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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.

Experience Rock N Roll

Northbrook Court | Northbrook, Ill.

This memorable interactive exhibit explores the history of rock and roll, uncovers the fundamental building blocks of music, demonstrates how instruments work, investigates how sounds are produced, reveals the science of sound recordings, and sheds light on careers in the music business.

Cost: $14.95, $9.95 kids

DaVinci Machines Exhibition

Water Tower Place | Chicago, Ill.

The exhibition displays hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo DaVinci’s 500-year-old designs. The main features on display include the “bicycle,” “spring powered car,” “hang glider” and the “air screw” (a precursor to the helicopter) and the secrets behind Leonardo’s legendary robotic lion. Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings accompany each model. For more information, go to

When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $18.95, $16.95 seniors, students and military, $14.95 kids 4-12, free kids under 4

Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Strictly Sail Show

Chicago, Ill.

The show features hundreds of powerboats, sailboats and RVs on display for attendees to view, board and shop, plus the latest in outdoor and marine, and plenty of hands-on interactive and educational activities for everyone. Powerboats, RVs and sailboats will be showcased in three distinct areas to make it easy for attendees to navigate the show and find what they are looking for.  Young attendees will enjoy literally walking on water at the Rockin’, Rollin’ Bubbles exhibit or trying their hand at fishing at the Huck Finn Trout Pond.

When: Jan. 11-15, 2017. Hours vary by day. See website for details.
Cost: $14, $10 seniors on Jan. 14 only, free kids 15 and under

Disney's The Little Mermaid

Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre | Aurora, Ill.

The blockbuster Disney movie comes to life in this awe-inspiring Paramountproduction that is perfect for the young and the young at heart. Join Ariel on her quest for love and life on land, with the help of her friends Sebastian the crab and Scuttle the seagull, as she fights off the evil sea witch Ursula.

When: Check website for schedule and times.
Cost: $44-$59

The Magic Flute

Lyric Opera of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

A family-friendly tale of a prince searching for a captive princess is filled with a cast of enchanting make-believe characters, a menacing dragon and a trio of delightful “Genies,” portrayed by Chicago child actors. Revel in a combination of heartwarming comedy and true heroism, and the unparalleled genius and beauty of Mozart’s music, in this introduction to opera for all ages.

Cost: $34, $20 kids

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