Families can visit the Family Pavilion Stage for a professional
photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Two interactive workshops to help parents learn to
encourage their children to use the arts as ways of expressing
themselves. Session 1 is Dec. 4 and Session 2 is Dec. 11 from
6:30-7:30 p.m. Session 1 uses role-play exercises and games to
explore how to foster positive communication with kids. Session 2
focuses on art and practices specific visual art processes to use
with their children. Materials include watercolor paints, pastels,
markers, found objects and child-friendly, mess-free
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The exhibit features the illustrations of W. W. Denslow, a
Chicago resident whose famous illustrations helped to inspire the
design of the classic 1939 MGM film starring Judy Garland. The
bright and colorful exhibit provides a variety of learning
opportunities and hands-on activities within a three-dimensional
representation of Denslow's distinctive illustrations.