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: Deer Grove East Forest Preserve at Dundee Road and Hicks Road in Palatine; 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Saturday, April 2.
Why Go?: 5K run and walk, 1 mile youth run, 100 yard dash egg hunt with more than 3,000 eggs, activities for kids of all ages. Visit the Easter Bunny too.
Pricing: $30 for 5K; $10 for 1 mile youth run; $5 for egg hunt
Where / When: Here Whee Go Again, Ridge Plaza, 928 W. Dundee Rd., Arlington Heights; 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, April 1; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday, April 2; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, April 3.
Why Go?: Shop for gently used children's items, nursery and baby gear, clothing, toys, outside play equipment.
Pricing: $1 admission per adult
Where / When: , 1400 W. Northwest Hwy.; 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., Friday, April 1.
Why Go?: Swim, check out the playmaze, play basketball, try the climbing wall with your kids.
Pricing: Free for Buehler Y and Metro Association Members; $20 per family if non-members
Where / When: , 700 N. North Court; 2 - 3 p.m., Sunday, April 3.
Why Go?: Interactive program, puppetry, rhymes, creative dramatics by Mary Jane Haley bring Mother Goose to life.
Where / When: Meijer, 1301 Meijer Dr., Rolling Meadows; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., Saturday, April 2.
Why Go?: Sample baseball-themed food, free baseball-themed giveaways, meet Bill Madlock and get his autograph, live broadcast of WDRV's The Drive.
Where / When: , 150 E. Wood St., Palatine; 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, April 1 and 2; 3 p.m., Sunday, April 3.
Why Go?: See one of the most popular and enduring masterpieces created for the musical theatre. Experience the unique and exquisite production, Theatre Nebula and Music On Stage theatre companies' first collaboration, that tells the story of the final seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.
Pricing: $20 for adults, $17 for seniors, $18 for children if purchased in advance; $22 for adults, $19 for seniors, $20 for children if purchased at the door
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