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Little Naturalists

Irons Oaks | Olympia Fields, Ill.

Bring your budding naturalist to Irons Oaks to explore the natural world together.  Each session a different natural topic is explored with activities, stories, games, or an art project. Dec. 13: Winter Birds; Jan. 23: Snow Fun; Feb. 13: Animal Tracks.

When: 9:45-11 a.m.
Cost: $6, $4 resident

Tiny Great Performance: Perceptual Motion, Inc.

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Original choreography by Perceptual Motion, Inc. will highlight DCM's newest exhibit How People Make Things and will have children up and dancing.

When: 2 and 2:45 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

History Speaks Lecture Series: The Hindenburg Disaster

Naper Settlement | Naperville, Ill.

Learn about one of the greatest disasters of the 20th century during a first-person presentation on the Hindenburg. Veteran actor and historian Terry Lynch, recount the horrific details of that day on the 75th anniversary of the disaster.

When: 4-5 p.m.
Cost: Advance: $6, $5 students, youth and members; Day of: $7, $6 students, youth and members

What's In Your Lunch Box?

Game Pazzo | Downers Grove, Ill.

Fun demo with kids in the kitchen, Magic Mike balloon magic and puppets, root beer kegger and ice cream floats, video gaming competition and a lunchbox raffle. For more information, visit

Cost: $15

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Winnetka Theatre Especially for Kids | Winnetka, Ill.

Stanley Lambchop wants to travel the world to escape his ordinary life. One night, a bulletin board falls right on top of Stanley and he wakes up really flat. Recommended for kids 3-10.

When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $12; call (847) 604-0275 or visit

Multicultural Fitness for Families

Fine Arts Building | Chicago, Ill.

Kids learn self-expression and confidence in performance skills through an Indian Dance for Kids class while parents relax with the de-stressing light cardio of Chinese Tai Chi.

When: 1-2 p.m.
Cost: $15 class for Tai Chi, $20 class for Indian dance

Preschool Winter Concert

Des Plaines Public Library | Des Plaines, Ill.


Alina Celeste emphasizes traditional songs with a modern twist and original songs aimed at bringing families together and providing joy and self-expression to kids everywhere.

When: 2-2:45 p.m.
Cost: Free

Black Bear Exhibit

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.


Feature the black bear and its adaptations for survival in the forest. Crawl into the bear's den, compare your senses to that of the black bear, feel his fur, come face to face with a black bear mount and more.

Cost: Free

Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

See a toy so amazing, so unbelievable, it has the power to transform into anything you want it to be. Enter a world where imagination rules, and ordinary becomes extraordinary.

Cost: Free with admission

How People Make Things

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

A new traveling exhibit created by Children's Museum of Pittsburgh that links familiar childhood objects to a process of manufacturing that combines people, ideas and technology. Inspired by the factory tour segments from Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, the exhibit offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines to create objects including crayons, a baseball bat and a matchbox car, just to name a few.

Cost: Free with admission

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