Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Spring forward: fun with ReptileFest, Windy City Rollers, Kidical Mass, Schuba's, & Audubon Society

Ah, Springtime in Chi Town.   Yesterday it was 80, tonight it's going to snow!  If you're still on spring break (or not), daunted by the weather, and running out of ideas to keep the kids educated and entertained, we've come up with a short list of great stuff happening through the end of April.

 ReptileFest  April 10 - 11 from 10am-5pm, the Chicago Herpetological Society is hosting ReptileFest at the UIC Phys Ed Bldg., 901 W. Roosevelt.   
  • See and touch hundreds of reptiles and amphibians from around the world
  • 40,000 square feet of exhibits, vendors, and games
  • Meet the Iguana Squad to learn about proper care for all species of iguanas.
  • Climb into a tortoise pen
  • Have your photo taken with a large reptile
  • Learn about reptiles and amphibians in your backyard and beyond
  • Talk about herp health with a vetrinarian
  • Purchase preferred pet products, t-shirts, and jewelry
 Adults $8.00.  Kids 3-11 $6.00.  Print the coupon below for $1.00 off admission for everyone in your party.   Find out more at

Kidical Mass--Make history this Saturday, with Chicago's first Kidical Mass bike ride.   Kidical Mass began in Oregon and the idea is spreading to bike friendly cities across the nation.   If you want to ride, meet at Palmer Square / bunny park with your kids and your bikes and your kids on bikes for a kidical mass ride to Humboldt park and back.

The first Chicago Kidical Mass ride will be held Saturday March 20 in Palmer Square in the Logan Square neighborhood. Riders will gather at  9 a.m. for a 9:30 a.m. departure and may ride until 10:30 a.m. The ride will start and end at “the bunny park” playground in Palmer square. The park is in the middle of Palmer Boulevard between Kedzie & Humbolt Boulevards. Future rides are proposed for each 3rd Saturday of the month.

Check out the Green Parent Chicago link for more info.
Also, Saturday at 11AM, The Verve Pipe  plays Schuba's as part of their fun family series.  Check out their site for more details.

Whip It--Windy City Style  The Roller Girls are back for another season.   Come join the fun.   April's bout is Saturday night at 6pm.  Doors open at 5pm.  Come early to avoid the lines.  

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photo by Gil Leora



The WCR league season lurches forward this Saturday at UIC Pavilion, where the Manics will look to take the wind out of The Fury while Hells Belles will be looking to sneak up on the Double Crossers. Tickets are $20 in advance and $21 at the door.

It's College Night at our April 10 bout! Show your college pride and get a group of 15 or more to wear your alma mater's colors! Groups of 15 or more qualify for Group Tickets, 40% off the ticket price. Get a group together and e-mail to arrange your tickets. Wear your college or university's gear and get a shout-out at the game plus goodies from the WCR Fan Zone! Deadline for group tickets is April 7.
The National Anthem will be performed by Karen Embree. Bout entertainment will be provided by the Macha, a circus act with Shayna Swanson and Amanda Crockett.

A portion of this bout's proceeds will benefit The Night Ministry -- a volunteer organization assisting vulnerable youth and adults on the nighttime streets in Chicagoland with traveling services and programs.

Don't forget about our official after party at Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake St., and check out the Action Booth!

Birds and Boats--On April 24, the Chicago Audubon Society is having a bird watching float at the Skokie Lagoons. Find out more, or make reservations through Chicago River Canoe and Kayak at

1 comment:

  1. OMG it's striking how similar our tastes in urban adventures are! ;) I see your slideshow features pics of Bristol Faire, another of my favorites! Perhaps Sheik Yerbouti will meet you there this season. See y'all soon!