Build a Kinetic Sculpture

DuPage Children's Museum | Naperville, Ill.

Design and build a sculpture that moves in the wind, learning about balance, friction and air to put art in motion.

When: 4-5:30 p.m.
Cost: $25 pair, $20 member pair

Happy Holidays

DuPage County Historical Museum | Wheaton, Ill.

Vivaldi Strings perform holiday songs and museum staff share pieces from the museum's collection with a holiday theme.

When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $20

Dinner with Santa

Eugene Field Park | Chicago, Ill.

Join Santa for dinner, entertainment, a craft project and more.

When: 6 p.m.
Cost: $10

Extreme Mammals

Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Exhibit examines the ancestry and evolution of numerous species, ranging from huge to tiny, from speedy to sloth-like, and displays animals with oversized claws, fangs, snouts, and horns. Highlights include taxidermy specimens, an entire skeleton of a giant hoofed plant-eater, a life-size model of the largest land mammal that ever lived, one of the oldest fossilized bats ever found, and an impressive diorama featuring the swamps and forests of an island in the Arctic. Runs May 26, 2012-Jan. 6, 2013.

Cost: $22-$29 adults, $18-24 seniors and students, $15-$20 kids 4-11; included in Discovery and All-Access passes

Enchanted Railroad

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

See model trains loop around a holiday-themed track. Santa has his own car. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas.

When: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 26-Jan. 6
Cost: Free with admission

Help Wanted: The Holiday Servants Tour

Driehaus Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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, and more.

When: Tours begin every Friday and Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
Cost: $15, $8 kids 12 and under

Cinderella

Marriott Theatre for Young Audiences | Lincolnshire, Ill.

Join Cinderella, her Fairy Godmother, a handsome Prince, and two selfish stepsisters in Rodgers and Hammerstein's most beloved tale. Performances run Nov. 17-Dec. 31.

Cost: $15

Madeline’s Christmas

The Theatre of Western Springs | Western Springs, Ill.

Madeline saves Christmas from disaster. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 4 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8, 2:30 p.m. Dec. 2 and 9.

 

Cost: $15, $7 kids 18 and under.

Little Women: The Musical

Overshadowed Theatrical Productions | Itasca, Ill.

Little Women The Musical follows the story of the beloved March sisters--Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy--as they grow up in Civil War America. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday from Nov. 23-Dec. 15. The last three Saturdays also have a matinee at 2 p.m.

Cost: $14, $12 students
 





 
 
 
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