Get out and play
If you haven’t quite decided what you are going to tell Santa to get your kids this holiday season, don’t worry—we haven’t either. But a visit to this year’s Chicago Toy and Game Fair at the Renaissance Hotel and Convention Center, located at 1551 N. Thoreau Drive, Schaumburg, should give you a few grand ideas.
From toys to games to breakfast with Star Wars characters, for $25, $15 kids, there will be plenty for your entire family to do. If all of the recalls have left you a little weary about toy shopping, you can address your concerns and learn what to look for in safe toys at a toy safety panel at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
The best part about the fair, you can play with almost all of the toys and games. If that isn’t enough for your family, there will also be bounce houses, a WorldBee Geography Bee and Radio Disney, among other character visits and activities. The Chicago Toy and Game Fair is from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $10, $5 kids one day pass, $18, $9 kids two day pass. Kids under 3 are free. For more information, visit the Web site, www.chitag.com or call (312) 268-5900.
This week, Chicago Parent has teamed up with Vittum Theater, 1012 N. Noble St., Chicago, to offer readers two-for-one tickets for the 2 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18 performances to its new play,“Eye of the Storm.” Mention the code“Chicago Parent” when calling the box office, (773) 342-4141. For more information on“Eye of the Storm,” visit www.adventurestage.org.
Get out and play some more
The Rockettes are great dancers—they are very smooth with their moves. Their show,“The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes,” was so good. There was one scene with Santa Claus and as he started to sing and dance, a bunch of Santa Clauses came out. My favorite part of the show was when The Rockettes came out dressed as Nutcrackers and started dancing and then at the end they made a line and slowly fell down. They do so many types of dancing including tap dancing, ballroom dancing, modern dancing and ballet. I went to the show with my friends and we all had a great time.
Sofie Pedersen, age 11
“The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring The Rockettes” is playing at the Rosemont Theatre, located at 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont, through Dec. 2. Tickets are $25-$55. Kids 12 and under may receive discounts of 30 to 50 percent on all performances. For more information, visit the Web site, www.rosemont.com, or call (312) 559-1212.
Get your tickets here
This month Chicago Parent will be giving away three sets of family five passes to the Zula Patrol exhibit at the Adler Planetarium. Each week during November three families will win five passes for admission to the exhibit and a Sky Show. To win, we’ll post a different question to answer on our Web site every week. For this week, post your family’s favorite season and the reason why to our discussion board, then e-mail your answer, your full name and your phone number to email@example.com. 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. Zula Patrol will only be in Chicago for a few more weeks, so get these tickets while they’re hot!
Piece of the Prize
This week, we have five“Hairspray” gift sets to give away to Chicago Parent families. The sets include a“Hairspray” tote bag, hat, CD and DVD. To win, post the songs your kids love to sing to our discussion board, then e-mail your answer, your name and your phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.