Saturday, August 1, 2009

Monday 8/3 - Sunday 8/9

As we approach Lolla weekend, my thought of the week from June is worth repeating.

Thought of the Week: All Ears
Just as you protect your child's sensitive skin from the scorching heat at summer fests, their sensitive ears need to be protected from the booming music as well. My son's sweet-looking "headphones" are a staple in the festival bag. The headphones are really noise-reduction ear muffs and he actually keeps them on while we are watching live music at summer fests. Not only does he wear them, but he looks super cool in the muffs and loves all the attention he gets from festival goers as he rides on my husband's back in a backpack or dances near the stage showing off his ear gear. Click here to buy a pair for your little one. At $17 they are an inexpensive investment in your child's health that will be used for many years to come.

Free Mocha Mondays: Need a pick-me-up? McDonald's is giving Starbucks a run for its money in the mocha world by offering free iced or hot mochas this Monday. No coupon necessary.
When: Monday 7a-7p
Where: Your nearest McDonald's

Camp Hollywood Family Film Series at the Davis: Every Tuesday and Wednesday the Davis Theater in Lincoln Square is showing family films for $1 per person! This week the feature presentation is "Alvin and the Chipmunks".
When: Tues and Wed • Doors at 9:30a/Movie at 10a
Where: Davis Theater • 4614 N Lincoln Ave

Dancin' Sprouts at the Botanic Garden: Kids' band, Dave Rudolf's It's A Jungle Out There, will be performing two shows on Wednesday night at the Botanic Garden. Bring a picnic and your dancing shoes and make it a family outing. This event is free but you'll still have to pay the Botanic Garden's $20 parking fee.
When: Wednesday at 5:30p and 6:30p
Where: The Botanic Garden's Esplanade • 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Toddlers, Tunes, and Turtles: this Park District program will make its way to various Chicago parks throughout the summer. Kids can get up close and personal with a turtle and other animals, participate in nature-themed art projects, and listen to live performances by artists from Old Town School of Folk Music. FREE.
When: Wednesday • 5p-7p
Where: Margate Park 4921 N Marine Drive

Stroller Strut: During this park district program, kids get to learn about nature from the comfort of their ride while mom or dad gets some exercise. FREE.
When: Wed 10a at Winnemac and Thurs 10a at Northerly Island
Where: Winnemac Park and Northerly Island

Hawaiian Musical Train: Kids that are into music and trains should head to the Kohl Children's Museum on Thursday for a little of both. Kids can ride the luau train through Habitat Park and play different musical instruments while on board.
When: Thursday 2:30p
Where: Kohl Children's Museum • 2100 Patriot Blvd, Glenview

Kite Festival: Go fly a kite at the Botanic Garden this weekend. The Chicago Fire Kite Team will put on a stunt kite show set to music near Evening Island. Kids can make their own flying machines during kite workshops throughout the weekend.
When: Sat and Sun 11a-4p
Where: The Botanic Garden's Esplanade • 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe

Lollapalooza: It takes a bit of a commitment, but if you can manage to get yourself, your kids, your gear, their snacks and your sanity all out the door and through the line of twenty-somethings leading into Grant Park, you will be rewarded with Kidzapalooza and perhaps a few forays to the adult stages as well. But not to worry, should you never leave the kids area there is sure to be a surprise special guest performance by a major player from one of the main stages (such as Jeff Tweedy and Jim James in years past). Aside from the music, your kids can get their hair punk-rocked out, play instruments, learn to break dance, paint a rock poster, or make crafts with recycled goods. It is the Mecca of all the Chicago kiddie festivals.
When: Fri-Sun 11a-5p
Where: Grant Park • Enter at Columbus and Congress or Columbus and Monroe

Wrigleyville SummerFest: Your typical Chicago street fest hits Wrigleyville this weekend. The Kids Zone features games, activities, and music. $5 donation.
When: Sat 12n-10p • Sun 10a-9p
Where: Wrigleyville • Seminary and Roscoe

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