Keeping the family occupied can be a challenge, but the Chicagoland area has some great options. Sue Zeiler, the founder of ChicagoKids.com stopped by to give us a heads up on some fun family events for May.
GODS MYTHS AND MORTAL - National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted For older kids, at National Hellenic Museum, there's Gods Myths and Mortals, where your family can meet the gods, climb into a 12 foot trojan horse, and journey into a Cyclops cave. You can even sing like a siren in a karaoke cave. Through September 21.
CIRCUS ZIRCUS For younger kids, the Chicago Children's Museum has an exhibit called Circus Zircus through August 12, where kids can practice tumbling, juggling and balancing skills, create a circus poster, swing on the Flying Trapeze and twirl on the Spinning Hoop. Then kids can be performers and spin Tricky Plates, swirl Twirling Balls, and even dress up like a clown.
CATS, a true classic, is playing at the Cadillac Palace Theatre for a limited engagement. It start yesterday and plays through May 6. This is a family friendly performance and great for kids of all ages as long as they have the attention span. The content is suitable for a younger crowd, but it's two and a half hours long. If they can sit still that long, they'll love it!
MORTON ARBORETUM - FAMILY EXPLORER BACKPACK
Morton Arboretum offers families a great way to explore nature together. Your family can reserve a backpack, and the backpack rental includes science tools, guides and fun props to help you enhanced your exploration of the Children's Garden. $5 for non members. Tools to let parents be the science leader. This is a great time of year to do this - now's the time when kids can find and catch tadpoles and look at them with the viewing tools.
GARFIELD PARK CONSERVATORY The Garfield Park Conservatory just added a bunch of new programs for summer starting this week. "Conservatory Play Dates" and Planting parties take place on Weekends and Wednsdays, and kids can try out their green thumbs. Also this summer, there will be "Goats Grazing Garfield" - three goats will be helping out by grazing on the prairie grass. And 2 of the goats are pregnant with twins, so sometime in May even MORE goats will be grazing. They're there one week per month, and they're there right now through Friday.
THEATER: THE SECRET GARDEN
Playing the next 3 Saturdays at Wilmette Theatre. This is a classic children's story, about a girl who is orphaned in India and comes to live with her reclusive uncle and is son. She finds relief from her unhappiness when she discovers a locked garden on the estate that's filled with magic. This is great production to check out, as the actors are students from the theater's actor's training center, ages 14-17
CHICAGO KIDS AND KITES FESTIVAL - Montrose Harbor MAY 19
This event is an annual Chicago tradition, where kids fly kites and there's a ton of fun family activities, including face painting, balloon artists, music, snacks and more. And to mark the NATO Chicago Summit, this year, NATO is partnering with City of Chicago and providing 5,000 kites for children as well as pictures of flags and fun facts about countries to inspire kids as they decorate their kites. Kids & Kites festival will run from 10 am to 4 pm on Cricket Hill, near the intersection of Lake Shore Drive and Montrose Ave.