5 Must See Family Events in Chicago

Nancy Drew and the Sign of the Twisted Candles
DePauls Merle Reskin Theatre
60 E. Balbo Drive
(312) 922-1999

Playing select dates January 14 – February 28.
Nancy Drew must search every corner of a spooky mansion to solve the mystery of a 100-year-old man’s disappearing fortune. Will solving the case jeopardize her friendship with best pals Bess and George? Will the fortune be taken by the bad guys, or will Nancy use her brain power (and some luck) to save the day? Don’t miss this world premiere adapted and directed by Damon Kiely. Recommended for ages 7 and up.Cost: $8

The IO Theater
3541 N Clark St. Chicago,
(773) 880-0199

From superheroes to undersea adventures, princesses to dinosaurs, Storytown takes you on an interactive, fully improvised adventure! We use your suggestions and ideas to create a different story every week. Kids design the setting and help shape the story, and our actors, artists, and musicians bring it to life! When the possibilities are endless, no two stories are ever the same.
Plays Saturday mornings through April 2 at 10:30am. Cost: $5


The Second City’s Improv Extravaganza Explosion
UP Comedy Club
230 W. North Ave, 3rd Floor
Chicago, 60614
(312) 662-4562

It’s playtime! The Second City’s performers lace up their sneakers and reach deep into their imaginations to present Improv Extravaganza Explosion!

It’s an hour of interactive, family-friendly improvisation and sketch comedy where we pull ideas straight from the audience, and make it all up on the spot. The best part is that you never know what might happen! Perfect for ages 8 to 80! Cost: $11

Box lunches available. Perfect for Birthday Parties!


Museum of Science and Industry’s
Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castles
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637

Come along on a “mini” tour of Colleen Moore’s amazing Fairy Castle. In order to go on this trip, you have to pretend to shrink down to only 5 inches tall, so that you can experience the enchantment of this tiny home, filled with the magic of fairies and fairy tales!

Experience the enchantment of a Fairy’s dream home in Colleen Moore’s Fairy Castle. This elaborate miniature house was created by silent film star Colleen Moore in the 1930s, and was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in 1949.

It will delight you with its tiny treasures—including murals and paintings painted by Walt Disney himself; chandeliers adorned with real diamonds, emeralds and pearls; the tiniest bible ever to be written, dating back to 1840; and ancient statues more than 2,000 years old.

Witness the magic of the Fairy Castle for yourself at the Museum and take a magical audio tour through its whimsical, intricate rooms.

Jack & The Beanstalk
Chicago Kids Company

Production Dates:
January 18 thru March 6, 2012
Stahl Family Theater

Join Jack and his dancing, Spanish Cow….Carmelita, as they try to save their village from a crazy Giant! You’ll meet a goose that lays golden eggs, a beautiful singing Harp, and a wacky giant and his crazy wife!

Recommended for kids ages 2 to 12.

MJ Tam

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