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Events specifically for children or teens as well as those for families, including classes, park and library programs, music, dances, family fitness events, battles of the bands. Send items to nbrcalendar@dailyherald.com two weeks before event date.

District 54 Parent Paid Preschool registration: Lincoln Prairie School, 500 Hillcrest Blvd., Hoffman Estates, is accepting registration from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday for its parent-paid preschool programs for children ages 3-5. Classes are available in the morning and afternoon. $120-$300, with a $55 registration fee. (847) 357-5212.

SPARK program registration: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 735 Westgate Road, Des Plaines. Register for early childhood and school age programs including Mini-School, preschool, Jr. Kindergarten, extended day kindergarten and school age before and after school programs. (847) 824-1065 or 62.org.

Before and After School club: The Hanover Park Park District sponsors this fun and safe program for children before and/or after school. Games, snacks, crafts, more for children attending Horizon, Ontarioville, Laurel Hill, Hanover Highlands, Parkwood and Greenbrook schools. For information, (630) 837-2468 or hpparks.org.

Youth open gym: 4-6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Bartlett Community Center, 700 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. To participate you must have an Open Gym Photo ID. Limited to the first 40 participants in grades three-12. $5 per visit. (630) 540-4834.

March 2

Seussational Celebration - Read Across America Day: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm St. Nation wide reading celebration focuses on motivating children to read. Register at (847) 259-3500 ext. 24 or phpl.info.

Read to a dog: 4-5 p.m. Mondays, March 2, 9 and 16, Schaumburg Township District Library, 120 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Children read aloud to a dog certified by Therapy Dogs International. Free, must register at (847) 923-3439.

Anime Club: 4-5:30 p.m. Mondays, March 2, 16 and 30, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. A new anime movie or series each meeting, and Japanese. For grades 6-12. For information, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Fairies for a Day: 7-7:45 p.m. Monday, March 2, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Put on your wings and listen to fairy stories and make a craft. The library will provide a snack and drink. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Genes and Diseases Junior Science Cafe: 7 p.m. Thursday, march 5, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Molecular biologist St. Suvobroto Nadi explains how genes work. For middle and high school students. Register at ahml.info or (847) 392-0100.

March 3

Immanuel Lutheran School open house: 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 200 N. Plum Grove Road, Palatine. (847) 359-1936.

Zumba: 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Music, easy-to-follow dance moves and a calorie-burning workout. All ages are welcome. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 4

Teen Info Literacy: 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. In "Intro to Research," teens can learn skills pertaining to research methodology. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Toddler Storytime: 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, March 4 and 18 and Thursdays, March 5 and 19, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Storytime for children 18-36 months old and their caregivers. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Dancing Princess Party: 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Hanover Park Park District Community Center, 1919 Walnut Ave. For girls ages 3-7 with an adult. Meet Snow White, Belle, Jasmine and Ariel while enjoying refreshments, a princess craft, dancing and surprises. Resident fee $14 per couple; extra child or adult $7. Registration deadline Wednesday, March 4. Susan, (630) 837-2468.

Get Fancy with Nancy: 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 4, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St. Girls ages 3-5 will listen to stories from the Fancy Nancy series by Jane O'Connor, eat snacks and made a craft. Feather boas and tiaras are encouraged. To register, (847) 253-5675 or mppl.org/events.

March 5

Junior Science Cafe: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 5, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. Middle and high school students can learn how genes work and how they become defective and can cause diseases at this free event. Register at (847) 392-0100 or www.ahml.info.

March 6

Friday Tot Lot: 9:30 a.m.-Noon Friday, March 6, Sport Center gymnasium, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, Schaumburg. Parent-supervised open gym for children ages 6 and under. Includes balls, riding toys, climbing mats. $40-$60. (847) 490-7020 or parkfun.com.

Candle making in the Cabin: 4-6 p.m. Friday, March 6, Spring Valley 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Children ages 7-9 make a hand-dipped candle and learn how beeswax, tallow and other ingredients were obtained to make candles during the 18th century. $8-$12. Register at (847) 985-2100 or parkfun.com.

Cooking in the Cabin: 6:15-8:15 p.m. Friday, March 6, Spring Valley, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg. Children lean how food was cooked over an open hearth fires. Participants will prepare food items, tend the fire and eat their creations. $10-$15. Register at (847) 985-2100 or parkfun.com.

