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Daddy Daughter Date

H-F Sports Complex | Homewood, Ill.

The event features dancing, pictures, corsages, a craft, snacks and a keepsake to take home.

When: 6:30-8 p.m. (ages 4-8); 8:30-10 p.m. (9 and up)
Cost: $27, $18 member

Daddy Daughter Dance

Lincolnwood Parks & Recreation | Chicago, Ill.

Have a magical night with dinner, dancing and fun. Dancing and DJ-led games will follow dessert.

When: 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $90 couple, $75 resident couple

Family Valentine’s Day Dance

Portage Park | Chicago, Ill.

The Horner Park Jazz Band provides live music for this family event.

When: 7-8:30 p.m.
Cost: $5

Girls Scouts "Girls Night Out"

Journey World | Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy dancing, snacks, games, fun, and giveaways. Contact Carmen Colyer, [email protected] or (708) 658-2326.

When: 7-9 p.m.
Cost: $12

American Karate Association Grand Nationals

Hyatt Regency Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

The best martial artists in the world compete for the Warrior Cups, the equivalent of Olympic Gold Medals in the Martial Arts World. Meet Leo Howard, martial artist and teen star of Disney's Kickin It and watch local teen Micah Karns defend his world championship title.

When: 5 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. Saturday
Cost: $15 and up

Black Bear Exhibit

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.


Feature the black bear and its adaptations for survival in the forest. Crawl into the bear's den, compare your senses to that of the black bear, feel his fur, come face to face with a black bear mount and more.

Cost: Free

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

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

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.

Cost: $9.50, $8.50 seniors

Ravinia Festival Music Makers

Kohl Children's Museum | Glenview, Ill.

Discover how sounds make music, and how music makes you feel, with activities like making melodies on bolt- and wrench-a-phones, using soft sculpture pegs to make a music box, blowing air over a reed, moving musical notes on a staff, beating percussion instruments, and creating an artistic masterpiece that reflects how music makes you feel

Cost: Free with admission

Dickens: 200 Years of Celebrity

Lake County Discovery Museum | Wauconda, Ill.

Hundreds of objects and documents from the exclusive private collection, together with a rare collection of first editions of his most famous works, tell the story of how Charles Dickens and his characters became enduring cultural icons. Interactive and multi-media displays and personal effects take visitors through a chronological tour of the life, literature and legacy of Dickens. View his personal traveling inkwell, take a ride in an early century carriage, and learn about the memorable characters, stories and themes of his famous tales through games, time period puzzles and Dickens' own personal Facebook page.

Cost: Free with admission

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