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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

Miss Carol Concert

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Miss Carol's cross-curricular music and movement instantly invite audiences to join in singing, dancing and rhythmic movement. She'll engage and entertain us with music from her six popular children's CDs.

When: 4 p.m.
Cost: $9, $6 members

Native American 'Stories of Families'

Mitchell Museum of the American Indian | Evanston, Ill.

Dakota Sioux storyteller and visual artist Robert Wapahi of Chicago presents a program of traditional, historical, and true contemporary tales for all ages. For information, call (847) 475-1030 or email [email protected]

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free with museum admission

Quest Fest Family Day

Quest Theatre Ensemble | Chicago, Ill.

 

Activities include bagels with Quest designers, puppet making for the whole family, make a shaker and join the drum circle.

 

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $5 requested donation

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

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
 







 
 
 
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