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Solar Lit Trails

Lake County Forest Preserves | Libertyville, Ill.


With small solar lights to guide their way, hikers, skiers and snowshoers traverse the Solar Lit Trails at Pleasant Valley, Woodstock (half mile beginner loop) or Hickory Grove Highlands, Cary (1 mile intermediate loop).

When: until 9 p.m. daily
Cost: Free

Beginner's Art Studio

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Children and adults can explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-ended art experience. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process, while children create masterpeices. The drop-in art studio is open 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Saturday; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: Free with paid admission

Cocoa and Cookies

Elk Grove Historical Museum | Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Take a wintertime tour of the museum grounds, decorate two sugar cookies, and sip on toasty hot chocolate. Runs Dec. 1-Jan. 31.

Cost: $1 for 2 cookies

Free days January 2014

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.


General admission will be free from Jan. 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31.

Cost: Free

Westfield Old Orchard Ice Skating

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.

A skating rink near Bloomingdales opens Nov. 20 (weather permitting). There will be special performances on Sundays and Tuesdays, along with live DJs on Saturday evenings.

When: 4-8 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon-8 p.m. Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.
Cost: $1, $3 skate rental

Disney On Ice presents Let's Celebrate

Allstate Arena | Rosemont, Ill.

This action-packed, all-new show features a magical montage of celebrations and is set to a blend of contemporary music and favorite Disney songs. Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they celebrate a Very Merry Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter; Mardi Gras with Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen; a Royal Valentine's Day Ball with the Disney Princesses; a Hawaiian luau with Lilo & Stitch; a winter wonderland with Woody, Jessie and Buzz Lightyear; a Halloween haunt with the Disney Villains and more in the celebration of the century. Performances run Jan. 22-26 at Allstate Arena and Jan. 29-Feb. 9 at United Center. Visit for more information.



Cost: $12-$75

The Bully Show

AlphaBet Soup Productions | Lombard, Ill.

Join Professor McBumble and his group of rag tag actors as they present three different fairy tales with an anti-bullying message. Updated adaptions of Little Red Ridinghood, The Ugly Duckling & Three Billy Goats Gruff are performed in this world premiere musical. "It's not cool to be cruel!" "It's so lame to call people names!" are just a few of the lesson taught in this important show. Performances are from Oct. 2-May 2 at locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Check website for venue dates and times.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $7-$10, depending on venue

That's Weird, Grandma

Barrel of Monkeys | Chicago, Ill.

Barrel of Monkeys, a Chicago-based arts education theater ensemble, conducts creative writing workshops with 3rd-5th grade students in underserved Chicago Public Schools and turns their stories and words into professionally-performed theater, presented both in-school - and for the general public through its weekly revue. The line-up changes each week by audience vote - so no two shows are ever the same. The Monkeys' all-musical revue THAT'S WEIRD, GRANDMA: Behind the [Monkey] Music plays March 2 - 31.

When: 2 p.m. Sundays and 8 p.m. Mondays (through March 31); 8 p.m. Mondays (through May 12)
Cost: $12; $6 for kids under 12

Mr. Chickee's Funny Money

Chicago Children’s Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

The story follows 9-year-old Steven, a self-proclaimed spy and president of the "Flint Future Detectives Club." As Steven and his friends plot to save Flint from financial ruin, this all-new musicalgrooves to a diverse new set list of original songs, all played by a live band, and so high-energy and entertaining that kids won't even know they're being treated to a celebration of music through the decades, including Motown, disco, rap, rock, soul, jazz and hip hop. Runs from Jan. 18-March 2, 2014.

Cost: $25

Princess and the Pea

Chicago Kids Company | Chicago, Ill.

Classic story runs from Jan. 15-March 5.

Cost: $12

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