Family Friendly: TWS throws Fun Fest for aspiring child actors

Families will learn about one of the best children’s theater programs in the country at the Children’s Theatre of Western Springs’ Fun Fest, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at 4384 Hampton Ave.

“It’s a chance for families to learn more about our program, to meet our faculty and to enjoy a lot of fun activities and some theater workshops,” said Children’s Director Leslie Price. “It’s all for free.”

Sample classes will include makeup, musical theater and improv.

CTWS was founded in 1946. It offers a wide variety of classes for students in first through twelfth grade. The list includes acting, musical theater, improv, masked performance, clowning and more. In addition to developing theater skills, the classes are designed to foster collaboration and friendships.

There will be a jump castle and a dunk tank at the Fun Fest. Treats will be served.

Price said the event will show parents and kids “some of the valuable things that we offer.”

For details, call (708) 246-4043 or go to www.theatreofwesternsprings.com.

“GOONIES” ON THE GREEN

Bring a blanket and head to Oakbrook Center in Oak Brook for a free screening of the family movie, “The Goonies,” 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20. It’s the story of a group of kids who hope to save their home from foreclosure by discovering a pirate treasure. The film will be shown on a 32-foot-by-18-foot digital LED screen.

For details, go to www.oakbrookcenter.com.

THEY WILL BUG KIDS

Children will learn how insects are valuable to our environment during Insect Zoo by Anderson Pest Solutions, 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Aug. 19 at DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St. Naperville. They will also see insects up close and even pet a giant pumpkin millipede. Event is free with membership or museum admission of $11, $10 seniors.

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

GOOSE IS LOOSE

A costumed character will visit the Storytime with Duck and Goose, 11 a.m. Wednesday Aug. 20 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. Kids will hear Tad Hills’ book, “Duck & Goose Go to the Beach” and do feathery activities.

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

BUILDING CREW

You and your kids can create structures that will be displayed in the library during Family Lego Night, 7-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21 at Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect. No registration is required.

For details, call (630) 323-8188 or go to www.clarendonhillslibrary.org.

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