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Husky Heroes

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

See Siberian husky sled pulling, skijoring, and speed demonstrations. Visit with the dogs and sled team, inspect the equipment, and have your photo taken with the rig.

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Sizzling Sunday

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Visit Costa Rica with Discovery Center as we explore volcanoes, tromp through the rain forest, swim through a tropical reef, and sample the local cuisine of this Central American gem.


When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Valentine's Day Clay Camp

Kids Clay Room | Chicago, Ill.

Children use clay and clay tools to make and glaze Valentines Day themed projects which will be ready for pick up before Valentines Day. Registration is required.

When: 4-5:30 p.m. Jan. 23; 1-2:30 p.m. Jan. 25
Cost: $35

Home and Garden Expo

Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.


The event highlights displays of hundreds of home improvement products and services presented by local and national experts for the freshest ideas in remodeling, repairing and beautifying their homes. Meet home improvement expert Lou Manfredini, host of WGN Radio’s top rated “Mr. Fix-It” show and WGN TV’s “HouseSmarts.” Homeowners will find inspiration for their upcoming projects by attending one of the many informative, free seminars running throughout the weekend. Visit or call 630-953-2500.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

King Artie and the Knights of the Rad Table

Mayer Kaplan JCC | Skokie, Ill.

A fun filled medieval musical theater performance for all ages. Gwen’s spending her Saturday reading a book and Artie’s riding around on a skateboard, just typical American teenagers… until Merlin wakes up from a 1500 year snooze to whisk them away to the days of chivalry. Purchase tickets online at

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 22 and 29; noon and 2:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and Feb. 1
Cost: $16, $11 kids 7-12, $6 kids 6 and under

Character Breakfast: Super Hero Sunday!

Mayer Kaplan JCC | Skokie, Ill.

Featurrd Batman, Spiderman and Rapunzel, plus breakfast, activity stations and photos with your favorite Super Heroes. Register at For more information, contact [email protected] or (847) 763-3603.

When: 9:30-11 a.m.
Cost: $12, $6 kids

Discover the Dinosaurs

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center | Rosemont, Ill.

A fun environment of learning and activity that explores the wonderment and mystery of our pre-historic past. The Exhibit consists of 8-10 scenes that each represent dinosaurs from a period of time that best reflects when the dinosaurs lived. The scenes engage you with sight, sound, and motion by using special lighting, sound effects, animatronics and fog. Many of the non-moving dinosaurs are positioned safely throughout the exhibit, so you can touch and feel them. Additional attractions include the Dino Dig, Dino Theater, Dino Den, Dinosaur rides, inflatables, gem and fossil panning, mini-golf and dino face painting.

When: Noon-9 p.m. Jan. 23; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 24; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Jan .25
Cost: $25, $30 kids 2-12

Ideal Home Show Chicago

McCormick Place – North Building | Chicago, Ill.

The weekend long event will feature a bevy of top practitioners in the home décor industry providing insider tips and advice to attendees. Designers will be on site to answer the toughest design questions, from completing a basement remodeling project to choosing the best paint color to matching kitchen walnut cabinets. For fun with the whole family, check out the Fun & Games at the Kids Zone, Sponsored by XFINITY. Play baggo at the XFINITY booth and enter for a chance to win great prizes. The first 250 Guests each day will receive a swag bag sponsored by Barefoot Wine and Naked Grape. 

When: Noon-8 p.m. Jan. 23; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 24; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 25
Cost: $10, $8 online; free kids 12 and under

CSRI Carnival

Cooperative Special Recreation Initiative | Highland, Ind.


Highland Parks and Recreation hosts this special event for families of those with special needs. Includes games, crafts, a bounce house, basketball, volleyball, and special needs wellness vendors.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Puppets! An Interactive Puppet Extravaganza

Art Institute of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

An interactive installation for all ages celebrating the art of puppetry. Puppets! will include unique performances, puppet-making workshops, and the opportunity for visitors to visit the Ryan Education Center to interact and explore creativity through puppets. Inspiration for these fantastical and imaginative puppet creations are drawn from works in the Art Institute’s collection, including the drawing The Temptation of St. Anthony, the centerpiece of this winter’s special exhibition, Temptation: The Demons of James Ensor. Puppeteers of all ages can experiment with ways to develop stories and use sound effects and props in order to create playful, one-of-a-kind performances. In conjunction with Puppets!, the museum will present a series of film screenings including Jim Henson’s beloved movie The Dark Crystal in Fullerton Hall at 6 p.m. Jan. 15.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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