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After the Fall: A Winter Tree Walk

Volo Bog State Natural Area | Ingleside, Ill.

FREE  

Burn off those Thanksgiving calories in the crisp autumn air while meeting the trees in their winter garb. Bark, branches and overall form reveal the species' identity.

When: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: Free

Holidays from the Heart

American Girl Place | Chicago, Ill.

Create a starry craft and dine together at American Girl. Includes a meal, a commemorative photo, and an American Girl book to take home

When: 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Cost: $40

The Nutcracker

Rialto Square Theatre | Joliet, Ill.

Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet performs "The Nutcracker."

When: 2 p.m.
Cost: $30-$38, $20.50 kids under 12

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

KidVenture- FireZone Game Day Fun!

FireZone | Schaumburg, Ill.

Cheer on the Bears as they take on the Vikings, while kids live out their little firefighter dreams. Every child get sa chance to dress up as a firefighter, slide down the pole, explore a fire truck and ambulance, interact with real firefighters, while also enjoying pizza and drinks.

When: Noon-1:30 p.m.
Cost: $9, $4 adult, free kids under 1

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

Winter Flower and Train Show

Lincoln Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

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

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
 







 
 
 
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