Chicago Toy and Game Fair

Navy Pier | Chicago, Ill.

Play with toys and games from all around the world and meet their inventors, stage events, characters, Radio Disney, Top Trump Tournament, KenKen Tournament, Star Wars Breakfast, mascots and more. New in 2012, toy and game fashion show on Nov. 14.

When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $10, $5 kids, free kids under 3 and Scouts in uniform

Caroline Celebration

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

Girls learn about sailing, craft a paper sailboat, and enjoy a delicious meal. Includes an American Girl book to take home, plus a keepsake booklet with activities and journaling pages to help commemorate the special day. Reservations required.

When: 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $29

Golden Dragon Acrobats

Raue Center for the Arts | Crystal Lake, Ill.

Death-defying acrobatics, traditional dance and spectacular costumes present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

When: 8 p.m.
Cost: $31-$37

500 Clown Frankenstein

Viaduct Theatre | Chicago, Ill.

Just as Victor Frankenstein created his monster from parts of many different people, this new iteration of "500 Clown Frankenstein" is constructed by a cast of rotating performers. Five clowns reconfigure into three different casts, each charged with the same task: "make monster."

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday
Cost: $15-$25

Meet "Wimpy Kid" author Jeff Kinney

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.

FREE  

The first 100 kids to pre-order a copy of "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel" from The Book Stall automatically receive tickets to attend a special meet and greet with Jeff Kinney, author of the blockbuster Wimpy Kid series.

When: 9-10 a.m.
Cost: Free; pre-order of book required

Picture Book Author Tad Hills Presents His New Book, “Rocket Writes A Story” at The Book Stall in Winnetka

The Book Stall at Chestnut Court | Winnetka, Ill.

FREE  

Tad Hills, author and illustrator of the picture books "Duck and Goose" and "How Rocket Learned to Read," presents his new book, "Rocket Writes a Story" and signs autographs.

When: 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Cost: Free

Silo Exhibit

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

Visitors can walk inside the two-story silo and turn the crank of a silage machine, watching "corn plants" delivered to the top of the silo. Plus, learn about the history of silos and silage, build miniature silos with building blocks simulating wood, brick and metal and much more.

Cost: Free with admission

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

TRAINS – All Aboard Art!

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Kids enter artist Gino Severini's interpretation of trains by role-playing engineer, passenger or conductor in a child-size train and look for objects in an eight-foot wide "hidden pictures" mural of artist Don Stewart's "Steam Train."  Plus, enjoy specially designed wooden train tables and a huge new interactive crane.

 

Cost: Free with admission
 





 
 
 
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