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To Snooze or Not to Snooze

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Find out why and how some animals sleep through this time of year while others brave the challenging conditions of the season. Dress for a hike to spot any of the ones that choose not to snooze.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $2, free resident

Skeleton Skills

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Learn more about local wildlife and how they live through hands-on activities and some outdoor time to develop our skills. Dress for a hike.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Emancipation Proclamation Pageant

First Unitarian Church of Chicago | Chicago, Ill.


Celebrates the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation 150 years ago by Abraham Lincoln with a combination of narration, dramatizations, music and interaction between the cast and the audience. The theme is the role that multi-racial unity played in abolishing the slave-labor system in this country.

When: 7 p.m. Jan. 5; 11:45 a.m. Jan. 6
Cost: Free

Frosty Fishing Fair

The Hollows | Cary, Ill.

Local fishing experts reveal the tips and tricks of ice fishing through free instruction and live demonstrations. Kids enjoy games and activities or roasting marshmallows and a live DJ plays music and announce prizes. Food and hot beverages available to purchase.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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)

Cutting Hall Film Series - The Adventures of Tintin

Palatine Park District | Palatine, Ill.

Enjoy the story of Tintin and Captain Haddock on the big screen at Cutting Hall Performing Arts Center in Palatine.

When: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $6, $5 each for groups of 10 or more

Winter Games & Outdoor Storytelling

Trickster Gallery | Schaumburg, Ill.


Join the American Indian Center and Latvian Folk Art Museum for winter games and storytelling. Meet at Trickster Gallery.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Three Kings Cake

Chicago French Market | Chicago, Ill.


Several lovely family customs are associated with Epiphany, the day that the Christmas crèche is finally completed, as the figures of the three wise men at last arrive at the crib. A time-honored custom, especially in France, is the baking of a cake with a bean or trinket hidden inside. The person whose cake contains the bean is made king or queen of the feast. Come enjoy this French Tradition at the French Market. Receive a complimentary piece of cake to see if you become the lucky king or queen for the day.

When: Noon-1 p.m.
Cost: Free

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

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