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Weekend+ for 4/23 to 4/29

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WEEKEND+ for Thursday 4/23 to Wednesday 4/29…with UPDATES

We continue to update Suburban Family Magazine sections with the most current information. You will find these below. Simply click on any section title to access. 

As you would expect, there are no activities scheduled for this upcoming week, but please do give the issue a look for helpful information and for future planning purposes.

We can’t say enough about the sacrifices being made by you AND our local businesses AND organizations…BUT most importantly…

  • First Responders
  • Health Care Professionals
  • Essential Business Workers

It goes without saying that this is a stressful and destabilizing time right now, and we hope you and your loved ones remain safe and healthy. 

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Here are this issue’s most well-read sections. Included are UPDATES of schedule changes, closings, cancellations, etc.  

Virtual Events…

Rialto Square Theatre “Quarantine Concerts”
The VenuWorks-managed Rialto Square Theatre would like to introduce the “Quarantine Concerts” series beginning on Friday, April 24, 2020 from 12-12:30pm. This series will be composed of recurring Friday noontime concerts on the Barton Grande Theatre Pipe Organ. Concerts will extend through the end of May 2020 and will be live-streamed via the Rialto’s Facebook page (

This concert series will feature various organists including those involved in in JATOE, the Joliet Area Theatre Organ Enthusiasts ( These live-streamed concerts will be absolutely free to all patrons, though donations are appreciated. Please consider donating to our 1926 Campaign at

Paramount Theatre’s Connection Social Media Concert
Paramount’s Connection series is designed to help artists and audiences stay connected while everyone is asked to stay at home. The theme changes every week to encourage emerging and veteran performing artists to use their time in quarantine to create new work and keep Paramount’s patrons entertained in an innovative new way.  “Passage of time” is theme for next Connection online concert Saturday, April 25, 8 pm. CST.

Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd. in downtown Aurora, is the center for performing arts, entertainment and arts education in the second largest city in Illinois. More than 41,000 subscribers from throughout the city and suburbs enjoy Broadway-quality productions at highly affordable prices at Paramount Theatre. Since launching its Broadway Series in 2011, Paramount Theatre has grown to be the second largest subscription house in the nation.

For the latest news from Paramount Theatre and updates on upcoming performances, please visit

Take a Virtual Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House
The expansive living space at the heart of the Robie House is one of the great innovations of 20th century architecture and interior design. Explore this visionary space on a virtual tour of the building with Trust curator David Bagnall.

Please consider helping the Trust continue its mission by making a donation in any amount, purchasing a membership with benefits at every level, or buying a ShopWright gift card for a friend or family member.

The Chicago Architecture Center
The CAC offers FREE and remotely accessible family programming through June 5, 2020. CAC For the Family engages young people of all ages and draws from the CAC’s acclaimed curricula originally designed to support teachers and STEM education in the classroom.

CAC For the Family comprises design challenges utilizing basic materials, remote engagement via Zoomwith current and former Girls Build!program participants, and three weekly video series including Storytime with the CAC readings broadcast each Friday at 12:30pm CDTvia Facebook Liveand available afterward via CAC@Homeand the CAC’s YouTube channel.

Visit   to view upcoming events and visit  to access the free CAC@Home archive.

Richardson Adventure Farm
If you’re feeling anxious and cooped-up because of the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s time for a country drive. Trees are greening up, daffodils are blooming, birds are migrating and gas prices are really low.

Just an hour’s drive northwest of Chicago, the folks at Richardson Adventure Farm are opening up their “Donut Bin” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26. They’ll be selling fresh apple cider donuts on a drive-through and pick-up basis for $14 per dozen. They will donate $2 from each dozen to a local food pantry. And, as a special token of appreciation, they’ll give a free dozen to medical staff, police and fire fighters with ID.

Richardson Adventure Farm is known as the “world’s largest and most intricate corn maze” with 20-some fun activities, such as pig races and zip lines. The farm has been in the family since 1840, and they’ve been doing a corn maze every year for the past 19 years. This year the maze will be open Sept. 12 through Nov. 8.

Richardson Farm is located at 909 English Prairie Rd. near the small town of Spring Grove in McHenry County, just a 60-minute drive northwest of Chicago, Southwest of Milwaukee and northeast of Rockford, Ill. For more info: check Facebook, logon to or email

Soccer for Success at Home
Young people and their families can stay active and healthy with Soccer for Success at Home

Staci Wilson kicks off a new video challenge

Families across the country are grappling with fear and uncertainty right now, but the organization leading the nation’s efforts to bring soccer to young people in underserved communities is stepping up to ensure kids stay healthy and active.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation recently launched Soccer for Success at Home, an online hub offering kids and their families fun drills, activities, and useful tips that will get them back in the game. In addition to a weekly e-newsletter, the initiative includes videos from experienced coaches and even the occasional professional athlete, including a new video from Olympic Gold Medalist Staci Wilson challenging kids to improve their speed and agility with line hops.

