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Special Thanksgiving Hours

Oak Park Conservatory | Oak Park, Ill.

FREE  

The Oak Park Conservatory will be open on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for Thanksgiving.

Cost: Free

Opening Day

Skating in the Park at Rosemont | Rosemont, Ill.

Special festivities include live carolers, a festive holiday tree-lighting and a performance by the Chicago Jazz junior synchronized skating team.

When: 5 p.m.; tree lighting and performance 6 p.m.
Cost:

Weird Science

Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Come for amazing science demos and seasonal arts and crafts.

When: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Drop 'n Shop science day camp

SciTech Hands-On Museum | Aurora, Ill.

Kids enjoy a day of crazy science camp while parents shop.

When: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $45, $35 members

Holiday Lights Display

Mooseheart Child City & School | Mooseheart, Ill.

One of the Chicago area's largest and most spectacular holiday light displays, encompassing a 1.8-mile drive-through course. Features larger-than-life holiday characters, children-oriented figures, and mythical creatures, plus architectural lighting. A special visit from Santa takes place on Dec. 7-9, 15-16 and 21-23.

When: 5-9 p.m.
Cost: $10 per car (plus an additional $1/pair for 3-D glasses); discounts on website

Magical Moments Celebration

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.

FREE  

Adjacent to Macy's in the fountain will be giant ornamental display. The three holiday trees display light shows set to music. A walk-through tree will be located near the Koi Pond. As you approach, the lighting changes. There will also be a skating rink near Bloomingdales that launches Nov. 17 (weather permitting). The price to skate per person is $12 and $10 if you bring your own personal skates.

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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