March 19, 2009

Get out there and play

Although St. Patrick’s Day has come to an end, that doesn’t mean you can’t keep celebrating the Irish. Head across the border to Towle Theater in Hammond, Ind., for String Fever with the Mayer School of Irish Dance this Sunday.

The Mayer School of Irish Dance performers will dance a jig while two players on the hammered dulcimer and a guitarist regale you with traditional Irish music.

Showtime is at 2 p.m. The Towle Theater is located at 5205 Hohman Ave., Hammond. Tickets must be paid for in advance and picked up at least 15 minutes before showtime. Children under 6 will not be admitted. Call or visit the Web site for tickets. Admission is . For more information, call (219) 937-8780 or visit

Get your tickets here

Your adventure-loving munchkins always make references to magic backpacks and sneaky foxes and they’re beginning to pick up a little Spanish. Dora is visiting the Chicago Theatre, 175 N. State St., Chicago, with her latest show,“Dora the Explorer, Live! Search for the City of Lost Toys” and Chicago Parent has tickets. We’re giving away four family four-packs to see Dora and her pals on March 26 at 7 p.m. For more information, visit To win, visit our discussion board.

Get out there and play some more

Your family is always on the move. Learn the importance of movement in the arts this Saturday from 10-11 a.m. at the Family Dance Workshop hosted by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago invites children age 3-8 and their parents to jump, spin, slide and dance as they learn to express themselves through movement. Hubbard Street Dance Chicago teaching artists and members of Hubbard Street 2 will be on hand to help.

Can’t make it to this weekend’s workshop? Register for next Saturday’s workshop (March 28), which is being held at The Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, from 11 a.m.-noon.

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is located at 1147 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago. Registration is strongly recommended and open until 3 p.m. Friday for this weekend’s event. Admission is . For more information, call (312) 850-9744 or visit

Sweet tickets

This week, five lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a family five-pack to ReptileFest April 4-5 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Each family pack includes tickets for two adults and three children. ReptileFest is held at the University of Illinois at Chicago, 901 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago. For more information, visit To win, visit our discussion board.

Inside fun

Celebrate fuzzy, scaly and whiskered pets this weekend at the Chicagoland Family Pet Expo. The expo hosts more than 300 exhibit booths with plenty of pet products and services. But this expo isn’t just a bunch of booths; your family can get up close and personal with hundreds of pets. Keep the kids entertained with bird, dog and cat shows, performance teams, Dancing with Dogs competition and Dog Art Challenge for Charity.

The Chicagoland Family Pet Expo is held at the Arlington Park Racecourse, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights, from Friday-Sunday. Hours are 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is , kids 3-12, parking. Visit the Web site for a off coupon. For more information, call (847) 385-7500 or visit

Piece of the prize

One lucky Chicago Parent reader will win a Disney Princess Cinderella doll from the Disney Store. The Cinderella doll comes with mouse friends Gus, Jaq and Suzy and retails for .50. For more information, visit To win, visit our discussion board.

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