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Weekend Family Class: Sweet Treats: Cold Eats

Chicago Botanic Garden | Glencoe, Ill.

Participants will put together (and taste!) some easy-to-make fruity treats like smoothies and flavored shaved ice and take home recipes to make at home.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. or 1-2:30 p.m. Feb. 12 and 25
Cost: $24 per child

In Search of the Snow Flea

River Trail Nature Center | Northbrook, Ill.


You've probably never noticed snow fleas. Hunt for these tiny creatures and learn about other insects and their winter habits. Dress for the weather.

When: 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

February Free Days

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.


Admission is free on Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursday through the month of February. Admission to Hamill Family Play Zoo is also free.

Cost: Free, parking fee applies


Chicago Architecture Foundation | Chicago, Ill.


Explore Chicago's iconic movable bridges with a weekend full of family-friendly engineering explorations.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Meet George Washington

Wilmette Historical Museum | Wilmette, Ill.

Hear Washington explain how he went from being a gentleman farmer and land surveyor to our country’s founding father and first President. Actor Terry Lynch specializes in historical portrayal and his one-man interactive presentations give a first-person perspective on the people and events that make up our history.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $10 family; free members


Legoland Discovery Center | Schaumburg, Ill.

Two weekends of free giveaways, costume character meet-and-greets and themed scavenger hunts and builds. Activities include a Batmobile build-and-test station and gadget building in the Master Builder Academy’s bat cave.

Cost: Free with admission

Monster Jam

Allstate Arena | Rosemont, Ill.

The Monster Jam Triple Threat Series can only be seen in select cities and features the most extreme athletes of Monster Jam. Chicago-area fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. Pit Parties (10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday and Sunday) give fans the opportunity to meet the Monster Jam athletes and get up close to the Monster Jam trucks.

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday; 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday; 1 p.m. Monday.
Cost: $22, $12 kids 12 and under; $10 Pit Passes

Sarah Jayne Lane

Beat Kitchen | Chicago, Ill.

Sarah is an indie-girl rocker turned indie-kids rocker. "After having my daughter all the funky stuff I used to sing turned into a funky kid song instead!"

When: Doors open at 11 a.m., show begins at 12 p.m.
Cost: $6/person, children under 1 are free

Silly Billy & The Secret Present

| Park Forest, Ill.

As Silly Billy performs a funny magic show he collects clues that help him discover what present he got for his birthday. Silly Billy performs magic, but he is actually a comedian for kids, using the magic as the medium for the comedy.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: $20

Fox Valley Philharmonic Children's Concert

Our Savior Lutheran Church | Aurora, Ill.

Guided active audience participation will be encouraged to prompt a physical and mental experience of music elements. The event will incorporate age-appropriate explanations illustrated by individuals and sections of the orchestra. Some of the music performed will include Leroy Anderson’s “Waltzing Around the Scale,” Rodger & Hammerstein’s “Do-Re-Mi” from The Sound of Music, the soundtrack music from the movie “A Space Odyssey 2001.” During the 20-minute intermission, an "Instrument Petting Zoo" will be offered where youngsters can have hands-on experiences trying out various string, wind and percussion instruments. Those who signed up  can take turns as “maestro” conducting the Philharmonic.

When: 3 p.m.
Cost: Free; donations welcome

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