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Snowshoeing

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 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 winnetkatheatre.org

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

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

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit features the illustrations of W. W. Denslow, a Chicago resident whose famous illustrations helped to inspire the design of the classic 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland. The bright and colorful exhibit provides a variety of learning opportunities and hands-on activities within a three-dimensional representation of Denslow's distinctive illustrations.

Cost: $9.50, $8.50 seniors

Ravinia Festival Music Makers

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Discover how sounds make music, and how music makes you feel, with activities like making melodies on bolt- and wrench-a-phones, using soft sculpture pegs to make a music box, blowing air over a reed, moving musical notes on a staff, beating percussion instruments, and creating an artistic masterpiece that reflects how music makes you feel

Cost: Free with admission

Dickens: 200 Years of Celebrity

Lake County Discovery Museum | Wauconda, Ill.

Hundreds of objects and documents from the exclusive private collection, together with a rare collection of first editions of his most famous works, tell the story of how Charles Dickens and his characters became enduring cultural icons. Interactive and multi-media displays and personal effects take visitors through a chronological tour of the life, literature and legacy of Dickens. View his personal traveling inkwell, take a ride in an early century carriage, and learn about the memorable characters, stories and themes of his famous tales through games, time period puzzles and Dickens' own personal Facebook page.

Cost: Free with admission
 







 
 
 
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