Learn and connect to the history of the
Marathon race, inspired by the Battle of
Marathon (490 BC),
from the first Marathon race in the
1896 Athens Olympics to today. Includes section
on The Chicago Marathon. Children are invited to participate in a
Race for Pheidippides scavenger hunt to redeem a prize. Exhibit
coloring pages also available.
Snowflake "Learn to Skate" Clinics are an introduction to Rink
Side's learn to skate classes. They are open to any child ages
2-11, there will be 30 minutes of instruction and 15 minutes of
free time. There is a public session following the clinic and
everyone can stay to skate! (Regular admission fees apply.)
Sessions are held Dec. 26-29, 31, Jan. 2-5.
Exhibit includes numerous artifacts, photographs and other
documentary items that tell the story of Chicago's iconic candy
makers, including Snickers, Lemonheads, Butterfingers
and Cracker Jack.
Interactive learning centers include a barn slide, apple
orchard and chicken coop. Maggie, a life-sized
fiberglass milking cow sponsored by Golden Oaks Farm in Wauconda,
will be the focus of the new exhibit. Maggie is over five feet tall
and features a working udder that recirculates the water that
Features more than one million twinkling lights
illuminating the zoo's walkways. Enjoy animated light displays,
laser light shows, ice-carving demonstrations, live musical and
dance performances, costumed characters, and animal Zoo Chats with
Includes Gingerbread Story-time, Tree Lighting Ceremony,
Gingerbread Man Hunt, Gingerbread House Contest, visits with Santa
in his Gingerbread House, Small Business Saturday, Gingerbread Boy
and Girl perusing town, and Complimentary Carriage Rides. For more
information, visit www.downtowndg.org or call (630) 725-0991.
The mansion served as the Nickerson's winter residence
during the late 19
th century, and the family spent every holiday season
in Chicago lavishly entertaining acquaintances, friends, and family
from near and far. During this tour, participants are transported
back to the winter months of 1899, where they discover through a
servant's eyes how the Nickersons celebrated the holidays. As
applicants to a position in domestic service, participants learn
the best methods for preparing plum pudding, how to prevent the new
electrical lights on the Christmas tree from catching it on fire,
Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the
conservatory's Elizabeth Morse Genius Children's Garden to
plant an imaginary garden, build a tropical habitat, help
water the plants, or read a book under the tropical canopy. Runs
through entire 2012.
Build a snowman out of biodegradable and natural items to win.
Fill out an entry form at the main office.
Blue Man Group performances are a celebration of human connection. Mixing art, music, comedy and state-of-the-art technology, the show encourages audiences to reconnect with their inner (and outer) child and see the world through a new perspective. Backed by a live rock band, the Blue Men unify the audience for the show’s celebratory climax - an unforgettable, euphoric dance party.