We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try with your children. Look for the kids' planner each Wednesday. And, you can help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips-just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our suggestions, let us know. We want to hear from you.
Grab your kids and go have some fun.
Family Best Bets of the Week
Where / When: Dickinson's Little Vaudeville, 11 E. Northwest Highway, Palatine; 7 - 8 p.m., Friday, March 4.
Why Go?: Come to entertain or be entertained. Singers, dancers, musicians and audience members are needed.
Where / When: Harper College Sports Center, Building M, 1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine; 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 5 and 6.
Why Go?: Twenty-two operating model trains! Get ideas on the great family hobby of model railroading from artists who will be doing on-site demonstrating. Thomas and Friends will be at the show. Vendors, food, give-away drawings, door prizes and free parking. Fun for the whole family.
Pricing: $8 for adults and teens; $6 for seniors 65 and older; $2 for children 5 - 12; Free for children 5 and under.
Where / When: The Chapel, 180 New Sutton Rd., Barrington; 10 - 11:30 a.m., Saturday March 5.
Why Go?: Play in the dirt and discover the fun of starting your own garden from seeds. Learn the basics from a master gardener and take something home to grow.
Where / When: Knupper Nursery & Landscape, 1801 N. Rand Rd., Palatine; 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, March 6.
Why Go?: Bring your bird feeders and houses to Knupper Nursery and volunteers from the Stillman Nature Center of Barrington will hand-wash them. While you wait, you may learn something new about owls from the Nature Center's director, Mark Spreyer, and one of his favorite raptor friends, an owl.
Where / When: Buehler Y; 6:30 - 9 p.m., Friday, March 4.
Why Go?: Swim, check out the playmaze, play basketball, try the climbing wall.
Pricing: Free for Buehler Y and Metro Association Members; $20 per family if non-members.
What suggestions do you have? Tell us in the comments.