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Giveaway: Four Tickets (and a Meet and Greet!) for the Imagination Movers in Aurora

When my preschooler became enamored with the "Imagination Movers" show on Disney Junior a couple of years back, I was skeptical. I figured the "band" was just a group manufactured by Disney to star in a television show.

But then I did a little bit of research and found the exact opposite: The guys in Imagination Movers were all friends from the New Orleans area. They all had professional careers (journalism, teaching, architecture, firefighting) when they started playing music and writing songs together after their kids' bedtimes.

Their fun, upbeat songs made them a sensation in New Orleans, and their short videos started airing on the local public television affiliate. Eventually Disney came calling, and produced three seasons of the "Imagination Movers" show, which mixed music, comedy and lessons about the power of your imagination, all aimed at the preschool set.

"Imagination Movers" is still shown daily on Disney Junior, and although no new episodes are currently being filmed, the guys in the band are still touring -- playing their hits and new songs, too. My daughter loved the Movers so much that we drove to Merrillville, Ind., last year to see them in concert. It was a really fun show, just about 60 minutes. The Movers ran around in the audience, threw balls out among the crowd, and played those darn catchy songs, which I admit I sometimes find myself humming, even when my daughter isn't around!

But you don't have to drive to Indiana to see the Imagination Movers, because they are playing two concerts on Sunday, May 18, at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora!

The first show is at 11:30 a.m. and the second show at 2:30 p.m. on May 18. Tickets are $29 each, with tickets for children 12 and under priced at $20. You can also purchase a "Meet & Greet Upgrade" which will allow your child to meet Rich, Scott, Dave and Smitty -- and have a photo taken with the band, too! Each "Meet & Greet" pass is $60.

And this is where things get really good for Go West readers: I have four tickets to give away to see one of the Imagination Movers' shows in Aurora on May 18. (The winner can choose the concert time.) AND I have four "Meet & Greet" passes to give away, too. That's a minimum $330 value!

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Giveaway: Tickets to See Spotlight Youth Theater's 'Peter Pan' in Batavia

Updated on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at 9:49PM by Registered CommenterTara Burghart

Do you believe in fairies? Are you ready to clap to show you believe in fairies? 

Well, then I have a show for your family!

I have two sets of four tickets to give away to a production of "Peter Pan" performed by Spotlight Youth Theater's Aurora Branch. "Peter Pan" will be performed on the weekends of Feb. 14-16 and Feb. 22-23 at the Batavia Fine Arts Centre. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m on Saturdays and 3 p.m on Sundays. There are also school-day performance on Thursday, Feb. 20 and Friday, Feb. 21.

"Peter Pan" is a musical adaptation of J.M. Barrie's 1904 play about a boy who won't grow up, the children in the Darling family he befriends, and his nemesis Captain Hook. Spotlight's performance of "Peter Pan" will feature a cast of about 100 area kids, cool special effects, authentic sword fighting and of course flying!

Spotlight Youth Theater is an after-school theater arts education program for children ages 4 through 18. Spotlight offers classes in the Aurora area, Chicago, DuPage County, Kane County, Northwest Cook County, Oak Park, Orland Park, McHenry County, Lake County and Rockford, as well as Milwaukee and Kenosha in Wisconsin.

Tickets for "Peter Pan" will be for reserved seating, and they can purchased up to three hours before the show online. If tickets are still available, you can purchase tickets the door up to an hour before a performance.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $9 for children ages 2 through 17, as well as seniors. Here's the link to follow for ordering tickets, which are e-tickets you print at home to avoid will-call lines. If you would prefer to handle your order over the phone, you can call 847-516-2298 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Giveaway: Four Tickets to See the Peking Acrobats at Aurora's Paramount Theatre

Updated on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 5:01PM by Registered CommenterTara Burghart

Is your family ready to "flip out" over this tough winter we're having? Well, then you won't want to miss a chance for a fun, family-friendly evening inside the comfort of the gorgeous Paramount Theatre in Aurora!

