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Spectacular Snowflakes

Prairieview Education Center | Crystal Lake, Ill.

What is a stellar dendrite? Why is snow white? Are there really no two snowflakes that are exactly alike? Learn the answers to all of these questions and more, while investigating the snow.

When: 1-2:30 p.m.
Cost: $5, free resident

Artists and Authors: Jim Holstein

The Field Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Meet scientist Jim Holstein as he shares meteorite specimens from the museum's collection, then stop by the art studio to make a piece of art that is out of this world.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Nature Strollers!

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum | Chicago, Ill.

Bring the stroller along to explore the exhibits, then let the little ones get hands-on experience as they explore and discover nature during a 20-minute playgroup. Jan. 16, Feb. 20, March 20, April 17.

When: 9-9:45 a.m.
Cost: $10 pair, $5 member pair; $5 additional child

Dissection Workshop: Have a Heart

Midwest Museum of Natural History | Sycamore, Ill.

Pig hearts are very similar to the human heart in structure, size, and function. Kids under 12 must have adult present. July 15 and Aug. 10.

When: 1:30-3 p.m.
Cost: $16, $14 members; $5 adults

Evanston Escola de Samba Carnaval Celebration

Nichols Concert Hall, Music Institute of Chicago | Evanston, Ill.

In honor of Carnaval this year the Evanston Escola de Samba is having a big celebration. In addition to music and dancing, there will be crafts, face painting, dance and drumming lessons.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10, $5 kids, family maximum $30

Air Raid

Pick-Staiger Concert Hall | Evanston, Ill.

Wind-generated sounds are the focus as Bienen School musicians demonstrate the sometimes unexpected possibilities of applying air to a blade of grass, kazoo, harmonica, slide whistle, trombone, garden hose, flute, seashell, oboe reed, pan pipe and other objects. The program will be held at Pick-Staiger.

When: 10:30 a.m.
Cost: $6, $4 kids

Chicago Jazz Phiharmonic Chamber Ensemble

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts | Chicago, Ill.

Composer and trumpeter Orbert Davis and his CJP Chamber Ensemble present a family-friendly concert of the Emmy-winning music from the television documentary "DuSable to Obama", complete with video highlights and audience participation.

When: 2-3 p.m.
Cost: $10, $5 kids under 17

"Tot Rock" Family Concert

The Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired | Highland Park, Ill.

Concert features Jodi's Jiggle Jam.

When: 10:30 a.m.-noon
Cost: $10 kids, $5 adults, free kids under 1

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
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