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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

"Curing Worries" Opening Event in Glendale Heights

Physicians Immediate Care | Glendale Heights, Ill.


Fun and healthful activities include free chair massages, manicures, cholesterol screenings, and children's arts and crafts.

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Black Bear Exhibit

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.


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

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 Music Man

Paramount Arts Centre and Theatre | Aurora, Ill.

One of the most iconic musicals comes to life. Performances run Jan. 16-Feb. 3, 2013.

Cost: $34.90-$46.90
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