From family-friendly shows and a mother-daughter spa day to Earth Day celebrations and a pet care expo, Northwest Indiana offers a variety of fun, educational activities for families with children of all ages.
APRIL 1-17 Little Women, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Footlight Players, 1705 Franklin St., Michigan City. 219.874.4035. footlightplayers.org. Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, this beloved tale follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy March.
APRIL 2 Mother Daughter Spa, 1:30-3 p.m. or 3:15-4:45 p.m., Mario Tricoci University, 2549 Hwy Ave., Highland. 219.836.7275. munster.org. Mothers and daughters can bond as they enjoy salon services—including a polish change, make-up and hair style—during this spa experience. Pre-registration is required.
APRIL 2-3 Master Magician Dennis Watkins, 3 p.m., 7 p.m. Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Theatre at the Center, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. Master Magician Dennis Watkins presents an all-ages unique magic experience with classic sleight of hand, traditional magic and mind-reading.
APRIL 7-MAY 31 Little Dribblers and Future Stars Basketball Academy, Franciscan Point Sport Medicine Institute Athletic Development Fieldhouse, Ste. A101, 12800 Mississippi Parkway, Crown Point. 219.661.2271. crownpoint.in.gov. Open to boys and girls pre-school through 8th grade, participants can learn the fundamentals of basketball, dribbling, shooting and game skills.
APRIL 9 Sleeping Beauty, 7 p.m., Merrillville High School, 276 E. 68th Place, Merrillville. 219.755.4444. ibtnw.org. Performed by the Indiana Ballet Theatre, this classic tale is set to a glorious score by Tchaikovsky and is fully staged and costumed. A high tea precedes the show.
APRIL 9-10 The Wizard of Oz, 10 a.m., noon, Center for Visual & Performing Arts, 1040 Ridge Road, Munster. 219.836.3255. theatreatthecenter.com. This search for a brain, heart and courage will delight children of all ages as Dorothy and her friends follow the yellow brick road.
APRIL 14-17 Sesame Street Live, Star Plaza Theatre, 800 E. 81st Ave., Merrillville. 800.745.3000. starplazatheatre.com. Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby and their Sesame Street friends welcome Chamki, Grover’s friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities--from singing and dancing--to sharing cookies.
APRIL 16 Northwest Indiana Earth Day Celebration, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Porter County Fairgrounds, 217 E. Division Road, Valparaiso. 219.465.3694. itmeanstheworld.org. More than 80 exhibitors join together to celebrate, educate and inspire in honor of Earth Day. The day also includes entertainment, kids’ activities, food and more.
APRIL 22 Earth Day Activities, Bellaboo’s Play and Discovery Center, Three Rivers County Park, 2800 Colorado St., Lake Station. 219.963.2070. mybellaboos.com. From infants to children age 9 can join in on Earth Day fun with recycled material maracas, "Be a Tree Yoga," used stuff stamp art and bubble-wrap hopscotch.
APRIL 30 Be Kind to Animals Pet Care Expo, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Porter County Expo Center, 215 E. Division Road, Valparaiso. 219.464.0133. porterco.org. Hosted by Porter County Animal Shelter, this annual fair is one of the largest animal care events in Northwest Indiana with more than 50 booths, plus raffles and door prizes.