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A Winter's Walk

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.

Enjoy a guided nature walk through the winter woods, followed by a tasty snack and hot cocoa by a campfire. Registration required. Dress to be outdoors the whole time.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $1 per person

Sleepover Safari

Brookfield Zoo | Brookfield, Ill.

Get a glimpse into what happens at Brookfield Zoo at night. Enjoy a pizza dinner and craft activities, then go on a night hike that highlights zoo residents and nocturnal Illinois wildlife. The next morning, wake up to a hot breakfast buffet, a morning hike and a visit to an animal exhibit.

When: 6:30 p.m.-9 a.m.
Cost: $70, $60 member

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

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

A Century of Girls Leading the Way

Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest | Oak Park, Ill.

A special exhibit on the history of Girl Scouting, with special focus on Oak Park, River Forest, and Forest Park. Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Cost: Free with admission

Brookfield Zoo Annual Holiday Magic

Brookfield , Ill.

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 keepers.

When: 4-9 p.m.
Cost: Free with zoo admission

Festival of Trees

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

A display of over 20 trees decorated by groups in the community, plus live animal presentations and tours on Saturday.

Cost: Free with admission

Gingerbread Festival

Downtown Downers Grove | Downers Grove, Ill.

FREE  

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.

When: to
Cost: Free

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

Rosemont Theatre | Rosemont, Ill.

In this multi-faceted production, the Rockettes will dance their way through new scenes, an array of glamorous new costumes, dramatic lighting effects, and a 50-foot LED screen that will enhance the show with breathtaking new imagery. The Christmas Spectacular will run at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont from Dec. 14-30, 2012. Tickets go on sale Friday, June 1 at 10 a.m.

Cost: Call for cost
 







 
 
 
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