November 6, 2008

Get out there and play


Explore your artistic side this weekend at the Family Days: Find Your Voice event at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The event’s activities focus on art that creates social change, says Erin Baldwin, media relations manager at the museum. Visitors can create peace panels and political posters, while kids can design their own works of art on the education center’s wall.

Family Days events are the second Saturday of every month. Find Your Voice runs 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday and admission is free for families with kids 12 and under. The Museum of Contemporary Art is located at 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago. For more information, call (312) 397-4010 or visit

Sweet prize


Your little fairy princess will be snapping away when you win the Disney Fairies Pix Click Digital Camera. Downloading photos is easy and the Disney Pix photo editing software allows your child to customize your pictures with Disney characters, stamps, frames and special effects. One lucky Chicago Parent reader will win the Disney Fairies Pix Click Digital Camera, strap, software CD-Rom, USB cable and quick-start instruction manual. The camera retails for .99. Retailers for the Disney Fairies Pix Click digital camera include:, and To win, visit our discussion board.

Get out there and play some more


Are you afraid of the creatures looming in the dark? Go face to face with critters of the night at the In the Dark Weekend at the Notebaert Nature Museum. Introduce your family to nocturnal animals including a flying squirrel, owl and sugar glider on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend event is a special program under the“In the Dark” exhibit running through Jan. 11.

Both days kick off at 11 a.m. with a“Bat Encounter,” where you’ll meet the largest bat in the world—a Malayan flying fox—and its friend, Rob Mies, a leading bat expert. Go on a flashlight quest and discover how nocturnal animals function at night. Take a walk around the North Pond Sunday during the Star Gazing Evening Hike for an extra fee, registration is required. For a complete list of activities, visit the Web site.

The Notebaert Nature Museum is located at 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago. In the Dark Weekend runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is adults, kids 3-12, students 13-22 and seniors. For more information, call (773) 755-5100 or visit the Web site,

Piece of the prize


This week, one lucky Chicago Parent reader will win a‘50s’ Diner from Step2. The diner comes with all the makings of a real retro diner and retails for 9.99. For more information, visit To win, visit our discussion board.

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