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Trash to Treasure: Sounds of the Season

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Move, play, and sing with Lily Emerson, the Nature Museum's Camp Artist in Residence, in this special family workshop exploring the sounds of the season. Help Lily write lyrics for a new song celebrating nature in winter and play along to the tune with your own, newly-created musical instrument. Be sure to bring your holiday trash (wrapping paper, boxes, cards, etc.) to decorate your instruments and create trash-to-treasure recycled thank you cards. Runs from 11 a.m.-noon Dec. 26-28.

Cost: Free with Museum admission. Thursdays are suggested donation days for Illinois residents.

Comedy Sportz

Skokie Theatre | Skokie, Ill.

Fast-paced comedy show for the whole family. It's improvisational comedy played as a sport by members of the World Comedy League. Two teams battle for laughs and points as they make up scenes, games and songs on the spot. The audience votes for the winners, a referee calls the fouls and they even play the national anthem before each match.

When: 7:30
Cost: $25

World’s Winter: Celebrations in Chicagoland

Chicago Cultural Alliance | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit showcases the different cultural winter celebrations celebrated in Chicagoland including: Chinese New Year, Diwali, Filipino Simbang Gabi, German Silvester, Latvian Winter Solstice, Lithuanian Kučios, Polish Wigilia and Swedish Saint Lucia Day. The winter traditions are displayed in five separate locations. The CCA and its Core Members are also hosting exhibit related events, including tours of Core Member sites, cultural performances, holiday bazaars, cooking classes and family educational activities.

Cost: Check website

Master Juggler Mike Vandruska

Morton Grove Public Library | Morton Grove, Ill.


One of the tallest jugglers working brings his amazing tricks and skills including a unicycle, audience involvement and juggling to music.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Bling In The New Year

Des Plaines Public Library | Des Plaines, Ill.


Come into the library and create new accessories for the new year. Make a perfect pair of felt bow hair clips or a bowed head band to ring in the New Year in style.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: Free

Winter Wonderland Family Swim

Goldfish Swim School St. Charles | St. Charles, Ill.

Fun activities include a winter-themed craft, raffles, giveaways, and more.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, $15 family

Tales and Treasures

The 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


DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Kids examine extraordinary features of Greek and Mayan architecture as they play and learn in entirely new ways. Re-create the famous pyramids at Chichen Itza using building blocks and stones or construct a version of the Acropolis. Using interactive components, children can place themselves among mythological icons of ancient times or use costumes and props for exciting dramatic play.

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

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