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Frosty Fridays Indoor Public Ice Skating Sessions

Carlson Ice Arena | Loves Park, Ill.

Gather family or friends for some Friday night fun and healthy exercise.

When: 8-10 p.m.
Cost: $5 per person, includes skate rental

Nature and Science at Wonder Works: Rocks for Play and Learning

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

There will be lots of rocks, including big rocks to touch, smaller rocks to sort, and tiny rocks to sift from the art-room sandbox. Collect coal and iron ore hauled by our O-scale model railway, plus gravel used to support real railroad tracks (including gray limestone, red granite, and pick quartzite). The play-dough table will be set up as a quarry, where diggers and dump trucks excavate rocks and crystals and wooden trains haul them all away.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free with museum admission

Shadow Puppet Story Time

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

An exciting adventure into story and legend with Bill, the museum's story time expert, and his trusty sidekick who puts on a amazingly shadowy performance.

When: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Night at the Museum Children’s Party

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.

Take part in a flashlight scavenger hunt, games, crafts, and snack buffet, plus see the HO gauge model trains run on their tracks and watch Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $10

Herencia de Timbiquí

DuSable Museum of African American History | Chicago, Ill.


Herencia de Timbiquí works to preserve the ancestral roots of the marimba de chonta, and traditional instruments such as the bombo, cununos and the guasá and combines them with a powerful band, including energetic vocals, brass, keyboards and guitar.

When: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: Free; $10 suggested donation


Hofbrauhaus Chicago | Rosemont, Ill.

A month-long Maifest celebration featuring a variety of authentic German entertainment and Maifest food specials. In addition to Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s daily entertainment schedule, Maifest will bring German dance troupes, brass bands to the Haus.


Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo (C2E2)

McCormick Place, South Building | Chicago, Ill.

The largest pop culture convention in the Midwest featuring top exhibitors and talent, including Stranger Things’ Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo and Finn Wolfhard, Jon Bernthal from Daredevil, Mike Colter from Luke Cage, The Walking Dead’s Michael Cudlitz, Avenger’s creator Stan Lee and others. Family HQ has daily events and workshops including drawing classes, author readings, Jedi Lightsaber trainings, the fan-fiction story telling YogaQuest, StoryTown Improv and more.

When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $30-$150

Julia and Malcolm Donaldson at The Book Stall

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.


Meet Julia Donaldso, author of beloved titles "The Gruffalo" and "Room on the Broom," for an afternoon of story, song and music. Joining Julia from England for this rare U.S. appearance is her husband Malcolm, a musician and singer—and special guest star the Gruffalo.

When: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: Free


Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.


An interactive work comprised of 15 largescale seesaws with special LED lighting and sound, activated through the motion of its users. When in use, the seesaws create a dynamic, ever-changing field of light and sound. Through repetition, rhythm and syncopation, the art work serves as a largescale urban instrument, intended to activate the surrounding public space and engage participants.

Cost: Free

Once Upon a Castle

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

An original exhibit inviting young imaginations to create their own kingdom in a one-of-a-kind castle-themed play space. Kids hold the power to play in a castle complete with secret tunnels, a rope bridge, tower, dungeon, throne room, wizard's room, kitchen, feasting table, market and more, setting the stage for a fantastical experience where the only limit is one's imagination.

Cost: Free with museum admission
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