Family Friendly: Clarendon Hills kids perform ‘Beauty and the Beast Jr.’

A cast of 35 kids, ages 9-15, has been preparing all summer for the Community Theatre Kids' production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” July 24 and 25.
A cast of 35 kids, ages 9-15, has been preparing all summer for the Community Theatre Kids' production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” July 24 and 25.

A lovely young woman named Belle learns to appreciate inner beauty in the Community Theatre Kids’ production of “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24 and Friday, July 25 at Clarendon Hills Middle School Cafeteria, 301 Chicago Ave.

“I have wanted to direct ‘Beauty and the Beast’ for years,” said Holly Scheltens, who leads a cast of 35 kids, ages 9-15. Scheltens noted that she has fond memories of performing in that show when she was in high school. The musical, based on the Disney animated film, is filled with beautiful music and quirky characters.

Scheltens described the show as “a classic that will never stop warming the hearts of its viewers and reminding them that there is still magic and mystery in the world. It reminds us that beauty is endless if you are willing to open your heart past what the eye can see.”

Tickets are free but you must make reservations.

For details, call (630) 323-2626 or go to www.clarendonhillsparkdistrict.org.

COOL CAT

Your 3- and 4-year-olds can celebrate the groovy blue cat at a Pete the Cat Party, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, July 14 at the La Grange Public Library, 10 W. Cossitt Ave. There will be stories, activities and treats. Registration is required.

For details, call (708) 215-3200 or go to www.lagrangelibrary.org.

A WHOLE NEW WORLD

There are no humans in the world of “Robots,” a 2005 computer animated comic sci-fi film, but the characters deal with some very human problems. Your family can find out what happens during Wednesday Movie Night, 6 p.m. July 16 at Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury St.

For details, call (708) 562-3573 or go to www.westchesterpl.org.

CANINES AND FELINES

Furry friends are the focus of the Dogs and Cats Storytime, 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 16 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. Kids will hear, “Naughty Kitty!” by Adam Stower and “Dog vs. Cat” by Chris Gall, and do a themed activity.

For details, call (630) 684-0586 or go to www.barnesandnoble.com.

CREATE A CRAFT

One week it may be historical, the next week baseball-related, but your kids will always have fun being creative at Summer Fun & Games, 1- 5 p.m. Tuesdays, July 15, 22 and 29 at the Elmhurst Historical Museum Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave. The program is for ages 3-12, with an adult. Cost is $2 for members, $4 for nonmembers.

For details, call (630) 833-1457 or go to www.elmhursthistory.org.

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