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Heritage Matters: Family Meals

Trickster Gallery | Schaumburg, Ill.

A special program to learn about and taste the Chinese-American, American Indian, and Swedish-American family dishes.

When: 1-3 p.m.
Cost: $10, $25 family of three or more

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

Breakfast with Santa

Deer Park Town Center | Deer Park, Ill.

Hot breakfast buffet with Santa. Reservations at Biaggi's beginning at 8 a.m., call (847) 438-1850. Donations benefit Women in Need Growing Stronger (W.I.N.G.S).

When: 8 a.m.
Cost: $5 donation adults, $3 donation kids 10 and under.

Breakfast with Santa

The Glen Town Center | Glenview, Ill.

FREE  

Enjoy a breakfast catered by Eggsperience Restaurant with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

When: 9-11 a.m.
Cost: Free; children's gift donations are encouraged

Magical Moments Celebration

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.

FREE  

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 personal skates.

Cost: Free

Breakfast with Santa at Westfield Old Orchard

Westfield Old Orchard | Skokie, Ill.

Maggiano's Little Italy will be hosting Breakfast with Santa, 9-11 a.m. Dec. 8. Santa will read a holiday story and visit with kids. Breakfast will be a buffet of pastries, fruits, eggs, sausage and beverages. Reservations can be made with Maggiano's at (847) 933-9555.

When: 9-11 a.m.
Cost: $14.95

Winter Flower and Train Show

Lincoln Park Conservatory | Chicago, Ill.

FREE  

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.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Free

Silo Exhibit

Wagner Farm & Heritage Center | Glenview, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with admission

Unboxed: Adventures in Cardboard

Chicago Children's Museum | Chicago, Ill.

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.

Cost: Free with admission

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
 







 
 
 
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