Category Archives: Family Fun

Hilltop Neighborhood House Announces Soup Day

Hilltop Neighborhood House is very excited to invite organizations to participate in celelbrating their 19th Annual “Heartwarming Soups and Hometown Entertainment” community dinner on February 27th from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm.      This dinner has become a “Signature” event for them. They hope to have 17 or more different restaurants to participate and donate…

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Ice Skating at Deep River Park

     Deep River Ice Skating is a 14,500 square foot ice plaza with food and beverage locations, heated indoor bathrooms, a Birthday Party room, and a U.S. 30 Surf Shop. Group Sales and Season Pass offices are available. Plus, the Plaza will be decorated with festive seasonal lighting.     Skate rentals are available for $6…

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Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 provides the Background for “The Nutcracker”

***** Highly Recommended ***** The Joffrey Ballet’s “new” version of “The Nutcracker”, choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon is magnificent. By setting “The Nutcracker” against Chicago’s Columbian Exposition of 1893, Wheeldon gave the city a unique gift. I am in awe! Loved everything about “The Nutcracker”. 4 BIG Spotlights! Northwest Indiana note: Kelly Boersma, the new principal…

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“A Fabulous 50’s Christmas” – a Tribute to Perry Como/Andy Williams TV Specials

**** Recommended **** Wow! The first time I reviewed “A Fabulous 50’s Christmas” was in 2004! The show, a tribute to the old Perry Como/Andy Williams TV specials, is a nice blend of traditional and contemporary (written before 1960 contemporary) carols. “A Fabulous 50’s Christmas” is a holiday must-see. 4 Spotlights “A Fabulous 50’s Christmas”…

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Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour is a Lot of Fun

**** Recommended **** I have a checklist somewhere of things I’ve always wanted to do, but never got around to doing. Taking the Chicago Trolley Holiday Lights Tour turned out to be an easy and fun way to see the city lights during the holidays – and cross a couple of things off my list…

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Goodman’s 40th Annual Production of “A Christmas Carol” is Practically Perfect!

***** Highly Recommended ****** The Goodman Theatre’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol” remains essentially the same from year to year, which audiences seem to love. “A Christmas Carol” is holiday tradition for many families, spanning generations. The Goodman lobby is festive with decorations and a sparkling holiday shopping area. Now in its 40th year,…

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“Elf the Musical” – Heart-Warming and Family-Friendly for the Holidays

***** Highly Recommended ***** To celebrate the holidays, Buddy the Elf and his good friend Santa, have arrived in Aurora! If you’re looking for a special outing for your kids/grandkids, then Paramount Theatre’s whimsical production of “Elf” is the show for you. “Elf the Musical” is heartwarming, family-friendly, funny and absolutely delightful. I give “Elf”…

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Holidays At Taltree Arboretum

Bring the whole family to Taltree and celebrate the holidays in our vintage Railway Depot. Step off the trails, out of the cold and into Santa’s workshop. Families are encouraged to bring cameras and snap a photograph with Santa. While waiting to meet with Kris Kringle, enjoy a warm cup of cocoa, create a holiday…

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CST Celebrates 20 Years With “It’s a Wonderful Life”

In celebration of their 20th anniversary on Chicago Street Theatre, CST is proud to bring audiences the holiday favorite, It’s a Wonderful Life to their stage November 24 through December 16, 2017.  Based on Frank Capra’s 1946 movie classic featuring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed, the play follows the life of George Bailey- a small…

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Hayrides in Northwest Indiana

Non-Reserved HAYRIDES AT TALTREE ARBORETUM: Hay rides will be available every Saturday in October from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pick-up will be at the Depot. Cost: $3 per person plus admission fees. Located approximately 25 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and 60 miles southeast of Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana, Taltree offers beautiful vistas, quiet…

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