Thursday, March 24, 2011

Grab and Go Kids Planner: Nature Hikes, Cookie Decorating

It's warming up! Celebrate the coming spring with nature hikes, cookie decorating and story time.
Where/When: Handmade on Main, 320 S. Main St., Algonquin. Starts Friday, March 25 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Held weekly on Fridays through April 29.
Why go: Older children will love expressing their inner artist by working with clay, mosaics, stamps and stencils to create one-of-a-kind pottery pieces.
Pricing: $82 for six classes. Registration required, register online at or by phone at 847-960-7400.  

Where/When: Pleasant Valley Shelter #2, 18410 US Hwy 14, Woodstock. Friday, March 25 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Why go: Get outdoors for a guided sunset hike and look for signs of spring – its recreational and educational!
Pricing: $0/$3. Registration required, register online at, by phone at 815-338-6223 or by email   

Where/When: Panera Bread, 451 S. Randall Road, Algonquin. Saturday, March 26 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Why go: Celebrate the coming Spring with a sweet treat. Families are invited to participate in festive cookie decorating and story time at Panera Bread.
Pricing: Varies

Where/When: The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way, Elgin. Saturday, March 26 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Why go: Enjoy a performance of the classic children’s tale Charlotte’s Web. This play is tailored to children with an hour-long length and lively music.
Pricing: Tickets $7, purchase online at or by phone at 847-931-5900. 

Where/When: Towne Park, 100 Jefferson St., Algonquin. Sunday, March 27 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Why go: Enjoy family bonding time outdoors with a free nature hike at Towne Park.      
Pricing: Free