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Valentine’s Day Party

Oakbrook Terrace Park District | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.

Make homemade Valentine's Day cards and other fun crafts. Plus, spend some time playing games and reading a special story.

When: 4 p.m.
Cost: $20, $15 resident (free adults)

The Brain Body Connection

Milestones-For Kids' Success | Downers Grove, Ill.


Presented by Dr. Todd Roach, D.C. and Occupational Therapist Francesca Knedlhans, MS, OTR/L. This symposium will focus on solid nutritional and therapeutic action families can take if they have a child who is experiencing any number of challenges including: being a picky eater, having a short temper, problems with bowel regulation, separation anxiety, social issues, headaches, lack of organization skills, difficulty with tactile feelings, poor sleeping habits and more.

When: 6-8 p.m.
Cost: Free

Winter Dinosaur Exhibit

Lake View Nature Center | Oakbrook Terrace, Ill.


This special exhibit features the Apatosaurus, one of the largest land animals that ever existed.  View an Apatosaurus skull and leg bones, see how you measure up to an Apatosaurus leg and footprint, touch a fossilized dinosaur bone and coprolite and more.

When: Closed the first Monday of the month
Cost: Free

Play with the Sea Life

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

The Wonder Works exhibits are populated with a wide variety of pretend sea life that can be part of your child's play. Search for the plastic fish or whales in the Great Outdoors, adopt a farm animal under the life-sized cow, build a zoo for the plastic mammals in Build It, or identify the plush birds in the orchard. New creatures are rotated in every month.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Included with museum admission

Gnome Hunt

Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Search for gnomes in the Children's Garden using your best "I Spy" skills. Checklist provided.

When: 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Beginner's Art Studio

Wonder Works | Oak Park, Ill.

Children and adults can explore their creative sides in this fully engaging, open-ended art experience. Materials change daily, trained facilitators assist with the artistic process, while children create masterpeices. The drop-in art studio is open 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday-Saturday; 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday.

Cost: Free with paid admission

The Bully Show

AlphaBet Soup Productions | Lombard, Ill.

Join Professor McBumble and his group of rag tag actors as they present three different fairy tales with an anti-bullying message. Updated adaptions of Little Red Ridinghood, The Ugly Duckling & Three Billy Goats Gruff are performed in this world premiere musical. "It's not cool to be cruel!" "It's so lame to call people names!" are just a few of the lesson taught in this important show. Performances are from Oct. 2-May 2 at locations throughout Chicago and the suburbs. Check website for venue dates and times.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $7-$10, depending on venue

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