We've assembled a weekly calendar of kid-friendly activities and new places to try out with your children. We'll give you information on several family activities or events for the weekend. You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research for you. We’ll find the best things for you to do and places for you to go with your children, both locally and within a reasonable driving distance.
Look for the kids' planner each Wednesday. And, you can help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips-just add 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 : Harper College Gymnasium, Building M, 1200 W Algonquin Rd., Palatine; 9 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19 and 20.
Why Go?: Stars of Tomorrow Basketball Tournament
Pricing: $5 for adults; $3 for students and senior citizens; free for kids 12 and under
Where / When: Cutting Hall, 150 E Wood St., Palatine; 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 19.
Why Go? You won't want to miss this show for children presented by the Palatine Park District and Theaterworks.
Pricing: $5 per person, all ages
- New Shanghai Circus
Where / When: Adlai E. Stevenson High School, 1 Stevenson Drive, Lincolnshire; 2 p.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20.
Why Go?: Jugglers, acrobats, contortionists, knife throwers and bicyclists. See amazing athletes perform breathtaking feats that defy gravity and stretch the limits of human ability. More than 2,000 years of Chinese circus traditions come together with spectacular flair.
Where / When: James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County - Grayslake Campus, 19351 W Washington Street. School day performances are at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 16, and 9:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 17. Public performances are at 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Feb. 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19 and 20.
Why Go?: Experience the talents of the Christian Youth Theater students, ages 4 - 18, as they bring to life the popular Disney Channel show. Fun songs, incredible dance moves, amazing entertainment for the whole family.
Pricing: $12 for adults, $9 for children 2 - 17 and seniors if purchased in advance. $14 for adults, $11 for children 2 - 17 and seniors if purchased at the door. Special pricing is available for school groups.
- Sports Performance Volleyball: Presidents' Day Challenge
Where / When: Lake County Fair Association, 1060 E Peterson Rd., Grayslake; 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 19 and 20.
Why Go?: Volleyball tournament, open to all
Pricing: $5 for adults; $3 for seniors and students; free for kids 12 and under
- Where / When: Foglia YMCA ; 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18.
Why Go?: Rock climbing wall, high ropes course
Pricing: Free for YMCA members
Where / When: McDonald Woods, Grass Lake Rd., Lake Villa; 2 p.m.-3:30.m., Saturday, Feb. 19.
Why Go?: Search for the hardy birds that stay in Lake County for the winter and discover the adaptations that allow them to survive the cold months. See crows, woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatches, pine siskins and an owl or two.
Where / When: Foglia YMCA; 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20.
Why Go?: Open gym from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., open swim from 12:30 p.m - 5:30 p.m.
Pricing: Free for YMCA members
Where / When: Ela Area Public Library; 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Friday, Feb. 18.
Why Go?: See the movie The Last Song and have some snacks. A copy of the book and the movie will be raffled off at the end of this event.