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Gnome Hunt

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Search for gnomes in the Children's Garden using your best "I Spy" skills. Checklist provided.

When: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily
Cost: Free with admission

Beginner's Art Studio

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Kids and adults can explore their creative sides. Materials change daily and trained facilitators assist with the artistic process.

When: 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Saturday; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday
Cost: Included with admission

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

Jack and the Beanstalk

Chicago Kids Company | Chicago, Ill.

Jack and his dancing Spanish cow Carmelita try to save their village from the crazy Giant. Runs 10:30 a.m. select weekdays, Jan. 28-April 2, plus 1 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 28 and March 21. Check website for exact dates. Performances at Stahl Family Theater, 5900 W. Belmont Ave. (Oct. 27-March 1) and Jedlicka Performing Arts Center, 3801 S. Central Ave., Cicero (March 8-18).

When: Check website for schedule. 10:30 a.m. weekdays; 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12
Cost: $12

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