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Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.


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

Infant and Toddler Gym

Florence G. Heller JCC | Chicago, Ill.

Includes soft places to crawl, variety of textures to explore, parachute, bubbles and Music with Mr. David. Facilities also include a quiet room for feeding and diaper changes as needed. Oct. 26, Nov. 23, Jan. 25, Feb. 22, March 29, April 26.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $10 family

Music of the Civil Rights Movement

Sheldon Peck Homestead | Lombard, Ill.


Program examines how songs spread the message of equality and justice as well as rallied people to the cause. Music selections will include “We Shall Overcome” and “This Little Light of Mine” as well as other pieces.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: Free; RSVP requested

Wendy & DB in Leap for Ghana Concert

McCracken Middle School | Skokie, Ill.

Wendy & DB partner with McCracken Middle School in Skokie to record an original song which will be used to raise funds for A Better Life for Kids. The song was recorded in December 2014, and now the students will perform the song live with Wendy & DB. Proceeds from the song downloads will go to peer students in Ghana through ABLFK. The concert will also feature Wendy & DB’s original song “People are People.”

When: 7-8 p.m
Cost: $5

Duck, Duck, Goose

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.


This special exhibit features water birds including the duck, goose, merganser, grebe, heron and cormorant. View taxidermy bird mounts, play in a pretend pond, see how youmeasure up to a heron wingspan, learn about bird beaks and feet and more.

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

Move It!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Kids work out their bodies and their brains in this new exhibit that provides an active play opportunity for kids. Kids can climb, crawl, jump, balance and bend when they build an ultimate playspace out of large, movable components, and scamper across the wavy net climber.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Build It!

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Exhibit puts an innovative spin on classic building blocks by letting children explore and interact with ten different varieties of blocks in a single space. Stations in the exhibit include Shadow Boxing: kids can build structures and cast shadows using directional lights; It’s all Looking Up!: kids can examine building on vertical and horizontal planes;
Build It, Test It, Shake It: kids can build and test the strength of their structures by using weights to see if they can withstand a downward force; Free for All: Several zones will be set up with surfaces at varied heights and props such as toy animals, people, fabric, cars, balls, faux plants and trees, where children can use their creativity while focusing on STEAM concepts.

Cost: Free with admission

Rainforest Adventure

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors can climb a kapok tree, explore a gorilla’s nest, and meet virtual rainforest scientists. The exhibit will allow museum goers to explore tropical rainforests around the world, learn about the challenges these delicate ecosystems face, and find ways to help make a difference. Starting March 5, the museum will introduce five new species of live animals for guests to interact with to highlight the second-half of Rainforest Adventure’s extended run.

Cost: Free with admission

Once Upon a Fairy Tale

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.


Features 2,200 square-feet of interactive learning centers right out of the pages of well-known fairytales. Hands-on elements will immerse children in fantasy stories and promote literacy by fostering a love of books, reading and storytelling. A key element of the exhibit focuses on imagination and role playing, which helps children learn about people and events on other sides of the world and ponder the future. Activities include woodworking in Geppetto’s workshop, climbing up Rapunzel’s tower, building houses with the three little pigs, mining for diamonds with Snow White’s dwarves, creating Hansel and Gretel’s candy house, and sitting in Cinderella’s carriage. The exhibit also highlights the morals and lessons of each story.

Cost: Free

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