- EARTH HOUR: The city of Batavia is celebrating Earth Hour in the dark -- at the Eastside Community Center. This is a free event, taking place on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 pm. There will be games in the dark, live music, storytelling, yoga, a drum circle, painting with light portraits and a chance to look at the stars. Find more info here.
- NEW THEATER: In the last year, the Geneva Park District took over a performance space on State Street in downtown Geneva and christened it "Playhouse 38." This weekend, the new park district theater program will be performing "Disney's Beauty and the Beast Jr." with local kids. Performances are 7 p.m. on Saturday, 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are $10 each and are available at Sunset Community Center. For ticket info, call 630-232-4542.
- FREE MOVIES: Goodrich Quality Theaters offers "Free Spring Movies" on weekends every year. This weekend, "Monsters vs. Aliens" will be shown 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday at the Randall 15 IMAX in Batavia and the Kendall 10 in Oswego. More info here.
- SENSORY-FRIENDLY FILMS: The AMC Sensory Friendly Film Series features movies shown with lights up and sound down, with audience members free to get up and walk, dance, shout or sing. This weekend, "Muppets Most Wanted" will be shown at 10 a.m. at the Naperville 16, Yorktown 17 in Lombard and AMC South Barrington 30. Regular matinee prices apply.
SPRING BREAK WEEKDAY FUN:
If your kids are on spring break the week of March 31, here are some ideas on how to stay busy:
- FARM ACTIVITIES: Kline Creek Farm is offering a "Spring Break Spruce Up" on Monday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in which your family can help prepare the kitchen garden, clean the animal pens, repair fences and spruce up around the farm.
- GET FIT: The West Chicago Public Library's "Tottercize" program on Monday at 10 a.m. is designed to encourage you to share some physical activities with your child. You may learn new yoga poses, dance to tunes or work on motor skills. Aimed at children ages 2 through 6 and their caregivers.
- GET WET: Goldfish Swim School in St. Charles offers an open family swim session on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. (along with Friday and Sunday evenings.) The cost is $5 per person for a max of $15 per family.
- RUBY SLIPPERS: The classic movie being shown on Monday as part of "Classic Movie Mondays" at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora is "The Wizard of Oz." The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $1.
- DON'T FEED THE ANIMALS: Brookfield Zoo is a fun place to visit, even if the weather is cold. The animals are often more active, anyway, and there are plenty of buildings to warm up in.
- GO BOWLING: Pinstripes in South Barrington and Oak Brook offers "Mom & Tot Bowling" from 10 a.m. to noon every weekday. All children bowl for $5 each, caregivers bowl for free.
- LIBRARY FUN: The Geneva Public Library has a week's worth of "School's Out" programming, including a "Find the Pigeon" game, a "Build with Legos" session and a couple of drop-in craft opportunities. You'll find info on the Go West Calendar.