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This weekend: Storytime, classical music and worms

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With warm weather finally in Chicago’s forecast for this weekend, it’s time for your family to head outside and do some fun activities together. But where should you go? Check out the following family-friendly activities in the Chicago area the weekend of March 8 and 9, 2014.

Saturday Lapsit Series at the Harold Washington Library Center (400 S. State St., Chicago) is a 25-minute session where you and your child can listen to stories and sing songs starting at 10:30 a.m. on March 8. The Saturday morning storytime is geared for children between 6 and 35 months. Before heading to storytime, check in at the information desk in the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library on the second floor of the Harold Washington Library Center. The lapsit series is free. Don’t forget to explore the library’s numerous children’s books before heading home.

If you want to broaden your child’s musical horizons, then consider heading to Juicebox at the Garfield Park Conservatory (100 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago). The free performance features modern-classical music by Seth Boustead and David Keller and starts at 11 a.m. on March 8 inside the Garfield Park Conservatory. After the performance, explore the conservatory’s 3.5 acres and learn more about plants from around the world.

Get up close and learn about the importance of worms by attending Worm Composting for Families at Emily Oaks Nature Center (4650 Brummel St., Skokie). The session will teach participants the vital role worms play in the composting process. In addition, participants will make and take home a worm bin. The fee per family is $30 for residents and $38 for nonresidents. The session is from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 9; for additional information, check out the Skokie Park District’s website.

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