In some cases, all it takes to participate is a ball (or even just a couple pairs of socks)!

“It’s so important for all of us, especially children, to stay connected and active during this challenging time,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “That’s why we’ve created and collected resources from trusted sources to help young people and their families stay active, healthy, and informed while schools are closed and they’re at home.”

For more information on Soccer for Success at Home, visit

Year of Chicago Music Virtual Concerts
Recognizing that the music industry has moved to #DoStuffAtHome, DCASE is partnering with Do312 to continue to celebrate the 2020 Year of Chicago Music. A new listing of virtual events and concerts has just launched at  to highlight the local music venues and musicians sharing “Music in the Key of Chicago.”

Are you hosting a virtual concert or music-related event? Please share the link to your event details and artwork to

If you want to support the arts at this crucial moment, visit the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund at The fund provides financial relief to workers and organizations in the creative industries impacted by COVID-19. All of the donated funds will go directly to artists and arts organizations through the grantmaking partners 3Arts and Arts Work Fund.

The Kidney Kid initiative
As families in the Chicago area and across the U.S. wonder how to keep their kids engaged at home with many schools closed due to COVID-19, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) encourages families to partake in The Kidney Kid initiative – a collection of virtual learning activities that teach children about kidney health.

The Kidney Kid is a team of superhero characters that take children on adventures to learn about their kidneys and how to keep them healthy. While it’s important to make sure children are entertained and educated during school closings, it is also critical to promote healthy behaviors from an early age. Kids often learn that you need a heart, brain and lungs to survive, but what about kidneys? You need one too!

Obesity is a primary risk factor for CKD; 381 million children and adolescents aged 0-19 were overweight or obese in 2016, making it essential kids stay active and eat healthy to curb the risk of CKD. The Kidney Kid provides opportunities for children at home to get exercise, stay entertained, and gain awareness of their kidneys. The program offers a website, free smartphone app, and games for children ages 6-12, all of which include activities for children to learn and have fun with their parents or teachers trying to teach from a distance. Activities can be found at:

Design With Friends
The launch of Design With Friends couldn’t have come at a better time for millions of expecting parents who can’t leave their home but still need to prepare a room for their coming baby. “A baby’s birth is one event that can’t be delayed,” says Design With Friends CEO Nir Sadger, “That means people who normally go to brick and mortar stores to purchase furniture for their nursery are now looking online. Design With Friends helps them figure out exactly how their room will look and purchase any of the items in the design online.” The website also allows anyone to share their room design and collaborate with friends, family or even a professional designer. “Design is an inherently social activity so allowing online collaboration is important when meeting in person is not an option,” says Sadger. Design With Friends works with affiliate partners, including Amazon, Walmart, Houzz, Target and Etsy to offer a large choice of nursery products at affordable prices.

Design with Friends makes designing your nursery easy, fun and collaborative. With our free online app, you can design, furnish and decorate your baby’s nursery in 3D and collaborate with your friends and the community to get feedback and input on your design. When you are happy with your design, you can easily buy all the items you chose for your nursery from leading retailers. Designing complete rooms – furniture, paint, wallpaper, floors, rugs, decor, and accessories–in the actual dimensions of your room has never been so easy and fun!

The free, easy to use 3D design tool is available at

Ninja Focus
Here’s a cool solution for parents to help their kids deal with the stress and anxiety they’re feeling as everyone continues to stay home. Even better, it’s currently free.

Ninja Focus, a kid-focused (ages 3-8) highly graphic digital mindfulness app coaches and inspires kids to understand their emotions, be more focused, compassionate, and sleep better through yoga, breathing exercises, guided meditation, and mindfulness games. It already has more than 10,000 downloads and parents are already raving about how it’s helping their children during the day, and to fall asleep more easily at night. Available for free for 90 day at

Virtual online resources from DuPage Convention & Vistors Bureau

Virtual learning and family time go hand-in-hand with these online resources. Discover the creative ways your favorite DuPage County institutions are offering their unique resources over the Internet. Learn about science, practice stress relief or have some fun with a kid-friendly game of bingo. Enjoy storytime and live educational chats from local museums and zoos. Connect with your family, connect with yourself. Learn and be inspired.

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019

COVID-19: Helping Kids Cope with Anxiety




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