Family Friendly: ‘Charlie Brown’ Takes a Theatre-Hike at the Morton Arboretum

Cullen Rogers is getting in touch with his inner child as the star of Theatre-Hikes’ “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” 1 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Aug. 2-31, at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Rte. 53, Lisle. “I’ve been trying to force myself to grow up for quite a while,” Rogers joked, “and now being asked to revert to this 8-year-old kid is kind of challenging.”

The musical is based on Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts” beloved comic strip. This production will be staged in one place with the hikes taking place before the show and at intermission.

It’s a typical day in Charlie’s life. “He battles with the tension of confronting his crush—the Little Red-Haired Girl,” Rogers said. His other problems include “constantly getting teased by Lucy, trying to fly a kite and failing miserably, and losing a baseball game.”

Thank goodness his dog Snoopy thinks Charlie’s a winner.

Tickets are $20, $10 for children; $10 and $5 for Arboretum members.

For details, call (630) 725-2066 or go to www.mortonarb.org.

EVERYBODY’S DOING IT

Celebrating National Night Out, that is. Burr Ridge Park District is marking the annual event by presenting a free concert by acclaimed children’s entertainer Laura Doherty, 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 5 in Harvester Park, 15 W 400 Harvester Dr.

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

PLUSH PET PARTY

Kids should bring a stuffed pal to an Animal Sleepover at the Library, 7-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at Westchester Public Library, 10700 Canterbury St. There will be a storytime and then the stuffed animals will stay in the library overnight. Pick up will be 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 8. Participants will be treated to donut holes and a surprise.

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

CHILL OUT IN AUGUST

Escape summer’s heat at Frozen Friday: Cool Off with Olaf!, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1 at the Oak Brook Barnes and Noble, 297 Oakbrook Center. Kids will build a sand castle, make snow clouds and create snowflakes so Olaf won’t melt. There will also be a storytime and sing-along.

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

MAGICAL MEAL

Pack a picnic and head to the Hinsdale Public Library, 20 E. Maple St., 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 6 for Lunch on the Lawn. You and your kids will be entertained by Frankie Ace, who has been doing comedy magic for over 15 years.

For details, call (630) 986-1976 or go to www.hinsdalelibrary.info.

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