March 7

Visit Cat in the Hat: 10-11 a.m. Friday, March 6, Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court. Stop in and meet Cat in the Hat and stay to listen to some stories by Dr. Seuss. (847) 358-5881 or palatinelibrary.org.

Puzzle Exchange: 2-3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Adults and children can bring puzzles to exchange for new ones. No missing pieces. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Pine Car Derby races: 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 7, Life Center at Bethel Baptist Church, 200 N. Roselle Road. Over 200 entries from children and adults. Admission free. (847) 885-3230 ext. 3033.

Children of the Shepherd Preschool open house: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, March 7, 1111 N. Elmhurst Road, Prospect Heights. (847) 459-7992.

Chess for all ages: 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 8, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St. Open play chess for all ages and skill levels. To register, (847) 253-5675 or mppl.org/events.

March 8

Purim carnival: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, Beth Judea Social Hall, Route 83 and Hilltop Road, Long Grove. Games, prizes, and food (lunch will be available for purchase) and a Tot Corner, with easy-to-reach, easy-to-play games for the younger crowd. (847) 634-0777, ext. 114.

Wii bowling tournament: 1-3 p.m. March 8, Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court, Palatine. Wii tournament for grades 7-12 includes prizes and snacks. Register at (847) 358-5881 or palatinelibrary.org.

Seuss on the Loose: 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. Selected Dr. Seuss stories will be presented by the Rolling Meadows High School Theater Group. For all ages, no registration needed. Call (847) 392-0100 or visit www.ahml.info.

March 9

Rockin' Roarin' Dinosaurs: Begins week of March 9, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Children ages 3-6 discover the mysteries of the past through book, videos, music and crafts. Session is three weeks. $30-$35. (847) 298-3500.

Purim: Congregation Shirat Shalom in Elgin will celebrate Purim at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 9. For details, (847) 695-6246, e-mail hazzansarah@gmail.com, or visit congregationshiratshalom.org.

Lapsit Storytime: 10-10:30 a.m. Mondays, March 9 and 23, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Babies birth to 18 months and their caregivers can build language skills through the use of songs, finger plays, rhymes and stories. (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Read to a dog: 4-5 p.m. Mondays, March 9 and 16, Schaumburg Township District Library, 120 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Children read aloud to a dog certified by Therapy Dogs International. Must register at (847) 923-3439.

Techno jewelry: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court. Recycle computer parts into one of a kind bracelets, necklaces and cell phone charms. For teens in grades 7-12. To register, (847) 358-5881 or palatinelibrary.org.

Teen Game Night: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Grades 6-12 can play video games on PS2, Xbox360 and Wii. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Preschool Drop-in Storytime: 11-11:30 a.m. Mondays, March 9 and 23, and Tuesdays, March 10 and 24, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. A short film and stories for ages 3to prekindergarten 5. No parents or siblings in story room. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Pajama Storytime: 7-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Ages 3-7 can put on pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal for stories, finger plays, songs and games. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Chess Club: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 9 and 23, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Play against other players. Prior knowledge of chess is required. All ages are welcome. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 10

Make MySpace Yourspace: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 10, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Grades 6-12 can get creative with their MySpace pages or create one for the first time. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 11

Teen Bytes & Bites: 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Grades 6-12 can learn about all the nitty-gritty parts of a computer.  Pizza will be provided. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 12

Read to Rover: 6:15-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Grades 1-5 can read to certified therapy dogs. Sign up in person at the "Ask Here" desk on the first floor, for a 15-minute, one-on-one reading with a dog. No parents or siblings allowed in the room during the session. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Teen Blogging: 8-9 p.m. Thursday, March 12, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Grades 6-12 can create a Xanga or Blogger account. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 13

Friday Tot Lot: 9:30 a.m.-Noon Friday, March 13, Sport Center gymnasium, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, Schaumburg. Parent-supervised open gym for children ages 6 and under. Includes balls, riding toys, climbing mats. $40-$60. (847) 490-7020 or parkfun.com.

Internet Scavenger Hunt: 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 13, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Grades 6-12 can surf the World Wide Web with a team of friends to find fun facts and win prizes. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 14

Family pirate brigade: 7:15-9:15 p.m. Saturday, March 14, Splash Central, 700 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Pirate-themed evening of water fights, water balloons, cannonball contests, relay races and food delights. $5-$8. Register at (630) 540-4800 or bartlettparks.org.

