July 16, 2009

Get out there and play

If you have a horse lover in your family, take them to a majestic show that celebrates the bond between humans and horses. Cavalia, a multimedia experience designed by one of the co-founders of Cirque du Soleil, is a mesmerizing show full of edge-of-your-seat acrobatic stunts and a beautiful demonstration of equine ability. A few of the acts involve a show of unbridled horses demonstrating dressage techniques—think ballet for horses—with their handlers. This show is beautiful.Please note that if you haven’t had“the talk” with your kids, there are a few moments of equine birthing imagery at the beginning of the show. Special ticket packages are available that include a tour of the stables after the show, a must-see for the horse-obsessed as you’ll have a chance to get an up-close view of the animals and the performers.Cavalia is located under the White Big Top in the West Loop, Racine and Jackson. Shows run through Aug. 2. Ticket packages range from .50-9.50, .50-8.50 students 13-17 and seniors 65 and up, .50-6.50 kids 2-12. For more information, call (866) 999-8111 or visit cavalia.net.

Get out there and play some more

Discover how the gardens grow in Lincoln Park this weekend at the Sheffield Garden Walk and Festival. Take self-guided tours of more than 90 gardens and some guided architectural tours. Your little ones can play at the Kids’ Corner, where they’ll find a moonwalk, pig train, petting zoo and pony rides. Take in some live music from bands, including Rusted Root, Cowboy Mouth and School of Rock.The Sheffield Garden Walk and Festival is 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. The festival is located on the corner of Webster Street and Sheffield Avenue, Chicago. Admission is donation, after 3 p.m. For more information, call (773) 929-9255 or visit sheffieldgardenwalk.com.

Outside fun

Taste your way through a new neighborhood this weekend at the Taste of River North. The fest offers live music, food, art and a family fun area featuring pet activities. Super Stolie and the Rock Stars perform, along with the Jessie White Tumblers and dance demonstrations. Kids can also have their faces painted and participate in arts and crafts.The Taste of River North is located in Erie Park at Kingsbury and Erie streets, Chicago. Admission is suggested donation. The taste is open from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (312) 235-2617 or visit rivernorthresidents.com/Taste.htm.

Piece of the prize

Your kids can relax in style. Chicago Parent has teamed up with Chicago-based Radio Flyer to give away its newest and most comfortable wagon. One lucky Chicago Parent reader will win the Radio Flyer Ultimate Comfort Wagon, worth 9.99. The wagon comes with cup holders, expandable rear storage, a removable UV protection canopy and seat belts. The five-way flip and fold seats not only have padding, they also have an extra storage area. For more information, visit radioflyer.com. To win, visit our discussion board.

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