Saturday, January 12, 2008

Center for Performing Arts

One of the great things about living near Chicago is there are a lot of fun activities each weekend. With young twins, we want to do a lot of activities, but not spend a lot of money. We're always looking for value. We discovered a gem this weekend while attending a children's theater performance at the Governors State University Center for Performing Arts.

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia created a show around three wonderful Eric Carle books: The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Mixed-up Chameleon, and Little Cloud. These shows use puppets to bring the stories to life. It was fun and interesting. The announcer started the show by saying, "This is a no-shush performance." It would be an understatement to say it was kid-friendly. Our girls LOVED it.

On the way out, we saw their preschool teacher with her family. It was quite interesting to hear her take on it. Neither of us had ever been to the Center for Performing Arts before. Both of us would return again.

It's always fun to discover a new venue. The Governors State University Center for Performing Arts has a diverse schedule of child-friendly and adult events. It also has several other charms: comfortable seating, inexpensive tickets, and free parking. The only draw-back is the location. It is in the middle of nothing. I'm glad we drove today in the daylight. It will make it easier to find it next time we attend a show.

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