Many schools are unable to expose children to classical music, but families can. Children (and students through college) are admitted free to the lawn to all classical concerts. And because Ravinia is that rare venue where guests can bring their own food and beverages, a family can have an entertaining and culturally invigorating evening for a very small investment. To make it even more involving, this year Ravinia has added KidsLawn, a project of the Ravinia Associates Board and Ravinia Women’s Board, to select Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Kids Concerts. This new family-friendly space on the north lawn is the perfect place to lay out a picnic and let the kids run between interactive exhibits, including large-scale percussive instruments on which they can make their own kind of music. KidsLawn will also feature stories, videos and our classic “instrument petting zoo.”
KidsLawn will be open for the following events: June 14, Chinese Circus of Beijing and June 14, Laurie Berkner; July 5, Justin Roberts; July 12, Tom Chapin; July 13, CSO Broadway Evening; July 19, Ralph’s World; July 20, CSO Lerner & Loewe Evening; July 27, CSO Tchaikovsky Spectacular; Aug. 2, Classical Kids LIVE!; Aug. 10, CSO Viennese Evening; Aug. 15, Young Musician Concert; and Sept. 13, Ruth Page Civic Ballet.