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Day Off Of School: Spy Science Camp

The Laboratory Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Join The Kids' Table and The Laboratory for a day of Spy Training. From secret ingredients to secret messages, cryptic codes and clever gadgets, learn to use your spy skills to thwart the agents of evil.

Cost: Check website

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

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

Snack Attack

River Forest Public Library | River Forest, Ill.


Learn how to make a fun seasonal snack at this after school cooking program.

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

Hand-Pulled Lollipop Class

Sweet Pete's Candy | Lake Forest, Ill.

Learn the art of old fashioned candy making. Sweet Pete’s confectioners turn boiled sugar into hand pulled lollipops. Guests shape their own lollipops to take home.

When: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays; noon-1 p.m. Fridays
Cost: $15

Chocolate Bar Your Way Class

Sweet Pete's Candy | Lake Forest, Ill.

Learn the art of tempering chocolate with a hands-on demonstration. Choose from many decadent candy toppings to create three custom chocolate bars.

When: 6-7 p.m. Mondays
Cost: $18
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