A week of things to do with the kids

Chicago Tribune (Sunday) - - PARENTING - By Web Behrens Web Behrens is a free­lance re­porter.


Facets’ an­nual fes­ti­val con­tin­ues its run this week, end­ing Fri­day. This year’s crop of an­i­ma­tion for younger kids has passed, but ev­ery night at 7 p.m. Mon­day through Thursday, the fest show­cases a va­ri­ety of in­ter­na­tional short films, all un­der the rubric “Girl Boss.” There’s also one other shorts col­lec­tion — “True Col­ors,” geared for ages 10 and up — ex­am­in­ing LGBT iden­ti­ties. At Facets, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave. $10, $6 for kids ages 2-18. www .facets.org/ci­cff


This sto­ry­time isn’t an hour of merely sit­ting still. Ac­claimed ed­u­ca­tor and mu­si­cian Mama Edie gets lit­tle ones mov­ing, ac­com­pa­nied by shek­eres and mara­cas! Her spe­cial brand of in­ter­ac­tive sto­ry­telling comes to two Chicago Pub­lic Li­brary branches this week, part of the li­brary’s Na­tive Amer­i­can Her­itage Month ob­ser­va­tions. With both African and Na­tive Amer­i­can an­ces­tries, Mama Edie pro­vides a unique per­spec­tive. 10:30 a.m. Tues­day at South Chicago Li­brary, 9055 S. Hous­ton Ave.; 11 a.m. Wed­nes­day at Wood­son Li­brary, 9525 S. Hal­sted St. Free. tinyurl.com/ybund3xb

Wed­nes­day TURKEY TIME

Let’s hear it for Schaum­burg Park Dis­trict for look­ing ahead to Thanks­giv­ing (not Christ­mas, pre­ma­turely) with this turkeythemed play­time for tots. Play games, make crafts and lis­ten to sto­ries about our fa­vorite Novem­ber fowl. 9:30 a.m. at the Com­mu­nity Recre­ation Cen­ter, 505 N. Sprin­ginsguth Road, Schaum­burg. $12$18. tinyurl.com/ydek6ef9


Princess Lily gets caught in a fight be­tween fairies in this Chicago Kids Com­pany ver­sion of the fairy tale clas­sic. Is she doomed to be a girl­friend in a coma, or can the curse be re­versed? Find out in this show for younger kids, at 10:30 a.m. at Bev­erly Arts Cen­ter, 2407 W. 111th St. $14. Ad­di­tional per­for­mances through Nov. 21. tinyurl.com/ya3nhmqm

Fri­day SANTA HQ

You can’t eat all the Hal­loween candy and box up the spooky dec­o­ra­tions be­fore the on­slaught of Christ­mas cul­ture kicks in. But if you’re go­ing to em­brace it this early in Novem­ber, Santa HQ is a great first stop. This Christ­mas fan­ta­sy­land (brought here by HGTV) gives fam­i­lies a free place to kick-start their hol­i­day spirit. Be­fore vis­it­ing Santa, kids step onto the Naughty-or-Nice-O’-Me­ter. (We sus­pect the re­sults will al­ways be “nice” un­less your name’s Veruca Salt.) And if you down­load the free Elf-Ray Vi­sion app ahead of time, kids can peer into the magical in­ner work­ings of the North Pole. Santa HQ opens Fri­day at Fash­ion Out­lets of Chicago, 5220 Fash­ion Out­lets Way, Rose­mont. Free to visit; $35-$50 for Santa photo-op reser­va­tions. www.santa-hq.com


Call­ing all teens! Yol­lo­calli, the Na­tional Mu­seum of Mex­i­can Art’s youth out­reach pro­gram, hosts a night of art-mak­ing, mu­sic and food. It’s also a per­fect time to check out the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion, specif­i­cally the Day of the Deadin­spired ex­hibit. 6-10 p.m. at NMMA, 1852 W. 19th St. Free. tinyurl.com/ yc83hyhy


Kids don’t need an ex­cuse to visit a toy store, but we have one: this na­tion­wide cam­paign to en­cour­age peo­ple to shop lo­cally. A number of area re­tail­ers have spe­cial events planned for Neigh­bor­hood Toy Store Day, such as raf­fles, prize wheels, sales and more. Par­tic­i­pat­ing re­tail­ers in­clude Play in Lo­gan Square — and in a new lo­ca­tion, Lin­coln Park. Other stores with spe­cials in­clude Becky and Me Toys in Evanston and Oak Park’s Gep­petto’s Toy Box. To find a toy store near you, visit tinyurl.com/y8s9qhgj


Ju­nior mak­ers and DIY artists will love this month’s edi­tion of the MCA Fam­ily Day. Lo­cal artists lead a va­ri­ety of hand­son work­shops for kids (and their ac­com­pa­ny­ing grown-ups), in­clud­ing play­ing with cos­tumes and trans­form­ing used toys with the Franken­toy­mo­bile. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave. Free for fam­i­lies with kids 12 and un­der. tinyurl.com/y72fzs3z


This hour­long mu­si­cal, geared for younger kids, has a touch of spooky. Life­line’s adap­ta­tion of the 1979 children’s book fol­lows the Mon­roe fam­ily, who dis­cover a stray rab­bit af­ter watch­ing “Drac­ula” one stormy night — but their dog and cat start to sus­pect the bunny might be a vam­pire. 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Satur­days and Sun­days through Nov. 25 at Life­line Theatre, 6912 N. Glen­wood Ave. $15. tinyurl.com/ya­soknek


Help the monarch but­ter­fly at this Cook County Forest Pre­serves event. In cater­pil­lar form, they re­quire milk­weed to sur­vive, so vol­un­teers will pre­pare milk­weed seed pack­ets to be given away for res­i­den­tial plant­ing by Homes4Monar­chs. Call 630-257-2045 to regis­ter in ad­vance. 1 p.m. at Sa­gawau En­vi­ron­men­tal Learn­ing Cen­ter, 12545 W. 111th St., Le­mont. Free. tinyurl.com/yb­w6s833


The Hans Chris­tian An­der­sen fa­ble comes to life in a lush pro­duc­tion. Mu­si­cians, ac­tors and pup­pets to­gether tell the heroic strug­gle be­tween the wicked ruler of the North Pole ver­sus young Gerda and Kai. Preview per­for­mances are 2:30 p.m. Satur­day and 1 p.m. Sun­day. It of­fi­cially opens with a 2:30 p.m. per­for­mance Nov. 17 at Fil­a­ment Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee Ave. $14-$17.50. tinyurl.com/y8put6oy


Beat Kitchen’s Sun­day con­cert se­ries for fam­i­lies presents a lo­cal duo, Lenny Zieben and Har­ley Gin­gras, bet­ter known as Mu­sic for New Peo­ple. Catch their whim­si­cal mix of orig­i­nal and cover songs at noon (doors open at 11:30) at the Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Bel­mont Ave. $6-$7. tinyurl.com/yb­dxb2pt


They might be an­i­mated on TV, but Emmy-nom­i­nated wildlife ex­perts Martin and Chris Kratt ar­rive in the Loop Sun­day to thrill kids in per­son. With their live show “Ac­ti­vate Crea­ture Power,” the broth­ers act out a high­en­ergy adventure, com­plete with crazy crea­ture cos­tumes. Two per­for­mances, at 1 and 4:30 p.m., at the Cadil­lac Palace Theatre, 151 W. Ran­dolph St. $42-$57. tinyurl.com/y7swqjlm

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