July 9, 2009

Get out there and play

It’s a bird, it’s a plane! It’s the 10th annual South Shore Air Show. From noon-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, watch one of the nation’s largest over-water air shows from the shores of Lake Michigan in Gary, Ind. Expect to see the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, a Sea Harrier F/A2, L-39, an F-18 Super Hornet, a F-16, The Lima Lima Flight Team, plus plenty of aerobatic demonstrations.

The air show includes free parking, a free shuttle to the Marquette Park beach and free admission. Jumpstart your weekend at 6 p.m. Friday with an evening show at the Gary/Chicago Airport, a fee is charged for parking. For more information call (219) 554-2175 or visit garyairshow.com.

Sweet prize

Kids’ megastars, The Wiggles, are on their new U.S. tour and are making two stops in Illinois with their“Go Bananas” show, Aug. 15-16 in Chicago at the Rosemont Theater. Read about the new show, the improved Wiggletime.com and how Anthony Field, otherwise known as the blue Wiggle, balances his jobs as a dad, husband and entertainer, here. This week, five lucky Chicago Parent winners can receive premium access to Wiggletime.com for a year, which offers exclusive interactive videos and games and monthly progress reports to parents on what their kids have been learning. To win, visit our discussion board.

Get your tickets here

Take your family to the ballgame and while you’re there, why not give throwing out the first pitch a try? One lucky Chicago Parent reader will have the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at the 5:05 p.m. Aug. 2 Joliet Jackhammers game vs. the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. The winner will also receive a family 10-pack to the game. Make sure you can make the game before registering to win. For more information, visit jackhammerbaseball.com. To win, visit our discussion board.

Get out there and play some more

Enjoy a wee bit of Irish this weekend at the Irish American Heritage Festival held on the grounds of the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago. This annual family event features three days of live music on seven stages, ethnic dancing, food and kids’ activities.

The festival runs 6 p.m.-midnight Friday, noon-midnight Saturday and noon-11 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are , in advance by the end of the day July 9, seniors, free kids under 12 with a paid adult. For information, call (773) 282-7035 ext. 10 or visit irishamhc.com.

Piece of the prize

Nothing says summer quite like a water gun fight in the backyard. But those don’t last long when the guns run out of water. Two lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a Turbo Fill Blaster, a water gun that comes with a water-filling base with a hose connector. The gun retails for .99. To win, visit our discussion board.

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