Kids, teens and family

 
 
Published: 3/23/2009 12:14 AM

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.

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.

Bunny visits: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday March 30, Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1. Bunny's stops will be approximately five minutes long and are open to Schaumburg Park District residents only. $20 by 5 p.m. Monday, March 23. Once registered, Bunny's helpers will call with the approximate time of his arrival. (847) 490-7020.

Paper making program: 1-3 p.m. Monday, March 23, Des Plaines History Center, 781 Pearson St. Free for members; nonmembers, $1 per child. Registration required. (847) 391-5399 or desplaineshistory.org.

Splash Central open swim: 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 23-Friday, March 27, Bartlett Community Center, 700 S. Bartlett Road. Swim at Splash Central over spring break. (630) 540-4800 or visit www.bartlettparks.org.

Teen Book Discussion: 6-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, Vernon Area Pub­lic Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Discuss "Timeline" by Michael Crichton. The 2003 film version will be shown immediately after the discussion. For information or to register, call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

Choosing a Major Career Panel: 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 23, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Teens in grades 10-12 can meet professionals from a variety of fields and learn what can be done with different majors. Registration required; call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Springtime American Girl Doll: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 23, Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner St., Arlington Heights. Girls ages 3-12 can bring an American Girl or other similar-sized doll in to design springtime outfits and jewelry and decorating each doll's hair. Ages 3-5 must be accompanied by adult. Fee is $34.

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.

Games at the library: 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 and Wednesday, March 25, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Video and board games for grades two-12, refreshments. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

When Irish Cows Are Smiling: 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Through songs and audience participation, explore the mystery of whether Mrs. O'Leary's cow really started the Chicago Fire in 1871. For grades 3 and up. For information or to register, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Preschool Storytime: 10-10:30 a.m. or 2-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, or Thursday, March 26, Vernon Area Pub­lic Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Featuring stories, songs and finger plays designed especially for the preschool child, ages 3-5 (pre-kindergarten). For information or to register, call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

March 25

Candy Sushi and Pocky Tasting: 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, Palatine Public Library, 700 N. North Court. Kids in grade three-five make candy sushi and take part in a pocky tasting contest. (847) 358-5881, ext. 132, or visit palatinelibrary.org.

Magical creatures: 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, March 25, Bartlett Nature Center, 2054 W. Stearns Road, James "Pate" Philip State Park. Children ages 6-10 celebrate spring break at the nature center and learn about creatures. $20.

(630) 540-4800 or bartlettparks.org.

All Dr. Seuss Show: 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 25, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Ventriloquist Sandi Sylver and her "All Dr. Seuss" show will perform. Ages 3 and up. Registration required; call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Afterschool Adventures: 4:30-5:15 p.m. Wednesday or Thursday, March 25 or 26, Vernon Area Pub­lic Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Featuring stories, crafts and movies for children in kindergarten through second grade. For information or to register, call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

March 26

Springtime cake decorating: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, Bartlett Community Center, 700 S. Bartlett Road. Children ages 3-12 can design their own cake, cupcake, chef's hat and cake box. $32, registration required. (630) 540-4800 or bartlettparks.org.

Japanese Craft Day: 10 a.m.- 8 p.m. Thursday, March 26, Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court. Young children and their parents/caregivers are invited to drop-in and make a Japanese craft.

Family variety program: 10 a.m. Thursday, March 26, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Jason Kollum-Juggling and Variety Entertainment program (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

Yu-Gi-Oh Game Day: 1-3 p.m. Thursday, March 26, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Grades 3-8 can play cards (no trading allowed). Refreshments will be served. Registration required; call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Magic of Books: 11-11:45 a.m. Thursday, March 26, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade can see the magic of Rick Allen. He will also share how his love of reading helped become a magician. Registration required; call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Chocolate Mousse and Mud Pies: 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26, Historical Museum, 110 W. Fremont St., Arlington Heights. Boys ages 5-7 can make foods that are chocolaty and messy. Participants should bring an apron. $22 for Arlington Heights residents, $27 for nonresidents.

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.

Springtime Craft: 11-11:45 a.m. Friday, March 27, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Children in kindergarten through fifth grade can make a craft. Registration required; call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

March 28

American Girl Tea Party: 11 a.m. Saturday, March 28, Barnes & Noble, 13 W. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Celebrate the Girl of the Year for 2009, Chrissa, with treats and activities. Call (847) 259-5304

Young Rembrandts:, 9:30-10:15 a.m. for ages 31/2 -5, 10:30 a.m. to noon for ages 6-12, Saturday, March 28, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. For children who love to draw or who would like to improve their drawing skills. No parents permitted in room. Registration required; call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Ultimate Science Show: 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 28, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. Scientific phenomena presented for kids and their families. Free; register at www.ahml.info or call (847) 392-0100.

