Top 10 things to do this week
Our picks for family-friendly events and activities.
"Scenes from the Stone Age: The Cave Paintings of Lascaux"
The Field Museum, 1400 S Lake Shore Dr (312-922-9410, fieldmuseum.org). 9am–5pm; free with museum admission.
In 1940, four teenagers in France stumbled into a cave and discovered some of humankind's earliest graffiti art. As it turns out, the cave at Lascaux, which features subtle, beautifully rendered paintings and engravings of animals, were created almost 20,000 years ago. The artwork instantly became a world treasure, and though the caves were closed to visitors in 1963, the Field Museum is bringing them to light here in Chicago, with highly sophisticated re-creations made with with cutting-edge laser mapping and 3D projection technology. The ersatz cave will be accompanied by Stone Age artifacts, videos and interactive stations.
The Poetry Foundation, 61 W Superior St (312-787-7070, poetryfoundation.org). 10am; free.
Admission is first-come, first-served for this rendezvous for language lovers ages 2–5. The tykes read age-appropriate poems, play games and participate in craft activities; go to poetryfoundation.org for more information.
Chicago Kids Company: Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W Campbell St, Arlington Heights (847-577-2121, metropolisarts.com). 9:45am, 11:30am; $14, students $12.
Chicago Kids Company stages a musical version of the classic, complete with interactive sing-alongs. Grades pre-K–2.