They might paint on your walls more than they paint on paper, but there’s no doubt your budding little Picassos love art. Harness their artistic imaginations this Saturday at the opening of the Art Institute of Chicago’s new exhibit, "360 Degrees: Art Beyond Borders." The free event will include plenty of drop-in activities, performances and a visit with Artie the lion.
The exhibit is a year-long event to celebrate social, cultural and political life from around the world in one venue. During opening day, your family can enjoy Arabic percussionist Omar al Musfi at 10 a.m. Other performances give families a chance to learn about new instruments. These include Chinese pipa virtuoso Yang Wei, the gypsy jazz band Swing Gitan and lutist Joel Spears.
Once your family has their musical fill, head over to the Kraft Education Center for family-friendly events and activities including drop-in crafts, gallery walks and story times.
The opening day of "360 Degrees: Art Beyond Borders" runs from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. For more information, call (312) 443-3600 or visit artic.edu.
Three lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a family four-pack to see “Playhouse Disney Live!” at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N. River Road, Rosemont, Oct. 17-19. Winners will choose between the following show times: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17, 5 p.m. Oct. 18 or 11 a.m. Oct. 19. Tickets will be held at will call. For more information, please visit playhousedisneylive.com. To win, visit our discussion board.
Go Dutch this weekend as your family experiences the culture and cuisine of the Netherlands at the Elim Dutch Festival. Hosted by Elim Christian Services, the festival has enough family-friendly activities to have your kids clogging in their wooden shoes.
Inspire your kids to dance this Saturday at the Luna Negra Dance Theater’s performance at 3 p.m. which kicks off this year’s Kraft Family Series. The series is designed for families with kids 6 and up to learn about dance and creativity. The Luna Negra performance will use audience participation and interaction with the dancers to provide a healthy learning environment.
This week, five lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy” prize pack, which includes the “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy: A Tale of Tails” DVD and a Wubbzy Plush. For more information, visit wubbzy.com. To win, visit our discussion board.