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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

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

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

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

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