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Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 09:40 am

Spring into play

Kids activities February to May

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Mar 16-18, 24-25, Hoogland Center for the Arts

 

The True Adventures of Aladdin
Feb 9-11, 16-18, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Presented by Springfield Theatre Centre. Written and directed by Gil and Ann Opferman. $12. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Bat Demo Day
Feb 10, 9am-3pm Sat. Demo the latest baseball bats and gear. Free. experience.scheels.com. Scheels, 3801 S. MacArthur, 726-6330.

Vitaly: A World of Wonders
Feb 11, 3pm Sun. A mind boggling show by an innovative illusionist who successfully fooled Penn and Teller on “Fool Us.” $17+. sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Open House
Feb 15, 6-7pm Thu. Learn more about preschool through 8th grade education. oursaviors-school.org. Our Savior’s Lutheran School, 2645 Old Jacksonville Road, 546-4531.

Ice Jamz
Feb 16, 7-9pm Fri. Teen night for ages 13-17 features a light show, music, games, giveaways and more. $11 with skate rental; $9 without. springfieldparks.org. Nelson Center, 1601 N. Fifth St., 525-2589.

Muni Audition Workshops
Feb 17, 10am Sat. Children’s session. Directors and staff from each 2018 Muni show will be on hand to discuss casting requirements and answer questions. themuni.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Cinderella
Feb 24, 1pm, 3pm and 6pm Sat. A children’s ballet presented by the Springfield Youth Performance Group. $10, $15. sypg.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Project HOWL: Rep Prep
Feb 24, 1-3pm Sat. Ages 10-12 learn about animals and their ecosystems and help enrich the lives of animals on zoo grounds. Registration. $13 residents and members, $15 non. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

LEGO Contest
Feb 24-25, 1-4:30pm Sat, 11am-3:30pm Sun. Ages 5-12 can put their LEGO building skills to the test at the 2018 SAHBA Home Expo. Registration required. Free to children under 12. 698-4941. Bank of Springfield Center, 1 Convention Center Plaza, 800-745-3000.

Doll-i-Day: Under the Sea
Feb 25, 1-4pm Sun. Bring a favorite doll or stuffed animal and enjoy hair, nail painting and make-up stations, plus a photo booth, movies, games, crafts, food and more. $25. 245-6000. Hamilton’s, 110 N. East St., Jacksonville, 675-2720.

Civil War Tech: Nurses, Soldiers and Spies, Oh My!
Mar 3, 10am-12pm Sat. Hands-on activities allow children to explore the intersection of history and technology. A Civil War Tech event. Free. PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.

Kids at Krannert
Mar 3, 10am-12pm Sat. Hands-on art activities for caregivers and children ages 3–8. Free. kam.illinois.edu. Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign, 333-1861.

Project HOWL: Monkeying Around Apr 21, Henson Robinson Zoo

Jedi Academy
Mar 3, 11am and 2pm Sat. An engaging program for young Star Wars fans ages 4 and up. Featuring comic antics, exciting physical challenges, magical mayhem, light saber lessons, plus a visit from a furry alien sidekick. $20 advance, $25 day of. atthelegacy.com. The Legacy Theatre, 101 E. Lawrence, 800-838-3006.

Mummenschanz “you & me”
Mar 4, 3pm Sun. New creation from the Swiss-based theater troupe features large-scale masks and restores a tradition of acrobatics. $16+ youth, $27+ adults.  sangamonauditorium.org. Sangamon Auditorium, UIS, 1 University Plaza, 206-6160.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Mar 16-18, 24-25, 7pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun, and 2pm Sat (Mar 24). A romantic and beloved take on a classic fairy tale. Presented by the Hoogland Education Department. $12, $16, $18. hcfta.org. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

TIP Auditions
Mar 24, 9am-3pm Sat. Positions available for characters ranging in ages from 5-70 years old. Those auditioning are to preregister for a specific audition time for each show at theatreinthepark.net. 899-9732. Sherman United Methodist Church, 2336 E. Andrew Road, Sherman, 496-2338 Ext. 5.

Easter Egg Hunt
Mar 24, 10am Sat. For ages 0-10. Easter bunny arrives at 10am; hunt begins at 10:30am. Free. Pleasant Hill Village, 1010 W. North St., Girard, 627-2181.

Project HOWL: Bear Care
Mar 24, 1-3pm Sat. Ages 10-12 learn about animals and their ecosystems and help enrich the lives of animals on zoo grounds. Registration. $13 residents and members, $15 non. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Spotlight on Ice
Mar 24-25, 2pm Sat-Sun, 7pm Sat. Presented by Springfield Figure Skating Club. sfsc4u.com. Nelson Center Ice Arena, Lincoln Park, 1601 N. Fifth St., 525-2589.

The Wizard of Oz
Mar 24, 7-9:30pm Sat. Presented by Springfield Lutheran High School. $10 adults, $8 students and seniors. Lutheran High School, 3500 W. Washington St., 546-6363 x 110.

Gross-ology Zoo Camp
Mar 30, 8:30am-4:30pm Fri. Ages 6-10 study stink-ology, sticky-ology, goo-ology to learn how gross is great for animal survival. Registration. $50 resident, $60 non. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Creature Powers Zoo Camp
Apr 2-6, 8:30am-12:30pm Mon-Fri. Ages 6-10 explore some of the coolest creatures, ranging from ocean-dwellers to tree-dwellers. Registration. $100 residents, $110 non. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Zoo Vet Zoo Camp
April 2-6 12:30-4:30pm Mon-Fri. Ages 6-10 learn how to help care for zoo animals. BYO lunch. Registration. $100 residents, $110 non. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Civil War Tech: Logistics of War
Apr 4, 10am-12pm Wed. Hands-on activities allow children to explore the intersection of history and technology. A Civil War Tech event. Free. PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.

Family Walk and Talk
Apr 7, 1-3pm Sat. Caregivers and children ages 6-10 can pick up an activity booklet and follow an “activity path” at their own pace. Free. kam.illinois.edu. Krannert Art Museum, 500 E. Peabody Dr., Champaign, 333-1861.

Robin Hood
Apr 13-15, 20-22, 8pm Fri-Sat, 2pm Sun. Presented by Springfield Theatre Centre. Directed by Kelly Bassett. $20 adults, $18 students and seniors. springfieldtheatrecentre.com. Hoogland Center for the Arts, 420 S. Sixth St., 523-2787.

Project HOWL: Monkeying Around
Apr 21, 1-3pm Sat. Ages 10-12 learn about animals and their ecosystems and help enrich the lives of animals on zoo grounds. Registration. $13 residents and members, $15 non. springfieldparks.org. Henson Robinson Zoo, 1100 E. Lake Shore Dr., 585-1821.

Civil War Tech: Mapping
May 5, 10am-12pm Sat. Hands-on activities that allow children to explore the intersection of history and technology. A Civil War Tech event. Free. PresidentLincoln.Illinois.gov. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. Sixth St., 558-8844.

Central Illinois Young Musicians’ Concert
May 6, 4-5pm Sun. Annual concert of solo presentations celebrating central Illinois young musicians in their award-winning performances. Reception to follow. Free. First Presbyterian Church, 321 S. Seventh St., 528-4311.

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