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Sap's Rising

Northbrook, Ill.

FREE  

Walk in the sugar maple forest as winter comes to an end and learn about the sweet history of maple syrup making.

When: 1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Weekend Family Class: Homemade Ice Cream

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Get an up close look at one of the world's tiniest seeds from the vanilla orchid, make a batch of ice cream, and pot up a plant that can flavor ice cream. Feb. 21; March 1.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $23 per child

Winter Woods Walk

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Take a walk in the cool, crisp air, enjoying some activities and watching for winter wonders. Wear proper clothing and footwear for the weather and be ready to walk through snow.

When: 2:30-4 p.m.
Cost: $2, free residents

Chicago Family Palooza

Pheasant Run Resort | St. Charles, Ill.

Chicago Family Palooza has a wide variety of interactive activities for everyone, including a 220-foot indoor zip-line, Euro bungee, inflatables, carnival rides, a petting zoo, rock climbing wall, trackless train rides, miniature golf, DJs, magicians, strolling and costumed entertainers, face painting, balloon twisters and animal shows. The Zip Line, Euro Bungee Jump, Face Painting, Sand Art and Caricature Portraits are considered premium attractions and can be accessed with the additional purchase of the $5 Premium Attraction ticket.

 

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Feb. 28-March 1
Cost: $8, $15 activity wristband; some activities cost extra

Made in Chicago

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Feb. 5: Enjoy a mix of contemporary and unique dance presentations by local Chicago youth from Mayfair Academy. March 5: Join Hubbard Street Youth Ensemble & Hubbard Street Choreo Lab for an engaging dance experience all about getting you moving.

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Little Sweethearts Family Dance

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Families are invited toa magical evening of rockin’ tunes, mini-line dancing lessons, musical games, arts and crafts, photo ops, special character appearances, free exploration of all museum exhibits and more.

When: 5:30-8 p.m.
Cost: $24, $12 Kohl and DuPage Children's Museum members

Cantigny’s Frozen Eve

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

The family-friendly party in the Cantigny Park Visitors Center will include a screening of the hit movie plus a sing-a-long and photos with characters. Kids are encouraged to dress in costume. Plus, fun treats, face-painting and crafts.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $20

Wanna Build a Snowman Contest

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

Families are invited to create and decorate a snowman anywhere in the park and then submit a photo. The park will upload all images to its Facebook page for public voting. The winning family will receive four tickets to Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at Cantigny on April 4.

When: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free to enter

Bison Feeding

Elgin Public Museum | Elgin, Ill.

Kids and adults have the chance to participate in the morning feeding of the Zoo's year-round residents: the deer, elk and bison. Participants meet at the museum to learn a little about the natural history of these hooved animals from Marge Fox, museum educator. Afterward, everyone will walk to the Lords Park Zoo. Contact the museum to reserve a spot.

When: 7 a.m.
Cost:

"By All Accounts" Public Grand Opening Weekend

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

Join in the festivities and celebrate the grand opening of the new Elmhurst history exhibit, "By All Accounts." Enjoy a tour, refreshments, musical entertainment, and family-friendly craft activities. Explore this journey through Elmhurst's past, and check out the interactive and informative new multi-media displays.

When: 1-5 p.m.
Cost: Free
 










 
 
 
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