Monday, December 10, 2012

#makesmesmilemondays Dance-Along Nutcracker, the Grinch, and the Museum of Science and Industry

Yesterday, we ventured out in the rain (?) to one of my favorite Chicago places - the Chicago Cultural Center - for the annual Dance-Along Nutcracker.

The Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band provided the tunes, and prima ballerinas from some of Chicago's top schools and companies interacted with the children, who were invited to twirl and swirl along in this interactive version of the beloved Christmas classic.

We just recently saw the House Theatre's outstanding rendition of The Nutcracker, so Chiara was already familiar with the story, making this event all the more meaningful. Chiara could not help but to get up and dance - she was so obviously inspired by all the beautiful and talented and budding ballerinas that surrounded her.

On Friday evening, Chiara and I went to see The Grinch at the Cadillac Palace Theater. It was a colorful, fun and merry musical, and needless to say my daughter loved it. We've seen so many wonderful holiday shows this year - here's my guide to the best holiday shows for families this season.

At the Cadillac Palace in her holiday best for The Grinch

Marshall Field's Christmas windows, German hot dog in hand.
It was so unseasonably warm on Friday night, and Chiara was so excited and full of energy after the show, that we wandered over to the Christkindl Market where she cornered me into buying her a German-style hotdog. Then we caught the Christmas windows at Macy's. Chiara ooohed and aaahhed over the decorations as she munched on her hot dog. She just adores the holidays! It was a delightful Mommy and Me date.

On Saturday, I took my son and his friend to the Museum of Science and Industry. It was fun to see one of our favorite museum's transformed for the holiday season. If you've never been, don't miss a visit to the Holidays Around the World exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, on display until January 6th.

Daniel and his pal in front of the Museum of Science and
Industry's Grand Tree.

 My one complaint: this weekend went by too quickly. I'd like one extra Sunday, please!

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