Family Friendly: Monthly event tailored just for preschoolers
Preschoolers can enjoy an event especially for them on the first Saturday of every month at Westfield Old Orchard Mall.
Updated: August 30, 2012 12:50PM
Westfield Old Orchard is the place for preschoolers to be 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the first Saturday of each month. That’s when they can attend a WFamily event designed just for them.
“We change the theme every month,” Marketing Coordinator Edelyn Ellwood said. “September 1, the theme is ‘Let’s Sing-a-Long!’ It’s not just singing through the hour. It’s a combination of storytime, craft and sing-a-long.”
The three-part session’s goals are to encourage a love of literature and inspire imagination and creativity.
The free monthly events are held at the Barnes & Noble store’s lower level in the Skokie shopping center at Old Orchard Road and Skokie Boulevard. You don’t need to register for this event which is led by a Skokie Public Library librarian. An adult must stay with the child.
Future themes are “Tricks and Treats!” (Oct. 6), “Turkey Tales” (Nov. 3) and “Story Time with Santa” (Dec. 1).
For details, call (847) 673-6800 or visit www.westfield.com/oldorchard.
Something to think about
Parents and kids can challenge themselves and each other at Family Chess and Brain Games, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave. A variety of games will be available in the lower level activity room.
For details, call (847) 965-4220 or visit www.webrary.org.
Mini masterpiece makers
The next Rembrandt or Picasso may be discovered at Toddler Art. But having fun is the main purpose of the workshop at the Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave. Kids ages 18 months to 3 years old, with an adult, can attend from 9:30 to 10 a.m. or 10:30 to 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Registration is required.
For details, call (847) 825-3123 or visit www.parkridgelibrary.org.
Now they’re cookin’
Kids will learn to make a pie iron pizza and a banana boat at Campfire Cookout, 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9 at Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel, Skokie. They will create a three-course lunch for $9, $11 for nonresidents. Children must be accompanied by a paying adult. Children younger than 3 are free.
For details, call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500 or visit www.skokieparks.org.
Whale of a tale
A great white shark has to rescue his brother, Finn, from a huge threat in “Gilbert the Hero” by Jane Clarke and Charles Fuge. After children hear the tale, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 at the Village Crossing Shopping Center Barnes & Noble, 5405 Touhy Ave., Skokie, they will make their own sea creatures. For details, call (847) 329-8460 or visit www.barnesandnoble.com.~.