OK. That's a silly play on words, but it's all for a great opportunity: I have four tickets to give away to see the Peking Acrobats perform on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. at the Paramount.

The Peking Acrobats are a troupe of China's most gifted tumblers, contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts complemented by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments. Many of this troupe have been studying the ancient art of acrobatics since they were children, and they are renowned for their grace, artistry and feats of seemingly impossible physical daring.

The Peking Acrobats put on a family-friendly show, and they will only be performing once in Aurora -- on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for children ages 12 and under. The winner of this giveaway will receive a "family four-pack" -- two adult tickets and two children's tickets. 

Photo courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

This giveaway starts now and ends Friday, Feb. 7, at  noon Central time. To enter, you just have to answer the following question in the comment section below: What makes your kid(s) jump for joy?

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Giveaway: Four Tickets for a 'Family Night Out' at the Paramount Theatre's '42nd Street'  

Updated on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 at 10:22PM by Registered CommenterTara Burghart

For my 8th grade graduation present, my mom took me to the St. Louis Muny to see a production of “42nd Street.” I still remember how excited I was, how grown up I felt, and how neat it was to see what seemed like the entire cast tap dancing on top of giant “coins” while singing “We’re in the Money." 

So you can imagine how happy I was to see that “42nd Street” was being performed this year as part of the Paramount Theatre’s “Broadway Series” in downtown Aurora. It’s an ideal show to introduce your kids to musical theater – it’s got great music, dazzling choreography, beautiful costumes and a pretty wholesome plot (understudy becomes a star).

Now I have tickets to give away to a lucky Go West reader who can introduce her children to this classic American musical, just like my mom did, as part of a glamorous “Family Night Out.” The Paramount and I just ask that the winner keeps up the tradition and uses at least two of the tickets to bring kids to this family-friendly show.

The four tickets are for Saturday, Jan. 18, at 8 p.m. That’s the official “opening night” when members of the media and theater critics will be in attendance, and many of the cast members will invite their own families. It is sure to be a high-energy show, and the winning family can even attend the opening night reception after the curtain falls, in the Paramount’s gorgeous lobby, surrounded by the show’s cast and crew!

The Paramount Theatre would like to follow the winning family’s experience at “42nd Street” on its social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter. The winning family will have its photo featured on the Paramount’s Facebook page, and the adults will likely be asked what they thought of the show. (You won’t have to share your children’s names unless you want to.)

I’ll tell you how to enter the giveaway in a moment, but first a bit about “42nd Street,” which is rated G and runs 2 hours, 20 minutes:

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Go West Giveaway: Tickets for 'The Magic of Bill Blagg' at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora

Updated on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:25AM by Registered CommenterTara Burghart

Are you a bit anxious about how you’re going to keep your kids entertained over the upcoming two-week holiday break?

Well, of course the Go West Calendar will be there to help. But the Paramount Theatre in downtown Aurora also has a special family-friendly show it scheduled for over the winter break: “The Magic of Bill Blagg” will be presented on Saturday, Dec. 28, with performances at both 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Blagg is known for thrilling and flabbergasting audiences with his high-energy act. He has been perfecting his art since he was given his first magic tricks as a 5-year-old boy.  n fact, those tricks eventually formed the foundation for his first performance in front of classmates and teachers at Beulah Park Elementary School in his Chicago suburban hometown of Zion.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $25 for children 12 and under. But thanks to the generosity of the Paramount, I have two sets of tickets to give away!

Magician Bill Blagg will perform his act on Dec. 28 at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora. Photo courtesy of the Paramount Theatre.

One lucky Go West reader will win two tickets to the 2 p.m. show. Another Go West reader will win two tickets to the 6 p.m. show. That’s a minimum value of $60 for each winner. 

To enter, all you have to do is answer the following question in the comments section below: “What was a magical moment for your family during 2013?” Please also note that if you want to see the 2 p.m. show, the 6 p.m. show or if you can attend either. And make sure to leave your email so we can contact you if you win!

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