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Night Snowshoeing

Lincoln Marsh Natural Area | Wheaton, Ill.

Hike through the winter wonderland of Lincoln Marsh on snowshoes. Marshmallows, hot cocoa and a campfire afterward. Children must be accompanied by a registered adult.

When: 6:15-7:45 p.m.
Cost: $13, $10 resident

Holiday-Break Activities

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian | Evanston, Ill.

Kids, accompanied by an adult, can make simple versions of objects inspired by Native American cultures to take home as souvenirs or gifts. From 2-2:30 p.m., hear Native American stories told in the museum's Teaching Lodge area.

When: Dec. 26-28; Jan. 2-4
Cost: Free with admission

Family Camp-In at Falcon

Palatine Park District | Palatine, Ill.

Enjoy an evening of camping with the whole family on the turf at Falcon Park Recreation Center. Games, crafts, movie, and more.

When: 7 p.m.-9 a.m.
Cost: $45/$68 for a family of four ($6 each additional person)

KidVenture- End To Winter Break Event!

FireZone | Schaumburg, Ill.

Let your kids be little firefighters and put out some pretend fires, drive a fire truck and explore an ambulance. Every child gets a chance to dress up as a firefighter, slide down the pole, explore a fire truck and ambulance, interact with our real firefighters plus create a firefighter craft project to take home.

When: 10-11:30 a.m.
Cost: $9, $4 adult, free kids under 1

Winter Flower and Train Show

Lincoln Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.


Model trains will wind their way through a miniature village set in a field of poinsettias. The village is made entirely of natural materials and features a variety of Chicago-style homes and famous buildings such as the neighborhood bungalow, Chicago Theatre and Chicago Water Tower Place. Nov. 26-Jan. 8.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

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


Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Take a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the world of magic and its historic roots in Chicago. Features a multimedia object theater experience, artifact display and live performances. Discover the tricks of the trade and witness Chicago's magical past reappear before your very eyes.

Cost: Free with admission

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