Middle School Drop-Ins: Saturdays, March 14, April 18 and May 9, Prairie Lakes Community Center, Des Plaines. Recreational activities for grades six-eight. $7 at the door. (847) 391-5700 or desplainesparks.org.

Got Shabbat: Families with children ages 4-8 can spend a Shabbat afternoon at JCC's Got Shabbat? from 4-5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Enjoy craft projects, food, Shabbat songs and Storybook Yoga with Katie Klatt-Bowen. Call Susan Ellenby at (224) 406-9223.

"The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe": 3 p.m. Saturday, March 14, Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court. Theater production based on the C.S. Lewis classic, presented by American Eagle Productions. Tickets required. (847) 358-5881 or palatinelibrary.org.

St. Patrick's Day Family Potluck: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, March 14, Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Road, Barrington. Corned beef and cabbage, games, and a movie. All welcome. Elaine, (847) 921-5356.

Hoffman Jaycees Children's Fun Fair: 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14, Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road. Children's games, Bingo, crafts, more. Admission $2 per child; free for adults, who must accompany children. (847) 385-8265.

March 16

Anime Club: 4-5:30 p.m. Mondays, March 16 and 30, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. A new anime movie or series each meeting, and Japanese. For grades 6-12. For information, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Read to a dog: 4-5 p.m. Monday, March 16, Schaumburg Township District Library, 120 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg. Children read aloud to a dog certified by Therapy Dogs International. Free, must register at (847) 923-3439.

Mad Science: 7-8 p.m. Monday, March 16, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Grades 4-6 can examine chemistry and the science of molecules and matter, then make some colorful super bouncy balls. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 18

Mary Poppins trip: 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, Cadillac Palace Theatre. Bus departs from the Palatine Park District, 250 W. Wood St., Palatine. All ages 17 and under with an adult. $50-$75 fee includes transportation and show ticket. Lunch is on your own. For information or to register, (847) 991-0333 or palatineparks.org.

Lunch with the Easter Bunny: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18, Biltmore Country Club, Barrington. Hosted by the Barrington Woman's Club. Proceeds benefit the club's philanthropic endeavors. $40. (847) 882-6450 or (847) 381-2123.

Toddler Storytime: 10-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 18 and Thursday, March 19, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Storytime for children 18-36 months old and their caregivers. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 20

Friday Tot Lot: 9:30 a.m.-Noon Friday, March 20, Sport Center gymnasium, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, Schaumburg. Parent-supervised open gym for children ages 6 and under. Includes balls, riding toys, climbing mats. $40-$60. (847) 490-7020 or parkfun.com.

March 22

St. Joseph's Day Table: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, March 22, St. Isidore Church, 427 Army Trail Road, Bloomingdale. (630) 529-3045.

March 23

Spring Break Camp: 8 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23-17, Bartlett Community Center gymnasium, 700 S. Bartlett Road. Games, swimming and activities for children in grades K-six.

$112-$158. (630) 540-4800 or bartlettparks.org.

Spring Recess Science Camp: Noon-3 p.m. March 23-27, Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Road. For ages 8-13. $80. (630) 540-4800 or bartlettparks.org.

Des Plaines Park District day trips: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. March 23-27, depart from and return to the Leisure Center, 2222 Birch St., Des Plaines. Day trips for children in grades two-eight include Enchanted Castle, Pickwick Theater, Pump-It-Up Entertainment, Rinkside Sports, Chuck E. Cheese, Schaumburg's Indoor Waterworks, Brunswick Zone and Orbit Skate Center. $34-$43 per trip. For information, (847) 391-5700 or desplainesparks.org.

Chess Club: 7-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Play against other players. Prior knowledge of chess is required. All ages are welcome. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

NWSRA spring registration: Monday, March 23, Park Central, 3000 W. Central Road, Suite 205, Rolling Meadows. Spring session begins Monday, April 6 for five weeks. Individuals with disabilities are invited to register for this NWSRA recreational program. (847) 392-2870.

March 24

Spring Has Sprung Storytime: 7-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Listen to stories and make a craft. The library will provide a snack and drink. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 27

Friday Tot Lot: 9:30 a.m.-Noon Friday, March 27, Sport Center gymnasium, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, Schaumburg. Parent-supervised open gym for children ages 6 and under. Includes balls, riding toys, climbing mats. $40-$60. (847) 490-7020 or parkfun.com.

