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YOUR WEEKEND+ for 2/28 to 3/6

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YOUR WEEKEND+ for Thursday 2/28 to Wednesday 3/6

NEW ISSUE: March + April issue of Chicago Suburban Family

Here are loads of terrific things to do in the upcoming week…from Suburban Family’s extensive database of local events and activities. More at Suburban Familyhttps://chicagosuburbanfamily.com


Family Fun this Weekend…

Body Mind Spirit Expo – Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books, enlightened art and crystals. Healers provide treatments from massage and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. $14 weekend admission includes free lectures, demos and admission to exhibit hall. See ad this issue for $1 off admission. SATURDAY, MARCH 2 & SUNDAY, MARCH 3; 10 AM-7 PM Saturday; 10 AM-6 PM Sunday. Midwest Conference Center, Northlake. 541-482-3722, Ext 2; marcella@bmse.net; bmse.net.

Kohl Children’s Museum
Kohl Children’s Museum – 17 interactive hands-on exhibits to spark curiosity and inspire a love of learning for children ages birth to 8. Through June, explore the world of building blocks like you’ve never seen them before in our Build It! exhibit, sponsored by Wintrust. Build giant structures, test earthquake-proof buildings, and recreate the Chicago skyline.  2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview. 847-832-6600. kcmgc.org.
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Funtopia Adventure Parks
Funtopia Adventure Parks in two awesome locations: Glenview and Naperville. Conveniently located Funtopia active entertainment centers offers tons of fun and challenging activities that are suited for visitors of all ages and skill levels.  Come visit us and Have Fun, Be Active! Glenview: 224-432-5435. funtopiaworld.com/glenview Naperville: 630-718-4327 funtopiaworld.com/Naperville.
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Overshadowed Theatrical ProductionsPurchase tickets now!
Who would know that the words they wrote as a thirteen young old girl would one day be so inspiring for the rest of mankind? Anne’s diary preserved and then published is full of words of hope. Come see this inspiring story!

  • The Diary of Anne Frank
    March 8 – 30, 2019
    By Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman

Through long months of hiding and amid harrowing circumstances, Anne Frank diligently wrote about her experience as a Jewish girl in Holland. This adaptation of Anne’s story, completed in 1999 by Wendy Kesselman, introduces new material from her unedited diary entries, giving us deeper insights into her personality. It is a play of hope that will leave you with a deep sense of gratitude and a renewed courage to face whatever circumstances come your way.

Performing at 900 Foster Avenue in Medinah, Illinois. For tickets call 630.634.2100 or visit our website at overshadowed.org.
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LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Chicago
Have the perfect Spring Break at the Ultimate Indoor LEGO® Playground with 2 rides, 10 LEGO build & play zones, a 4D Cinema and more! Visit between Now thru April 7 to join in on special events around the new “LEGO MOVIE 2”, including Escape the Aliens Zip Line, Build Your Escape Vehicle and character meet and greets. Visit chicago.legolanddiscoverycenter.com for event details, spring break hours and to save on tickets. 601 N. Martingale Rd. Schaumburg, IL 60173.
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Main Event
Main Event Entertainment Is the most FUN you can have under one roof! Enjoy multi-level laser tag, fun-filled bowling and an arcade gallery with 100+ arcade games. We are your event destination with packages for team building, corporate events and stress-free birthday parties. MAIN EVENT HOFFMAN ESTATES, 2575 Pratum Ave Hoffman Estates IL 60192. (847) 645-1111. MAIN EVENT WARRENVILLE, 28248 Diehl Road Warrenville IL 60555. (630) 393-9400. For more information, visit mainevent.com.
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Fleetwood Roller Rink
Fleetwood Roller Rink Fleetwood Roller Rink is a family owned business. Our venue hosts public skating, birthday parties (our specialty) private parties and fundraisers. We promote family fun for all ages. For “health sake, roller skate.” Come visit us and join in our fun. Skating lessons available every Saturday at 1 p.m.  Located at 7231 W Archer Ave, Summit, IL 60501. Call 708-458-0300. Check for our ongoing specials and public skating times at www.fleetwoodrollerrink.com. Like us at facebook.com/FleetwoodRollerRink.
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Safari Land
Let Your Adventure Begin! Safari Land has everything you need for a complete adventure. Whether it’s bowling, video games, rollercoaster, kiddie carts, food or other fun, Safari Land is the place for your party. Come ride the tiger terror…take a spin in our 360 degree, full-motion, 3D flight simulator, play in our soft play area, or throw some strikes during cosmic bowling. Buy a wristband for only $10 (see details on ad). Contact us to book your next adventure of a lifetime. 701 W. North Avenue, Villa Park. 630-530-4649. Visit www.safarilandfun.com
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This Week’s Greater Chicago Events…

