Master Juggler Mike Vandruska

Morton Grove Public Library | Morton Grove, Ill.

FREE  

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.

FREE  

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

The Places You’ll Go

Waukegan Public Library | Waukegan, Ill.

FREE  

Includes hands-on elements that teach children about the role of transportation in their lives. The exhibit includes an auto repair shop, a train station with caboose, flight simulator and airplane cockpit, wind tunnel, and bicycles on stands. The exhibit will also help develop map-reading skills, teach the elements of flight, and help children recognize street signs. In addition, a G-scale model train will run above the children's department desk all year. The exhibit also includes information on energy efficient ways to travel.

Cost: Free

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony and Symphony In Lights

Bolingbrook, Ill.

FREE  

A day of activities culminates in the annual tree lighting ceremony and first Symphony In Lights show of 2013 at 6:30 p.m. Activities during the day include hay rides, Santa tent, gingerbread contest, kids' holiday crafts, ice sculpture demonstration, costumed character appearances, a live Nativity scene and more.

When: 3-6:30 p.m. Nov. 16; 5-9 p.m. daily through Dec. 31
Cost: Free

Festival of Lights and Trees

Cosley Zoo | Wheaton, Ill.

FREE  

20,000 twinkling lights and hand-decorated trees transform Cosley Zoo into a fairy tale winter wonderland.Visit the animals and purchase a cup of hot chocolate, your tree, wreath, and holiday gifts. Runs daily Nov. 29-Dec. 30.

When: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: Free

Solar Lit Trails

Lake County Forest Preserves | Libertyville, Ill.

FREE  

With small solar lights to guide their way, hikers, skiers and snowshoers traverse the Solar Lit Trails at Pleasant Valley, Woodstock (half mile beginner loop) or Hickory Grove Highlands, Cary (1 mile intermediate loop).

When: until 9 p.m. daily
Cost: Free
 





 
 
 
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