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Tiny Great Performance: Dave Seagren and His Tropical Sound Steel Pan

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Dave Seagren and his Tropical Sound Steel Pan bring the spirit of the Caribbean Islands to life with a variety of tropical music styles including reggae, calypso, socca, Latin and pop. Experience the sound of the Caribbean as Dave plays his steel drum or "PAN," an instrument hand crafted from a fifty-five gallon steel oil drum.

When: 2 and 2:45 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Chinese New Year Celebration

Des Plaines History Center | Des Plaines, Ill.

Celebrate the Year of the Snake with crafts, snacks, and special surprises.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $3, $2 members

Groundhog Gala

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Winter fundraiser features displays and demonstrations by natural history experts, live music, dancers, refreshments, and an open bar.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $30, $50 couple


Genesee Theatre | Waukegan, Ill.

Cinderella is presented by The State Ballet Theatre of Russia. Tickets can be purchased at the Theatre Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, at (800) 982-2787 or

When: 7:30 p.m.
Cost: $32.50-$52.50

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

Kids Fare: Band Illusions

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall | Evanston, Ill.

The Northwestern University Symphonic Band celebrates a variety of music and sound in this concert for kids.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $6, $4 kids

Winter Block Party for Chicago’s Hip Hop Arts

Metro | Chicago, Ill.

All-ages, all-city celebration of Chicago's new and emerging artists of the hip hop generation. Includes film, music videos, and a poetry/storytelling slam in addition to $10 fade haircuts, a Hip Hop Art Gallery and a Hip Hop Boutique and some of Chicago's best DJs. Plus a B-Boy/B-Girl Dance Battle.

When: Noon-1 a.m.
Cost: Free during the day; $15, $12 WBEZ members, $10 students in evening

Tomas Kubinek: Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible

Fermilab | Batavia, Ill.

One-man show for families at 7 p.m. Jan. 26.

When: 7 p.m.
Cost: $22, $11 kids age 18 and under

Battle of the Bots and Open House

Percy Julian Auditorium | Oak Park, Ill.


An action-packed competition that features teams from Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. Participants compete for trophies by driving robots they designed, built and programmed. The Oak Park Education Foundation is also holding an Open House showcasing their art, science, architecture and engineering programs that features hands-on projects for kids 5-12.

When: 9 a.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

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