March is an awkward month for families. How do you plan a fun-filled family-friendly outing when the weather can be unpredictable, but kids still have a few days off school?
From north to south, Illinois has plenty of fantastic family-oriented events and activities. Whether you’re looking for a way to integrate a little bit of education on Casimir Pulaski Day — an official holiday in the city of Chicago — or just looking for something to keep the kids entertained on their day off school, there is truly something for all. Check out some of these special events right here in Illinois:
No doubt kids will be excited to have a day off school (and a long weekend to boot). To avoid the sounds of “I’m bored” and a day of channel-surfing and gaming, these events across Illinois are the perfect way to keep kids entertained:
An interactive magic show? Yes, please! Head to the Legacy Theater in Springfield for “The Amazing Max,” a limited-time magic show that the entire family will enjoy. From disappearing acts to sleight of hand tricks and even defying the laws of physics, The Amazing Max will leave your kids spellbound and you enthralled. Designed for all ages, this show is one of New York’s hottest Off-Broadway shows, and it’s right here in the state capitol.
Rockford’s Burpee Museum of Natural History boasts a plethora of amazing exhibits, like T. rex Jane: Diary of a Dinosaur, a Triceratops named Homer, a special Native American exhibit, and a geoscience viewing lab. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the exciting take on how our world was made in this four-floor adventure.
During the weekend of March 2–3, Burpee Museum of Natural History will host PaleoFest 2019, where you will learn about modern paleontology, participate in activities and seminars, listen to expert panels, and enjoy live music.
It’s a bird...it’s a plane….no, wait, it really is a bird! Head to Pere Marquette State Park in Grafton on March 4 for your last chance to see American Bald Eagles in the wild! A specialist at the park presents informative programs about bald eagles and you can learn everything you ever wanted to know about these rare birds, so you’re sure to walk away with some incredible knowledge. The program begins at 8:30am and you will observe a short video before heading out to see bald eagles for yourselves!
If you’re looking for an outdoorsy activity that you can’t do anywhere else, head to Starved Rock State Park for Owl Prowl, a special weekend event. Adults and kids are invited to join Steve Baily, an ornithologist, to learn about species of owls and even call in a variety of owls while on a nature walk through the beautiful trails at Starved Rock.
by Erica Abdnour of Concierge Preferred
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