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This weekend: Craft programs, performances abound in Chicago area

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With the weather staying slightly chilly in the Chicago area this weekend, you might be looking for something to do with your kids. What’s a parent to do? Consider checking out the following activities planned for the weekend of April 5 and 6, 2014.

Get ready to kick back and take in a performance during the Juicebox program at the Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago). The free event features a performance by Lucky Plush Productions, which specializes in contemporary dance theater. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. on April 5 indoors at the Garfield Conservatory.

Creating and sending a postcard is a unique way to stay in touch with others. On April 5, you and your family can learn how to make a postcard through a free family workshop at the Lurie Garden in Millennium Park (201 E. Randolph St., between Michigan Ave. and Columbus Ave., Chicago). The workshop is from 2 to 4 p.m., and advance registration is required.

If your child likes craft projects, then consider putting the Kids’ Craft Hour at the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian (3001 Central St., Evanston) on your list of things to do this weekend. Children and their caregivers can attend a craft session, where they will learn how to make Navajo concho belts. The program is free with regular admission, and will be held April 5 from 11 a.m. to noon and April 6 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Ever wondered how gumballs are made? By attending the program “Gumballs & Superballs" at the Chicago Botanic Garden (1000 Lake Cook Rd., Glencoe), you can. The program is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, and advance registration is required. The class is $22 for nonmembers, and discounts are available for members.