Family Friendly: Gary Kantor presents magic for kids in Burr Ridge

Gary Kantor will host an interactive magic show on Aug. 12 in Burr Ridge.
Gary Kantor will host an interactive magic show on Aug. 12 in Burr Ridge.

Some lucky kids will have the chance to astound the audience at Gary Kantor’s Magic Show, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12 at Harvester Park, 15 W 400 Harvester Dr., Burr Ridge. “I have a lot of kids come up onstage and they become junior magicians,” Kantor said. “They’ll be doing some of the stunts so it looks like they are making the objects move or float.”

One of Kantor’s signature stunts is drawing a picture which magically becomes animated. “The eyes will start to move, the mouth will start to move,” he said.

His crayons even take on a life of their own. “A little crayon will become a foot tall and change from yellow to red,” he revealed.

Kantor noted that his shows appeal to all ages. “I’m doing stuff that I think they’re all baffled by,” he said.

Kantor teaches magic at around 130 suburban park districts. (See garykantor.com.) Amazingly, he is also a full-time social worker.

For details, call (630) 920-1969 or go to www.brparks.org.

THE PLAY’S THE THING

DuPage Children’s Museum invites families to join them at the Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17 for Naperville Plays! The event will focus on the history of play and how play helps child development. Activities include croquet, vintage games, obstacle courses and more.

For details, call (630) 637-8000 or go to dupagechildrens.org.

AMAZING ANIMALS

Kids will hear the tale of “A Perfect Place for Ted” by Leila Rudge and “Jumping Jack” by Germano Zullo at A Dog and a Horse Storytime, 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. There will also be a themed activity.

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

COOL CHORUS

You and your kids can be a part of Anna and Kristoff’s race to end eternal winter at the “Frozen” Sing-Along, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Thomas Ford Memorial Library, 800 Chestnut St., Western Springs. Drop in to see the 2013 PG-rated animated film which runs 1 hour and 42 minutes.

For details, call (708) 246-0520 or go to fordlibrary.org.

CUTTING REMARKS

Kids age 9 and older and adults will learn the basics from blocking out a design to final polish at Soapstone Carving, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 23 at Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, 220 Cottage Hill Ave., Elmhurst. Cost is $15; $10 for museum members. Reservations are required.

For details, call (630) 833-1616 or go to lizzadromuseum.org.

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