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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

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

Terrific Tales Story Time

Kelly Library | Chicago, Ill.


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

When: 10-11 a.m. Jan. 19, Feb. 23, March 16
Cost: Free

Science Fair! Event

Lakeshore Learning Store | Palatine, Ill.


Afternoon includes hands-on actvities, live science demonstrations and experiments for kids.

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
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

Welcome to the Universe

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors become space adventurers and set off on a journey to discover the Universe in a way never done before. Travel a billion light-years and back, fly through space, orbit the Moon, zoom into a canyon on Mars, and soar through the cosmic web where a million galaxies shower down. The experience was created utilizing real telescopic data and the best scientific imagery.

Cost: $28 pass (includes admission); $22 kids 3-11

Charlie Brown and the Great Exhibit

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit explores Schulz's personal history and his role as the sole inspiration and artistic talent behind Peanuts and its unique cast of characters. Through original cartoons, reproductions and related Peanuts ephemera, guests see how characters were developed and evolved. Schulz's Santa Rosa, Calif. studio, recreated for the first time, allows for a deeper look into his work and life. Kids and families have a chance to exercise their own Schultz-like creativity with activities like making a zoetrope.

Cost: $5, $3 kids 3-11, plus admission

Backyard Monsters

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit challenges guests to communicate, move and live like bugs at interactive stations. Live insects are featured throughout the exhibition, plus larger-than-life robotic creatures allow visitors to observe the often overlooked beauty and complexity of the insect world.

Cost: Free with admission

Sweet Home Chicago: The History of America’s Candy Capital

Harold Washington Library Center | Chicago, Ill.


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

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