Family Friendly: Little ones can learn about space
The character Little Star will help teach kids about planets and other things in space.
Updated: January 31, 2013 12:06PM
Kids will be star-struck when they follow the journey of “The Little Star that Could.” The multimedia children’s show will be presented at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 3-24, at Cernan Earth and Space Center, 2000 Fifth Ave., River Grove.
The program features Little Star, who travels the galaxy searching for his own planets. In the process he learns what stars are made of and visits a globular cluster, the Milky Way, a supernova and a double star. Little Star and young audience members learn an easy way to remember the names of the planets.
There will be a brief question and answer period after the 35-minute show, which is best for preschoolers through second graders and their families.
“The Little Star that Could” is paired with a mini-show called “There Once was a Sky Full of Stars.”
Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for ages 2-12 and seniors 55 and over, free for children younger than 2.
For details, call (708) 456-0300, ext. 3372 or go to www.triton.edu/cernan.
OODLES OF DOOLES
Everyone from age 8 to 88 is invited to try their hand at creating Zentangle Valentine Hearts, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. Zentangle is a method of doodling that the library insists produces fantastic results.
For details, call (708) 366-5205 or go to www.rflib.org.
You don’t need an electric outlet or Wi-Fi to have fun playing games. There’s always chess and checkers. Your kids, ages 5 and older, will see how much fun those two board games can be 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2 at Franklin Park Public Library, 10311 Grand Ave. Registration is required.
For details, call (847) 455-6016 or go to www.franklinparklibrary.org.DOUBLE TAKE
Mime, dance, music and special effects are combined in Imago Theatre’s “ZooZoo,” 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Dominican University’s Performing Arts Center, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest. The animals in the “ZooZoo” include polar bears, anteaters, frogs, rabbits, hippos and penguins. Tickets are $28, $18 for children and seniors.
For details, call (708) 488-5000 or go to www.dom.edu/pac.
A visit to the cacao tree in the Tropical Room at the Oak Park Conservatory will convince kids that it’s their favorite plant. It’s the source of chocolate, the February topic for Exploration Station, 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays at 615 Garfield Street, Oak Park. Children will learn how the tree is used to make chocolate at this free interactive workshop.
For details, call (708) 386-4700 or go to www.fopcon.org.