Preschool Saturdays: 9:30-10 a.m. on Saturday, March 28, Vernon Area Pub­lic Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Stories for the preschool child. For information or to register, call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

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.

Chess Club: 4-5 p.m. Monday, March 30, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. For students in grades 2-12. (630) 837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

Adventure Club - Magic: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Monday, March 30, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Each month the club focuses on a different topic through stories, games, crafts or snacks. For children in kindergarten through third grade. Registration required; call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

Create a Craft: 1-4 p.m. Monday, March 30, Vernon Area Pub­lic Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Drop in to create a craft. For children in kindergarten throug sixth grade. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. For information, call (847) 634-3650 or visit vapld.info.

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 2

Underwater Eggstravaganza: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 2, The Waterworks, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. Hunt for eggs underwater and swim with the bunny at this Schaumburg Park District event. $7- $9. Adults free. (847) 490-7020.

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.

Bunny Bash: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. Pony rides, petting zoo, pictures with the bunny, egg hunts, crafts, moon jump inflatables, games, concessions, more. $5- $7. Registration deadline is April 3. Parents and children under 1 are free. (847) 490-7020.

Breakfast with the Bunny: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 4, Hanover Park Park District Community Center, 1919 Walnut St., Breakfast, bunny photos, crafts, games, coloring contest, entertainment, more. $4 adults; $3 ages 12 and under. Lori, (630) 837-9152.

IGBY Party: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 4, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. A 50th Anniversary IGBY Party to celebrate IGBY, the library's mascot. With cake, crafts, IGBY miniature golf, a remote control car race and more. The remote control car race is limited to 12 contestants ages 8 and older; cars not provided. Registration is required. Call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

April 5

Prom Palooza: 1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 5, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Teenage girls can bring in old prom dresses and get ready for prom by trying on dresses for size and primping with professional hair stylists, makeup artists and nail technicians. An after-hours dance practice party will follow from 4-6 p.m. For details, call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

April 8

Toddler Storytime: 10-10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 8, Indian Trails Public Library, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. For children 18- 36 months and their caregivers. Share stories, finger plays and songs to encourage listening and motor skill development. Registration required; call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.

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.

Jan's Clan Puppets: 10 a.m. Friday, April 10, Bartlett Public Library, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Family puppet program featuring Jan Nelson. (630)-837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

Yo-Yo Man: 11-11:45 a.m. Friday, April 10, Palatine Library, 700 N. North Court. Yo-Yo Man, Barry North will entertain and amaze the whole family with his championship yo-yo tricks. Required tickets available at the Reader Assistance Desk. To register, call (847) 358-5881, ext. 132, or visit palatinelibrary.org.

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.

Flying 4 Kids: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, Margreth Riemer Reservoir Wood, Quentin, and Palatine roads, Palatine

Free event for all ages. Bring your kite and participate in this fifth statewide kite fly started to create awareness of parks, recreation, and the Park District Youth License Plate program. Free kite kits to the first 50 children, raffles, more. (847)-991-0333.

April 21

Working World Workshop for Teens: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. Teens can learn how to get a job, fill out an application, and act during an interview. Free; register at www.ahml.info or call (847) 392-0100.

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 3

Mother-Daughter Tea and Fashion Show: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Registration required for this event featuring the fashions of the Titanic historic period. Space limited. ((630) 837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

May 5

Princess and Pirates Hidden Treasure adventure: 6:30-7:40 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, Bartlett Community Center, 700 S. Bartlett Road. Celebrate the month of May with your mom and Glitzy Girlz. Dress up as a princess/pirate and get ready for a craft adventure. Ages 3-9 with adult. $33, register at (630) 540-4800 or bartlettparks.org.

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.

May 19

Exoplanets-World Beyond Our Solar System: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, Bartlett Public Library District, 800 S. Bartlett Road. Presented by NASA Ambassador Jim Kovac. Find out about the recent discoveries of extra-solar planets within the Milky Way galaxy. (630) 837-2855 or bartlett.lib.il.us.

June 15

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

Ongoing

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.

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.