Dance students step out in Franklin Park
It’s all about “Peace, Love and Dance.” That’s the theme of this year’s Park District of Franklin Park Dance Recital.
“Each spring, the park district’s dance program hosts this exciting recital and showcases the students’ talents and dance skills for their family and friends,” said Phyllis Schmidt, program manager.
About 130 students ages 3 to 14 will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the East Leyden High School Auditorium, 3400 Rose St. Styles will include ballet, tap and hip-hop, plus tumbling and cheer.
“Most of the dancers and tumblers have been taking classes since September to prepare for the recital,” Schmidt said. She noted that the program is so successful because the instructors all have extensive dance experience and training.
“We have a program where dancers can experience a lot of different styles of dance at more affordable prices than a private studio,” Schmidt said.
Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 at the door.
For details, call (847) 455-2852 or visit fpparks.org.
Your family can visit four Elmhurst museums for free and take a complimentary trolley between them on International Museum Day, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 20. You’ll see the Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst Historical Museum, Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art and Theatre Historical Society of America. There will be special activities and exhibit tours at each stop.
For details, call (630) 833-1457 or visit elmhursthistory.org.
Grab your hat
The sillier the chapeau the better during the Mad Hatters Show from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Oak Park Public Library, 834 Lake St. This wacky storytelling troupe presents interactive performances that are best for ages 3 to 9. Pick up tickets in advance.
For details, call (708) 452-3420 or visit oppl.org.
Kaleidoscope of fun
Fun activities set to music are teaching tools used by the Kaleidoscope Kids, assisted by Kidney Cat. Hear their stories and songs, which have been designed by professionals in the technology and education fields, at a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 1, at the Magic Tree Bookstore, 141 N. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park. Register early because space is limited.
For details, call (708) 848-0770 or visit magictreebooks.com.
What’s bugging you?
The answer is “Xtreme Bugs,” which runs Saturday, May 19, through Friday, Sept. 7, at Brookfield Zoo, First Avenue and 31st Street in Brookfield. The exhibit features extra-large animatronic bugs as well as live insects, which are part of “Harry’s Big Adventure: My Bug World!”
For details, call (708) 688-8000 or visit czs.org.