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School's Out at Wagner Farm

Historic Wagner Farm | Glenview, Ill.


A morning of arts and crafts, stories, activities and farm animals.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

President's Day - Adventure Quest

Emily Oaks Nature Center | Skokie, Ill.

The outdoor adventure includes snowshoeing, geocaching, log climbing, or animal tracking, depending on weather conditions. Hot chocolate and trail mix provided.

When: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $20, $16 resident

Snow Day

Heller Nature Center | Highland Park, Ill.

An afternoon of exploring everything that makes winter great. Hike, play in the snow, go sledding, do science experiments and play games, then head inside to enjoy a hot cup of cocoa while watching a snowy movie.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: $40

Skate for History on Presidents' Day

Arlington Heights Historical Museum | Arlington Heights, Ill.

Enjoy a roller skating party to help preserve Mount Prospect's 1896 Central School. A limited number of skates will be available for rental ($5).


When: Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $5


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

Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show

Winnetka Community House | Winnetka, Ill.

This all-ages show features magic, comedy and amazing giant balloon props. At this performance, one audience member will be chosen to become part of the show.

When: 10-11 a.m.
Cost: $7

Shoe Tying Class for Little Ones

| Park Forest, Ill.


Kids will receive an animated instruction in tying their shoes, a certificate celebrating their achievement in learning, and a goodie bag!

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free

Presidents Day Kumbaya Chess Workshop

Edgebrook Lutheran Church host for Chess-Ed Camps | Chicago, Ill.

The workshop provides children at all levels with a tangible means to improve their chess skills through instruction, practice and one-on-one coaching. Led by Super Trainer Shiva Maharaj and staff from Chess-Ed, the workshop features opening theory, middle game planning and combinations, and winning endgame technique. In addition, puzzling, analysis of famous games and tournament-like game playing will be included. Students will be grouped according to skill level. Register at:

When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $40 part day; $70 full day

President's Day Mini Camps

Lake County Jewish Community Campus | Lake Zurich, Ill.

Mini Camps include more than two hours of specialty activities and conclude with a group pizza lunch.  Art- Clay Monet is offering two art projects – painting a ceramic plate and making key chain charms; Science- Explore electricity with games and experiments; Golf & Sports- Learn the strokes and techniques of putting and swinging from Chicago School of Golf.

When: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $35
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