Dec 172014

Kidlist has changed email services, so I apologize if you receive two emails with the weekend events. (You will not receive duplicate emails in the future.) The new emails should be much easier to read, navigate and more appealing to the eye! :)

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Dec 172014






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Dec 162014

fancy nancy the musical chicago

Fancy Nancy, The Musical will be at the Apollo Theater starting January 31, 2015. We have a Fancy Nancy fan in our house and are really looking forward to going to this show! Based on the books by Jane O’Connor with illustrations by Robin Preiss Glasser, this musical was written by Susan DiLallo and composed by Danny Abosch.

From the tip-top of her twinkly tiara down to her sparkly slippers, Nancy is eager to steal the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that’s a fancy word for star of the show), Nancy is stuck playing a dull tree. Through practicing kindness, Nancy must become a musical hero by finding the fancy flair in her new role. Adapted from the bestselling book series, this show is full of funny, frilly ballet ballads.

Fancy Nancy, The Musical runs January 31 – May 24, 2015 at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park. Performances take place at various times weekends and weekdays. Check the Emerald City Theatre website for the complete schedule.

Tickets begin at $15 for children and adults, before fees. A limited number of $10 tickets are available for each performance.

Click here to buy tickets!

About Emerald City Theatre
Founded in 1996, Emerald City Theatre creates theatre experiences that inspire early learners through play. Emerald City is one of Chicago’s most attended non-profit theatres, with an annual programming reach of 80,000.

Through a rigorous collaboration between innovating artists and leading educators, Emerald City develops new work for young audiences, with over 29 world premieres; produces professional productions at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park, The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, and regional tour venues; and provides acclaimed educational programming throughout Chicago through Emerald City Theatre School. Emerald City’s Little Theatre, the nation’s first facility dedicated to theatre for the very young (ages 0-4), opened in April 2013. Emerald City was awarded the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce’s Excellence in Arts and Culture Award in 2013.

Emerald City Theatre
2936 N. Southport Avenue
Chicago 60657
(773) 529-2690

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Dec 152014

live nativity oak brook
Christ Church of Oak Brook
501 Oak Brook Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Visit Baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph and some of the stable animals December 21-25, 2014 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. on the corner of 31st Street and York Road in Oak Brook. Want to volunteer to be part of their Live Nativity? Click here for online registration.




Evangelical Covenant Church of Hinsdale
412 South Garfield Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521



The First Baptist Church of Oak Park usually has a live nativity, but they are taking this year off.


Have another to add to the list? I would be happy to let everyone know about it.

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Dec 142014

We had the opportunity to go tubing on Polar Peak at Frozemont (MB Financial Park in Rosemont) as well as ice skating on the rink there before the hills opened this past Friday, December 12, 2014.

polar peak rosemont

For those of you who haven’t heard, Polar Peak is a four-story tubing hill constructed with shipping containers, truss systems and artificial snow. It costs $20 an hour for unlimited tubing (tube provided) and tickets can be purchased on-site or online at Tubing is available until January 19, 2015. You can watch a video about Polar Peak at the bottom of this page:

There are four lanes that are four stories high and one lane for younger children that is half the height, however it is still just as steep. Overall it is a thrill ride that I would recommend for older children, maybe starting around 10-12 years old. My kids tried it and my four year old even went down twice, but I had a few reservations. Although we did not find the stairs to be slippery, they were wet, didn’t have risers and there was a large gap between the stairs and the railing in some areas (ie enough space for a foot to fit). So definitely be careful on the stairs. Also, like I said, the hills are steep, so if you have kids that like thrill rides then go for it. I had expected the kids slope to not only be shorter but more gradual, which it was not.

Here is the view from the tallest point so you can get an idea…

polar peak view from big hill

Safety advisory by the Village of Rosemont:

“According to the village, Polar Peak participant rules are that no child under the age of 2 may participate; children ages 2 to 5 may slide down the children’s hill only while sitting in the lap of an adult parent or guardian; children must be at least 10 years of age and 48 inches tall to slide down the adult tubing hill; children ages 6 to 9 can slide down the kiddie hill unaccompanied by a parent or guardian; only Polar Peak tubes may be used; snow boards, skis, sleds, toboggans are not allowed;  and, one must sit in the tube, no standing or kneeling.”

Ice Skating is also part of Frozemont. They have a NHL-sized ice rink and you can rent skates for $8 (admission is free).

ice skating rink mb financial park rosemont

Everyone leaves their boots and shoes under the benches in the skate rental tent and there are not lockers, so either don’t bring a purse or plan on skating with it. The ice was well maintained and smooth. There were hockey skates available as well as figure skates that had a boot similar to typical hockey skates.

We then had hot chocolate and a snack at Sugar Factory, which is an extensive candy store and restaurant. The food was very good and the candy store was tempting and fun!

sugar factory

Parking is a little deceiving because when you drive into the parking garage the signs say it costs $13 per day to park, however if you use any of the facilities or eat at the restaurants at MB Financial Park they validate your parking and it is free. So you do not have to worry about parking, there is plenty. I learned that the signs exist to discourage people from parking there and then catching a flight at O’Hare.

Frozemont at MB Financial Park
5501 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018

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