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Three months of fun things to do

Art, activities and performances for children and their families

Into the Woods Jr.
Feb 10-12, 17-19, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Springfield Theatre Centre presents the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine. Admission. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.
 

Art Together - Paint Minecraft is an artsy bonding event for adults and children. Sponsored by Our Vibrant Community, the event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10am-12pm, at Twisted Deli.
PHOTO COURTESY OUR VIBRANT COMMUNITY

 

Art Together: Paint Minecraft
Feb 11, 10am-12pm. An artsy bonding event. $25 for adult and child, $15 per extra child. Includes aprons, supplies, glow-in-the-dark paint and cookie. Registration, Rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com. 331-2027. Twisted Deli, 330 S. Grand Ave., 679-4896.

Lincoln’s Birthday Celebration
Feb 12, 9am-5pm. Historic characters, musicians, children’s crafts, games and more. Free admission. PresidentLincoln.illinois.gov. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, 212 N. Sixth St., 782-5764.
 
Preschool and Kindergarten Preview
Feb 16, 6-7pm. Open to all. Free. oursaviors-school.org. Our Savior’s Lutheran School, 2645 Old Jacksonville Road, 546-4531.

Single and Parenting
Feb 16-May 11, 6pm Thurs. 13-week program teaches practical strategies regarding parenting, financial management, relationship issues, emotional guidance and more. Free; light meal and childcare provided at no cost. singleandparenting.org. 685-8099. Trinity Lutheran School, 515 S. MacArthur, 787-2323.

Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School is a musical based on the popular children’s books by Barbara Park. The musical will be performed on Friday, Feb. 17, 7pm, at Sangamon Auditorium.
PHOTO COURTESY SANGAMON AUDITORIUM

 

Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School
Feb 17, 7pm. Musical based on the books by Barbara Park. Junie B. Jones offers tips and tricks for surviving and thriving at school. Tickets sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.
 
LEGO Contest
Feb 18-19, 10-11am, 1-2pm, 4-5pm. Multiple sessions for kids age 5-12. LEGO kits provided. Registration required at BuilderEvents.com. Free to children under 12; admission fee for adults. Prairie Capital Convention Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.
 
Winter Overnight
Feb 18, 6pm. Annual overnight for kids age 9-12 featuring games of Predator/Prey under the stars and a night hike along with pizza and s’mores. $50 members, $65 non. Registration, lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.
 
Hooray for Hockey
Feb 20, 6-7pm. Meet-and-greet with Jr. Blues players, meet the Jr. Blues mascot, play slap shot inflatable hockey. Hosted by Scheels Kids Klub. Free. experience.scheels.com. Scheels, 3801 S. MacArthur, 726-6330.
 
Poetry Out Loud Regional Contest
Feb 23, 4-6pm. Student finalists from central Illinois high schools recite memorized works of poetry. Winners advance to state competition. springfieldartsco.org. 753-3519. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Little Red Riding Hood
Feb 25, 1pm, 3pm, 6pm. Presented by the Springfield Youth Performance Group. $10, $15. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., Springfield, 523-2787.

Maple Syrup Time Demonstrations
Feb 25-26, Mar 4-5, 11-12, 1-2pm. Naturalists lead groups to tap trees, collect flowing sap, and cook it down into pure maple syrup. Free. lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.
 
Preschool through Eighth Grade Preview
Mar 2, 6-7pm. Open to all. Free. oursaviors-school.org. Our Savior’s Lutheran School, 2645 Old Jacksonville Road, 546-4531.

Junior Naturalists
Mar 4, Apr 1, May 6, 9am-12pm Sat. Ages 5-8 discover the beauty of spring via hands-on activities, games and outdoor investigation. All three sessions: $40 members, $45 non. Individual sessions: $15 members, $18 non. Registration, lincolnmemorialgarden.org. Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Dr., 529-1111.
 
Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony
Mar 4, 7pm. Concert features Youth Symphony and Sinfonia Orchestra. $10 adults, $5 students, free to ages 12 and under. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theater 3, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Vienna Boys Choir
Mar 5, 7pm. Concert by quintessential boys’ choir of Vienna’s Imperial Chapel features 100 choristers ages 9-14, divided into four touring choirs. $30+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Poetry Out Loud State Contest
Mar 10, 2-5pm. Student finalists from Illinois high schools recite memorized works of poetry. Winners advance to national competition. springfieldartsco.org. 753-3519. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Art Together: Lego Portraits
Mar 11, 10am-12pm. An artsy bonding event. $25 for adult and child, $15 per extra child. Includes aprons, supplies, glow-in-the-dark paint and cookie. Registration, Rhiannon@ourvibrantcommunity.com. 331-2027. Twisted Deli, 330 S. Grand Ave., 679-4896.

The Wizard of Oz
Mar 17-19, 25-26, 7pm Fri Mar 25, 2pm Sat Mar 25, 7pm Sat, 2pm Sun. Presented by the Hoogland Kids, Teens and Juniors. $10, $14, $16. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Apr 4, 7:30pm. Tony Award-winning Broadway musical from the creators of
The Sound of Music and South Pacific offers a contemporary take on a classic tale. $62+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Roasted: Hot Pots Pork offers children and their parents the opportunity to glaze a pre-made ceramic pot, watch it being fired in an outdoor Raku kiln, enjoy a hog roast and more. This event will be held at the Springfield Art Association on Saturday, A
PHOTO COURTESY SPRINGFIELD ART ASSOCIATION

 

Roasted: Hot Pots + Pork

Apr 29, 3-9pm. Glaze a pre-made ceramic pot; see it being fired in an outdoor Raku kiln. Plus hog roast, live music, ceramic activities, cash bar. $25 adult glazing pot, $10 child glazing pot; $10 for event with dinner but no pot. springfieldart.org. Springfield Art Association, 700 N. Fourth St., 523-2631.

Boy Scouts Weekend
Apr 29-30. Scouts walk 20+ miles from New Salem to Springfield on a route similar to what Abraham Lincoln would have walked. Sunday ceremony at Lincoln’s Tomb. lincolnsnewsalem.com. Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-4000.

Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra
May 19, 7:30pm. Concert features the Sangamon Valley Civic Orchestra. $10 adults, $5 students, free to ages 12 and under. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, Theater 3, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Old Capitol Art Fair
May 20-21, 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. One of the most popular juried art fairs in the country. Original art, entertainment, food, children’s tent and more. Free admission. socaf.org. Old State Capitol, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza, 785-9363.

Sangamon Valley Youth Symphony
May 21, 4pm. Concert features youth ensembles. $10 adults, $5 students, free to ages 12 and under. svys.org. 753-8000. Springfield High School Auditorium, 101 S. Lewis St., 525-3100.

Aladdin, Jr
Jun 2-4, 9-10, 8pm. Children’s musical filled with songs from the Disney movie. Directed by Adam Power. $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 children under 12. theatreinthepark.net. Theatre in the Park, Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site, 15588 History Lane, Petersburg, 632-5440.

Willy Wonka
Jun 9-11, 14-18, 8:30pm. Musical is based off Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir. Tickets: $15 and $17 reserved $10 and $12 lawn. themuni.org. The Muni, 815 E. Lake Dr., 793-MUNI.

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