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 email@example.com two weeks before event date.
Battle of the Bands 2009: Applications are now available for the Mount Prospect Library's first-ever Battle of the Bands competition, to be held Saturday, May 16. Teen musicians age 19 or under, who are in a musical group, band or orchestra, must submit an application by April 30 to compete for the opportunity to play to a live audience and win prizes. For details, contact Rose, (847) 253-5675, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Fiction/AV/Teen Desk.
"Guys and Dolls": 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 20, Mead Junior High School, 1765 Biesterfield Rd, Elk Grove Village. Frost Junior High School's play. (847) 357-6800.
Community Resource Fair: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, Fox School, 1035 Parkview Drive, Hanover Park. Learn about the programs offered by many different Hanover Park groups, including the park district, fire and police departments, scouts, athletic leagues, Centro de Informacion and the YMCA. (630) 736-3500.
Working World Workshop for Teens: 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights. Teens learn how to get a job, fill out an application, and act during an interview. Register at ahml.info or call (847) 392-0100.
Open Storytimes: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21; 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22; 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 24, Mount Prospect Public Library, 10 S. Emerson St. Children ages 6 and under, and their families, are welcome to attend these 30-minute sessions featuring stories and songs. (847) 253-5675.
Open house: Noon-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 98 Algonquin Road, Barrington. Noah's Ark Christian Preschool open house and "How Great Thou Art" art show. Mary, (847) 844-3738 or BarringtonUMC.com.
50th anniversary celebration at Lakeview School: 6:45-8 p.m.
Thursday, April 23, 615 Lakeview Lane, Hoffman Estates. Students will perform, open the school's time capsule and give people tours of the building. (847) 357-6600
"The Granny Awards": 7 p.m. Thursday April 23 and Friday, April 24, Nerge School, 660 Woodfield Trail, Roselle. School musical. (847) 357-5777
Mother's Day Tea: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 3,
South Barrington Park District, 3 Tennis Club Lane, South Barrington. Make festive hats; tea service, complete with finger sandwiches and pastries. Girls ages 5-12 with an adult female. Registration required by Friday, April 24. $35-$38. (847) 381-7515 or sbpd.net
"Willy Wonka Jr.": 7 p.m. Friday, April 24 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, Eisenhower Junior High School gym
800 W. Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates. School musical. (847) 357-5500.
Week of the Young Child Celebration: 9:30 a.m.-noon Friday, April 24, Schaumburg Sports Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road, Schaumburg. To celebrate the Week of the Young Child, early childhood programs from District 54 hold annual Community Expo which includes activities for children, presentations from the police and fire departments, and other local organizations.
Call FIND program at (847) 357-5550 to register.
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.
Teen Coffee House: 7-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. The library's open mic night and karaoke jam for students in grades 6-12. Pizza and soda will be available. Registration required. Call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.
Star Wars Party: 1-5 p.m. Saturday, April 25, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Come dressed as a characters from Star Wars or Star Trek and celebrate the close of the library's 50 Anniversary festivities. Participate in Lego building contests and trivia games and win prizes. Registration required. Call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.
Arlington Heights Bike Swap: Saturday, April 25, Centennial Park, 1209 Burr Oak Drive, Arlington Heights. Items are accepted for sale from 7:30 a.m.-noon. Purchases, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fee is 10% of any sold item. Items which do not sell are returned to the owner without a fee and must be picked up by 6 p.m. Bikes and equipment must be in good condition. There is a $10 minimum for all items. All transaction are cash only; no checks, credit cards, or debit cards accepted. Sellers and buyers must be 18 years of age unless accompanied by an adult. Additional information is available at cyclearlington.com or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com
Junior Chefs: 9 a.m. Saturday, April 25, Faith Lutheran Church, 431 S. Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights. Sponsored by the Lambs of Faith Ministry, event teaches healthy eating from the food pyramid. Suggested donation is a non perishable food item and $5 per child. Register at (847) 253-4839.
Tea for Two: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, Prairie Lakes Community Center, 515 E. Thacker St., Des Plaines. The Des Plaines Park District presents a mother and daughter tea party for ages 3-14. $13-$17.(847) 391-5700 or desplainesparks.org.
Do the Dewey fundraiser: 7-10 p.m. April 25, Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St. Annual fundraiser benefiting the Des Plaines Rotary Foundation and the Library include live music, interactive activities and programs, food and drink. $35.00 in advance at dppl.org or (847)-376-2800. $40 at the door.
Sunday Fun Day: 1-3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Splash Central Games, goodies. Daily swim rates apply, free with Splash Central season pass. Open to all ages. Registration requested. (630) 540-4800 or bartlettparks.org.
Sunday Fun Day: 1-3pm. Sunday, April 26, Splash Central, 700 S. Bartlett Road, Bartlett. Games, goodies, swim rates apply, free with Splash Central season pass. Open to all ages. Registration requested. (630) 540-4800 or bartlettparks.org.
Children's rummage sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Bartlett Community Center gymnasium, 700 S. Bartlett Road. Gently used children's items including toys, books and clothes. Be a seller, fees are $12 per resident table and $15 for nonresident table. Call (630) 540-4800 for more information.