Teen Coffee House: 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Open mic night and karaoke jam for grades 6-12. Pizza and soda will be available. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 29

Chess For All Ages: 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday, March 29, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Play a friendly game of chess or learn from others how to play the game. No prior knowledge of chess is required. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 30

Fun with Chinese: 4:30-5:20 p.m. Mondays, March 30-May 18, South Barrington Community Center, 3 Tennis Club Lane, South Barrington. South Barrington Park District and Happy Chinese School present this class to teach Chinese to all beginning learners in a fun and easy way. $120-$128. Register at (847) 381-7515 or sbpd.net. Visit, HappyChineseSchool.com for information.

Anime Club: 4-5:30 p.m. Mondays, March 30, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. A new anime movie or series each meeting, and Japanese. For grades 6-12. For information, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 31

Teen Advisory Board: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Grades 6-12 can voice an opinion on past programs and help start some new ones. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

April 3

Friday Tot Lot: 9:30 a.m.-Noon Friday, April 3, Sport Center gymnasium, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, Schaumburg. Parent-supervised open gym for children ages 6 and under. Includes balls, riding toys, climbing mats. $40-$60. (847) 490-7020 or parkfun.com.

Horizon Bingo night: 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 3, Tefft Middle School, 1100 Shirley Ave., Streamwood. Free family fun, win prizes, raffles, snacks available for purchase.

April 4

Lunch with the Easter Bunny: Saturday, April 4, Bartlett Community Center, Oak Room, 700 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Hosted by the Bartlett Woman's Club. $6 per person includes lunch and raffle prizes, and Easter buckets for each child. Two seatings 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations required. Karin, (630) 289-6533.

Easter Praise and Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 4, Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, Army Trail and Petersdorf roads, Bartlett. For children toddlers-sixth grade. Sing, hunt for candy-filled eggs and make crafts.

April 10

Friday Tot Lot: 9:30 a.m.-Noon Friday, April 10, Sport Center gymnasium, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, Schaumburg. Parent-supervised open gym for children ages 6 and under. Includes balls, riding toys, climbing mats. $40-$60. (847) 490-7020 or parkfun.com.

Aqua Egg Hunt: 10 a.m. Friday, April 10, Splash Central, 700 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Children, divided into age groups, collect eggs in the water. Bring a bathing suit, towel and a basket for gathering the eggs. Advance registration required. $8-$10. (630) 540-4800.

April 17

Friday Tot Lot: 9:30 a.m.-Noon Friday, April 17, Sport Center gymnasium, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, Schaumburg. Parent-supervised open gym for children ages 6 and under. Includes balls, riding toys, climbing mats. $40-$60. (847) 490-7020 or parkfun.com.

April 18

Middle School Drop-Ins: Saturdays, April 18 and May 9, Prairie Lakes Community Center, Des Plaines. Recreational activities for grades six-eight. $7 at the door. (847) 391-5700 or desplainesparks.org.

April 24

Friday Tot Lot: 9:30 a.m.-Noon Friday, April 24, Sport Center gymnasium, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, Schaumburg. Parent-supervised open gym for children ages 6 and under. Includes balls, riding toys, climbing mats. $40-$60. (847) 490-7020 or parkfun.com.

May 9

Middle School Drop-Ins: Saturday, May 9, Prairie Lakes Community Center, Des Plaines. Recreational activities for grades six-eight. $7 at the door. (847) 391-5700 or desplainesparks.org.

June 15

Hellenic American Academy summer camp: Session begins June 15. For camps hours, fees and information, (847) 317-1063.

Preschool openings: The Salt Creek Park Preschool has immediate openings for its 3-4 year old program. Call (847) 259-6890.

Tutor. com: Youth Services Department at the Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm Street, Prospect Heights will have a new online service. Tutor.com connects to a real-time live tutor in an online classroom to work one-on-one on homework, studying, test prep, etc. Available daily from 2- 9 p. m. via the library's Web site phpl.info

Before and After School Care program: Weekdays, 6-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m.; nonschool days (except major holidays), 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Lutheran Church of the Cross, 2025 S. Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. Open to children ages 5 through 12. For details, call (847) 437-5176.