There’s no place for a grouchy pants at the Passover dinner table.
Turn frowns upside down with personalized Seder plates from Charlotte and Mia. Local designer Ericka Schnitzer-Reese’s colorful, clean tableware engages little eaters in the holiday meal. Each BPA-free, melamine charmer (available in oval or circle shapes) comes with your child’s name and a customized image of her face. You choose the hair color and style, eye color and shape, skin color, and even accessories, like eyeglasses.
Your child learns to identify the Seder elements with designated spots for each: bitter herbs, shank bone, egg, parsley, charoset, and matzah. Schnitzer-Reese illustrates everything in a whimsical, nostalgic style (she draws inspiration from vintage paper dolls) to keep young minds focused on the feast.
Don’t pass them over.
Available online at etsy.com, $36-$65. Place orders by March 19 to arrive before the holiday.
Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte and Mia
Family Day of Music
What: Celebrate Music in our Schools Month with concerts for all ages and an instrument petting zoo.
Why: Turn your ears on to everything from strings to samba.
When: Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Music Institute of Chicago’s Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago Ave., at Grove St., Evanston (847-905-1500 ext. 108). Admission is free; 10 a.m. concert is $10 per family. Tickets available online at musicinstituteofchicago.org.
Nookies Edgewater’s Just for Kids Menu
What: The newest location of the not-just-breakfast nook introduces healthy bites for growing bodies, like free-range turkey sandwiches and veggie whole-wheat pasta.
Why: They can eat just like grownups by ordering “Kid Gourmet,” a small portion of the adult-menu pork chops with cherry sauce, farro, butternut squash, spinach, and leeks.
When: Daily, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Where: 1100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., at Winthrop Ave. (773-516-4188).
Disney Live presents Three Classic Fairy Tales
What: Snow White, Cinderella, and Belle go on a singing, dancing, and clue-hunting journey on stage.
Why: It’s a happily-ever-after for the whole family.
When: Fri., 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m., 2 & 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m.
Where: Akoo Theatre at Rosemont, 5400 N. River Rd., at Balmoral Ave., Rosemont. Tickets at 800-745-3000 or online at ticketmaster.com. $15-$70.