Ravinia Fun for the Little Ones

One of the North Shore’s treasures is Ravinia in Highland Park.

You may think that since you are now a parent with (possibly) early bedtimes or (maybe) loud kids that your evenings under the stars listening to music and sipping wine with friends needs to end. It doesn’t!

Sponsored by Kraft the Ravinia Great Kids Concert Series is a great way to enjoy the park with your little ones of all ages. Shows are on Saturdays and Sundays at either 11am or 1pm the perfect time for a lunch picnic. Shows range from kids favorites Dave Chapman and Ralph’s World to the Highland Park Strings and modern dance. You can see a schedule of all the shows here.

We try to take the kids at least once a year and they Love it. We sit in the lawn and bring bubbles and other small toys. They dance and play and usually find quite a few friends, especially if you bring bubbles! Unlike at the adult shows the kids shows are a little more laid back with the kids running around, signing, dancing and being kids! It a really great time!

This year they are offering a Kids Concert Punch Pass: Punch passes are valid for any 10 admissions to the Kraft Great Kids Concerts series. Regularly $50 for 10 Kids Concert lawn admissions, the punch pass is available at the discounted rate of $24.

In addition to the kids concerts Ravinia also offers up family friendly activities prior to select CSO performances. Family Space a special free family space on the north lawn. Families can engage in activities that include music-related crafts, storytelling and an “instrument petting zoo” where kids can touch and play instruments. Dates for those events can be found here.

Also note: New this year, kids 15 years old and under will be admitted free to the lawn for all classical concerts, including the 75th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s summer residency (excluding the July 23 Gala).

Have you done Ravinia with kids yet?

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Melissa is mom to 4. She used to dream of traveling the world, now she dreams of a clean kitchen. She can be found on most social media sites as @PBinmyHair because with this much hair and four kids, you're bound to find something in it.

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