Parents Who Care open gym: 10:30-11:45 a.m. Monday, April 26, Hoffman Estates Park District Community Center, 1685 W. Higgins Road. Interactive play with balls, push toys, mats, hoops, more. $1.50 per child. (847) 604-4582.
Sunday afternoon movie: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St. Free screening of the feature film "The Secret Life of Bees," sponsored by Friends of the Library. Free. (847) 376-2787.
All Career Expo: 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, Willow Creek Activity Center, 67 E. Algonquin Road, South Barrington. High schools in Districts 211, 214, and 220; the Northwest Education to Careers Partnership; and Harper College will host Career Expo 2009 to help students gather information on career options, research career fields, and determine educational requirements needed to pursue desired careers. For information, visit edcareerpartnership.com.
Teen Advisory Board: 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road, Wheeling. Students in grades 6-12 can voice their opinions on past programs and help start new ones. Registration required. Call (847) 459-4100 or visit www.indiantrailslibrary.org.
Street Theatre auditions: 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. Auditions for Street Theatre, a paid summer traveling drama company for ages 16-25. Season runs June-July. Contact Beth, (847) 490-7015, ext. 2023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Bash and concert: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Forest View Educational Center, 2121 Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights. Includes entertainment by The Neverly Brothers, food, raffle prizes, children and family activities, more. Tickets for the Neverly Brothers show are $20. Visit volunteerinfo.net or call (847) 228-1006.
Big Trucks: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, Family Aquatic Center parking lot, 250 E. Wood St., Palatine. Children can see and sit in vehicles including a fire truck, police car, school bus, dump truck, more. Free coloring books to all who attend. (847) 991-0333.
Astronomy Day: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, William Rainey Harper College, Building Z, Palatine. See the moon, planets, stars and galaxies, telescopes on display, astronomy lectures, displays, photographs, projects for children. All ages, free. nsaclub.org.
Boy Scout Troop 297 spaghetti dinner: 4:30-7 p.m. Sunday, May 3, Enders Salk Elementary School. 345 Salem Drive, Schaumburg. Adults $7.50 or two for $14, children 12 and under $5. To make a donation of food or door prizes or to receive tickets, call Jane Bratanch, (847) 736-1891
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.
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.
Teen scrapbook night: 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 8, Bartlett Community Center, 700 S. Bartlett Road. Introductory class teaches all the steps and ideas you need to make a scrapbook. For ages 12-18. $20-$25. (630)-540-4800 or bartlettparks.org.
Kids Club: 10-11:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, Elk Grove Village Public Library, 1001 Wellington Ave. Crafts, songs, and interactive play for children birth-6 years. Register at (847) 604-4582.
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.
Family bingo: Bingo with Bubbe will be offered at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9, at Congregation Beth Am, 225 N. McHenry Road, Buffalo Grove. Can you think of a better way to spend time over Mother's Day weekend than with your family, playing bingo? Join us for a night of bingo games, prizes, food and friends. Cards can be purchased before the event at a discounted rate, call (847) 459-1677 for more details.
Trip to Miller Park Milwaukee: Buses leaves 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 9, from RecPlex, Mount Prospect, for the 6 p.m. game Cubs vs. Brewers at Miller Park. $65 includes transportation and reserved seats. Fundraiser hosted by the Mt. Prospect Parks Foundation. Proceeds support the Mount Prospect Park District youth baseball program. mppd.org or (847) 255-5380.
Yoga for Kids: 4-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning May 12, for eight weeks, Friendship Park Conservatory, 395 Algonquin Road, Des Plaines. Children ages 10-14 learn how to focus and center using the physical and mental benefits of yoga. $63-$72. (847) 298-3500.
Preschool Fun Fair: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., May 15 at the Pat Shephard Center, 421 N. Springinsguth Road.
Games, pony rides, petting zoo, face painting, more for ages 2-6. $8 per child available for current preschool students through their class. Registration the day of the event is $10 per child. Picnic food available for purchase.
Fahrrad Tour Von Schaumburg bike ride and picnic: Noon Sunday, May 17, Blackwell Elementary School, 345 N. Walnut Lane. Celebrate Schaumburg's German heritage with a one-hour, police guided tour of its bikeways. At the end of the ride enjoy free food and drinks, outdoor barbecue, live band. (847) 490-7020 or parkfun.com
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.
Spring Community Garage Sale: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday, May 22, Salt Creek Park District Twin Lakes Recreation Area. Local residents are invited to sell items or browse all the goods on display. For a fee of $6, you get a 10' x 10' space and 8-foot table. This event is for all ages. Jessica, (847) 259-6890.
Flying 4 Kids: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, May 31, Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way, Schaumburg. Statewide kite fly to raise awareness for the Park District Youth License Plate program. Families, kids, kite enthusiasts and novices welcome. Includes refreshments. Free, for all ages. (847) 490-7020.
Hellenic American Academy summer camp: Session begins June 15. For camps hours, fees and information, (847) 317-1063.
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.