Since this weekend is looking like a mixed bag of spring rain and winter chills, here's a mixed post of Chicago-area family events and deals to carry you through:
- Bunny storytime: Peter Rabbit reads the kids stories at Pottery Barn Kids at Market Square. Saturday 10-noon, Sunday noon-2.
- Tiny basketball: At Lowe's on Saturday at 10 a.m. your kid can get a free kit to make a "shoot around basketball game" and play it with other kids. Reserve a spot online; you have to stay with your kid at the store.
- Make a racecar: Kids can build a little Home Depot racecar at the store, for free, Saturday 9 .m. to noon. It's for kids ages 5-12.
- It is their beeswax: Make beeswax candles at the Garfield Conservatory between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
- Party at a Borders that's still open: The Oak Park Borders is having a Read Across America kids event Saturday at 2 p.m. Stories, games, arts and crafts.
- Awk, happy birthday!: Celebrate a parrot's birthday at the Oak Park Conservatory with a scavenger hunt, refreshments and a bug petting zoo. Sunday, noon to 4 p.m.
(Thanks to Mom Mail for the event info; it's an email list I recommend parents subscribe to.)
- You might be able to get something free at Totsy today with this $15 coupon code: 15credit. Thanks, Money Saving Mom! (Looks like the site is getting slammed right now.)
- Buy a handmade kid or baby hat for 75 percent off. So cute!
- Print a coupon for 50 percent off one regular price item today or tomorrow at Michael's.
- Add a $10 off $50 coupon to your Dominick's card on Just for U. (If your Wednesday Tribune is still lingering in the recycle bin, you can clip one there, too.
- Today's Groupon is a half-price membership to the Notebaert Nature Museum. You MIGHT be able to use your card to get into other science museums free as well -- technically the reciprocal program is not supposed to be used for museums within 90 miles of one another but I have experienced leniency on this.
- Did you sign up for a coupon for free Mission Tortillas chips last week? It's time to enter your email addressto claim it. I printed mine, but I don't know where I'm going to use it because many stores refuse to accept Internet printables for completely free products.
- Get a $3 credit to DealPulp today simply by inviting a friend to join. At first I thought this was no big deal because all the daily deal sites offer bounties, but then I realized how this one is different: Your friend doesn't even have to sign up in order for you to get the credit.
- Sign up for free cheese fondueat The Melting Pot, which has locations in Chicago, Downer's Grove, Buffalo Grove and Schaumburg. (Thanks to SwagGrabber for the tip.)
- On Tippr, get 51 percent off any service at Salon Moka. OK, salon deals are a dime a dozen, but I went to this Wicker Park salon and really liked it. I felt it was friendly and unintimidating.