As part of “TV Tune-Out Week,” April 21-27, the Evanston Public Libraries, the Parks/Forestry and Recreation Department and School District 65 will offer numerous activities in order to encourage children and families to turn off their “idiot boxes.”
Beginning a day early, at 2 p.m. on April 20 the Evanston Library Friends will present a performance of “Charlotte’s Web” by American Eagle Productions at the Main Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. Each child must bring an adult, and each adult must bring at least one child. Admission is free.
The Ecology Center, 2024 McCormick Blvd., will host free after-school activities for children aged 5 and older, with parents welcome. Indoor and outdoor activities will be offered 3:30 to 5 p.m. on April 21-22 and 24. For more details, call 847-448-8256.
On April 21 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., children are invited to drop in to the Main Library Children’s Room for an “unplugged” Game Night. Kids can play with Library board games or bring the family’s favorite.
North Branch, 2026 Central St., will present a Pajama Storytime at 7 p.m. on April 21. Kids can bring a teddy bear and wear pj’s for “Dream Time Stories,” a family storytime.
From 6 to 8 p.m. on April 22, South Branch will present “Thomas the Tank Engine Night.” Families are invited to hear the stories of Thomas, Percy, James and the rest of their friends while kids play with wooden trains and track. A short, train-themed storytime will be presented at 7 p.m.
April 24 is Game Night at South Branch, 949 Chicago Ave. From 6 to 8 p.m. preschoolers and school-age children can bring a favorite board game to play or simply enjoy the ones at the Library.
In addition, a free public skate with free skate rental will be held from 6 to 7:15 p.m. on April 24, at the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. Because of space limitations, the public skating session is limited to the first 50 participants.
For more information about the free public skate, call 847-448-8258. For more information about TV Tune-Out Week at the Library, call the Main Library Children’s Room at 847-448-8610, North Branch at 847-866-0330 or South Branch at 847-866-0333.