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Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Enjoy a nature-inspired story, followed by a craft and a snack. For children 3 - 6 w/adult. Jan. 2 and 16; Feb. Feb. 6 and 20.

When: 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Cost: $1/child

Forts

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Forts are the perfect place for pretend stakeout areas and secret society meetings. Use couch cushions, upside-down tables, doors, headboards-even stairs that go nowhere!-to create a cool and cozy space that's all your own.

Cost: Free with admission

Storytelling: Inspiring Traditions for Generations

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian | Evanston, Ill.

Exhibit looks at the many ways Native Americans tell the history of their people through visual and oral traditions. It contains more than sixty artifacts from tribes throughout the United States and Canada, including an Ojibwe drum, Winnebego jingle dress and Navajo rug.

Cost: $5, $3 fseniors, students and kids; free museum members and Tribal members

Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World's Fair

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Travel back to 1893 and experience the excitement of the White City. Digital technology will bring the World's Fair to life. Visitors will see items that thrilled fairgoers 120 years ago including large taxidermied animals, fully articulated animal skeletons, and ancient fish from Wyoming's Green River fossil bed. Using an iPad application, visitors can explore many items from the World's Fair still hidden in the Museum's vaults and will also get an overview of the Museum's history and the personalities who helped shape this institution.

Cost: Included in Discovery and All Access passes

80 at 80

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, Ill.

Special exhibit showcases 80 rarely displayed artifacts from the museum's extensive collection in honor of the museum's 80th anniversary. These artifacts, carefully selected by MSI curators, will ignite guests' memories from past exhibits but many will be revealed for the first time.

Cost: Free with admission

Gnome Hunt

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Search for gnomes in the Children's Garden using your best "I Spy" skills. Checklist provided.

When: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with 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

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

Princess and the Pea

Chicago Kids Company | Chicago, Ill.

Classic story runs from Jan. 15-March 5.

Cost: $12
 







 
 
 
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