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
The Storybook Mom, Nili Yelin, reads to families and teaches the adults storytelling techniques to help promote literacy at home. Free snacks and book giveaway at the end of each session. Register at www.companies-that-care.org/tt-story-time.org.When: 10-11 a.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 23, March 16
Fun and healthful activities include free chair massages, manicures, cholesterol screenings, and children's arts and crafts.When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Afternoon includes hands-on actvities, live science demonstrations and experiments for kids.When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Evanston author Todd Hasak-Lowy discusses and signs copies of his funny and poignant new novel for young people, "33 Minutes." Refreshments will be served.When: 3-4 p.m.
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
Exhibit includes numerous artifacts, photographs and other documentary items that tell the story of Chicago's iconic candy makers, including Snickers, Lemonheads, Butterfingers and Cracker Jack.Cost: Free
Interactive learning centers include a barn slide, apple orchard and chicken coop. Maggie, a life-sized fiberglass milking cow sponsored by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda, will be the focus of the new exhibit. Maggie is over five feet tall and features a working udder that recirculates the water that children "milk."Cost: Free
Build a snowman out of biodegradable and natural items to win. Fill out an entry form at the main office.Cost: Free