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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

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

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

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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