Here's our weekly list of kid-friendly activities and new places to try with your children. Help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips by just adding 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: ; 7 p.m., Friday, March 11.
Why Go?: Enjoy the musical talents of the 7th grade students.
Where / When: Rainforest Cafe, 6170 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee; all day, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 11, 12 and 13.
Why Go?: Rainforest Cafe will donate 10 percent of every food and retail purchase to the United Way of Lake County. Enjoy a meal with tropical surroundings or shop in the gift store for a good cause. Fun for the whole family. Please go to www.uwlakeco.org/rainforestcafe and print the flyer.
Where / When: , 1331 N. Rand Rd., Palatine; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Saturday March 12.
Why Go?: Have fun growing your own vegetables from seeds. Learn how at this workshop.
Where / When: , 520 S. Plum Grove Rd., Palatine; 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, March 12 and 13.
Why Go?: 39th annual showcase, hand-crafted, original items made by more than 90 juried artists on display. Raffles, hourly door prizes, homemade bakery items. Free parking. All proceeds benefit the Kirk School for handicapped students and the Alpha Gamma Delta Foundation.
Where / When: ; 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday, March 11.
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.
Where / When: Meadows Church, 2401 Kirchoff Rd., Rolling Meadows; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Saturday, March 12.
Why Go?: All-you-can-eat pancakes for a great cause. Silent auction and bake sale. Noah Lamacki has reached the maintenance stage of Infant Acute Lymphoma after 13 months of intense treatment. Help the Lamacki family face their mounting medical bills.
Pricing: $5 for all-you-can-eat pancakes
Where / When: , Little Theater in the Performing Arts Center, 1 Stevenson Dr., Lincolnshire; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m; Sunday, March 13.
Why Go?: Play for elementary school aged boys and girls sponsored by the Stevenson High School Foundation.
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