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Actors and Authors and Artists, Oh My: Grab and Go Kids Planner

Each week we'll give you the best places to take your kids for family fun.

Welcome to the Grab and Go Kids Planner. Each week, we'll give you the info on the five best family activities or events for the week.

You're time-pressed enough, so we're happy to do the research and find the best things to do and places to go, both locally and within reasonable striking distance.

Look for the Kids Planner each Wednesday, and help us build the planner with your own suggestions and tips — just add them to the comment box. Even if you disagree with our picks, let us know. We want to hear from you!

If you want your kids to be reading and writing movers with imaginations, then we’ve got the week for you.

Fitness Fun Fair for Kids
Where/When: Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail, Aurora on Saturday, Feb. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Why Go: An educational, fun and interactive event that encourages kids to get moving. There will be live entertainment, dancing, contests, vendors and more.
Pricing: Free. 

Family Gymnastics Open Gym
Where/When: , 0 Boulder Hill Pass, Montgomery on Friday, Feb. 18 from 1 to 3 p.m.; Sunday, Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Why Go: The kids have been cooped up long enough.
Pricing: $12 per family.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Where/When: Oswego East High School Performing Arts Center, 1525 Harvey Road, Oswego on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.
Why Go: You still look in the back of your closet with wonder in your heart, and now your kids will, too.
Pricing: $12 adults, $9 for children and seniors.

Local Author: Wanda Jones-Nelson in person.
Where/When: , 1144 S. Lincoln Ave, Montgomery, on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.
Why Go: Jones-Nelson will read excerpts from her books, geared toward grades 1-5, and might get your kids excited about writing.
Pricing: Free.

Awesome Art Afternoons
Where/When: Water Street Studios, 160 W. Wilson St., Batavia on Sunday, Feb. 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Why Go: Cultivate the Rembrandt in your kids and save your carpet. Art supplies provided.
Pricing: Free.

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