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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

Welcome to the Universe

Adler Planetarium | Chicago, Ill.

Visitors become space adventurers and set off on a journey to discover the Universe in a way never done before. Travel a billion light-years and back, fly through space, orbit the Moon, zoom into a canyon on Mars, and soar through the cosmic web where a million galaxies shower down. The experience was created utilizing real telescopic data and the best scientific imagery.

Cost: $28 pass (includes admission); $22 kids 3-11

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