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Old Fashioned Campfire

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with friends and family, and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire. March 20, April 10, May 8.

When: 6-7:30 p.m.
Cost: $8, free 2 and under

Fly Guy and Other Stories

Genesee Theatre | Waukegan, Ill.

This inventive musical revue is based on favorite children’s books and may include Fly Guy meets Fly Girl, in which Fly Guy has met his match, and he is totally impressed...and totally smitten. In Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig, Fluffy enters a Best Pets Contest, but a pesky flea threatens to derail the entire competition. Three mice promise to be best friends forever in Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores; and hungry and inquisitive Kitten has a busy night in Kitten’s First Full Moon. Lilly’s teacher is getting married in Lilly’s Big Day; and Princess Elizabeth comes to the rescue in Paper Bag Princess.

When: 10 a.m.
Cost: $12

Merit Storytime

Merit School of Music | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Children and parents/caregivers enjoy a musical storytime twice each month.

When: 11:00-11:45
Cost: Free

The Mariachi Divas

Ravinia Festival | Highland Park, Ill.

Part of the Kraft Kids Concert series. Park opens at 11 a.m.

When: 1 p.m.
Cost: $10 lawn, $5 park

Meet National Book Award Winner Kimberly Willis Holt

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.

FREE  

Ms. Holt the author of the many award-winning novels for young adults and children, including The Water Seeker, My Louisiana Sky, and When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, winner of a National Book Award for Young People's Literature. She is also the author of the bestselling Piper Reed series of chapter books, among others. Her new novel, Dear Hank Williams, is historical fiction told in the form of letters a young girl sends in the 1950s to a rising country western star.

When: 4:30-5:30 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

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

The Secret Lives of Objects

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Features objects extraordinary and unfamiliar that have emerged from the Museum’s protected vaults to tell their tales and shine a light on their mysterious pasts. Whether they are artistic works, key evidence from crime scenes, or everyday objects, one thing all the items have in common is that they serve as touchstones of Chicago’s rich history.

Cost: Free with museum admission

By All Accounts: The Story of Elmhurst

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.

FREE  

Exhibit takes visitors on a journey of discovery that shows how Elmhurst has changed and grown over the past 165 years. The second floor gallery will be transformed into an innovative exhibit that tells the story of Elmhurst from its earliest days to the present. Visitors will enjoy displays that combine artifacts with the latest in museum technology. Includes a large-scale photograph of York Street in the 1920s that comes to life, an interactive table-top map that allows time travel through the city, kinetic-type graphics and touch screen displays, and a mini-theatre experience showcasing Elmhurst’s people and places.

Cost: Free

Mission Moon

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Follow the legendary career of Captain James A. Lovell, Jr.—an astronaut immortalized on film as the Commander of Apollo 13—from his childhood through his quest for the Moon. Alongside Lovell, we will share the stories of Lovell’s family, NASA’s Mission Control, and others from around the world who made the quest to land a man on the Moon possible.

Cost: Free with museum admission
 










 
 
 
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