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Family Friendly: Sean Masterson presents a Magic Matinee on May 31

Magician Sean Masterson will present a matinee of vintage magic tricks at the Skoie Theatre on May 31.
Magician Sean Masterson will present a matinee of vintage magic tricks at the Skoie Theatre on May 31.

You won’t believe your eyes when Sean Masterson presents his Magic Matinee, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave. “It’s a journey back in time,” the magician said. “It features a mind-reading ghost and also a trick from 1906 that was invented by the same guy who invented sawing a woman in half.”

Masterson wanted that historic trick to be a surprise but he was willing to talk about another amazing trick from the past. “A coin ends up wrapped up inside a ball of wool,” he related. “It was very popular in the 1880s through about 1920 but disappeared.”

As with all of his shows, there will be lots of audience participation.

Masterson, whose show features many sleight-of-hand tricks, praised the Skokie Theatre. “It’s the ideal space to see a magic show because it’s extremely intimate,” he said. “The audience is on a rake so they’re right there at the stage.”

Tickets are $12

For details, call (847) 677-7761 or go so skokietheatre.com.

PLANT A SEED

Kids ages 4-10 and their families will learn what plants need to grow at Ready, Set, Garden, 5-7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 7 or 21 at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe. They’ll pot a plant to take home, take a tram ride and have s’mores around a campfire at this Nature Night. Cost is $25 per child for nonmembers, 20 percent less for members. Reservations are required.

For details, call (847) 835-6801 or go to chicagobotanic.org/naturenights.

HAVE S’MORE FUN

There will be singing, clapping and strumming at a Spring Sing and S’mores Campfire, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 30 at Emily Oaks Nature Center, 4650 Brummel St. The cost is $4 per person.

For details, call (847) 674-1500, ext. 2500 or go to www.skokieparks.org/emily-oaks-nature-center.

PECK SPEAKS VOLUMES

Richard Peck, who has written more than 35 books for children and teens, will meet his fans, answer questions and autograph books, 7 p.m. Monday, June 2 at Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave. His books will be available for purchase. Registration is required.

For details, call (847) 448-8610 or go to www.epl.org.

SNAP TO IT

Chicago photographer Matthew Austin will teach kids ages 8-14, with an adult, how to use photography for storytelling at a Family Workshop: Photography Fun!, 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1 at the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie. Registration is required.

For details, call (847) 967-4800 or go to www.ilholocaustmuseum.org.

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