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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

The 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

TILT Studio 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

Charlotte's Web

Palatine Park District | Palatine, Ill.

Stage production presented by American Eagle Productions.

When: 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $6, $5 each for groups of 20 or more

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