Celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouting April 28

Staff Report

DEKALB, Ill. — In honor of 100 years of Girl Scouting, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois (GSNI) is hosting a family-friendly Centennial Celebration from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., April 28, at the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, Ill.

The Radio Disney AM 1300 Road Crew will be providing interactive entertainment that includes music, dancing, prizes and more.

The event will also feature a live stage performance by pop music sensation Savvy, stars of the TV series The Wannabes on STARZ Kids & Family Channel.

State Street Dance of Geneva, Ill., will be choreographing a dance designed especially for the event, celebrating Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary.

Thanks to a LEGO Education Showcase Grant, made available through Education Blueprints Association, attendees will use their imagination to create LEGO models depicting the theme of “Girl Scouts — The Next 100 Years.”

Admission includes parking, performances and all activities. Activities include a rock-climbing wall; a play zone with a DJ, inflatables and photo booth; and hands-on activity zones including environmental, financial literacy, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), healthy living and Girl Scouts through the years.

GSNI is teaming up with Goodwill Industries and The Fabric Center of Morris, Ill., to increase the use of reusable bags. Participants can stop by the GSFG station to make a reusable bag from a T-shirt. In fact, they can make two — one to take and one to be distributed to Goodwill shoppers. Participants may bring their own T-shirts, if they prefer.

Vendors include an American Girl booth with an American Girl-themed craft and doll raffle. BMO Harris Bank will also help kids learn about financial literacy through a life-size board game based on their Helpful Steps for Parents program — a free, online tool for parents to teach their kids how to be money smart, accessible 24/7.

Additional vendors include Brookfield Zoo, Brunswick Zone, Discovery Center Museum, Kane County Cougars, KeyLime Cove, Magic Waters, Midwest Museum of Natural History and Raging Waves.

Kid-friendly, interactive booths will also feature Girl Scout history, community groups and exhibitors. The Girl Scout Shop will be open and have a variety of items for sale, including an event T-shirt and patch.

Tickets are $10 per person; $12 per person the day of the event. Children 2 and younger are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the NIU Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 800-745-3000 or at Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois Shops. Tickets purchased at the Girl Scout Shops can either be purchased in person or by phone. Tickets purchased by phone will be available for pick up at the will call window the day of the event. All ticket sales are final. For information, visit www.girlscoutsni.org.

From the April 25-May 1, 2012, issue

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