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Presidents’ Day Camp

Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago, Ill.

Each camp group will explore the zoo and participate in a variety of activities focused on animal diversity, environmental conservation and the ways Lincoln Park Zoo cares for animals at the zoo and conserves them in the wild. At this year’s “All About Primates” camp, participants will explore the fascinating world of primates, from how they raise their young, to how scientists at the zoo study ape behavior, helping to conserve primates in the wild.

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $58-$68

President's Day Celebration

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Special events include a performance by Chicago Brass Band and Meeting the Lincolns by With Lincoln Productions. Special family-friendly activities and performances are designed to honor and celebrate significant moments and figures in history. Visitors have one last chance to see “Lincoln’s Undying Words” and discover how Abraham Lincoln’s changing views toward slavery transformed America.

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

Power4Girls Game On! Ninja Warrior Presidents' Day Event

Windy City Ninjas | Chicago , Ill.

An action-packed day full of Ninja fun and sports play. Michelle Warnky, American Ninja Warrior competitor and ninja trainer, will be there all day to work with all participants and share her story. Participants will have the opportunity to work with Michelle, try a variety of ninja obstacles with Windy City Ninjas, and play two sports with Game On! Sports 4 Girls.

When: 9 a.m.-noon (grades K-3) and 12:30-3:30 p.m. (grades 4-8)
Cost: $60

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

Brick by Brick

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Features a spectacular collection of more than a dozen giant Lego-built structures of engineering marvels, including a 60-foot long Golden Gate Bridge. Guests will learn how architects and engineers push the limits of design, materials and location to make the seemingly impossible, possible; witness how form follows function; learn how building beautifully uplifts us all; and explore Chicago’s impact as the birthplace of the skyscraper.

Cost: Requires a separate, timed-entry ticket.

Where the Wild Things Are: The Works of Maurice Sendak

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Explore original artworks by Sendak, including sketches, illustrations and works on paper. Presidents, illustrators, friends and celebrities also share their words about the renowned author—how he inspired them, influenced their careers and touched their lives.

Cost: Free with museum admission

Chicago Auto Show

Chicago, Ill.

The nation's largest and longest-running auto exposition showcases over 1,000 domestic and imported vehicles, auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars

When: Visit website for times.
Cost: Visit website for admission prices

Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group at Briar Street Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show’s celebratory climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.

When: Performance dates and times vary. A full schedule can be found at:
Cost: $49-$99

Magic City

Chicago Children's Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Manual Cinema’s first all-ages production, Magic City, explores the hard work and love it takes to rebuild your life when the unexpected throws everything into uncertainty. Using overhead projectors, live music, paper shadow puppets, live actors in silhouette, and miniature toy theater, this performance updates the novel for a modern retelling, creating a miniature city on stage that the audience will be able to explore themselves after every performance.

Cost: $25

Little Red Riding Hood

Chicago Kids Company | Chicago, Ill.

Sing along with Red and her friends as she travels through the forest to visit her Grandma. Will she get to Grandma’s before the Big Bad Wolf? Will she listen to her Mom’s words of advice? Performances at Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero (Oct. 20-Nov. 5) and Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago (Nov. 8-Feb. 24).

When: 10:30 a.m. weekdays; 1 p.m. on Saturdays Nov. 5 and 19
Cost: $12

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