FRIDAY, MARCH 1

  • FAMILY Fish Fry Fundraiser – Enjoy an all-you-can-eat fish fry with proceeds benefiting SEASPAR’s recreation programs for individuals with disabilities. Seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 PM. Wheatstack, Lisle. Tickets available at SEASPAR.org or 630-960-7600.
  • FAMILY First Fridays – 3/1 and 4/5. First Fridays is a free monthly night of arts and culture in downtown Aurora. Enjoy art openings, live music, family-friendly activities, trolley rides and more. 5 PM-Midnight. Downtown Aurora. auroradowntown.org.
  • FAMILY Women’s History Month – Celebrate women’s history month with special presentations and programs throughout March. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register at cantigny.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Shedd Aquarium Asleep with the Fishes – March 1, 15 and April 5, 19. This overnight event includes animal and science activities, an aquatic presentation, animal encounters, aquatic crafts, a scavenger hunt and a Caribbean reef feeding dive. sheddaquarium.org.

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

  • ADULTS Body Mind Spirit Expo – Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books, enlightened art and crystals. Healers provide treatments from massage and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. $14 weekend admission includes free lectures, demos and admission to exhibit hall. 10 AM-7 PM. Midwest Conference Center, Northlake. 541-482-3722, Ext 2; marcella@bmse.net; bmse.net.
  • FAMILY Dog Admission Day – Visitors can bring their dogs with them to hike the Arboretum’s 16 miles of trails. Dogs are not allowed in any of the Arboretum’s buildings, the Children’s Garden or Maze Garden. $5 per dog plus Arboretum admission. 7 AM-sunset. Morton Arboretum, Lisle. mortonarb.org.
  • FAMILY Chords For Kids – A band concert for children with special needs and their families. 7PM. Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. FREE admission. RSVP 630-637-7469.
  • FAMILY Opera Performance – Opera soprano Celeste Martino presents, “Girls Who Love Too Well!”, a comical journey of anecdotes and her favorite opera arias. The program is entertaining and informative, highlighted by Martino’s extraordinary voice. Free with paid parking. 4 PM. Le Jardin at Cantigny Park, Wheaton. cantigny.org.
  • ADULTS Fundraiser – Benefiting the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, The Black & Red Bash includes cocktails, dinner, raffles, live and silent auctions, and a special performance of The Cher Experience featuring Lisa McClowry. 5:30-10 PM. The Abbington, Glen Ellyn. For reservations call WDSRA Foundation 630-681-0962.
  • FAMILY PaleoFest – 3/2 and 3/3. Experience fossil fun for the whole family! Explore hands-on paleo stations, venture through unique exhibits, take a workshop and learn from world-renowned paleontologists. Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford. burpee.org.
  • FAMILY Women’s History Month – Celebrate women’s history month with special presentations and programs throughout March. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register at cantigny.org.
  • KIDS Build It! ExhibitCalling all little architects: experience a twist on an old favorite—the building block! Explore the seven stages of block play with a wide selection of unique and interesting blocks of all shapes and sizes. Through June 30. Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview. kohlchildrensmuseum.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Treehouses Exhibit – Through June 2. Set foot into an indoor treehouse and explore who and what is living in the trees through stereoscopic viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts and sounds. Roam from tree to tree to discover the many habitats that trees provide for animals large and small. Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. naturemuseum.org.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3

