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Get Out: Santa Paws, Parents and Kids' Night Out

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Looking for something to do this weekend? We've got the best bets for your done-with-work-outta-here time. Check out our picks for activities to hit and new places to explore this weekend.

  • Where/When: , 708 W. Park Ave., 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 3-4).
  • Why Go?: The Magic of the Nutcracker is seen by more than 6,000 people each holiday season, and is the largest and longest running version of the classic ballet in Lake County. This lavish ballet will feature more than 100 local dancers, singers, actors, and internationally renowned guest artists. Tickets for Libertyville High School performances on Saturday December 3rd at 3:00 p.m. and Sunday December 4th at 3:00 p.m. can. Group sales are also available by calling this number. Tickets for the shortened "storybook" version of the ballet, "Clara's Dream", will also be available. "Clara's Dream" will be performed at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Libertyville High School, and is for preschoolers and their chaperones.
  • Pricing: $15-$32 per person. To purchase, Dancenter North at (847) 367-7970.

  • Where/When: , 135 W. Church St., 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday (Dec, 2).
  • Why Go?: The Libertyville Junior Women’s Club will baby sit the kids while the parents go out for the evening. Only potty trained children. Adult club member and teen assistant will entertain the kids with games, crafts and movies. To register, send an e-mail to lkcleveland21@gmail.com
  • Pricing: $10 for the first child, $5 for each additional child.

  • Where/When: , 1500 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, 10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 3).
  • Why Go?: Presented by Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue, every $15 donation to Our House of Hope K-9 Rescue, you will receive one, 4x6 digital photo to take home and the option to order reprints in time for the holidays. Photos can be with or without Santa in our beautiful lodge setting and can be alone, with your pet or the entire family.  In addition, you can shop for your fur babies, meet with your local veterinarian and trainers, have some holiday refreshments and sit on Santa Paws lap. For information, call (773) 552-4673 or by e-mail at ourhouseofhope@yahoo.com.
  • Pricing: $15 per person

  • Where/When: , 413 N. Milwaukee Ave., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 3).
  • Why Go?: The kids know they have visited the real Santa and Mrs. Claus when he is outside in a snow-covered sleigh in Cook Park. Visit from 10 a.m. to Noon or from 1-3 p.m.  The Children’s Holiday Shoppe is at Petranek's Pharmacy this year in their Community Room. Kids can shop for their family at the Holiday Shoppe with the help of Santa's Elves. Prices for gifts go up to $5.  There also will be a tour of the Cook Mansion.
  • Pricing: free

  • Where/When: , 740 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, 10 a.m. Saturday (Dec. 3).
  • Why Go?: The second annual Reindeer Ride benefits the Marine Corps Toys of Tots organization.
  • Can't make the ride, consider dropping off a toy at any of three locations in Libertyville, Northbrook or Lake Zurich.
  • Pricing: free

  • Where/When: , 1700 N. Milwaukee Ave., 5-9 p.m. Friday (Dec. 2).
  • Why Go?: The Adler Exhibition Series features Chicago artist Robert Klunk. Art enthusiasts are invited to enjoy complimentary wine and a chance to meet with Klunk while previewing his collection in the historic Adler Center Ballroom.
  • Pricing: free.
CommunityMinded December 08, 2011 at 12:38 AM
I have done Santa Paws for several years now, and its always a great time!

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