Fall into Art

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Falling seeds, colorful leaves and sleepy animals are the inspiration for this art-based program. Kids create artwork using seasonal changes and natural materials.

When: 9:30-11 a.m. Nov. 5, 13 and 14
Cost: $25, $18 member

Nature Story Time

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Nature-inspired stories, crafts and activities for kids 3-5 with adult.

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

Bakers in Training

West Chicago Public Library | West Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

Kids take a tour of the Panera Bread Bakery in Wheaton, score a French baguette, and decorate a cookie to take home.

When: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Spanish Storytime at Language Stars Lincoln Park

Language Stars |

FREE  

Native speakers from Language Stars provide a 30-minute interactive FunImmersion program with books, songs and activities conducted entirely in their native language.

When: 1:15-1:45 p.m.
Cost: Free

Christmas Around the World and Holidays of Light

Chicago, Ill.

This Chicago tradition began in 1942. The museum's 45-foot Grand Tree takes center stage in the Rotunda, surrounded by more than 50 smaller trees decorated by volunteers from Chicago's ethnic communities to represent their various cultures and holiday traditions. Stroll through the trees, enjoy falling "snow" and savor  performances on the stage. School choral groups perform during the week, and ethnic song and dance performances take place on the weekends.

Cost: Free with admission

Tales and Treasures

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

New exhibit showcases 50 rare and unique objects from the Sterling Morton Library's collections. The artifacts include a collection of butterflies that is more than 100 years old, an Eskimo bone carving, original woodblocks, and metal sculptures. Explore a modern cabinet of curiosities, with drawers that pull out and doors that open to reveal objects and interactive games, share your vision of a library in 50 years, and take part in a library-wide scavenger hunt.

Cost: Free with admission

Snow Much Fun

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Build a snow fort, throw snowballs, dress up a snowman and ice skate - all inside.
The "ice" rink has more space to skate in your socks.

Cost: Free with admission

Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

The exhibit transforms seven beloved and award-winning picture books - "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," "The Snowy Day," "Where's Spot?" "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie," "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," "Abuela," and "Tuesday" - into three-dimensional, bilingual play and learning environments.

Cost: Free with admission

Sheridan’s Books and Crannies

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

A new permanent exhibit, reinventing the museum's current "Play Library" exhibit as a pretend bookstore. Features a reading loft, various reading nooks, and a changing array of children's books and periodicals. Also includes a variety of activities to promote literacy.

Cost: Free with admission

Build It! Make It!

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Exhibition features a variety of building materials for kids and families to play with ideas, explore materials and tinker with tools.

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