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Full Moon Campfire

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

Take a short hike with a naturalist along the trails, play games with family and friends and enjoy marshmallows roasted over the campfire while watching the full moon rise over Lake Michigan.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Jan. 12, Feb. 10
Cost: $8, free kids 2 and under

Winter Constellations

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Under a hushed winter sky, learn to identify a few major constellations, and listen to the stories behind them. Dress for the weather.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

The Professional Bull Riders Chicago Invitational

Allstate Arena | Rosemont, Ill.

Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-fueled event, as the Top 35 bull riders in the world risk it all against the best bucking bulls. During Round 1 on Friday, Round 2 on Saturday and Round 3 on Sunday, the bull riders will face one bull each. Following Round 3, the Top 15 riders with the highest cumulative scores after the three rounds will advance to the Built Ford Tough Championship Round for one more ride and a chance at the event title.

When: 7:45 p.m. Jan. 13; 6:45 p.m. Jan. 14; 1:45 p.m. Jan. 15
Cost: $22 and up

Willy Wonka

Prisco Community Center | Aurora, Ill.

Based on the beloved children’s story by Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka is a fun-loving, family musical, as the timeless story of a world famous candy man and his quest to find an heir come to chocolate-covered life. Audiences will indulge in the delicious adventure of Charlie Bucket and four other lucky golden ticket winners as they tour the mysterious chocolate factory. The performance is sprinkled with hit songs from the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, including “The Candy Man,” “Cheer Up, Charlie,” and “I Want It Now.”

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 13; 2 and 7 p.m. Jan. 14; 2 p.m. Jan. 15
Cost: $11, $9 in advance

Cool Science: Let’s Be An Astronaut

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Learn about how astronauts live, the foods they eat, the tools they use and the challenges they face in space as you work on experiments, watch fun demos, taste space food and make a craft project.

When: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $39, $26 resident


Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Join the Cat in the Hat as he follows the adventures of Horton the Elephant, who despite all odds saves the Whos, protects the egg, and restores unity to the Jungle of Nool. A kaleidoscope of Dr. Seuss characters come to life to tell the story of loyalty, acceptance and friendship. Tickets are on sale at the Naperville Park District at and at the Administration Building, 320 W. Jackson Ave., and at the new 95th Street Center, located at 2244 W. 95th St.

Cost: Call for cost

Cool Science: Astronaut Science

Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

Find out if you have what it takes to be an astronaut in this fascinating, hands-on class. Make and eat astronaut food, use astronaut tools to complete missions and make a model of a spaceship.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: $53, $35 resident

Musical Petting Zoo

Music Institute of Chicago | Evanston, Ill.


Children can try a wide range of instruments at a musical petting zoo as well as enjoy music games and refreshments while parents learn about the Music Institute from faculty and staff. Jan. 8: Evanston East Campus, 1490 Chicago Ave.; Jan. 21: Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Ave.; Jan 22: Winnetka Campus, 300 Green Bay Road.

When: 2-4 p.m. Jan. 8, 21 and 22
Cost: Free

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.


Displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci's 500-year-old designs as well as digitally remastered Masterpieces for an up close and personal look at the greatest artistic genius of all time.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 6/7/2016-12/31/2016
Cost: Not for profit art exhibition. Suggested admittance $15.95 Adults; $13.95 Seniors; $11.95 Kids

Dream with Da Vinci

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Visitors will learn the basics about Da Vinci and the Renaissance era; children will add their own ideas and voices to the exhibit. They can explore elements of flight and connect today’s technology to Da Vinci’s innovations; explore several machines and structures, from bridges to clock gears; try on the role of engineer; express themselves with different artistic mediums, from clay to crayons; and dress up in Renaissance clothing.

Cost: Free with museum admission

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