the“Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog” exhibit at the Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., in Glenview, this weekend. You and your family will have the opportunity to join the book’s well-known characters on Birdwell Island and play inside Clifford’s doghouse.
The exhibit was designed to give kids a“paws-on” adventure as they learn about“Clifford’s Big Ideas” or 10 life lessons: share, play fair, have respect, work together, be responsible, be truthful, be kind, believe in yourself, be a good friend and help others.
A few of the activities include sliding down the 9-foot-high Clifford sculpture, filling his big dog bowl with bones using a conveyor belt and steering the ferry to Birdwell Island. You can also visit the Howard’s House, and take the stage with Clifford and his pals in the backyard theater. Smaller children will enjoy visiting Cleo’s Backyard, which was designed especially for toddlers with a soft floor and tot-friendly games.
“Adventures with Clifford the Big Red Dog” runs through May 12. The museum is open 9:30 a.m.-noon Monday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7.50, $6.50 for seniors, free kids under 1. For more information, call (847) 832-6600 or visit the Web site at www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org.
You and your family will flip when you see the Golden Dragon Acrobats at the Centre East Theatre’s Northshore Center for the Performing Arts, 9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, at 2 and 5 p.m. Feb. 2. When Chicago Parent Weekend E-dition readers buy one adult ticket, they can get a child’s ticket half off. Regular tickets are $27. For more information or to order tickets, call (847) 673-6300 or visit the Web site, www.centreeast.org.
Get your prize pack here
This month Chicago Parent is giving away family prize packs courtesy of the Museum of Science and Industry and National Geographic magazine. The prize packs include four passes to the Museum of Science and Industry, including general admission and tickets to the Omnimax film,“Sea Monsters,” plus a free one-year subscription to one of the following National Geographic magazines: National Geographic, National Geographic Travel or National Geographic Adventure. To win, we’ll post a different question to answer on our discussion board every week. For this week, we want to know what the biggest adventure has been in your life. After heading to our discussion board, e-mail your answer, name and your Chicago Parent ID to email@example.com. 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 your tickets here
If you missed your chance to see Hannah Montana live, don’t worry. Two lucky Chicago Parent families will have a chance to see“Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert” on the big screen and in 3-D, courtesy of Classic Cinemas. We will choose one winner this week and one winner next week. The show will play Feb. 1-7 and will have several show times to choose from at the Charlestowne 18, 3740 E. Main St., St. Charles, or Lake Theatre, 1022 Lake St., Oak Park. To win, tell us what you would do in your secret life, like Hannah Montana. Post your answer on our discussion board, then e-mail your answer, name and your Chicago Parent ID to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Play some more
Rev up your family’s engines this weekend and head over to McCormick Place East, 23rd Place and Lakeshore Drive, Chicago, to see the World of Wheels Auto Show. The show will include more than 300 custom cars, trucks, motorcycles and a few celebrities as well.
After looking at all of the cars, your kids can have their photo taken next to Mater from“Cars” and meet former wrestler Virgil. For an extra fee, you can also meet a few of the cast members from“Happy Days.” There will be other celebrities there throughout the weekend.
The World of Wheels Auto Show is open 3-10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $16, $5 kids 6-12, free kids 5 and under. For more information, visit the Web site, www.autorama.com/casi/chicago.
Piece of the prize
This week, three lucky Chicago Parent readers will win"Daddy Day Camp” on DVD. To win, tell us your kids’ funniest story from daycare or summer camp on our discussion board. Then e-mail your answer, name and your Chicago Parent ID to email@example.com. 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.