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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

ScreenBreak Family Activities

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.


The Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood began this event to encourage families to turn off the television and all devices with screens, including computer, video games and cellphones for a whole week and explore other options. On March 2, kids 2-5 have Story Time in the Lenhardt Library (10-11 a.m.). Then on March 4 and 6, free drop-in activities for kids with an adult will take place (9 to 11 a.m.).

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: Free; $20 parking

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.


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

Keep It Moving!

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.


A variety of lively activities that are good for every "body."

When: 11:15 a.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Wanna Build a Snowman Contest

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


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

"By All Accounts" Public Grand Opening Weekend

Elmhurst Historical Museum | Elmhurst, Ill.


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

DuSable Day

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.


Bring the family for Native American drumming, show your skills in archery, taste Native American cuisine, and learn more about the "Father of Chicago."

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

National Pig Day

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Meet some little piggies, put on a pig tail, bring home the bacon, make a piggy bank, and learn about these animals.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Grupo Corpo

Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University | Chicago, Ill.

World famous Brazilian dance troupe, Grupo Corpo combines dance, music and visual arts as well as the innovative and seamless blend of Brazilian dance traditions and western modern dance styles.

When: 8 p.m. Feb. 28; 3 p.m. March 1
Cost: $25-$65

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