  • ADULTS Body Mind Spirit Expo – Retail exhibitors offer everything from natural and holistic health products to spiritual books, enlightened art and crystals. Healers provide treatments from massage and yoga techniques to intuitive readings. $14 weekend admission includes free lectures, demos and admission to exhibit hall. 10 AM-6 PM. Midwest Conference Center, Northlake. 541-482-3722, Ext 2;  marcella@bmse.net; bmse.net.
  • FAMILY Free Musical Performance – Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and selected works by Mozart will be presented by the Christ Church Choir along with a professional orchestra and soloists. 3 PM. Christ Church, Oak Brook. christchurch.us.
  • FAMILY Free KidsFest – Discover and celebrate the flora and fauna of the South American tropical rainforests. Children may come dressed as their favorite rainforest animal. Event includes hands-on educational activities, a scavenger hunt and crafts. 10 AM-2 PM. Oak Park Conservatory. pdop.org.
  • FAMILY PaleoFest – 3/2 and 3/3. Experience fossil fun for the whole family! Explore hands-on paleo stations, venture through unique exhibits, take a workshop and learn from world-renowned paleontologists. Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford. burpee.org.
  • ADULTS Free Heart’s Desire Exhibit – Contemplate the power of love at the Heart’s Desire: Reflections on Love & Marriage exhibit. View unique 19th and 20th-century wedding dresses alongside images of the brides who wore them. Explore romantic traditions including flowers, cake accessories and exquisitely detailed valentines spanning 100 years. Sunday, Tuesday-Friday 1-5 PM and Saturday 10 AM-5 PM. Through March 17. Elmhurst History Museum. elmhursthistory.org.
  • FAMILY Women’s History Month – Celebrate women’s history month with special presentations and programs throughout March. Cantigny Park, Wheaton. Register at cantigny.org.
  • KIDS Build It! ExhibitCalling all little architects: experience a twist on an old favorite—the building block! Explore the seven stages of block play with a wide selection of unique and interesting blocks of all shapes and sizes. Through June 30. Kohl Children’s Museum, Glenview. kohlchildrensmuseum.org.
  • CHICAGO / CITY  Chicago Polar Plunge – March 3. Plunge into the chilly waters of Lake Michigan in support of Special Olympics Chicago. 10:30 AM. North Avenue Beach. Register at chicagopolarplunge.org.

TUESDAY, MARCH 5

  • SENIORS Mardi Gras Celebration – Celebrate Fat Tuesday with a catered lunch and live entertainment. For ages 60 and up. 11 AM-2:30 PM. Lemont Township Community Center. Fee, call for reservations 630-257-0515.
  • FAMILY Greenhouse Tour – Take a behind-the-scenes look at the park’s spring bedding plants and the beginning stages of its summer plant series on this guided tour. The greenhouse is normally closed to the public. Free with paid parking. 11 AM. Cantigny Park Greenhouse, Wheaton. Register at Cantigny.org.
  • FAMILY Orchid Exhibit – Nicholas Conservatory is teaming with color! View hundreds of tropical orchids creatively displayed in a warm tropical exhibition area. There is something for everyone including orchid sales, presentations and workshops. Through March 17. Tuesday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10 AM-3 PM. Nicholas Conservatory, Rockford. nicholasconservatory.com.

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Fitness/Race Events…

SATURDAY, MARCH 2

  • Oak Forest Fleadh 5K Run/Walk. Oak Forest. oak-forest.org.
  • Broken Oar’s Shiver Run 5K Run/Walk and Kids 5K. Barrington. runsignup.com.

SUNDAY, MARCH 3

  • The CORE Indoor Triathlon Timed Swim, Bike and Run. Lemont. active.com.
  • Running o’ the Green 8K Run. Tinley Park. tinleyparkdistrict.org.

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