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Martin Luther King Holiday Celebration

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore | Porter, Ind.


A variety of hands-on activities, service opportunities, and exhibits are available for families to enjoy throughout the day. At 2 p.m., join park ranger Cliff Goins as he leads an armchair tour of National Park Service sites that celebrate the civil rights movement.Or take part in a stewardship activity, such as preparing seeds for spring planting or cutting invasive honeysuckle near the center. Visitors also can make a free craft, enjoy the hands-on exhibits or help feed the Douglas Center's resident reptiles and fish and snowshoes and cross-country skis are available for free checkout.

Cost: Free


Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Take a snowshoe hike at Lincoln Marsh. Hot cocoa, marshmallows and a campfire follow. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult. Snowshoes are provided.

When: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $11, $9 resident

Artists and Authors: Linda Gorham

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as storyteller Linda Gorham weaves multicultural stories with "attitude," then stop by the Art Studio to create a self portrait.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

National Skating Day

Rink Side Ice Arena & Family Entertainment Center | Gurnee, Ill.

Public skating for all ages and levels, free skating and hockey clinics with professional instructors on the ice, prizes, contests, and raffles and a skating exhibition.

Cost: $8, $7 kids; $5 skate rental

The Snow Queen

Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center | Evanston, Ill.


The Snow Queen will be staged at 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, and 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Mussetter-Struble Theater, 1949 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus. Admission is free and open to the public. The musical is recommended for audiences aged 7 and older and their family members. Children who attend will have the opportunity to meet the cast after the show. Estimated running time is approximately two hours, including one 15-minute intermission.

Cost: Free

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

FamilyDance Matinee: Double Edge Theatre

Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Special one-hour family-oriented performances that follow free parent/child movement workshops with the artists.

Cost: Call for cost and time.


Harris Theater for Music and Dance | Chicago, Ill.

Common materials and everyday objects - such as wires, tubes, boxes and fabric - spring to life as fantastical characters.

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: Call for cost

Animal Tracks, Traces and Trails

Rush Creek Conservation Area | Harvard, Ill.

Search for animal clues on the trails and discover animal behaviors by following their trails.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $2, free resident


Naperville Park District | Naperville, Ill.

The show will open Jan. 18, with performances Jan. 18-20 and 25-27. Tickets are on sale at the Naperville Park District at and at the Administration Building, 320 W. Jackson Ave., and at the new 95th Street Center, located at 2244 W. 95th St.

Cost: Call for cost

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